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 opinions and ideas included that 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.
The Gospel of Noah – by Saul Leacock. Presented in Troy Edward’s church, Rhode Island, U.S.A. (1 hr, 12 min)
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. (26-page PDF file, 805kb instant download)
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. The on-line first edition can be accessed from any page on this site – right column.
The Truth About the Second Death: A Scriptural Study – Ray Foucher. A study about the nature of the Second Death. (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 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.