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How does God and Saddam Hussein differ?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
While Saddam was in command of Iraq, he took no chances with his personal safety. The army was not allowed within 150 km of Baghdad. He had several palaces and few knew where he might be at a given time. He wore bullet proof clothing and had at least eight doubles who could stand in for him on public occasions or sit in the duplicate motorcades that concealed his movements. All this because he feared for his life in case of assassination attempts (1). He was not the only one through the ages who had to take great care to protect himself from possible coups and killings.
How did God manage to secure His personal safety, if such a human comparison can be made? When He came to earth as Jesus Christ, He took no precautions. His brilliant plan was that He would be arrested and crucified on behalf of mankind. He was resurrected and ascended so that the way into eternal life was opened to anyone who would wish to accept the invitation. On earth He still has many enemies. They are influenced by the master liar and usurper, the devil. They cannot get to Him personally, but they hate His disciples and many have been imprisoned and martyred. But God’s incomparable planning was a renewed earth where there would be righteousness, peace and love. No one will have to fear for their personal safety there. In God’s eternal kingdom He will be surrounded by billions of resurrected people who love, adore and worship Him.
God designed His kingdom in two stages: the first one is the preliminary one, and can be described as the gathering stage. Men are called to respond, and if they do they commit themselves to the new king and the kingdom principles. The only visible activity of these people are their lifestyles. These differ from their previous ones under the old regime before they accepted Christ. During this stage, God is thoroughly testing all people to see who is willing to accept Him. He knows all things: ‘Nothing in all of creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account’ (Hebrews 4:12-13). This means that all rebels are weeded out before the real eternal kingdom commences (Revelation 21:8). God will not have to take care like Saddam did when he was reigning, because there will be no rebels or assassins in the eternal kingdom where God will be among His people.
Then ‘the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God’ (Revelation 21:3).
Will God and people then look alike? Jesus ascended into heaven with His resurrected body, but He walked on earth for 40 days after He rose from the dead. He had a body which outwardly looked like ours (although He could appear and disappear and walk through walls). The only difference were the marks on His hands, feet and side. Jesus is sitting in heaven on the right hand of God with the same body. We can come to no other conclusion than that God will resemble us. Initially we were made in the image of God, and various interpretations have been given for it. As Jesus is God, and they are the Trinity, we assume God will be like us (or we like Him). The difference is only that He is the glorified, eternal Creator King and Father of us all.
If we consider God’s strategy of weeding out the rebels, murderers and assassins, we can only conclude that He is absolutely wonderful, brilliant and wise. While worldly leaders have to watch their backs all the time (Julius Caesar was assassinated), God and Jesus will be surrounded by multitudes who love, adore and worship them and enjoy their goodness and mercy.
1. C Foss, The Tyrants, 2500 years of absolute power and corruption, Quercus, 2006, p 101, 102.