At the risk of committing mortal-sin blasphemy, could it not be said that the shameful and pathetic bloody-crucifixion death of Jesus on some cross nearly two thousand years ago over in the Middle East was ample payback for the "sin" (if I should use that term) of the all-powerful all-knowing Creator God (described as such in the first chapters of the New-Testament books of Colossians and Hebrews)?
First off, let me disclose to you the reader that I do not lay awake at night frozen with catatonic-paralysis fear that the Earth upon which I rest and fall asleep is suddenly going to blow up with a massive lava explosion from the molten core outward, that spinning-Earth's planetary gravity is unexpectedly going to quit working (flinging me out into airless space resulting in my excruciating fatal suffocation), or a giant meteor larger than Earth is heading toward our planet which will smash it to pieces (and me along with others besides).
If I do not particularly like a God who created the free-willed angel-turn-Devil Lucifer, the stumbling block of the lethal Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in The Garden of Eden, and the nude-human-female Eve with a free will being allowed to screw up and thus cause everyone thereafter to horrendously and miserably suffer, I do like a God who informed Noah that a global Flood was coming and put it into Noah's capable God-given mind (in coordination with Noah's able God-given body) to build a life-saving Ark for the survival of all humanity, and (best yet) provided The Great Contingency Plan of having Jesus become our Redemptive Ticket into Eternal Bliss simply by believing that that is who Jesus is.
But I have trouble trusting a God who ordered Abraham to knife his own innocent son to death on some mountain altar, who allowed a war hero Jepthah to murder his own innocent daughter as a burnt offering because of some stupid and asinine vow he blattered to God, who allowed a Jezebel to set up Naboth for murder because of her jealous craving for Naboth's vineyard, who allowed a David to set up innocent Uriah for murder to cover up David's afternoon adulterous affair with Uriah's exhibitionist-wife Bathsheba, and who has allowed me to occasionally cheat and lie and be immoral against even my own family and friends and more . . . thanks-but-no-thanks to non-solicited Satan-and-evil-humanity-imposed sexual-and-occupational duress and deprivation.
But still: God is "the only game in town."
If I have a problem with God allowing evil in the world, and then both myself and others diabolically being part of and bothered by it, to whom should I turn and express loyal allegiance to?
Not that there is any terrestrial or especially celestial alternative to God: THE Singular-but-Triune Divine Creator of the entire Universe and all contents therein.
As you might have guessed, yours truly does not believe all that lying crap about the possibility of extra-terrestrial or extra-celestial aliens either more or less powerful to humans, or even equal with them. Non-explained natural-phenomena or man-made UFOs are one thing, but physical intelligent life in outer space is a lot of ridiculous and superstitious hooey. I have never yet seen nor met illegal extra-terrestrial OR extra-celestial aliens (although my minicam cellphone is ready to record anything that comes into my view, and I sure as Hades will let others know - at least by internet - about whatever I record if I think that they should know about it), and if I did see or meet outer-space aliens [which I already do not believe exists whatsoever], I would want to kill them, or figure out a way to kill them, just to show them "who's boss."
The REAL God and OBVIOUS Creator has immutably and irrevocably set The Playing Field of Life, and He alone is THE SOLE Umpire. HE calls the shots. HE has THE upper hand. HE has the final say. HE has all the high trump cards. It's either HIM - or nothing.
Each of us humans MUST either be FOR Him or instead AGAINST Him. NO middle ground. NO waffling around. NO "beating around the bush." NO prolonged or indecisive dawdling. And the recorded consequences of being AGAINST Him are too terrible to elaborate on now and later.
IF I find it childish or humiliating or embarrassing to trust God like some dependent tit-sucking infant, I and others must realize that we all are consigned to have and exercise "faith" whether we want to or not - IF we want to survive under the given circumstances and think rationally about it.
It's not that hard to trust the Lord in "faith," because we already automatically trust Him to not suddenly allow the floor under us to cave in while sleeping on it, or the roof above us to unexpectantly collapse on top of us, and a million other things that would promptly shock and injure and torment and exterminate us.
CAN and SHOULD we trust God to not change His mind about our final abode in either Heaven or Hell, and grounds for being placed in either one?
So what if He did? What could we do about it?
So, until He does become capricious with goofy change-of-mind whims, we have no logical and fair-minded honest choice but to go along with Him. If He does suddenly lurch off into chaotic undependability to our detriment, we'll only "cross that bridge if we come to it."
Although we can (and probably should) trust Him that such places or states as "Heaven" and "Hell" exist or will exist, how can we be sure that such will continue to exist . . . especially as far as OUR involvement in such, and that God won't pull some other kind of Lucifier/Eve trickery on us sometime in the eternal future?
To reiterate, it does not matter - in one sense - because (as previously and realistically already stated) the Omnipotent and Omniscient Almighty God is "THE ONLY game in town."
