Good News/Bad News
September 2. 2022
Good News/Bad News
In my recent brief essays, the goodness of God has been emphasized, that He is a good, good Father. Yes. He wants the best for us and has provided the Way to become His children, His family, through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Word of God. From hygiene to productive joyful living, His laws were for everyone’s protection. Notwithstanding all the goodness that He has in store for Humanity, I just read the Old Testament book of Amos. God highly prefers to be our Father: “…how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” — Matthew 23:37. Also, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.” — 2 Peter 3:9–10. (So, don’t let it sneak up on you!)
This leads up to the Bible Book of Amos which I just read again yesterday — the first time in a very long time. It reveals another side of God, theCreator of the Universe and the Earth: Judge. “For we know him who said, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ and again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” — Hebrew 10:30–31 If you take the time to read just a little bit of this book, you will quickly see, and I hope you realize the harsh reality of God as the ultimate Judge. This is His world and we are living in it. I definitely don’t want to see that side of Him, and I want you to avoid it also.
Jesus’ predecessor, John the Baptist, rebuked the self-righteous coming to the Jordan River to be baptized, saying “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Cynics often mock this with comical characterizations of preachers mocking their “fire and brimstone” calls for repentance. But it is no joke, and nothing at all to sneer at.
Do you really think a good father will forever allow his children to be bullied and harmed? We all have a destiny. We all have a free will. We all have to choose. Nothing else I can do about it but write my little essays.