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Is God Double-Minded?

Does God Bless And Curse?

 

There is a paradox that is very difficult to reconcile if we believe that God does both the blessing and cursing. James 3:10-12 appears to say that both blessing and cursing (by inference – good and evil) cannot exist in the same place, person, or thing at the same time.

James 3:10-12 (NKJV)

Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.  Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?  Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

This passage plainly states that God cannot both bless and curse. However, it can be said that God is ultimately responsible for the creation of evil, as seen in the previous scriptures, because He is responsible for all of creation. He is also responsible for creating the Law and the penalties for ignoring it. However, there is a difference between God being purposefully evil and Him allowing Man or Satan to exercise free will that might lead to evil and sin.

Sometimes, it appears that mankind is actually held to a standard that is higher than the standard that God holds himself! This cannot possibly be true, but the appearance is there just the same. However, God is not double-minded which is what James 3:10 is illustrating. He is consistent throughout His dealings with mankind. He makes it clear in James 1:5-8 that being double-minded is an unstable condition.

James 1:5-8 (NKJV)

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.  For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Jesus also spoke of a double-minded situation when He responded to being accused of casting out demons from people by the power of the devil in Mark 3:24-26.

Jesus also spoke of a double-minded situation when He responded to being accused of casting out demons from people by the power of the devil in Mark 3:24-26.

Mark 3:24-26

And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.  And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

Only unified, consistent actions with corresponding fruit or results can survive according to this verse in Mark. This applies to God, Satan, and Man. God’s kingdom would fall if He were at odds with His own purpose of restoring Man’s relationship with Him. It is not legal, and it is neither right nor true that God would act against His own word. A system that would allow such inconsistencies while demanding man’s adherence to a higher standard of behaviors would be hypocritical. It would be erratic on God’s part and not be right or fair at all. Since being double-minded is a guaranteed failure, God recommends that we avoid it in James 4:7-10.

James 4:7-10 (MSG)

So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper.  Say a quiet yes to God and hell be there in no time.  Quit dabbling in sin.  Purify your inner life.  Quit playing the field.  Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out.  The fun and games are over.  Get serious, really serious.  Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet. 

James 4:7-10 (ERV)

So give yourselves to God. Stand against the devil, and he will run away from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you. You are sinners, so clean sin out of your lives. You are trying to follow God and the world at the same time.  Make your thinking pure.  Be sad, be sorry, and cry!  Change your laughter into crying. Change your joy into sadness.  Be humble before the Lord, and he will make you great.

These two translations explain things a little differently, but the message is the same. Do not try to live in sin and follow God at the same time. It is a double-minded endeavor and is doomed to failure.

 

 

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May the Lord bless you and keep you...   Dr. Rich Masek

 

Do you want to learn more about this subject?

Read Chapter 23, It’s Just Not Fair !

in Ideolatry - God Is Not Your Problem

 

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