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In this age of uncertainty, people are starting to question God's character
- Does God condemn and judge others while commanding us not to judge but to love others unconditionally?
- Does God torture His enemies for eternity in a lake of fire while at the same time commanding us to love our enemies?
- Does God spitefully send plagues and pestilence upon people who choose not to love Him while demanding we pray for health and happiness to fall upon those who do not love us?
- Are we not to live a character like His? “Be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.” (Lev. 19:2) ; “Be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48).
In Jn. 14:9 Jesus said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.” When did Jesus ever condemn or judge anyone? When did Jesus torture anyone? When did Jesus kill anyone? Jesus counsels all of us to anoint our eyes with the spiritual eye-salve He is offering so that we might “see” more clearly (Rev. 3:18). Then, as we read the Bible through this new eyesight, the veil of fear and condemnation is taken away (2 Cor. 3:14-16). Jesus is asking each of us, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” (Lk. 10:26). The key is understanding how to read the Scriptures. Do you read it through your carnal understanding or through the Spirit of Christ? As the true character of our heavenly Father is revealed through the Spirit of His Son, we begin to see that God is not a blood-thirsty tyrant who is against sinners, but that God and man share a common enemy who seeks to destroy our faith in a non-condemning Father who loves us with all His heart, and with all His soul, and with all His strength.