Were you ever like me when I didn’t understand the word of God? I always saw God as this killer who didn’t care about anybody but himself, never forgiving and very harsh and stern. But when I got saved, I began to hear and learn about this loving God whose actions have always been and would forever be about love. I started knowing this Good God who has always been good and never done any bad; and I became convicted, I believed it strongly.
After a while, there was an outbreak and people started to air their nasty opinions about God, calling him a rapist and many other terrible names. From this outbreak, a question stayed imprinted in my heart: Why does the God of the Old Testament differ so much from the New? Why does he seem rebranded in the New Testament? Angry in the old and loving in the New? Would the real God please rise?
As though placing myself as defendant for the God on trial, I began to search for answers. I knew God is a loving God but I was scared. What will I find? Already I saw books written by people talking about how God is blood hungry and obsessed with blood. I had seen that approximately 2 million people had been killed in the Old Testament by God himself. Oh no, what next?
Relax okay? I’ll share with you all that I learnt during this period. But I won’t do so without warning you first; You need to be ready to relearn and unlearn many things you may think you know about God cause trust me I had to and till forever I don’t regret it at all. So leggo!
God is love. Every single action he has taken and will ever take was and will always emanate from a place of love. He is a father and not just a tyrant who doesn’t care about anybody. Looking at the Old Testament alone to understand the nature of God, you will not get the full picture.
So yes, God is love but it is really crucial that you understand this: In his love he is also just. How will you like it if your very good uncle let someone go completely free after the person raped your sister multiple times, battered her and burnt her alive? Would he be so good after all? You may never even speak to him again. How can a good person do that right?
“There is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.”
Without justice this entire world will be in chaos. In fact, there is eternal punishment for being bad and eternal reward for being good… by God’s standard. But justice and wrath are not the essential nature of God. God is love (1John 4:8) and that’s his true nature.
Another thing you should also note is that the bible is a book of progressive revelation and in that light, the Old Testament in its entirety cannot on its own draw a full, accurate, complete picture of God.
So now having this in mind, let’s go back and take a closer look at the Old Testament.
I’m guessing we all know the story of Adam and Eve how they disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit. From that moment, sin came into the world. But God didn’t kill Adam and Eve; as a matter of fact the reason why he sent them out of the garden was because he didn’t want them to live forever. (Genesis 3:22-23)
We see Cain too, the very first murderer on earth, yet God even put a mark of protection on him. I know right! (Genesis 4:15). So many other examples.
So why did he start killing people?
I’ll answer that with this analogy: when your 2 year old child does something wrong, let’s say for example he stole something. Do you sit with the child explaining how stealing is a sin and sin is a sinker and he will go to hell for that if he doesn’t stop? Let’s pray the child will even understand what you’re saying right?
The child will be looking at you and will even try it again later. But when you spank that child or promise them a good spanking, the next time they want to try stealing again they will remember and refrain right? Exactly how it was for the children of Israel. They were sinking deep in sin. A lot of things were going on then but sin wasn’t being counted to anybody’s account.
“For before the law was given, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin when there is no law.”
Sin was growing very rampant and so God had to limit sin and here comes the law.
I have a lot of things to say about the law. But amongst many other things, once the law came people’s sins were being credited to their account. The law released wrath upon the people.
“For the law brings wrath, because where there is no law there is no transgression either.” Romans 4:15
And if you notice the law wasn’t telling you what to do right, it was only telling you what not to do, what to refrain from doing. The law was not addressed to ignorant people who didn’t know killing or stealing was a sin. I mean when Cain the first murderer sinned he knew he had done something wrong. But we see the first man to violate the Sabbath was ordered to be killed. (Numbers 13:35)
And so the law was a temporary device to curb sin up until a certain time.
“Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; And so the Law was our guardian until the Messiah came.”
Galatians 3:19, 25
Now under the New Testament, Christ has redeemed us from the law. (Galatians 3:25). God is no longer crediting any man’s account for their sins. In other words sin is not being imputed to man’s account because our sins have been put on Christ.
“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
2 Corinthians 5:19, 21
God has reconciled the world unto himself in Christ! We have been delivered from the law! That’s the difference between the Old and the New Testament.
Another thing you should know is that God’s nature was not properly represented by the prophets too. The prophets had the power and anointing of God backing them up and so you see Elijah calling down fire on men (1Kings 1:9-10), even though there were other ways he could have handled the situation.
But the bible tells us that the nature, character and exact expression of God is revealed in Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 1:1-3). This same Jesus rebuked his disciples from calling down fire on men like Elijah and I’ll show you.
“And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
But he turned, and rebuked them, and said; you don’t know what manner of spirit you are of.” Luke 9:53-54
See that? However I must also inform you about sin. Sin is very destructive and if anyone keeps up with it, consequences are sure to abound. From the beginning sin has been destroying the human race, diminishing it. So when you see an unbeliever who has lung diseases, don’t be so quick to judge that God has finally judged them for their many sins without knowing that they had been smoking all their lives which has destroyed their lungs, hence the disease.
Remember that there is a hardworking devil out there whose only aim is to kill, steal and destroy. (John 10:10)
But God’s will is not that men perish in their sins. He isn’t killing people for their sins. A free sacrifice has been offered on behalf of all men! God will have all men saved!
So the real God is standing up now and he is a God of love!
If you have not accepted his sacrifice, do so. If you have, pray for those who haven’t and tell them about it too!
My life never remained the same after I realized this. Were you blessed too? Please tell us in the comments section and further questions can also be stated. ���ŷ
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