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| The Love of God
Romans 8: 31, 35 -39 (NASB)
.. If God is for us, who is against us?
Who will separate us from the Love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the Love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
See the forgiving God
How much time would you give to examine issues that could be important to your life?
Being right might be inconvenient
being wrong will be deadly.
God's Knowledge of the Future
Who is like Me? ... let them declare the things that are coming and the events that are going to take place ... Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there any God besides Me? Or is there any other Rock; I know of none.” (Isaiah 44: 6-8)
The prophecies show three converging forces at the end time.
Here are some bold predictions and provocative questions:
The Love of God - He is Forgiving
"for Christ came not into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved"
Most people's problem with Christianity is Christians. The good ones are too good to be true. The bad ones are "just like the rest of us". And the ones in between ... well ... I do not like them either, they do not seem to represent anything loving or attractive. But I have learned that God still considers them (us) His people. So no matter how much we misrepresent Him there is still something about Him that you can learn from us. Once you realize the problem that God and His Church faces you will come to realize that even this too is the work of the destroyer who is trying to do anything to discredit God. The Bible says "we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places ...". Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
The battle is for your mind and a propaganda war is an effective tool. So look past these things and try to find God. He is trying with all His heart to find you.
We are Human
Christian's are caught in a dilemma. It is called humanity. They cannot find a way to love the sinner, without wanting to beat the sin out of them. On the other hand, the world cannot accept that we can care about them without having to accept their "sins". Christ could walk this delicate balance. He saved a prostitute from being stoned to death. And at the same time He accomplished three things:
This is the God I know. He hates sin. But loves sinners. So how does He reconcile the two. Forgiveness! This is followed by transformation, if you are willing and patient.
|It is God's responsibility to help us overcome sin. Our only task is to say "I am willing to let you do it"|
Does this mean that we can go on sinning, because God is patient, loving "not willing that any should perish". No! There we go again! Double talk!
No. The truth is that God himself says that it is His responsibility to help us to overcome sin. We can not do it ourselves no matter how hard we try. A few of us may, with will power,
over come smoking and drinking and malicious gossip - while some struggle with a box of ice cream. But none of us on our own can get to the goodness that God inspires.
You see, even a good man will do good deeds for good people, relatives and innocent strangers. But it takes a character like God to consistently love his enemies.
"Love your enemies, do good to those who deliberately persecute you, use you and despise you".
But most people want to see instant results. We want proof that the Holy Spirit is working in you. And we just do not know why you cannot understand. We worry about symptoms not causes. We try to do a job God specifically assigns to himself. All God asks us to do is to love and care for each other. Everyone, friends, family and enemies. God wants us to forgive and forget each other's mistakes. Never bring the past up. Allow each other to move on and be free of guilt.
We are Helpless - In Need of Forgiveness.
Deep in their hearts, people know that they are doing wrong because God convinces them. If not tonight, then after the hangover in the morning. But sooner or later you realize that what you are doing does not lead to peace.
|Deep in our hearts we know something is wrong, because God convinces us|
Some of you will deny that. But that is because you have a supporting network. People and philosophies around you that will reassure you that everything is OK.
But in your solitude you wonder. I know you do. Because God is unwilling for you to leave Him. So He approaches you ... not with guilt ... but with the sense that what you have is not enough. What you are is incomplete. Something is missing.
That's when God can fill you with peace, not guilt and say "start over!"
God keeps throwing our sins in a big black hole, He closes His eyes, turns His back on it and yet people keep dredging it up and bring it up time after time, year after year. God says if you do not forgive each others sins what am I going to do with them? If you cannot have compassion for each other, how can you believe in Me, a stranger you have not seen.
We need forgiveness, not condemnation. And right now this is what God offers - forgiveness - with the power to overcome sin.
|We secretly hope that God does not exist, but if he does that he is just like us.|
We Hope that God is Like Us
In these days people lean to one mistake after another. On the one hand they want love and acceptance but the unchangeable Law of God gets in the way. So they ignore it, hoping that IF God exists and IF he is loving, he will overlook these things. On the other hand, others see the slippery slope on which we are living when we change the standards of the church to let the world fit in on their terms. So they try their best to shame, plead and argue with others about behavior. Well these are not "Church standards" these are God's standards. He can no easier change them than He can His love for you. So what's missing?
