God is Who He is

This was a comment in response to a post called Small Views of God.

Comment Starts
It seems like you take from Scripture what you want. You like the God of the New Testament, but not the God of the Old Testament. But, the God of love and the God of justice are the same God. You cannot accept the God that Jesus and Paul described, unless you accept the God of the Old Testament. Much of what Jesus said and much of what Paul wrote are quotations from the Old Testament. Jesus even applied the Old Testament to Himself when He said:

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,
(Joh 5:39 ESV)

You say God in the Old Testament was quick with judgments and tantrums, I disagree. I think He always showed that He is a God that is longsuffering and gave plenty of time for repentance. Even when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, God made them clothing so that they would not have to go naked and ashamed. I hope that you will come to know the power and majesty of Jesus in your search for God.
Comment Ends

We must be careful not to form a God of our own making. The author of this article wanted to address those that have a small god, but I think he just went to an opposite extreme of a small god. God is who He is. Our beliefs about God don’t change Him. When God opened my spiritual eyes to His majesty, I dropped all my preconceptions of God. I wanted Him to show me who He is. He is still revealing Himself to me day-by-day. The foundation of my knowledge of God is Jesus, and without Him we can’t know God. He is the stairway to heaven.

Posted on August 20, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I certainly agree we must be careful of forming a god of our own making.

    I used to be an extreme fundamentalist Christian. I have since moderated my stance as God continually reveals the true forms of reality to me through reason, meditation, the teachings of Jesus, and science. He gave us reason for a purpose: to understand reality and God for what they are.

    • What caused you to stop being an extreme fundamentalist Christian?

      • I always had doubts about the truthfulness of such thinking. A small voice constantly nagged about how every little persnickety thing really shouldn’t matter all that much to the God who set in motion the vast universe astronomy and physics is just beginning to discover.

        What finally ended it was my biblical studies. I studied the archeological veracity of what was said within the texts. Most, especially in the OT, didn’t stack up against the evidence or even agree with other contemporary writings.

        I studied what translations of fragments and original texts I could find. I made sure to cross reference them against various translators. As I learned more about the formation of the canon as we have it now and how Roman politics determined what was included or not included, my fundamentalist views began to fall away.

        Finally I just got tired of the mental dissonance my extreme fundamentalism caused within me. That little voice has been peaceful since I dropped such extreme and judgmental thinking.

  2. I base it on the Gospel of Mark (it is the most reliable except for the last chapter), Matthew, Luke and the other archeologically confirmed works (1 Corinthians, Romans, Acts and just a couple of others). Many of the New Testament books were not wrote by the authors they are attributed to. Mark wasn’t wrote by the Apostle Mark in all likelihood, but it is one of the oldest account of Jesus in the historical record.

    The books of the Bible are unreliable unless read through the lens of the original audiences and time periods in which they were written. The reader also needs to take into account the various versions of the texts in proper study. Each version provides insight about how people viewed each other, spirituality, and God as Judaism and Christianity developed.

    • So why don’t you believe in the books of the Old Testament, if Jesus and Paul believed in them? On another note, I would suggest to you the book From Eternity to Here by Frank Viola. Its about God’s eternal purpose, thought you might find it interesting. Although, you probably won’t believe in most of the books quoted in it.

      • When it comes to the books of the OT it is best to read them from the context of history. I don’t believe in a modern interpretation of them. Jesus and Paul were closer to the writing of the OT than we are. The books of the Maccabees were just finished a few years (in 2 BCE) before Jesus was born. Daniel was finished the same year. On the other hand, we are over 2000 years removed and even further removed culturally. Therefore, we do not read the OT books as Paul and Jesus did.

        I believe in the books of the OT, just not in the traditional Christian interpretation of them. I believe it is far more valuable to read them in context of history and archeological reconstructions of the cultures they are a result.

        I just think if I am going to dedicate my life to something I am going to look for hard evidence supporting it; I am going to study it as far in depth as I can. If it doesn’t hold up, as my fundamentalist beliefs didn’t hold up to study, than it should be discarded for reality and its evidence.

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