God creates people with disabilities. McAfee says on page 84 of his book Disproving Christianity, "The idea that God creates painful, difficult, and unjustified disabilities in some humans and not others seems arbitrary and contrary to the modern teachings of a loving Creator.” He cites Exodus 4:10-11 where Moses tells God he can't be God's spokesperson since he stutters. There are three points of contention against McAfee's argument
- It doesn't matter what the "modern" teachings of a loving Creator are. What matters is how does the Bible portray a loving Creator. We are, after all, talking about the God of the Bible and supposed moral atrocities. We are not speaking about the made up deity of modern culture.
- He admits that it only "seems arbitrary". That's right David; you don't know for certain if it is arbitrary or if it has a greater purpose. The reason you don't know is because you don't have the perspective of an all-knowing God. Listen to the words of Jesus in John 9:1-3, "As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him." The Bible tells us we don't know why certain things happen. What the Bible does tell us is that these supposed "bad things" can be used to glorify God. (Romans 8:28).
- I always wonder what is the objective standard David uses to judge God. Since David is an atheist he has no objective moral standard. He only has his subjective opinion. Therefore, we could always reply, "Thanks for your thoughts David but they hold no more weight than anyone else's since they are just your opinion."
God sent a bear to maul kids. In this critique David is citing the story of Elisha and the mocking children found in 2nd Kings 2. McAfee says on page 86, "The narrative seems to suggest a violent God willing to justify the deaths of forty two small children for simply mocking Elisha.”
- Again notice David's choice of language. The narrative seems to suggest. He obviously hasn't done his homework to know what the text actually says.
- This was not an episode of "small children". The Hebrew word used for "children" is used of adolescents usually between the ages of puberty to young adulthood (12-25 years old). This was a street gang not a group of small kids.
- They were not simply mocking they were inferring their wish for Elisha to be killed. The term "GO UP" was a euphemism for "die already". Their reference to his "bald head" was not a joke as his receding hair line. It was a reference to looking sickly like one had leprosy. Thus, these words, coming from this gang of young men, were an insinuation that they were going to kill him.
- Let us remember the context. Elijah has just been translated by God. Elisha is the new prophet but still has to win the favor of the people. Bethel was a place for worship of God. This gang was either disrupting that worship or sent by Bethel to drive Elisha away so they could follow after false gods.
Therefore, the situation is one where Elisha the prophet is cornered by a gang of ruthless young men. They began threatening bodily harm and death to him. They were attempting to stop Elisha's influence as the prophet of God in helping the nation worship Yahweh. Therefore, Elisha called a bear to kill them. Not only was this an act of self-defense but it was also something that God had done previously to protect his prophets. Did we forget the story of the earth swallowing up those who opposed Moses and Aaron?
Therefore, God is not guilty of some kind of moral atrocity. He has good and perfect reasons to do what He does even when we don't understand. What other acts of God are you confused about?