Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Is There Enough Evidence to Convict God?

Have you got a list of “Things I never thought I would see?” You may want to add one more thing to the list.

Mircea Pavel, 40, is serving 20 years in prison for murder. In light of his incarcerated life this Romanian decided to sue God for fraud. That’s right. Pavel claims that God abused his trust for failing to answer his prayers. According to the daily Evenimentul Zilei, Pavel filed charges against “the defendant God, who lives in the heavens and is represented in Romania by the Orthodox Church.”

God is accused of “fraud, betrayal of trust, corruption and influence peddling.”

Pavel wrote, “At my christening, I made a deal with the defendant aimed at freeing me from evil. But the latter has not respected that agreement until now, although he received from me various assets and numerous prayers.”

The court in Timisoara, in western Romania, dismissed the case, ruling that “God is not subject to law and does not have an address.”

Though the story sounds silly or maybe even outrageous, do we not audaciously put God “on trial” many times ourselves?

No lawyers or courtroom involved and no press coverage, yet we decide that God doesn’t keep His promises, is unkind, punitive and abandons us in time of need. Therefore we ignore Him at best or insult, even blaspheme Him at worst. Do you find yourself treating God with disbelief or even contempt?

The fact is that God has already been put on trial and found to be guilty…over 2,000 years ago! His sentence was death by crucifixion. Yes, Pilate and lying religious leaders were involved but the Bible makes it clear that God the Father, as Judge, declared God the Son, Jesus to be guilty of traitorous, rebellious sin. Jesus, who had never sinned, became sin as He took our sins upon His shoulders and received our judgment and sentence (2 Corinthians 5:19-21).

That’s why many of us are forever grateful to God. Though He didn’t have to, He had His day in court on our behalf.

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