Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Thinking Cap Time - How can you be loving and just?

'If any nation comes to fight you, it is not because I sent
them. Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat.' (Isaiah 54:15)

The above text is included in a prophecy written before Jesus, about a time of paradise after him where unconditional love is experienced. It caught my eye cos I'm often puzzled by how much pain in the Old Testament is actually caused by God. Think Moses and the plagues. He seems to be in control so much that he even sends countries in to battle. This doesn't match-up with the promise above. Hmmm.

Yep, OK God is 100% just but in my head all this punishment seems a far cry from the 100% loving God I encounter in the New Testament and find promised in the verses above. There it says God won't cause harm. How does that fit together???

The verses in Isaiah seem to signify a shift. To be 100% love requires 100% justice. Whilst this nature of God never changes, the nature of how justice is satisfied does. It changes with Jesus on the cross, making the amazing promises of peace and forgiveness in Isaiah possible.

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