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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Divine Riddle - Love Wins

John 3:3,5,11,8  "Jesus answered and said to him. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God ... Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God ... Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

As I have stated before there exists in Christianity a measure of absurdities and inconsistencies which detract from many accepting the statements of Christianity as absolute truth. "... there are mysteries in Scripture, maybe not so much mystery as concepts and principles which interpreted by man create discord and controversy." The attempts by man are to balance the notion of 'God as love' with the existence of Hell and eternal damnation. In an inability to dissolve the question of Hell and mitigate its presence many are watering down it's damning punishment by disintegrating the message that rejection of God as revealed in His love expressed in His Son Jesus Christ dying on the cross for sin's sake is a false revelation of who God is. "You must be born again" is an unrealistic expectation of attaining salvation and thwarting your entrance into Hell as punishment for said rejection. The picture of God is being photo-shopped to meet a placebic and more palatable view of God. This is being done not with the answers of Christianity but the questions asked of Christianity.
How can God be like ...?
Can God be love and ...?
What is God like ...?
and the question is tailored to the answer, rather than the answer, however tough it may be, being allowed to answer the question. This may be a cultural issue of our time as we see an age group founded on a concept of privilege, entitlement and exemption, rather than effort and work-ethic, seeking to find their way in a random world.

The misconception is founded on the question What is God like? to which the answer is posed and further questions attempting the same result, posed answers.
How can millions of people go to Hell at the whim of a God 'Who is love'?
How can God have love if Hell exists? How can pain and suffering be further punished by eternal damnation? If God is good Why does Hell need to exist? If God is good ... why ...? These are the questions behind the questions. These are the minor issues promoted over the major issue, that being, we are borne separated from God by our inherent sinful nature. This has been quoted as majoring in the minors and minoring in the majors rather than the inverse.

The issue of Christianity is falsely touted as the subtle message that we need to be rescued from God. We do not need to be rescued from God, we need to be rescued from  the power of sin and the principalities and forces aligned against God who are active in this world both in deceiving and promoting the selfish nature of a man to provide for his own self and to deny the the innate cry of his heart for relationship with God, not in terms a man can decide or invent or discover, but on God's terms and those terms being such that they satisfy and placate the wrath of God against all forces and people who will not "bow and confess Jesus Christ as Lord."

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like You, Who pardons iniquity and passes over the transgressions of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because he delights in unchanging love (mercy). It is implied that we must accept God's intervention and actions and trust in those actions to resolve the inherent flaw of our birth-right into sin.

The misconception is questioning What is God like if we need to be rescued?
God is not revealed by Hell or its existence.
The inerrant presupposition is that Jesus saves us from God?
Jesus saves us from sin.
Jesus saves us from ourselves, our selfishness, our birth-right.

"Love Wins"

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