Pick your favorite image of God. The story that you think best represents God. Lets say you chose the Prodigal Son story. The Dad rushing out to meet his wayward son. People love this story! It shows a fathers forgiveness, grace and love. Does it get any better than that?
Anyone vote for God on Mt. Sina? You know the God who has had it with the idol worshiping; complaining Israelites that He just rescued from Egypt? God tells Moses He is going to destroy them and start over with a new nation with Moses as their father (Ex.32:7-10).
People often say that it seems like there are two very different Gods portrayed in the Bible. One is gracious, forgiving, compassionate, patient. The other is full of wrath, judgement, anger & jealousy. For many people this confusion leads people to think that God may have an identity disorder. HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER THIS CHARGE?
Before you read that following article by Tim Keller, I’d love to hear how you’d answer someone who was confused by the different ways God is portrayed in the Bible.
Here is T.K.’s article, it is worth reading! http://www.redeemer.com/news_and_events/newsletter/?aid=363