Might does not make right, even with God
June 2, 2008 by Daniel Florien
When arguing about the problem of evil, believers often end with saying, “God is God, and he has the right to do whatever he wants with us.”

That’s also the answer the Apostle Paul gives in the Bible about the apparent injustice of God:

Who are you, O man, to answer back to God?…. Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? (Romans 9:20-21)

That seems to make sense. God is powerful and created us, so he can do whatever he wants with us. If he wants to kill people, well, he has the right. If he wants to let people starve, he has that right too. And if he wants to sit by and watch while women and children are raped and killed by the Israelites, well that’s just fine, because he’s God, he commanded it, and everything will work out for the best.

But when you think about it, that’s just saying that might makes right.

As a response, I like Keith Parsons’s answer:

It strikes me as monstrous to suggest that God would have the right to do anything whatsoever to us. What would give him that right? Surely not his omnipotence, since might does not make right. Is it the alleged fact that God created us? Suppose I were to create a race of sentient androids, fully as capable of suffering as humans. Would I then have the right to inflict capricious cruelty upon them? If Dr. Craig insists that I would, he must be moving in a moral universe that does not intersect my own.

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