Regret: To feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault or disapointment, etc.)
I’ve been reading over passages in the bible that says god is regretful for acts that he had a hand in. It seems strange to me that a supreme, omniscient, omnipotent and all knowing god could ever do things that it would later regret. Why call it a god if that “god” is capable of making mistakes or at the very least do regrettable things.
Why does god have regrets is a question asked over and over, as I discovered while researching on the internet. Below are a couple examples of the almightys regrets.
Genesis 6:6-7 NIV
The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.
So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”
If this were true, I would surely feel like a lab rat.
1 Samuel 15:10-11 NIV
Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.
The common explanation that I found concerning gods regrets is mans free will. It seems to boil down to god regretting to allow free will, resulting in humans not following, loving, worshipping and obeying him. Essentially taking ALL the blame off of god and putting it ALL on human kind. It sort of seems like we were set up for failure from the beginning. Doomed to make wrong choices and burn in hell for all eternity.
One website that I read mentioned the analogy; think of yourself and your own children. Wouldn’t you want yours to make good decisions and love you unconditionally? Of course I would! But even if they decide to wander off and not show they love me, doesn’t mean I won’t still love them. It doesn’t mean I will condemn them to eternal torment for refusing to acknowledge, love or show respect towards me. Sure my heart would be broken, but I could never do something so evil as the god of the bible by sending my child to hell for eternal punishment. It wouldn’t matter what they’ve done. Sorry, but the punishment doesn’t fit the crime!
So honestly, this solidifies even more my doubts that the christian god exists. The system just doesn’t make sense.