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Ezekiel 18.1-4, 21.3-5 – Apparent inconsistencies in God.
Posted: 13 July 2012 in Ezekiel

“The word of the Lord came unto me again, saying, What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge? As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”

“And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked. Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north: That all flesh may know that I the Lord have drawn forth my sword out of his sheath: it shall not return any more.”

In the first passage quoted above, it seems to be suggested that we will be held individually responsible for our sin, whereas in the second passage it is said that the righteous and the wicked will both suffer in the judgement which is about to befall Israel for its corporate sin. Either this can be seen as an inconsistency on God’s part, or it can be taken as an example of his sovereign freedom to act in whatever way he thinks will best suit his purposes. It is another indication, if any were needed, that God always thinks in terms of how his eternal plan is best to be fulfilled, and not in terms which directly equate to human jurisprudence.

I think the idea that God is just like us, only larger, is one which theology badly needs to divest itself of. God operates on a fundamentally different plane to that of his creatures.

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