Does God have an identity disorder?

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

3 thoughts on “Does God have an identity disorder?

  1. indeed
    Please correct me if im wrong.
    The way I would explain it is that the old testament shows us the extremely high standards (laws) of God on us. It also shows His righteous wrath on us when we do fail. BUT GOD in all His love sent His son to die for us. Jesus fufilled the laws and took the Fathers wrath on Himself. Because of this, we now find favor in the sight of the Lord through Jesus and not the law.

  2. Good counter question Alyse! I like that you saw this a “door” to share about Jesus as opposed to invitation to arguing.

  3. Awesome article Noah! I loved this question at the end -One way to respond to the charge of inconsistency may be to ask a counter-question—“Are you asking me to deny the very heart of my Christian beliefs?” – Answering this charge with a question like this is an excellent way of explaining why there are not any inconsistencies in Gods character. It can also create a door to share the Gospel with people that don’t here the whole truth and judge Christianity based off that. I am very passionate about understanding the difference between the new and old covenant and this article highlighted some key points that I think many churches are not aware of and still live partially under the old covenant.
    Thanks Noah!

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