Category Archives: The Father

Hopeful Universalism and a Gentle Alternative

Previously, we discussed whether God will punish anyone in eternal hell; and I concluded that the misguided idea of punishment in eternal conscious torment is inconsistent with God’s character and that the Bible does not even teach such a thing. … Continue reading

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Belief in Angry God is Perhaps the Most Damaging, Misguided Christian Belief of All

What is more central to our religious experience than our relationship with God? But some believers understand their relationships with God much differently than others do. Most of us believe God loves us and cares about us. We even talk … Continue reading

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Posted in alienation, fear, hell, Jesus, legalism, love, love your enemies, Old Testament, The Father | Tagged , , , , , | 43 Comments

The Feminine Side of God in the Bible

Most believers think of God as masculine. This is true not only of those who embrace patriarchy but of believers generally. It is easy to see why; both testaments were written by people in patriarchal cultures, so the Old Testament … Continue reading

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How So Many Believers Completely Misunderstand God’s Love in John 3:16

I suppose most believers think John 3:16 is one of the most wonderful passages in the Bible—and I agree! This passage tells of God’s love for us in a very proactive way. This is why “John 3:16” is found everywhere: … Continue reading

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Are ‘Sins’ Primarily Sins against God or against Other People?

Some believers think all sins are primarily sins against God. Stephen Witmer makes that very statement: All sin is primarily sin against God. Where sin is understood as merely a moral concept rather than mainly a religious one, where it … Continue reading

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Is the God of the Old Testament Different from the Father of the New Testament?

This is a question many people ponder when comparing the portrait of God presented in the Old Testament to what Jesus tells us of God in the New Testament. Some believers make various excuses for God’s angry, violent, and vindictive … Continue reading

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What is Sin but Pain and Alienation?

[Alert: graphic photo below] We all feel the effects of sin; but the character of sin is not what many believers think it is. People DO sin, but not in the way many believers suppose. Sin has dire consequences, but … Continue reading

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