So it only makes sense to comply with and accommodate to His lawful intentions both in thoughts and behavioral actions, and make our own sovereign and practical response accordingly -- in view of the almost-incredibly-far-reaching consequences and ramifications of what we decide about Him and His parameters of acceptability for us.
WHY should we do this?
Because we can. And we want to do what we can.
Human (and angelic!) free will is an intriguing phenomenon - a "mixed bag," however, which can either be a terrifying curse or instead a wonderful blessing. It is neither God's fault for endowing us humans with free wills, nor is He at fault if we decide or choose to misuse that free will to our own demise and the misery of others due to us.
Cops are not to blame for either creating nor enforcing red stoplights or stop signs. Errant drivers are to blame for violating them, if then when those drivers do violate them.
I do not recall anywhere in the entire Old-and-New-Testaments Holy Bible where the Holy Document states that The Voice of God Himself ever ordered angels nor humans to "Praise Me - or else!"
Divinity is not like some heartlessly-rude-and-insensitive Eliot-Ness Untouchable forcing males to be interrogated by inferior-gender female police besides barging in and busting things up without a search warrant because "It's the Law" to hate Jesus-distilled Marriage-of-Cana wine which those in Chicago and elsewhere sip for communion and the sake of their stomach and frequent ailments (see First Timothy 5:23).
Thanks and praise to God the Creator and Savior from both angels and humans saints is simply a natural response of free-will beings responding positively instead of negatively to and for The Creator.
Admittedly, human authors of Scripture have commanded other humans to thank and praise God - but their imperatives were from humans and not from Divinity Himself, whether the Father or Son or Spirit. Never once did Jesus order any human to worship Him, even though an angel in the book of Revelation ordered Saint John to worship God and not himself.
God did not have an inferiority complex nor egocentric problem or need to demand nor force any being to involuntarily thank and praise Him, especially those angelic and human creatures He had endowed with free wills.
The LORD did create a plethora of far-more-advanced-than-humans-have-assembled "robots" which we humans call [non-human] lifeforms (such as birds, insects, reptiles, lower-species land-or-sea mammals) which predictably (as the Omniscient Creator can ascertain) operate on instinct (NOT free will!) in complex and seemingly-unique-of-each-individual reactions to a myriad of various simultaneous environmental stimuli.
As a result, tree leaves "clap their leaf-hands for joy" in the sight and hearing of the Creator God, and survival satisfaction is visually and audibly expressed without reservation by birds tweeting, crows crawing, doves cooing, cats purring, crickets chirping, fireflies flashing, bumblebees buzzing, owls hooting, butterflies fluttering, wolves howling up into the sky, pigs snorting, sheep bleating, lions roaring, elephants trumpeting, cows mooing, dogs rhythmically pawing their back legs to and fro after pooing, and so forth.
Compliant-to-their-Creator humans thank and praise God in all sorts of ways vocally and visually, both in their work and in their play - in conscious awareness and appreciation for Impeccably-Benevolent Providence so consistently and imaginatively providing for them every day and night.
The Divine Referee forces NO one to love, adore, worship, and obey Him (nor does the Anti-Establishment/Anti-Prohibition Clauses of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution) . . . and He (like all of us) likes compliments instead of criticisms.
And with God, like us humans, there is anger and retaliation against those who maliciously kick Him/us, spit into His/our face, punch Him/us in the stomach, or even slander Him/us without cause.
Makes sense. It is reasonable.
And some people have come to the understanding, thoroughly thinking things through, that they would rather burn forever in solitary-confinement outer darkness than to eternally worship God, be reminded of anything beautiful of God's holy handiwork and always accommodate to it, perpetually fellowship with perfect Christians, nevermore have the opportunity nor liberty to sin in any way ever again. Mysteriously, most people are (or at least will be) of that sordid immentality, and it is the ultimate and most despicable self-imposed insanity possible.
God the Judge, in a bizarre combination of accommodating love and just-retribution punishment, will eventually relocate and relegate the relentlessly-wicked and insatiably-evil within such an everlasting place and state-of-being called The Lake of Fire. Not a threat, but a promise.
When the robots we humans create break down and malfunction seriously and extensively enough, with no repair nor restoration practical or possible, they are discarded and trashed.
In sharp contrast, the non-robots God has created repair themselves if the injury is superficial enough, and redemption through atonement provided by The Crucified-to-Death-But-Risen-One ultimately results in ecstatically-complete restoration.
Some might erroneously argue that "though we are now in bondage to sin, when we get to Heaven, we will be free from Original Sin and no more be in recurrent slavery to it, so presently we can live like the Devil now and then and simply repent, sin and repent, sin and repent, sin, repent, sin, repent, sin, repent," ad infinitum and ad nauseum.
But what is their INNER desire NOW? IS it to be PERFECT (as God commanded)?
