William Hamilton, who led the “Death of God” movement in the 1960s, died this week at age 87. His liberal theology was popularized by a Time magazine cover story entitled “Is God Dead” in April 8, 1966. It was based on a review of Hamilton’s book, co-authored by Thomas Altizer, titled Radical Theology and the Death of God. Hamilton rejected God because of the suffering he saw in the world, such as the Nazi death camps. He argued that there are only two choices: “God is not behind such radical evil, therefore he cannot be what we have traditionally meant by God, or God is behind everything, including the death camps--and therefore he is a killer.” Actually, there is another choice, which is the biblical one. Hamilton’s root error was his unbelief in the divine infallibility of Scripture and his rejection of Christ’s atonement. The biblical answer to the problem of suffering is that man has rebelled against God and man’s fall is what has brought the world into chaos. God cannot be blamed for man’s crimes. Man thumbed his nose at God, so to speak, in the Garden of Eden, believing the Devil’s lie, “Ye shall be as gods,” and rejecting the God of Creation and His holy, compassionate laws. It is ridiculous and foolish for man to tell God to get out of his life and for him to build a world apart from God’s laws and then turn around and blame God for what happens, yet that is what men do! It is no wonder that the Bible twice says the atheist is a fool (Psalm 14:1; 53:1). Hamilton is dead, but God is very much alive, and the evidence of His existence is overwhelming and irrefutable for those who are not willfully blind. God has not abandoned His creation; He is patiently working out His eternal plan of redemption. Presently, in an act of unfathomable love, He is offering eternal salvation to every sinner that repents and puts his faith in Christ. One day Christ will return, according to His promise, to establish His kingdom and set things right in this troubled world.
(Friday Church News Notes, March 9, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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