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Today I was verbally attacked on Twitter about the fact that my God must be a complete jerk if He would send “good” people to hell just because they don’t believe in Him.
Is that true? Is God a jerk? Is He selfish, is He jealous? Is @Atheist_Deity right to question the thought,
“so you live a good life, look after your fellow man & never act in an evil manner but don’t believe, god will send you to hell?”
I want to sow this idea over a larger field, but for now let’s allow these questions to till up the soil of our minds to prepare the seeds of God’s Word to take root.
Continue to Part 1.
P.S. I’ve included this comic because the ideas illustrated here are PREVALENT throughout the world. I encounter them on a daily basis. Do you know how to answer people like this (using God’s Word)?
I will bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.” Psalm 138:2
It was Shakespeare who asked the immortal question, “what’s in a name?” When the Bible speaks of a name, it means far more than the title you call when trying to get someone’s attention.
Firstly, in ancient times names carried a deeper denotation. The word Abraham meant “father of multitudes.” The word Jacob meant “deceiver.” And more often than not a child was named for a very particular reason. Consider Hosea’s daughter, Lo-ruhamah (literally: “she has not obtained compassion”); named because God had chosen to no longer have compassion on the house of Israel (Hosea 1:6). There are also occasions were adults changed their birth names to reflect a modulation in their lives. Ruth’s mother-in-law, Naomi tried to change her name to Mara (“bitter”) for she believed God had “dealt very bitterly with [her].”
Secondly, without delving too deeply into the original language, the word often translated “name” speaks to the character of the individual. Proverbs tells us to choose a “good name” over great riches. Here, having a good name refers to possessing a pure character before the world.
God has magnified His Word according to His name. Who is God? What is His character? Isaiah tells us He’s holy. We know He cannot lie. He keeps His promises. He’s righteous. He’s loving, kind, merciful, and gracious. He’s eternally faithful. He seeks only our best interest. He’s infinitely an infinite amount of things . . . and everything He is has magnified, literally “made big,” His Word.
Do we make God’s Word big? Do we make it preeminent in our decision-making, in our thinking, in our lives? The Bible is a perfect, though not complete, record of God’s doings in regard to man. He created the world. He ordered its way, and when the world chose a different way, God provided the ONLY way though Jesus Christ (see “What You NEED to Know). It is the all-sufficient guide for every situation in life. All of it is from God; you can’t pick and choose which parts God said, which He might have said, and which He didn’t say. It is all directly breathed out by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
If it wasn’t completely inspired, then God is a liar.
“Thank you, Lord for You Word! Thank you for leading us to You and showing us how to glorify You in this life!”