Originally posted by Phil123
'Be Godlike', you are looking at the bible through rose tinted glasses. God did not just give love he also gave plenty of hate, you've only got to
look at Genesis and other passages in the bible to see that:
You raise an interesting point, Phil. There are many times in which God's wrath was poured down upon the Earth...Why? How could an honest and just
God say that He wants to save the entire world while also decimating Sodom? If you don't look at the Bible as a whole, it makes no sense! When you
read this next line, keep reading, because I'm going to explain it. God has poured His wrath upon the earth not
because He hates His creation,
but because He loves it.
Say what now?
I don't know if any of y'all are parents, but even if you aren't, I'm sure you've been children at one point in time or another. When a parent
disciplines their children, they do not do it out of hatred for that child, they do it out of love to bring the child up knowing right and wrong, and
to be of strong character. You love that child, and as you see them making mistakes, you need to make them understand just how severe those mistakes
can be if continued into adulthood. So you spank your kids. You ground them. You take away the car. You don't do it out of hatred, you do it out of
God's child is the world, so to speak. He created the Earth, and us, and loves us. All of us. As such, there are times he has to punish people.
Because the world is so large and our concept of discipline so small, it seems harshly severe to see God take down a city, force a people to wander a
relatively small desert for 40 years, enslave His people, and allow His people to suffer. Yet, obviously, those lessons were loudly heard, and still
echo through the world thousands of years later, through the generations. Every time He did something along those lines, too, you see the people being
corrected and living more in line with His will for humanity.
Again, though, it does seem pretty severe and sudden if you just look at those passages. However, there are children who, when trying to stick their
finger into an outlet, get spanked. They try again, get spanked. Again, spanking time. Finally, they manage to get away with it and they find out
those spanking really were not that bad compared to 110 (or 220) volts going through your body.
Also a note on one of those statements you made. God will be destroying every living thing, but only to make room for a new creation that is without
sin. The original plan for Eden, but with all of us who choose to come with him along. How do we choose to come along into the new, perfect, Eden-like
creation? We need to accept Jesus Christ as our savior. If you want more information about that, feel free to U2U me and we can talk.