Another simple argument

if something we would otherwise always call “evil”—such as infanticide—must be considered “good” on the grounds that God commanded it, then we have to admit that there is no longer any intelligible distinction between what we mean by “good,” when applied to God, and what we would mean by “evil.” And on the principle that words are only intelligible if they meaningfully contrast with their opposite, this entails that the word “good,” when applied to God,is devoid of meaning.

Gregory A. Boyd, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Volumes 1 & 2. Fortress Press, 2017, 387.

In other words there is a difference between saying that we cannot understand God and God’s ways, and saying that something plainly and obviously wrong is right because God is described in Scripture as commanding it.

One comment on “Another simple argument

  1. Bob MacDonald

    Isn’t this just the problem addressed (if not created!) by Genesis 2-3? When we have ‘awakened’ to the desirable nature of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we really have to awaken, and the process takes millennia. We find we cannot define the good outside of God. When we attribute to God our own decisions, we have simply brought this construct down to our level. We have said nothing of value. So Jesus refuses to be called good. I have always been wary of adjectives.