Would you repost this?
I'm in the early days of a loooong Old Testament reading plan and, well, there it is. It being the challenge to reconcile the God of the OT to the God who western Christianity clings to, who loves us so much, loves us so much:
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 NKJV)
It's the same God.
This makes explaining the Trinity look like a piece of cake. David Pawson makes a super point:
"'What kind of a God do you believe in?' That is the important question - not whether you believe in God."
I am west-born-and-raised, never lived outside of the suburbs, was never forced to sustain myself for a day without food, never went to the hospital for anything life-threatening, was never prohibited from practicing my faith or doing things because I was of Asian descent. So why shouldn't I believe in a God of blessing, relentless pursuit and unconditional love for me?
Because it's not a complete description.
I can't forget Jen Hatmaker's personal benchmark: "If it isn't also true for a poor single Christian mom in Haiti, it isn't true."
Did the Christians on the beach last year believe in the same God as me when they were beheaded? The believers in hiding in China but are still believing, what about them? I'm inclined to think they know more about God's holiness and righteousness (and his demand for the same in us) than I do.
Holy. Righteous. Do I even know what those words mean? Even better, the intended meaning of the original Greek/Hebrew words?
It's like a really, really hard math equation. I am just staring at it, all laid out in front of me, for, like, ever. And I haven't even finished Genesis.
Pawson, J. David. A Commentary on the Book of Revelation. Ashford: Anchor Recordings, 2013. 184-85. Print.
Hatmaker, Jen. For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards. Nashville: Nelson, 2015. 18. Print.