A God-limited God - My Theodicy

A theodicy is a justification of God's ways to man.
This is my theodicy, based on the Bible and
reason. Comments appreciated. 

Most of the so-called "contradictions" in the Bible,
such as a loving God lashing out at sinners,
practically committing genocide, or a loving God 
allowing tsunamis to happen, or a loving God allowing 
evil and suffering in this world, can be attributed 
to a misunderstanding of God's true nature. 

For reason, as well as the Bible, indicate that God has
willingly limited his possible actions in this world
to accord with his own pre-existing righteousness as well as
the pre-existing truths of necessary reason. 

Thus that Christ had to die on the cross, instead of having the
sins of mankind simply forgiven by God, can be justified
by God's righteousness. That is, even God must obey  
his own justice. 

Similarly, God must obey the physics of his creation. 
Physical disasters happen. God can't make 2+2 =5.
God lets the rain fall on the just as well as the unjust.

And God has given man free will, so that men can
do evil as well as good. 

Although God has unlimited power in the kingdom of Heaven, 
in this imperfect, contingent world he has had to limit his 
powers of action.


- Roger Clough

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