Is There Partiality With God? Can He Discriminate?
The Think Twice Series
In the previous issue of this series we made some clarifications about the term quarantine, God’s anger (Is Quarantine Really in the Bible?) and Human Suffering (Does God Incite Human Suffering). In this issue, we will deal with these questions, “Is there partiality in God?” “Can he discriminate?” This is due to some posts that made rounds on social media these past few days. Some posts claim that they were spared from COVID-19 because God loves them. A high ranking police officer was asked how is he doing, in a radio interview said, he is doing fine because he received greater favor from God. These statements imply that God plays favorites with people.
Briefly, let us consider some passages from the Bible.
The book of Job declares that God governs a fair universe without exception. He does not show special favor to the rich and powerful. Job 34:19, “Yet He is not partial to princes, Nor does He regard the rich more than the poor; For they are all the work of His hands” (NKJV).
As part of Jesus’ teachings on ethical life, he told his disciples to love and pray not just their friends but for their enemies as well because God makes no distinction. “…that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45, NKJV). After much discussion on the issue raised by the Pharisees on whether the Gentile converts “must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses” (Acts 15:5). Peter addressed them saying, “God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith” (Acts 15: 8-9, NIV). “For God does not show favoritism” (Romans 2:11, NIV), and in God, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28, NIV).
So, the answer to the questions mentioned above is, there is no partiality in God. He can not and will not discriminate. In this sense, those who say that they received greater favor compared to other people and those who claim that God loves them because they were not infected with COVID-19, are putting the name of God in jeopardy. They may not be aware of it, for we believe that they may have uttered those statements in good faith, but still one should be careful not to use the name of God in vain.
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