God is indeed merciful, Mr Abrahams
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Michael Abrahams' online column of Monday, September 7, 2015 ('The God of the Bible is not merciful') is an interesting, thought-provoking piece. And very rational, too.
Is God merciful? I suppose it's a matter of perspective. As humans, if we appreciate this article, we may say he is not. The problem with us humans is that we rely too heavily on 'rationality' for our decision making.
History overflows with examples of how this low-level thinking has failed humanity. The 'rational' suggest that those who live by faith are mad, impossible for them to see that they misunderstand. Regardless, if the omniscient God says that he is merciful, how can the clay disagree with the Potter? Can we create ourselves? Can we create the solar system we live in? Do we understand the laws of the Milky Way? Can we count every planet out there?
If I cannot, and the Deity that created all that stuff says I AM MERCIFUL, He is. Let everything that He allows to breathe worship Him.
God is the Chief Justice and Judge over humanity. With that responsibility come judgment and mercy.
Furthermore, by faith we understand that this chaotic world of judgment and mercy is for a short while. In the fullness of time, we, the enlightened, will enjoy His grace and blessing for ever.