GOD is not GENEROUS and his grace is not a gift

Grace means gift. 


Super theologian Thomas Aquinas saw God as a doctor and grace as the medicine.  Against the notion that God helps everybody all the time to battle every sin he said that God may put up with small moral defects in you as he discerns that curing them would lead to something worse.  He suggested that a God who acts against you stealing sweets or throwing the wrappers everywhere can heal that but now you may get a new problem, spiritual pride.  You may feel that you are so great and have no flaws.  You may be so self-assured that you cannot fall or fail.  For Aquinas this is a worse spiritual disease than the stealing and the litter bug attitude. The whole Church notes that pride is good at hiding itself and you are good at hiding it too.  Your fans can blind you to your own pride for they don't want to see it. Pride is the most dangerous sin in that sense.  And it will rise to new sins and grave evils.  It risks performing terrible wrongs.  Peter Kreeft writes that, "Proud people usually think they’re humble; only humble people know they’re proud."


Read between the lines there.  If God is bigger than your sin and your entire existence is dependent on him then he can cure properly.  And wouldn't he say that if he were a human doctor he would cure John of his bad cold even though he knows John wants to get over it only to drink himself senseless at the weekend?  If you abuse God's cure that is your problem not God's.  We are told that God respects free will to do evil which means evil is your problem and you have to invite him to help and he will.  Now we find they don't really believe that at all.  Anyway if God is God then you can take your sin or flaw to him to help you reform and it will happen.  And Church teaching is that if God cures some specific sins you still have other sins to work on.  Kreeft is lying that curing some sinful traits may lead to the worst evil of pride.  You have sins to keep you humble even when they are gone.  Christians look around and they see the devout fail and from lived experience they know that with some evils no help comes from above.  They are trying to make this fit the love of God and his opposition to sin and his generous grace.  This is rationalising.   They don't want to admit that God's love is not shown by experience.  And you will end up reading, "Proud people usually think they’re humble; only humble people know they’re proud" and ask yourself, "Why bother?"  Clearly Christianity has not saved anybody from their sins and neither has Jesus.


It cannot be claimed that perhaps God sees some reason why it is best not to give all the graces for that would mean that God encourages the weakness that leads to sin. Perhaps God prefers some to sin so that it will put more off or change the forces of chance so that fewer will get the opportunity to sin? But when he tells us to do good even if it will lead others to sin when they hear of the good we have done he will not do the same thing himself. The sins that people commit are their own problem so he will grant the grace.


God is more to blame for your sin than you no matter what the reason if he is keeping grace from you and thus leaving you open to sin.


Christians hold that God acts on you and around you to give spiritual gifts such as chastity and honesty and so on. As your future is totally dependent on him he will give you the one that forms you as his child and servant if you consent.  Grace is linked here to the notion of creation from nothing.  Ironically, the Bible does not affirm ex nihilo creation.


 As God is seen as goodness it means that in a sense God is what he gives - he is the goodness he gives so grace is putting it simply just the gift of God himself.  God is just so if you don't accept the gift of God you will be left out in the cold.  This is what the Bible means by divine retribution etc. God will view you as getting what you deserve because you deserve it.  But this does not sit well with us.  Surely we see that anybody that thinks that way of you for refusing a gift is being vindictive and passive aggressive?  A true gift is something you are not judged for accepting or rejecting.  It reflects on believers when they worship such a God!


God is said to be the maker of all we have and are so God by definition is really alone what matters.  Paul in the letter to the Philippians chapter 3 tells us what that means. It means that nothing can happen that can match or outweigh a relationship with Jesus who is worth the loss of everything for compared to him everything is rubbish.


God/Jesus is to be your greatest need for he is your greatest need.  You are pushed to him by all things being rubbish.  That sounds like desperation.  It would be healthier if a lot of things would do and you choose God.  The notion that God alone is what you need accuses you of spiritual abuse if you don't tell others about God.  If there is no relationship type God then you are calling everything rubbish unjustly.  A need is not a want.  It's a serious matter if you have no food.  You need food.  A want is not important in comparison.  You can want ice cream and not get it but that is no big deal.  But if you need ice cream say for you have some disease (hypothetically) that is a big deal.  A need is such an important matter that it follows you need to be able to prove God and God has to give you the resources to do it.  This is not, "Oh you won't do good things for God unless he proves he exists - shame on you!"  It is, "I need God and God takes my need seriously enough so that he can guide me to him with evidence and proof."


Religion says that God does not give everybody the same graces. For example, not all are born with the same level of good tendencies and not all can have the true religion that we are told that exists.
Religion says that God owes us nothing so he can give or not give as he pleases. But we know we deserve the best help that God can give no matter how bad we are. Only an evil God would refuse to give it. God does not want us to be good when he is like that. To believe in divine beings then is to approve of his unjust discrimination and any morality erected on God is bound to be a failure and a fake. God cannot exist when he is so miserly with his graces.


Jesus said that one who gives out of their own abundance is not to be called generous. Giving because it makes no difference is not giving for the sake of giving. It is handing not giving. There is as much sacrifice there as the effort you may have to go to to get praised as a kind person. A God or Messiah who magics food for you when you need it is not being generous. It is lazy “help”. It is an insult to say you are obligated to give thanks for that or to call it an inspiring example of generosity.   How could you thank that? 


No Copyright