Do God’s Ends Justify God’s Means?

stefania (Posted by) Level 3
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As my Sunday school class moved into John 11 a while back, the fact that Jesus seems to delay healing Lazarus so as to highlight his own abilities and glory to a greater extent seemed disturbing. We say that “the ends don’t justify the means” but most theists would exempt God from that principle. That raises the interesting question of whether the end never justify the means, or if we just think that our human perspective is so limited, and our foresight so imperfect, that it prevents us from legitimately appealing to ends so as to justify means, but that doesn’t make it a general principle that would apply to an omniscient and omnipotent entity. What are your thoughts on that?

I was reminded of that discussion when I came across this meme on social media:

Connection - Case - Ancient - People - Everything

The connection, in case it isn’t obvious, is that most ancient and some modern people tend to attribute everything that happens in the world to God. People die because it was the time God had...
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