If God Cannot Tolerate Sin, and if Jesus was God, then how come Jesus only got pissed off at religious people?

I listened to Alistair Begg on the radio this morning ( it’s always good to hear the other side of things – helps to affirm me) and he was preaching on how God, being perfectly holy, can’t even stand to look at sin.  That’s why he had to send Himself,  as Jesus, to pay the price (God’s price, btw) for all the world’s sin. In fact,  at that  point, hanging on the cross, in which Jesus “took on” all of our sin (whatever that means) God completely abandons Jesus, his Son (whatever that means).  “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”

But if Jesus was God (or at least bearing the character of God) then where was his wrath for sinners?  If, like God, he would recoil in the presence of sin, then why did he seem to prefer hookers, thieves and a whole slew of other sinners over the upright and uptight with their 1st century crew cuts and their clean white sneakers?

I read a great line in Sarh Mile’s new book “Jesus Freak”: the pastor asks the congregation  “Who believes that God is merciful and just?”  A bunch of hands fly up.  “Wrong” he says.  “God is merciful”.

Can’t be both.


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  1. #1 by anita on March 29, 2010 - 4:21 pm

    You maniac! This is the very topic I was going to raise on my blog this week! Great. Now I can just “cut and paste” and get my laundry and other errands done. Bless you 🙂

  2. #2 by Christian Beyer on March 29, 2010 - 5:06 pm

    er…you’re welcome. Anyway, nice to hear from you. I check in on your site every now and then (haven’t done much blogging lately). You seem so damn busy – I don’t know how you do it and still find the time to right so beautifully. I really, really like Miles book btw. Couldn’t help but think of you while reading it.

    A dios, lady.

  3. #3 by anita on March 29, 2010 - 5:31 pm

    Oh, didn’t even notice your mention of a new book by her….will get that asap. I on the other hand believe, as I wrote JUST this morning, that mercy and justice aren’t opposing forces in God’s hand. I think the problem is related more to our lack of understanding the meaning of justice than of mercy.

    And we’re all busy and truth be told my excuse is part busy and part lazy….which in MY hands aren’t opposing forces either as they result in the same non-blogging results.

    • #4 by Christian Beyer on March 29, 2010 - 6:48 pm

      Gotcha. God’s desire for justice is not God’s desire to punish but God’s desire that we treat each other justly – that all his blessings be distributed equally among all his children. Which it would be if we (including the church-no!- especially the church) didn’t F things up so efficiently.

      Gonna go visit you now – see what you wrote this morning. Was that before or after coffee (or tea)?

  4. #5 by Servant of Yahweh on December 2, 2010 - 8:49 pm

    “There will be no peace on Earth until My Son’s Kingdom. I will crush every kingdom now standing and rock the earth off it’s foundation. I Yahweh will destroy every enemy to My throne, and who can stop Me? Who can turn back My anger? No one.”

    Christ Jesus said at Matthew 10:34 “Don’t assume that I came to bring peace on the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

    While Satan works to maintain “peace on earth” and halt prophecy, mankind is alienated from God. What was prophesied long ago is currently taking place and will continue to until the battle of Armageddon.

    Ezekiel 29:8 “Therefore this is what the Lord GOD says: I am going to bring a sword against you and wipe out man and animal from you.”

    Yes, that means God is angry.

    Revelation 16:21 “Enormous hailstones, each weighing about 100 pounds, fell from heaven on the people, and they blasphemed God for the plague of hail because that plague was extremely severe.”

    We are currently in the Tribulation and the severity is about to become much worse. If you think things are bad now, you can’t imagine how bad they will become.

    Satan is not the cause of what is occurring in the world via natural disasters, plagues, pestilence, financial crisis and all the rest. It is Yahweh’s will and it comes directly from Him. He is the One in control, and the One whom is nature.

    Psalm 83:18 “May they know that You alone – whose name is Yahweh – are the Most High over all the earth.”

    Calamity will come upon mankind and it will be via Yahweh’s hand. Satan is powerless to stop Him and mankind is powerless to stop Him.

    Ezekiel 28:23 “I will send a plague against her and bloodshed in her streets; the slain will fall within her, while the sword is against her on every side. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”

    Yahweh is about to bring full rebellion to Satan’s empire. As hard as he works to try and keep peace, he will not be able to halt the people from rebelling against the governments. There is a reason the job failures and the staggering economy, and the lost homes. They are all designed to culminate against each government of every nation affected by this curse from God.

    Malachi 1:4 “Though Edom says: “We have been devastated, but we will rebuild the ruins,” the LORD of Hosts says this: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called a wicked country and the people the LORD has cursed forever.”

    Satan will bring the nations back up from ruin for a short while, but they will not hold together. During that period of destruction, the people will curse God and seek their true benefactor that is opposed to Christ and Yahweh – Satan. The Antichrist will then make his appearance. The people will be awed by Satan’s regained powers and his strength to bring peace to this world of people. But it will not last. Yahweh will see to that.

    Matthew 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!”

    All of mankind is cursed except for the remnant. Think. How many people survived the Great Flood? Sodom and Gomorrah? It will not be any different. Those events were precursors to what will occur in these End Times.

    Mark 11:12 “[ The Barren Fig Tree Is Cursed ] The next day when they came out from Bethany, He was hungry.”

    Mark 11:21 “Then Peter remembered and said to Him, ” Rabbi, look! The fig tree that You cursed is withered.”

    Satan’s family tree is barren and was cursed long ago. Mankind is withering under our Creator’s curse.

    Jeremiah 17:5 “[ Curse and Blessing ] This is what the LORD says: Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind, who makes [human] flesh his strength and turns his heart from the LORD.”

    Mankind is under a curse and belongs to Satan. It requires effort – action on the part of anyone hearing this wake up call to get out of Satan’s empire. Those that have remained are to receive the plagues just ahead. Everything else has just been foreplay. The worst is just ahead, and it’s all from Yahweh.

    When Satan’s empire totally crumbles out from under him and them as their Antichrist, this is what will happen:

    Ezekiel 33:27 “Tell them this: This is what the Lord GOD says: As surely as I live, those who are in the ruins will fall by the sword, those in the open field I have given to wild animals to be devoured, and those in the strongholds and caves will die by plague.”

    Ezekiel 38:22 “I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed. I will pour out torrential rain, hailstones, fire, and brimstone on him, as well as his troops and the many peoples who are with him.”

    Habakkuk 3:5 “Plague goes before Him, and pestilence follows in His steps.”

    That is the path Yahweh will lead Satan’s followers down.

    Deuteronomy 28:16 “You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country.”

    There will be nowhere to hide.

    For the so-called Christian churches that claim to reveal Yahweh’s Word in truth:

    Revelation 2:23 “I will kill her children with the plague. Then all the churches will know that I am the One who examines minds and hearts, and I will give to each of you according to your works.”

    They are cursed especially for their lying conduct in reference to Yahweh and Christ. Remember when Yahweh killed the first born males of ancient Egypt? Now He will kill the children of Satan that make up the false churches.

    1 Chronicles 21:27 “Then the LORD spoke to the angel, and he put his sword back into its sheath.”

    The only way this will happen is if they repent and accept Yahweh for who He really is – in Truth.

    Otherwise, those churches professing to be true Christians will go the way of the rest of cursed mankind.

    Revelation 2:11 “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. The victor will never be harmed by the second death.”

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