His True Nature
I will just take a few examples from the Old and New Testament to illustrate this. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the flood during Noah’s lifetime and the stoning of a man who went to collect sticks on the Sabbath day make us think that God is a bad God, while the forgiveness of the woman caught in adultery, the salvation of Zacchaeus and the repentant thief on the cross makes us think that God is so gracious, so which side of God is true?
In the Old Testament examples of Sodom and Gomorrah and the flood, these were instances before the Jews received the law, that ungodliness was multiplying to such an extent that there was a threat to the entire human race. In the case of the flood mankind was threatened by the giants living at that time who were extremely wicked and that every intent of the thoughts of their hearts was evil continually [Genesis 6:5]. Except for Noah and his family who were the only people left on the whole earth that were obedient to God because Noah walked with God. Therefore God didn’t have much of a choice but to cleanse the human race through Noah by wiping out this wicked generation of giants. In the case of Sodom and Gomorrah, sexual perversions reached such a height that it was necessary to prevent it from spreading to other cities, the destruction of these cities is akin to the amputation of a limb so that the rest of the body can be saved. So we see that although there may have been destruction and death, it was actually for the benefit of mankind in order to save and preserve the human race. However even after all these acts of God to save mankind were done, yet man chose to go against God time and again. Then the Law was given to Israel through Moses, so that man could become aware of sin and they would continually see themselves falling short of righteousness. Therefore the law became everything for them and those who went against the law had to suffer the judgement of the law i.e. even if a man went to collect sticks on a day of Sabbath (which was prohibited by the law), he had to be put to death. Thus the very same law, which was to preserve man from his self-destruction through ungodliness, became burdensome thing and an impossible way to reach God.
This is what brought them realization that they could not do without a Savior. So when the time was ripe, Jesus was born of Virgin Mary so that God could become man and fulfill the law and show us a way to salvation. If God can send His own Son to die for us while we were sinners [Romans 5:8], what greater love than this can we hope to see. When Christ was crucified, He who knew no sin became Sin, so that we who were sinful could become righteous because of His one act [2 Corinthians 5:21]. He who was the blessed One became a curse so that we who were under the curse could be removed from the curse [Galatians 3:13] and partake of His eternal blessings. He who is Life, died for us so that we who were dead (by Sin) could rise to eternal Life (by His resurrection) [John 11:25].
After His death, God has reconciled man to Himself [2 Corinthians 5:18] (it’s not the other way round as most religious people think i.e. man has reconciled himself to God). Now the Law is no longer our taskmaster because Christ has fulfilled the law and we who have faith in Christ are not subject to the Law [Galatians 3:24-25] but subject to Christ who is grace and truth [John 1:14]. Because of this grace, the woman caught in the act of adultery, Zacchaeus and the repentant thief on the cross could experience the love of God and witnessed His true nature. Yes indeed God is good all the time and He proved to us that He is the good shepherd that laid His life down for us [John 10:11].
- I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd [John 10:14-16]
- God is Love [1John 4:8]
- God is good all the time and his goodness is extended to all [Psalms 86:5]