Christians, shouldn’t we be afraid of an omnipotent God?

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty- Revelation 1:8

  1. Introduction
  2. What does it look like when a powerful being gets corrupted by their power?
  3. What would it look like if God abused His power?
  4. God is not just omnipotent
  5. Conclusion

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Church Series. In the Holy Bible, YHWH describes himself in the quote above.

When you hear the word “God,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? Several things may go through your mind depending on where and how you were raised, but one thing that is certain to enter your mind is incomprehensible power and ability. I mean, if YHWH isn’t all-powerful, is he even God? But, If our only categories for imagining God are immeasurable might and capacity, then our greatest concern should not be global warming or terrorist attacks, but God himself.

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. — John Emerich Dalberg-acton

Going by this quote, if YHWH was just a powerful being, then there would be a probability that he could be corrupted by his power, but He is not just powerful, he is omnipotent (all-powerful), which means the probability that he would be corrupted by His immense power is 100%.

In Dawn of Justice, Batman had the same school of thought. He thought, “if Superman is the most powerful being in the Marvel universe such that no one or system is powerful enough to hold him accountable if he chooses to abuse his immense power, it would be better to exploit his one weakness (Kryptonite) and kill him.” But that was Superman, who had a weakness. Who would kill YHWH, the sustainer of all things but sustained by none, who would call the God and sole creator of the universe into account?

History is replete with beings that got corrupted by their immense power, but for the sake of this article, I would give you one example of a supernatural being and one example of a physical being.

Lucifer, son of the morning: Some of us may not have taken the time to study the fall of Lucifer in the Bible. Even though Lucifer’s history as told in the Bible is clouded with poetry, such that what we can know from it is limited, still, there are some things we can see clearly.

Lucifer was a covering angel. In the prophet Ezekiel’s vision of the throne of God, we see that covering angels are supernatural beings with very close proximity to the throne of God. In Ezekiel’s vision, they were depicted as carrying YHWH’s throne. They have multiple pairs of wings. With some pairs, they cover their faces and bodies in the glory of YHWH, and with the other pairs, they fly while carrying God’s throne.

Going by the stories in the Bible, we also get the feeling that in God’s heavenly government, Lucifer was very influential, so when he chose to usurp YHWH’s authority for himself, he could muster an army of God’s angels to further his agenda.

Lucifer got corrupted by his power and influence and sought to take the throne of God for himself. The result of Lucifer’s corruption is what the entire planet is experiencing today.

You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. — Ezekiel 28:15

Adolf Hitler, leader of the German Nazi party, 1933–1945: Hitler was a German dictator who triggered World War II and was pivotal in the genocidal killing of over 6 million Jews and millions of other victims. It is said that Hitler invented new and innovative ways to kill people en-mass.

As far as civilization goes, Germany at the time could be viewed as the USA today (2021), and every one whom Hitler’s government viewed as unqualified for the world they were creating was targeted to be killed.

The effect of those killings still echoes in the lives of the victims, many of whom lost family members and loved ones. Many of them still suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ultimately, Hitler was defeated and he died by suicide. Lucifer was thrown out of YHWH’s government and is destined to be dealt a final blow that would end his reign of sin, darkness, and death. But this does not answer our most pressing question. If YHWH chooses to abuse his immense power, who would defeat Him?

We can be bold to say that YHWH has never abused his immeasurable power, not even once. Given how powerful He is, if He had, I wouldn’t be able to create this post and you would not dare imagine reading such a post because a God that would abuse his power would utterly destroy the creator and reader of such a post.

It is difficult to conceptualize and write down what it would look like if God abused his power for many reasons. Ultimately, it would be worse than anything we can ever imagine and write, so I would leave it to your imagination to machinate what it would look like.

More importantly, the fact that YHWH has never abused his immeasurable power, given how powerful He is, considering that He is not accountable to anybody and absolutely nothing can be done if He chooses to do so, should tell us something about God. God is good. God is very, very, very good. One of the biggest proofs that God is good is that we can observe His goodness for ourselves. One of the biggest proofs that God is good is that we can observe His goodness for ourselves.

At the start of this post, I said “if immeasurable power and ability are our only categories for imagining God, then maybe our biggest fear should not be global warming or terrorist attacks but God himself”. However, we have many other categories for describing God beyond just being omnipotent.

The other attributes of God combined with His omnipotence are what guarantees that Christians (and non-Christians) can go about their lives without ever having to worry that God would abuse his power and bring unimaginable catastrophes on them. In the same Bible where God describes himself as omnipotent, He also describes Himself as many other things.

Righteousness and Justice are the foundations of Gods throne- Psalm 89:14

For the LORD is good; His loving kindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations- Psalm 100:5

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.- 2 Peter 3:10

When describing the attributes of God like patience, kindness, justice, the Bible describes them like you would describe any other person’s attributes. But when it comes to Love, it does not say God has Love, it says “God is Love…” — 1 John 4:16. The Bible equates God to Love, and it’s not the type of Love you hear about in Korean or Hollywood movies, the ones that are defined by heartbreak and transactional relationships. The quality of God's Love is the type that drove Him to lay down His life for that everything He created might live.

I can’t emphasize how ridiculous it is that such a powerful being would die for the crimes that lesser creatures actually committed.

God's track record and his attributes show that we can trust Him to consistently do what is in the best interest of His creation. So the answer to the question, “shouldn’t we be afraid of an omniscient God” is No, instead, we should be in awe of the response of an Omnipotent God to a rebellious creation. Given how powerful you are (which is not very powerful), what would be your response to rebellion from your creation? What would be your response if you had all the power in the world? Contrast that to what YHWH has done through history.

Quick question: If we claim that God has never abused his power, then what happened in the book of Genesis when God sent a flood to wipe out everything He has created? — Share your answers with me on the Facebook page or on Twitter by clicking the picture below.

Thank you for reading,

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