The Character of God

God and AdamHave you wondered: “What is God really like?” “Does He really love me?” Do there seem to be a lot of inconsistencies and contradictions about what even His word  says about Him? Would you be interested to know that God is actually much better than He has been made out to be?

This website is about our wonderful God and the revelation of what He is like through the life of His Son, Jesus. God has been badly misrepresented and misunderstood – here is an attempt to understand Him better. The Great Controversy (or Cosmic Conflict) understanding that there is a war behind the scenes leads to a much clearer picture of how we got into this mess and God’s plan for the way out.

This website is designed as a resource for people and organizations that are promoting this message by providing a platform for them to give information about their work and provide input in various ways. For those who are looking for a better understanding of what God is like, it will be a valuable resource as it is a hub of information linking to many people who have diligently attempted to sort out the “big picture.”

A Little Perspective on God’s Character

There is a wide range of views and understandings about the character of God. As a result, there is a wide range of feelings towards Him. Some love God very much and some hate Him or can’t even accept that such a being could exist. Within that range however, distinct steps can be identified; steps that correspond to major, identifiable belief systems.

We judge people (whether we should or not) largely by how they treat us and others. God also looks at how people treat each other. In fact, He tells us things like this:

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” (Matt 5:43-44)

It seems then that how people treat their enemies would be a good measure of their character. People form their opinions of God and His character by how they perceive that He treats others, especially those that could be termed His enemies. Let’s consider the different views of God, especially how He treats His enemies, in these terms.

The scale below identifies such steps:

God good or bad

God burns the lost in hell forever – this was a concept especially prevalent in the Dark Ages and to this time within some groups. The very idea has likely helped turn many people in to atheists. It certainly is not consistent with the concept of a loving God.

God burns the lost for a short time – just long enough to get the job done. This is referred to as Annihilationism and would be favored by many in such groups as mainstream seventh-day Adventism who favor the traditional legal model of the gospel.

God doesn’t kill in the final judgment – but He has killed people (first death) in emergency situations when it was in the best interests of His people (for example Uzzah, Ananias and Sapphira)

God does not ever kill anyone with either the first or the second death. In this view, it is the consequences of sin itself that brings forth death.

God saves everyone in the end including His enemies. (Universalism) One would seriously question the need to go through what this world has if that is the end result. This website takes the position that “God saves everyone” is going too far and is not supported by scripture.

When God is weighed in the balance in your mind how does He rank on the good/bad scale as far as how He treats His enemies? Granted, there may be other factors that you would consider to be important in your overall assessment of the goodness of God but this would likely be a factor.

Don’t feel bad about the idea of you judging Him. It is just a reference to you forming an opinion of Him and then making choices regarding your relationship with Him. Everyone does that, in fact, He invites us to do just that.

“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Psa 34:8)

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Josh 24:15)

“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him …” (1 Kings 18:21)

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And He tells us that, in fact, He is being judged:

“God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” (Rom 3:4)

There is far more involved in this than you might imagine. This site will explore that and seek to answer how and on what basis we should form our opinions about God.

Misunderstood God – Misunderstood Gospel

This site will examine the gospel itself within the context of a correct understanding of God’s character. We will start with the Law. Other aspects of the gospel and salvation will be added as completed.

The Law

This illustrated study will help to make plain and compare two ways to understand the law of God. The lens through which we look at the law of God makes all the difference in terms of how we will understand it.

law gospel models

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