The church needs to realize that it cannot make up its own laws nor change the laws of God to become attractive to the world. The sinner needs to understand that what they do is sin - no matter how much it seems natural to them. But it is precisely because these things are natural inclinations why God says changing you is His work, not ours, not yours.
What is our part? To be willing to accept the change. And part of this acceptance is acknowledging that what we do is not God's ideal. These things will not survive in heaven. The self-righteous need to exercise more patience and less judgment. But do we change the standards? Never! We continue to love each other more. We continue to love God even more.
We Hate the God in the Old Testament
But you say, look at that vicious God in the old testament. And I say look at that patient, loving God in the Old Testament .
For a long time I used to avoid the Old Testament just because I read the ending of the story and not the rest. I suggest you do the same. Read it with out any comment or opinion. What did I find? I found a God who was the equivalent of a rich, young, handsome, powerful king who fell in love with and old, haggard, toothless prostitute. He acted as if she were the most beautiful and the only girl in the world. Seriously! It was pitiful to watch. God was patient. When he acted it took hundreds of years and plenty of bribery, warnings and special treatment, but nothing happened. He finally weeps when his people or the other nations around (they are his people too) have to be given up to their choices.
God told his prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute so that he could demonstrate his love for his people through their marriage.
She remained a prostitute throughout the marriage.
None of their children belonged to him. Yet, he remained faithful - and loving.
|God loves his Church. Maybe, if you can look past the harsh exterior you will find the nugget of gold that God sees in us.|
A Reason to Love God
Other religions and philosophical systems leave it up to you to work it out. Whether you believe in karma, reincarnation, works, survival of the fittest, a bottle, drugs, natural instincts whatever helps you make sense of the world at the moment. In the end it is your own responsibility. You get back what you put in. Well God says you cannot do it by yourself, you are like a two day old baby trying to understand the theory of relativity. It will not happen. So since you are helpless, it is his responsibility as a parent. But you must cry when you are hungry. Ask for his help. He will not force you.
So what stops us from sinning. God certainly does not want it to be because you are afraid of him or because you are following rules.
|God wants you to stop sinning because you are in love with him.|
In Perspective - Our Problem
As you study all the topics you will learn that you cannot do anything to go to heaven, you cannot bribe God. You cannot change yourself. You have to depend on God.
How can we think about ourselves? Imagine yourself as a baby (three months old), sin is the diaper that needs changing. You have a normal loving parent. Get the picture?
|No doubt about it! A baby cannot change its diaper. We also cannot change our selves. On our own we cannot be what God sees for us. God says "I know the plans that I have for you ... to give you a future and a hope"|
How to Study
So, how much time would you give to examine issues that could be important to your life?
I asked you to give God a chance, to investigate his claims. This cannot be done in a day or a week.
|Dear God. I do not know who you are. Most times I do not want to know. But if you exist, help me to understand. Help me to love you of my own free will. Thank you.|
|Topic||Study Time||Web Location||What will you learn|
|Check Point||Know yourself, your expectations||What do you fear about God and why? What do you think you have to give up and why? What would you give up and why? What would you not give up and why? What would you do if you discovered a wonderful, powerful God? Write down these things in a journal, whatever you feel.|
|Rules||30 Minutes|| Methodology |
|Since you are skeptical, we ought to operate on reasonable ground rules.
