Adam was created in God's image. Sadly, men have a tendency to want to create a 'god' in their image, calling it their 'God.' At any rate, any idea of the one true Almighty God (Yahweh) opposed to the Scriptures, must be rejected.
Does God actually love everyone? Is God limited in His power? Is He bound by the whims and decisions of His own creation? Does He try to do things and occasionally, fail? Those who promote these popular ideas of today concerning God want you to ignore these questions.
Lies and compromise stain the fabric of this culture. Only supernatural power can penetrate that depth of darkness and 'open our eyes.' Yahweh (God) awakens His people thru the Scriptures, which gives us understanding as to Who He is. Do not fear this challenge!
God is much greater than man-made systems and perceptions which keep us from attaining the knowledge of the truth otherwise. We must discover: God is much greater than all we've been shown thru the 'mind-filtering' of society. Our minds must be solely focused on the Scriptures, especially when it comes to knowing Him. To attain a clear understanding of God's plan (past, present and future), we must know Him...Who He is and is not. We should struggle to be free of any confusion concerning His holy character. For Yahweh and His Word are the center of it all.
Yet if we've unknowingly created a god in our own image, or adopted someone else's concepts, it must be discovered within. For we must never be counted among those who attempt to 'explain-away' the Scriptures, hopelessly to fail.
If one casually refuses to learn more of God, the Scriptures will be of no avail to them. In addition, they'll be ashamed if they happen to hear the very truth they choose to deny.
Some have their god 'in a box', obscuring their worldview, while unknowingly accepting conditioning against the truth. This neat, little, organized 'box' can be a set of man-made teachings or traditions even, 'education' - which may even contain a measure of Christian truth. However, we should never be afraid to investigate and then magnify the greatness of God! This will in turn expose to us all the flaws in man-made laws, systems, traditions, and institutions. For Yahweh is the only One Who has it all together, and He cannot and will not be contained!
Some may cringe at the thought that the God of the Scriptures is glorified thru judgment, wrath, and vengeance...that God hates corruption, and even those who are the product of such iniquity. The wrath of God is just one of His many perfect attributes. But it is one which does not fit well with the concepts of today.
Coming into agreement with our unchanging Creator should be our greatest goal, though most only pay it lip service. Is it not ridiculous to merely assume the God of the Universe would agree with us? What good would it do, if we hold to ideas about God unfounded in the Scriptures? Or if we ignore or deny the Scriptures, because it doesn't fit our concepts about God?
Ultimately, our understanding concerning God affects every fascet of our lives. For instance, most fear that God has left the fate of the world in the hands of men (to varying degrees). The teachings of personal salvation, egalitarianism, and dispensationalism are supreme examples of satan's subtility in this area. That anyone can 'magically' choose, believe or partake their way into a relationship with God. That dumbing-down educaton will somehow lift everyone else up. And that since the jews rejected Christ, God enacted 'plan B,' deciding to let in the 'gentiles.' Lurking behind all three of these systems is, universalism.
Though we've been conditioned to pretend that God will somehow 'straighten this all out before its too late,' these ideas and concepts of God are foreign to the Scriptures. God is indeed greater than all modern assumptions. Let's see what's missing, between what's being taught today, and this:
7 They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.
Hopefully, we recognize that we must discard all false concepts of God and receive the truth of the Scriptures. Have the practices of idolatry been updated? Many today are fixated on what ungodly movie stars are doing. Others spend their free time watching a ball go up and down a field or court. Neither bowing down to still images nor a fixed statue is necessary, when paid professionals have constructed comfortable concepts of God in their temples. God's people are wasting their lives and living by watching moving images in the next 'must-see' event. While at the same time supporting institutions which are a huge part of the problem and not the solution. All worship of anything other than Yahweh God leads to, at the very least, "captivity." So God's people are no different today then they were then; producing and worshipping their own gods. As we see in the Scriptures, Israelites who have a man-made god, live a much harder life.
Let's learn the lesson and stop carrying around false concepts about God. Our strength runs in direct proportion to our view and knowledge of God. Let us long to embrace the truth of His greatness, which carries us thru the deepest valley and the darkest of nights.
Did God give us the prophets, to fortell the future? No. He gave us the prophets so His people would trust the God Who has kept all His promises thus far! Therefore, we can put our full confidence in Him in the future! But we will only trust and depend on the One Who declares "the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not done yet" once we are shown it for ourselves in the Scriptures.
