Can You Sue God?

Ernie Chambers attempted to sue God in 2007. The Nebraska Court of Appeals has recently thrown it out on the grounds that courts don’t decide “abstract, hypothetical, or ficticious” issues.

Can a person sue God? I would say that the answer lies in Scripture:

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (Rom 13:1, emphasis added)

What that means is that,  no matter what anyone may say, our courts exist because God instituted them, and they have only the authority that he has given them. All authority derives first from God.

That means that God isn’t subject to the rule of any court, since they derive their authority from him in the first place. How quickly we sinful humans forget our place before the Lord. And what hubris to say that this is an “abstract, hypothetical, or ficticious” issue! This is an issue of authority, and who is subject to whom.

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Posted on March 4, 2009, in Apologetics, Humor, Theology. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Paul teaches in Romans 13 that God appoints all political leaders and that the ruler never punishes good. Now, we know many Emperors persecuted Christianity, so how seriously can you take Romans 13:3 when it says “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:”?

    Not only that, but when did the power of controlling the political world switch hands from Satan to God? The Tempter came to Jesus in the wilderness after Jesus’ 40 days of fasting, and said to Jesus in Luke 4:6 that if he would bow down and worship him he would give him all the kingdoms of the world “for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.” Jesus doesn’t accuse the devil of lying, and how could it be a temptation if Jesus knew it wasn’t true? “Hey, Jesus, I know you are the one who sets up kings, but I’m going to lie and try to tempt you to worship me by telling you that I have the authority that we both know you actually have!” (Smart move, genius!)

    See, the devil clearly wasn’t lying when he said he’s in control of the world, so did it change between the wilderness temptation and the time that Paul wrote Romans 13 or is Paul just wrong? And if it is Jesus that’s in control of politics now, why are our politicians so corrupt? Why did Paul get his head chopped off by Nero if Jesus appointed Nero to (as Paul says) “execute wrath on evil doers”? Was Paul an evil doer? And what about the ruler not being a terror to good works? Paul’s severed head proves that Paul was mistaken in Romans 13. It is Satan that is in control of the governments of this world (unless the roles of God and Satan have reversed).

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