“You walk up to the pearly gates, and you are confronted by God. What will Stephen Fry say to him, her or it?” The simple question which sparked controversy as Fry completely and utterly annihilated the idea of an all-loving God. If you haven’t seen the snippet, check it out here.
So this video has been going a bit viral and atheists everywhere are looking smug. But do they really expect Christians to pipe down and brush off this blasphemy against their God? I could rant for hours on how if someone started saying Allah was stupid and selfish and evil, there would be an absolute uproar, but because an atheist is attacking the Christian God it is totally fine?
But that is not where I want to go with this post. As I watched Stephen Fry blame my God for everything wrong in this world I began to burn up. At first it was anger, and then fury at how anyone could have misunderstood God so intensely. I then began to cry. Why? Because this truth overwhelmed me – my God died for Stephen Fry too. God shed blood, for a man to call him stupid. He was whipped and cut, to be uttered selfish. He was crucified – pierced with rusty nails and a hammer- for a man who only has hate for him. Jesus died willingly, knowing that so many of the people he did it for would never trust in Him, would never accept His love, and would strive to convince others that He doesn’t even exist. To be honest, watching this video has only made me more in awe of what Jesus did on that cross.
I’m not claiming to have all the answers here, but I do know He is not to blame for bone cancer in children and flesh eating insects. If Stephen read his bible he’d know that these things are a result of the fall: when The Devil convinced man to disobey God. If anyone is to blame, it’s the devil.
I’m going to be honest here and say I don’t know why God didn’t just make sure that never happened. I don’t know why God does things the way He does, but the bible tells us His ways are higher than our human understanding, and from personal experience, I fully trust that.
So I’ll do my very best to stand up and say that He is not stupid, or selfish, or evil. What kind of stupid creates our oceans and our eyes? What kind of selfish gives up everything and endures unnecessary and excruciating pain for those who hate Him? What kind of evil forgives those who don’t deserve to be forgiven, who ignore Him and break His heart?
As I close, I’d like to thank Stephen Fry. His intention was to accuse and stir up doubt and to offend. But his anger against my God has only reminded me of all the reasons why I love God- He has made me free, by sacrificing Himself in my place; He loves me and every human being, no matter how much we mess up, with an unfathomable love; and He is unfailingly good- He won’t fail us nor ever leave us.
I leave with this: Deuteronomy 31v6
“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For The Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”