Today we have the concept of 'God loves everybody.' Modern lifestyle and cultural 'values' have been based on this assumption, concluding that we should love everybody. Is there a way we can test these ideas and know for sure whether they are actually true?
I JOHN 4:1-10
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come, and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
So if one assumes God loves everyone, then how can we "try" the particular "spirit" of that idea to determine if it's of God, or of the world? The idea must be judged in light of the Scriptures, which God's Spirit has written.
4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
Look what we missed! Of all places in the Scriptures to find this, the sweet Psalms state that God hates some people, contrary to what is so widely held today. There are even more of these embodied spirits at work today. Yet any idea that is contrary to the Scriptures, no matter how wide-spead and accepted it may be, originated with another spirit.
Therefore based on the Scriptures, we must conclude that its a worldly idea that God loves everyone. While the Scriptures do say, "God is love," nowhere in the Scriptures does it say, 'God loves everybody.' And this is the slippery slope to every kind of ungodliness being called 'acceptable' today. Universalism is not found in the Scriptures. It is dangerous to embrace unfounded assumptions about God.
We have God's hatred for people taught in other places both, Old and New Testament:
1 The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.
2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob.
3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
If you go by what the Scriptures say here, God hates Esau and all His descendants forever, of which are in the world today.
10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;
11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth),
12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
This explains it even further. In a nutshell, the whole problem within the world today is that 'the younger' is serving 'the elder. 'Jacob' is serving 'Esau.' The descendants of Jacob/Israel are serving the descendants of Esau, the Edomites, even today. This is a primary reason for all the unrest around the world and most have totally missed it.
In Genesis 25:23 when God told Rebecca, "Two goyim, two nations are in thy womb." The physical descendants of these two nations are at the forefront of the world's stage today. How did we miss this? Due to a lack of Scriptural understanding on the part of God's people, most are actually standing with and supporting God's enemies, those under Almighty God's impending wrath. What is causing God's people to unknowingly side with God's enemies in this way? Its called Dispensationalism. Now this isn't how the proponents of this doctrine express it, but according to them, God failed the first time Christ came to earth, having to postpone His plans. Understand, this is not some obscure cult group that is teaching this. This is the most widely held, popular teaching of our day. And as long as God's people continue to hold on to this lie, they will remain a prey unto their enemies the remainder of thier days in the flesh.
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
We must not hold on to concepts of God that pull Him down to our level. God is giving His people the opportunity see how He is, in His majesty and glory. The way to return to Yahweh is to forsake our ways and turn from the earthly thoughts we've had concerning Him, for He will abundantly pardon us when we agree with Him. We must always keep in mind His thoughts are not our thoughts. The way we've been influenced to think in our culture, is not the way God wants us to think. His thoughts are much higher, His purposes are of upmost significance. We must persistently labor in the Scriptures to align our understanding with His purposes.
We must learn of God's ways. His ways are not our ways. There are ways which society deems 'okay' or 'good,' which are actually wicked in God's sight. Conversely, there are ways that people assume should be 'illegal' or deem 'bad' that are actually acceptable in God's sight.
Whether or not we agree with God, the Scriptures stand and will always accomplish to the finest detail, everything He has set out to perform. How closely are you willing to follow the Scriptures? Let's look at the early example of Abraham.
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
What if you suddenly heard the voice of the eternal Yahweh, telling you to pack up and move to an undisclosed location, away from everything and everyone you have ever known? Would you do it?
Imagine you and your spouse are older and you've never had any children, yet God tells you:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
You don't know where He is sending you. Yet He's telling you He's going to bless you and give you a great name. What would be your reaction? Here's what Abraham did:
4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
Thank God for Abraham's faith and example. For many promises along with an unconditional, irrevocable covenant with God are in his future. God never made this with anyone else, and God's keeping of this covenants with Abraham are why his descendants are here today.
What God has spoken cannot and will not return to Him void. His people are responsible to know and live by this. God is calling His people out of 'Babylon' (confusion). We must let go of the lies handed down to us from the past.
Deep down do you really think the God Who spoke this universe into existence, suddenly had to resort to a 'plan-B', a magical-salvation-plan for the afterthought 'gentiles'? Or do you agree with the Scriptures where Peter calls Yahweh's annointed children "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people"? The God of the Scriptures knows what He is doing and you can trust Him. Our greatest need is to get to know Him.