I hear some people say or write that "murmering" or complaining to, or questioning God,
in frustration (sometimes due to unanswered needful prayers, or perhaps in outrage over what seems an outrageously unjust/unfair situation) is "mortally" sinful.
I really wonder about this, if that is the case, really.
Yes, the Israelites were punished in the desert for murmering against God,
but they were also rebelling against Moses AND saying, over and over, that they wanted to "go back to Egypt" where at least they had garlics and leeks instead of
"this wretched Manna" that God was providing from Heaven,
after God had worked stupendous miracles, 10 of them in fact plus the Parting of the Waters, to free them from Brutal Slavery, and they ALL saw all those things.
That seems very different from common complaining to God about really bad or unfair things or asking Him why He allows this or appears to blessing a really mean and evil person, when OUR prayers for help sometimes seem to be going unanswered.
How can this latter be "mortally sinful?"
If it IS, then JOB, DAVID, MOSES, and a host of other bible prophets and leaders
were in mortal sin many times, because scripture is full of, and records, their loud complaints to God. JOB, who was suffering when he was trying to live righteously, complained like crazy (Understandably!!! If you read the book and see what he was going through) that God was being unfair to Him. While God in the end castigated him for saying such things, the book of Job ends up affirming that "in all this, Job did not
sin with his lips." Moses, when God was punishing the Israelites with plagues, bluntly told God that "if you aren't going to save these your people, then KILL ME TOO."
Yet nowhere is it said that Moses "sinned" at all by issuing this frustrated challenge to God.
Similarly, the Psalms are chock full of David's complaints to God about his situations.
My God, My God, why have you Forsaken me? on David's lips,
is NOT a pious prayer. Read it in context. It is an angry and frustrated question to God,
yet we are never told that David sinned at all by saying this.
The Prophets in frustration ask God why the wicked are prospering so.
Jeremiah says to the LORD, in apparent frustration and shock,
You TRICKED Me!! LORD, you tricked me!
JONAH complained angrily that God did not carry through his threat to
destroy Ninevah, yet God is nowhere recorded as telling Jonah that for this complaint
he has placed himself outside the sphere of salvation (what we call Mortal Sin).
I could go on and on citing the psalms and prophetic writings, full of complaints to God, and questioning of His doings, by usually-very-holy people, yet God never tells them that they are now "outside of his friendship" (in mortal sin) for "blaspheming Him" by these questions and complaints.
So how is it that some theologians tell us that such things are
"blasphemy" because we are complaining to, or questioning God,
and thus mortally sinful?? We are told, in several versions of the "examen of conscience" that we should feel guilty about or confess complaining to God.
I wonder what others, with moral theology knowledge, think about this, what seems
to me COMPLEX question. We are intelligent beings in relationship with a Creator whom we cannot see and directly discuss things with, back and forth, in conversation, and face sometimes really VERY FRUSTRATING and even EVIL situations, sometimes after praying fervently for help. I pray, for example, fervently for help in certain situations, and it seems the help doesn't come, yet I'll see, at the same time, friends, whom I know do not even BELIEVE in God and thus never pray, or who are mean, nasty people,
RECEIVING the help, the same help, that I've been asking for in prayer but not receiving
((when I truly need it in order to be able to help somebody, for example)), yet I'll see sometimes a nasty person get that very same help, who DOES NOT use it then to help anybody. I sometimes don't get it myself, and ask questions, sometimes in frustration, because I truly don't understand this. So HOW can this questioning be "mortal sin???"
ALL relationships involve frustration and questioning, so how is this, itself,
Thanks for your informed input in adance.
God love all of you!!