Deuteronomy 30:11 For this commandment which I command you this day is not too hard for you, neither is it far off.
Matthew 5:48 You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Luke 6:46 "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?"
DOES Hebrews 10:26 misread:
Hebrews 10:26 For if we keep on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins . . .?
. . . or instead:
Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin [ even ONCE, one time! ] deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice (including Christ's Would-Have-Been-Atoning Sacrifice) for sins . . .
How about First John 3:6? DOES it misread:
First John 3:6 No one who resides in Him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen Him or known Him?
First John 3:6 No one who resides in Him sins (even once!); no one who sins has either seen Him or known Him.
Humans sinning against other humans can involve multiple-time infractions and reconciliations:
Leviticus 16:19 And he shall sprinkle some of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it and hallow it from the uncleannesses of the people of Israel.
Numbers 19:4 and Eleazar the priest shall take some of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle some of her blood toward the front of the tent of meeting seven times.
Second Kings 5:10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean."
Second Kings 5:14 So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
Matthew 18:21 Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?"
Matthew 18:22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.
Luke 17:4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, and says, 'I repent,' you must forgive him."
But NO multiple sinning against God, nor those whom God designates, is allowed:
Leviticus 20:10 If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death.
11 The man who lies with his father's wife has uncovered his father's nakedness; both of them shall be put to death, their blood is upon them.
12 If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall be put to death; they have committed incest, their blood is upon them.
13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them.
14 If a man takes a wife and her mother also, it is wickedness; they shall be burned with fire, both he and they, that there may be no wickedness among you.
15 If a man lies with a beast, he shall be put to death; and you shall kill the beast.
16 If a woman approaches any beast and lies with it, you shall kill the woman and the beast; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them.
One wonders why the LORD Himself does not promptly strike Kenyan-not-Hawaiian-born Liar-in-Chief-Dictator Bobama (a.k.a. Indonesian Barry Soetoro), "attorney-general" Eric Holder, and all belligerently-arrogant-and-defiant same-gender homosodomy-unions-licensed homoperverts and queer transsexual supporters dead on the spot - as the Lord did against the homoperverts in Sodom and Gomorrah.
One possible reason is that the Lord is allowing all homoqueers and homofaggot supporters to "come out of the closet" (so everyone finds out who they all are) like being gathered into a big net, and then - at His opportune time - suddenly exterminating them with frightening irrevocable destruction.
Does that infer that we Christian saints can simply sit back and let God Almighty Himself finally wreak havoc against them, or must we do our part as responsible witnesses to warn homos and their patsies what assuredly is going to happen to them unless they stop being homoperverts?
Ezekiel 3:18 If I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked man shall die in his sin; but his blood I will require at your hand.
3:19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you will have saved your life.
33:8 If I say to the wicked: "Wicked man, you shall surely die," and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.
33:9 But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way; he shall die in his iniquity, but you will have saved your life.
Therefore, none of them can rightfully claim on Judgment Day: "No one ever told me that it was wrong."
Hey, they have eyes to read the anti-homoeffeminate Bible and related anti-homosodomy sermons and tracts and billboards and magazine articles, and the heterophobic have ears to listen to Christian radio programs dealing with the subject. Deliberately blinding and deafening themselves because of their own self-imposed rebellion and willful indifference will be NO excuse when their Day comes.
Numbers 35:10 Say to the people of Israel, "When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
11 then you shall select cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer who kills any person without intent may flee there.
12 The cities shall be for you a refuge from the avenger, that the manslayer may not die until he stands before the congregation for judgment.
15 These six cities shall be for refuge for the people of Israel, and for the stranger and for the traveler among them, that any one who kills any person without intent may run there.
16 But if he struck him down with an instrument of iron, so that he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall be put to death.
17 And if he struck him down with a stone in the hand, by which a man may die, and he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall be put to death.
18 Or if he struck him down with a weapon of wood in the hand, by which a man may die, and he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall be put to death.
20 And if he stabbed him from hatred, or hurled at him, lying in wait, so that he died,
21 or in enmity struck him down with his hand, so that he died, then he who struck the blow shall be put to death; he is a murderer; the avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death, when he meets him.
Second Samuel 6:6 And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled.
Second Samuel 6:7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there because he put forth his hand to the ark; and he died there beside the ark of God.
Acts 5:1 But a man named Ananias with his wife Sapphira sold a piece of property,
2 and with his wife's knowledge he kept back some of the proceeds, and brought only a part and laid it at the apostles' feet.
3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the land?
4 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? How is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."
5 When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died. And great fear came upon all who heard of it.
6 The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.
7 After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
8 And Peter said to her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much." And she said, "Yes, for so much." 9 But Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of those that have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out."
10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and died. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.
11 And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all who heard of these things.
Acts 12:23 Immediately an angel of the Lord smote [Herod], because he did not give God the glory; and he was eaten by worms and died.