Character of God (Word & Nature)
God to Us (the Covenant People):
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Those who love see beauty, even in the tough things. As Psalm 18:25-26 and 2 Sam 22:27 say:
“With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless; with the purified you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.”
- When God’s Covenant People read of his acts in the Bible, or see his deeds and works in nature, we find the beauty and consistency.
God to Them:
- When mankind’s needs are the end-goal, everything changes. The character of God is judged by whether it is good for man. We human beings look at the way we are “ideally” with our own kids, forgiving and giving abundantly. When we see, rather, that God is not thinking of them “first,” and it makes him appear to be a bully, a child-abuser, an unforgiving monster.
- Consequently, those outside of a relationship with God read of his acts in the Bible and see a demon, they look at the way nature is and declare it is not made by a good or loving creator, therefore it must be that there is no creator. It must be originated by an indifferent process.
Comments: Yes, God is indifferent. And God is love.
The indifferent system may, actually, take your me-ness into realms of pain after you die. We believe not. We have to teach that this body has no residual parts that move on after death, but there is no test to measure if that is true. In fact, Near Death Experiences tell us otherwise. They hint to us that there are continuing sensations at that transition between this life and the next.
So, is the indifferent process personal? Yes and no.
Ultimately, the Bible shows he is indifferent to God-haters, he is open and welcoming to preChristians, and he is absolutely loving to Christians.
The WHO of God is the key to finding your place.