Hi. New to everything. I have been trying to get an understanding of faith and learn how to truly let God in. I was raised in a very Christian based family on the weekends with my dad’s family. My mom during the week not so much. I have a million and one questions but I’m trying to find the answers myself.
However I am married to a very strong willed man whose faith is unshakable by his own beliefs and understanding of God. Interpretation he says, is not up for debate when referring to the bible. It was written by man, rewritten in so many different languages that the barriers between each definitely have caused the scripture to not be right all the time. The first time it was written until now it has changed but we don’t know where. Could be true. Ever played the whisper train in grade school?
The bible was written so that even the most uneducated man could understand it. I have trouble understanding it. Don’t a lot religions interpret the bible differently? Isn’t that why there are more than one. Is my Pastor correct and if so is yours wrong.
But my question is, PSALMS 11:5 ‘ The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.’ My husband said God is not supposed to hate people. I trust my husband and believe he will lead my family into the gates of heaven. I respect him and lead the life he approves for us.
That being said I am not here to bash him or go behind his back. I am here because he cannot answer all my questions. Not because he refuses or doesn’t know. Because the journey to find the answers you seek most in the Lord will reveal who you are and who you can be.
Great to have you JJ I too had a million questions some years ago and still have a few now, so I can relate. Jesus says in Matthew 7:7-12 “For everyone who asks receives” so never ignore your desire to seek answers!
Remember Noah’s flood from church? The same God who created a perfect world eventually kills everyone except 1 family. Often we focus on the event itself and wonder why, but God actually gave his reason for his flood. Genesis 6:5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
If a good judge is supposed to send criminals to prison, God being perfect executes judgment as well. In fact, its a foundational description of his character & work. Psalms 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
So us humans are evil, therefore the good living God will punish us. The problem with the world is us. You are God’s enemy, you break his law hating what he loves & loving what he hates and he will judge us all for our crimes against him.
As the second half of verse 14 says “steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.” God would be okay to send us all to hell but he chose to display his love as well so he provided the solution.
God entered humanity himself living a perfect human life. God the father sent his Son to earn human righteousness for sinners. The Son did not lose his divine nature he just added humanity to himself.
While living perfectly he subjected himself to pain and suffering and was eventually tortured and killed for a crime he did not commit. Jesus own father turned his back on him while he was being killed on the cross, granting his hellish like death as a judgement to treat him as if he was us. 2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God
Jesus died, but rose from the dead on Sunday confirming everything he said was true. So if you hate your sin and trust Jesus, he will forgive all the evil you’ve done and adopt you and you will rise with him.
On the cross God treated Jesus as if he done the things you did, so that by your faith he will treat you as if you lived Jesus life. Your accounts switch and your penalty for sin is paid in full.
So that was the Gospel and the role of faith. Trust in Jesus for who he is, his work, power, and promises because He is the only hope. As for your other questions about interpretation and the manuscript tradition Ill answer later.