Make a note of things that are one-sided in the methodology so that you can go back over them. |
Read about the WEB site conventions and the resources so that you know how to find your way around the topics.
|The Unseen World||1 Hour||God, Satan, God's problem||If God is so good and powerful why does evil exist? I will agree that whatever you learn here is an assumption. It cannot be proven by scientific means. However, I offer this as a reason to explain why things are the way they are. Why God acts in certain ways. I want you to get the big picture.|
|The Bible||1 Hour||The Bible||Since we assume that this is authentic. Read about it's history and changes.|
|The Love of God||1 Hour||Love||How does God demonstrate his love. Forgiveness|
|Doctrines||2 Hours||Issues||Read about some doctrines and issues such as faith.|
|Check Point||Review||Now that we have covered some housekeeping information review the assumptions and attitudes, adjust your expectations.|
|Sanctuary||3 Hours||The Plan||Now learn about the institutions that God set up to teach humans about what he is trying to do.|
|Prophecy||12 Hours||Daniel||Daniel 2, 7, 8 and 9 Only. Now we are getting into the realm of evidence. If the Prophecy of the Messiah does not raise your eyebrows, nothing else will|
|The Love of God||1 Hour||Love||How does God demonstrate his love - he is a friend to his enemies|
|1 Hour|| Hell|
|Controversial aspects of God's action. Read about Hell and the Judgment.|
|Check Point||Review||Did I go astray from the methodology. Is it reasonable. Did we make any assumptions that were too unreasonable. Does God now seem unreasonable? Do you think that you could possibly understand him?|
|The Love of God||1 Hour||Love||How does God demonstrate his love. A Servant who was willing to sacrifice himself for his enemies|
|Doctrines||2 Hours||The Law||Read about some other doctrines such as the Eternal Covenant.|
|In depth Study||Unknown||Main Menu||Start from the Main Menu and go through each item in order. You can skip over "History" until you get to the end. Because you will probably read most of it as you go through the prophecies.|
|The Love of God||1 Hour||Love||How does God demonstrate his love. With tender loving care and compassion. How will the loss of people affect him. He will always grieve over you.|
|Next Steps||Your response||Pray, from your heart. Read about How to become a Christian. Then Contact us.|
Convention and Methodology
To provide an orderly forum for a discussion we will adhere to a consistent convention for presenting the material and a conservative methodology for interpreting scripture. The methodology is based on how God interpreted Daniel.
Take the site tour to see what is available, look at the site map to see an overview of the topics so that you can get the 'big picture'.
There is only one God, YHWH (the personal God, the one who wants to approach you one-on-one) and he has one son Jesus Christ. YHWH states that He himself is Love in mental, physical and spiritual form. He is the source of Love, the Teacher of Love, the Example of Love. Christ created the universe and allowed us to share in this great Love of God by making the first human beings, Adam and
God demonstrates his love through his sacrifice. If through one man's disobedience (Adam), sin and death would enter the world, then is fair that through the obedience of one Man (Jesus Christ) life could be returned to the creation. But while the consequences of Adam's choice are acquired through inheritance, God's solution can only be acquired through acceptance. It is a gift. And as a gift it must be received to be enjoyed. This gift gave us the rights of adoption, and as adopted children - heirs to the riches of God.
God also demonstrates his power through his ability to predict the future, unlike other religions. Hundreds of years before the event, God tells his prophets about a series of kingdoms that will impact the life of his people
from Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, Europe and the United States of America as the final super power.
He predicts that the Messiah would be killed while his people were under the rule of the Iron Kingdom (Rome).
He also predicts the exact year of the baptism and death of the Messiah (Jesus Christ). And if you understood the sanctuary system
you could have predicted the day and the hour of his death!
Finally, he tells of an apostasy starting within the Christian Church even during the time of the disciples. This system of the Anti-Christ would gain - then lose power and finally rise up one last time to attempt to crush his people with the assistance of the political powers at the end.
Current actions by the Muslim world, their alliance with the Pope and the threatened global instability caused by hatred of the United States might well be the door through which the United states will be forced to deal with the papacy on their terms. Although the Muslims see a world dominated by their religion, prophecy states something else - it will be a Catholic Christian domination enforced by the United States and its European allies.
The remarkable thing about these prophecies is that God shows that the final danger to his church and the final crisis at the end is not through wars or "rumors of wars" or famine or pestilence or earthquake but from within the church itself.
|My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Hosea 4: 6||Time: 25 minutes
Print: 8 pages
Updated : May 18, 2002
Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor:
Thanks to my pastor for those wonderful sermons about the love of God. For teaching me that every detail is important to God.