Thursday, June 07, 2012

An angry God?

“Paul's gospel is the announcement of what God has done to save humanity from its plight. The caricature that Paul portrays an act of mediation by Christ between sinners and a hostile God who needs to be persuaded to forgive them is a travesty of his teaching. The same should be said of portrayals of a God whose wrath and love are in tension with each other. This is proved by the persistent stress on the love, grace and mercy of God toward sinners.”—New Testament Theology, page 435

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Amen! Good preaching! I couldn't have said it better myself!
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1 comment:

Edward T. Babinski said...

Paul could definitely be a ball buster. Did you read in 1 Cor. where Paul preaches that God is judging the Corinthians for not celebrating the Lord's Supper rightly? Paul says "many of you are ill and some have fallen asleep" because God was judging them. Doesn't sound like it's a caricature.