Gods Law of Love
For some time we have been teaching the truth about God’s law of love, the design protocols upon which life is made to operate, and exposing how Christianity became infected with an imposed law idea, like a dictator uses his power to create arbitrary laws, laws with no reason other than the one in power said so. This infection of thought has deeply penetrated Christianity.
An online reader, in follow-up from our lesson on the Sabbath, emailed me the following, which documents how this infection has penetrated our church. This is from a book entitled The Sabbath in Scripture and History published by the Review and Herald 1982:
In an arbitrary manner God appointed that on the seventh day we should come to rest with His creation in a particular way. He filled this day with a content that is “uncontaminated” by anything related to the cyclical changes of nature or the movements of the heavenly bodies. That content is the idea of the absolute sovereignty of God, sovereignty unqualified even by an indirect cognizance of the natural movements of time and rhythms of life. As the Christian takes heed of the Sabbath day and keeps it holy, he doe so purely in answer to God’s command, and simply because God is his Creator.
Thus, the Sabbath command comes nearer to being a true measure of spirituality than any other of the commandments, and, as in the days of Israel of old, it is often more of a test of loyalty to God than is any of the others. (Raoul Dederen, The chapter is titled, “Reflections on a Theology of the Sabbath”. )
Thoughts? This paragraph describes a dictator. This paragraph describes Satan’s view of God. This paragraph is evidence of how deeply the infection has penetrated to our church, our church leaders, publications, institutions and why it is so important that each person think for themselves.
Listen to the position our church founders took, and notice the clear difference:
Again the people were reminded of the sacred obligation of the Sabbath. Yearly feasts were appointed, at which all the men of the nation were to assemble before the Lord, bringing to Him their offerings of gratitude and the first fruits of His bounties. The object of all these regulations was stated: they proceeded from no exercise of mere arbitrary sovereignty; all were given for the good of Israel. The Lord said, “Ye shall be holy men unto Me”–worthy to be acknowledged by a holy God. Patriachs and Prophets Page 311
As the Jews departed from God, and failed to make the righteousness of Christ their own by faith, the Sabbath lost its significance to them. Satan was seeking to exalt himself and to draw men away from Christ, and he worked to pervert the Sabbath, because it is the sign of the power of Christ. The Jewish leaders accomplished the will of Satan by surrounding God’s restday with burdensome requirements. In the days of Christ the Sabbath had become so perverted that its observance reflected the character of selfish and arbitrary men rather than the character of the loving heavenly Father. The rabbis virtually represented God as giving laws which it was impossible for men to obey. They led the people to look upon God as a tyrant, and to think that the observance of the Sabbath, as He required it, made men hardhearted and cruel. It was the work of Christ to clear away these misconceptions. Although the rabbis followed Him with merciless hostility, He did not even appear to conform to their requirements, but went straight forward, keeping the Sabbath according to the law of God. Desire of Ages Pages 283,284
“Those who regard the law as an arbitrary forbidding of desirable pleasures have an entirely perverted idea. The law is a lamp to enlighten the mind and show the way of happiness, peace, and eternal life. “
The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, 2nd ed., vol. 3, p. 967.
Another online reader, emailed me a quotation from George Knight’s new book, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, Review & Herald Publishing, 2013. Remember, George Knight wrote the book The Cross of Christ, which was used a few years ago by our opponents in an attempt to refute our views about God. It would appear that George Knight is having a change of views and moving in our direction on these things. Listen to this from page 122:
I Am My Own Judge
The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son. John 5:22 RSV Now there is a thought pregnant with meaning: Jesus as our judge. Many of us have seen pictures of the judgment in which a somewhat apathetic (if not fearsome) Father sits upon the judgment throne with Jesus prostrate before Him pleading for salvation of His followers. Wrong on both counts. First, the Father is not indifferent, let alone fearsome. He is not someone who has to be persuaded by Jesus or anyone else. The plain fact of the case is that He “so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16,17).
Banish all thoughts of God as a stern judge who needs to be convinced by a soft-hearted Christ. No! It was the Father Himself who out of a warm and caring heart initiated the plan of salvation. Not only did the Father begin the plan, but, according to Jesus, the Father has even handed the responsibility for judgment over to Him. And that is just the beginning of an interesting part of the story. Because Jesus tells us in John 12 that He is turning over our judgment to us.
Do you find that one hard to believe? Well, listen to Him: “If any one hears my sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him: for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects me and does not receive my sayings has a judge; the word that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day” (John12:47, 48 RSV).
Now, I know that Jesus said that it will be His words that finally judge. But think about the implications of that statement. It is you and I as individuals who make decisions about accepting or rejecting that judgmental word. We have the final decision-making authority as to where we will spend eternity. The hinge is how we relate to Him through His Word. In that sense we are our own judges. He is describing natural law, design law, sewing and reaping, that it is our decisions which change us and result in our salvation and loss. Rev 14 “Fear God and give glory to him for the hour of his judgment has come.”
But notice what this same author wrote in his 2008 book The Cross of Christ, page 39:
“God, as the Bible pictures Him, cannot and will not stand idly by while His creation suffers. His reaction is judgment on sin, and we should see this judgment as the real meaning of biblical wrath. God condemns sin in judgment and will eventually move to destroy it completely… Once sin fully matures so that all creation recognizes that God is right in His judgments on sin and sinners, He will react to annihilate both (Rev. 20:13-15…).”
God did react to sin – by doing what? Judging it? No, not in a legal sense, but diagnosing it certainly. Diagnosing it as being out of harmony with how He constructed life to operate, and then by overcoming and curing it in the person of Jesus Christ.
Judging it as described here is based on the imposed law lie, which leads to the inevitable lie, that God is the source of death, and death is inflicted upon people by God
Curing it, overcoming it, is based on the truth of God’s law of love, the design protocol upon which life is constructed, and those who refuse the Remedy provided by God, die as the result of uncured sin, just as the Bible teaches, “the wages of sin is death” Rom 6:23, “sin when full grown brings forth death” James 1:15.
So, the good news is that perhaps, truth about God is penetrating the church and the infection of the false legal view is losing hold on people’s minds. The gates of hell cannot stand against the truth about God!