New PDF release: A deep but dazzling darkness: exploring God's ''dark side''

By Jennifer Jill Schwirzer

Is God love, or is He justice - can those images be reconciled?

Now you could discover God's darkish part to unravel, as soon as and for all, a stumbling block of religion that makes trusting God tough for thousands. This eye-opening examine God's precise personality may also help you and others locate belief in a writer who needs to stability justice and mercy.

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And even as he wreaked all this heavenly havoc, he charged all the trouble on God. That he won a third of the angels to his cause, and left the remainder bewildered by his sophistry, is testimony to the success of his strategy and persistence (see Revelation 12:4). The Bible portrays him as a kind of traveling salesman, doggedly pounding the streets of heaven, peddling his poisonous wares: “By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned” (Ezekiel 28:16).

Fortunately, this was the mercy seat of his anatomy, and he didn’t have the heart to punish a penitent child. This worked well until I reached adolescence, when I lost the inclination to humble myself in order to assuage his wrath. The result was repeated confrontation between two very headstrong personalities. I remember the verbal mortar fire, with our voices competing for supremacy until Dad finally overwhelmed me with sheer force of personality, size and volume. I’ve since come to understand the impetus behind Dad’s rage a little better.

He would have introduced another strange, new element into His universe—the motivation of fear. He would have given every created intelligence the unmistakable message—If you step out of line, the same will happen to you. And just as love cannot use force to win affectionate cooperation, it cannot and will not use fear to do the same. So God enmeshed Himself in the heart-sickening dilemma initiated by sin. As it took a ruinous war finally fought on its own soil to inoculate Germany against totalitarianism, so it would take a ruinous war against sin to inoculate men and angels against its horrors.

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