This page lists many resources that provide more information on character-of-God related subjects. Note that there are a variety of people/sources listed from various denominational backgrounds and beliefs. Items are included here based on representation of a better view of God’s character. There may be some resources listed here that include some points neither you nor I can totally agree with. Study for yourself.
Note that much more can be accessed from the websites of individual contributors listed on this site.
Audios and Audio Books
The Gospel of Noah – by Saul Leacock. Sermon presented in Troy Edward’s church, Rhode Island, U.S.A. (1 hr, 12 min)
Books and E-books
Agape – Adrian Ebens. Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” How could this be possible? Could it be true that God is truly merciful, gracious and kind as revealed in the life of Jesus? Can this dilemma really be resolved while remaining faithful to the words of Scripture? This book is a key to unlocking this enigma.
This book deals with some challenging concepts such as:
- Why Command Stoning Sinners?
- The Law as a Mirror
- The Everlasting Covenant and the Ministration of Death
Click here for more information on obtaining this book – FREE in Canada and the U.S.
Biblical Forgiveness: Are There Two Types? – Ray Foucher. This study shows, by looking at the original words, that forgiveness is a two-part transaction. God forgives every sin, the question is whether or not we receive that forgiveness. There are actually different Greek words for forgiveness granted and forgiveness received. One is always unconditional while the other is always conditional. (26-page, instant PDF file download, 805kb)
Light on the Dark Side of God – Marilyn Campbell. Hard copies of the newly-edited, condensed version are available from this website (for Free) – see link on right column. Reveals a trail of Biblical clues leading to an amazing and wonderful new picture of God. A few of the questions from the back cover:
- Why would a loving God burn humans eternally for the sins of one short lifetime?
- How did the gentle Jesus perfectly reflect the “fire-breathing” Old Testament God who, according to Scripture, He came to reveal?
- How can a “killing” God tell humans “Thou shalt not kill” and yet to pattern their character after His low?
The Cross Was Hell by Loren James relates the sufferings of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross of Calvary to hellfire and the second death. Jesus experienced the full wrath of God against sin so that we don’t have to!
This book includes a view into our heavenly Father’s heart; the war between good and evil; the relation between suffering and freedom; the essence of sin and hell fire; a guide to Christian unity and Bible interpretation, all from the point of view of the cross.
(168-page, instant PDF file download, 975 kb)
The Remedy New Testament Expanded Paraphrase in Everyday English – Timothy Jennings. This is the second edition updated with over 1,000 edits from the first edition. Written from the perspective of salvation as a matter of healing rather than as a legal matter. Very good for understanding God’s Remedy for our sin problem. The on-line, first edition can be accessed from any page on this site – see the right column.
The Truth About the Second Death: A Scriptural Study – Ray Foucher. An in-depth study about the nature of the Second Death. Also available as a video – see The Lake of Fire and the Second Death in the video section below. I am also editing the e-book to be re-released with that new title. Revelation 21:8 says the Lake of Fire is the Second Death so the two very much need to be considered together. (32-page PDF file, 952kb instant download)
There are Facebook Groups focusing on discussions about God’s character. These are places where you can learn more, ask questions and contribute to the discussion. Here are two recommended groups:
“The Facebook group “Does the Christian God Destroy Sinners?” welcomes those who would like to discuss this question. We don’t promote argument but appreciate open discussion. We can’t tolerate personal attacks on our members, but we encourage theological and experiential discussion about the character of the Creator. If these principles appeal to you, please feel welcome to request membership. Most requests are processed very quickly. Many of our members are former and current SDA members or Sabbath keepers, however there are people of different denominations also in the group which numbers 1500+.”
Discovering Truth About God–Bible and SoP Study Group is an open group with over 450 members. The group is administered by Kevin Straub and Sharon Toombs. This will be of more interest to those with Seventh-day Adventist connections as the writings of SDA pioneers are freely referenced. Here is part of the description posted for the group:
“This is a Bible and Spirit of Prophecy study group for people who believe in the inspiration of the Bible and in the gift of Ellen G White. … The subject is focused: THE CHARACTER OF GOD and how He deals with sin and sinners in His conduct of the great controversy. The questions about God and how He relates to and “employs” violence in the light of Jesus’ revelation of God, as the complete picture of God, are the subjects of most of the discussion that takes place in this arena. We welcome all posts that are in line with the theme of the group. Bring Bible stories and issues that have puzzled you. Please do not be offended if you make an off-topic post and it is removed, with or without comment or notice. People have come to appreciate the kind of group that is managed well and especially where everyone is courteous and kind. …”
Follow the links above to access these groups on Facebook.
I am working on developing a series of tri-fold tracts that can easily be printed, folded and shared.
The first covers the law and how it has been understood in two different ways resulting in two ways to understand the gospel. Here is how it starts:
Paul warned of the danger of another gospel that would deceive and draw people away from the original good news as the Word presents it and as Jesus lived and taught. Paul wrote:
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:” (Gal 1:6)
We think perhaps of the danger of another gospel, a false gospel, in the last days but what if it has already been here for hundreds of years? Paul observed – so it must have been in his day – “that ye are so soon removed … unto another gospel.”
Download it here: Two Ways to Understand the Gospel (PDF file; 274 kb)
A Wall of Protection (56 min) – the real role of God’s law
God’s law of love is designed for our protection. The various rules serve as diagnostic tools to show the condition of our heart. God may change the rules to meet our circumstances. View at the Definition of Law page or on YouTube
Ananias and Sapphira (22 min)
It is a serious thing to falsely charge someone with taking the life of another. There is actually no evidence in the Bible that God killed Ananias and Sapphira. View at the Who Killed Ananias and Sapphira page or on YouTube
Two Models of the Gospel (11 min)
Understanding the law of God is fundamental to correctly understanding the gospel. This illustrated study makes the law easily understood as it relates to the gospel models. View at the Two Models of the Gospel page or on YouTube
The Lake of Fire and the Second Death (57 min; starts with 90-sec preview)
This video explains what will really happen in the Lake of Fire which Revelation 21:8 says is the Second Death. It is important to understand that it is an event and not a place. God is not going to roast anyone alive, although there is a sense in which the experience will be worse than that.
Something Else Must be Going On (7 min) – Greg asks and answers a very important question that everyone needs to consider in relation to the character of God.
Agape – A Revelation of the Father’s Love (14 min) – The first in a series of short videos revealing the love of God.
The Book of Job – A series of 14 studies (a few are by substitute teachers) into this book that is important to understand in relation to the character of God. Accompanying audio (mp3) and notes (PDF) files available. Some are especially good on how a correct understanding of God’s character impacts the gospel.
Other Collections of Resources
There are other websites with collections of available resources:
http://godnewsgoodnews.org/ an extensive list of resources sorted by category with sources to purchase. Many are free to download, watch or listen to.