The Omnipotent Living God: His Plan Of Salvation
am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh
esus is the only Way to Knowledge of God, as He said, because His Life witnessed God as God Himself would have taught and lived among us. But men of good intentions throughout history have denied that fact when they attempt to set up a religion that separates some people from others based on their own self-righteous interpretation of the Bible's description of God.
As a follower of the Good Shepherd, I know that Jesus said:
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me..." (John 10:27)
So when I read the Bible I listen to the words to see if Jesus would have taught them.
About God as Jesus witnessed Him, the Bible says:
"Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." (Matthew 19:17)
I see two lessons here: First, God is Good. Secondly, if I want to live forever, I must keep the commandments - as God does because He is Good and they are His Law.
"God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:24 ESV)
Jesus says those who worship God must do so in Truth. So far down through history our so-called "truths" about God have not brought us as a species any closer to Him that I can see. So we must not have it right yet.
"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." (1 John 4:8)
So God is Love.
Now I have killed (animals on the highway) and I have seen death, and death under any circumstances - except perhaps at the end of one's life when only God could know what is Good to do at that point - is neither Love nor Good.
God is Good. God is Love. God keeps His Ten Commandments, the Spiritual Law of Heaven that accuses us so much when we don't have God's Spirit as Jesus did.
These statements are completely consistent with Jesus' Life Witness of God to us as recorded in the Gospels. At no time did He break a Commandment, even when doing so could have saved His life and spared the world all of the suffering of the last 2000 years.
Why do I say that?
Because if Jesus had killed in order to fulfill His ministry as Messiah, which was to convert the world to God and put all kingdoms under God's footstool, He would have killed when He was threatened with death more than at any other time when God is said to have killed in the Bible.
Because resorting to killing would have brought peace to the earth through violence quickly.
If God would not kill 2000 years ago to bring us to Him, but instead chose that Jesus should lay down His Life for us in order to witness God's Love and Character to us as it is...
...Then logically and Truthfully God has never killed, because He does not change.
"For I am the LORD, I change not..." (Malachi 3:6)
There is a lot of
human suffering that occurs on this planet. Much of it happens to
innocents like children or people who've done nothing wrong. God (by
definition) is omnipotent and omniscient, so if indeed 'God is Love',
why does God let this suffering happen?
What's It All About? It's 'The Plan of Salvation':
If you are familiar with the Bible, below is what the Bible says about the purpose of Creation, as I read it:
Throughout the Bible, God takes responsibility for all things His creations do because He created them. As sons and daughters of God we will live forever with our knowledge of good and evil, as well as the compassion and mercy we have learned from it.
Today we must finally take responsibility for what we do ourselves.
We must ask God to
change us, that, now knowing good and evil, we will choose to do good
only, as He chooses to do good only.
Ending A World Of Suffering:
So who is causing the ongoing suffering we see around us today - now that we know the Gospel and can conceptualize God's Plan of Salvation through the teachings of Jesus Christ?
I am just learning of my responsibility. I am experiencing only the first signs of that incredible Love that I have misunderstood for so long. That Love for God and all of His creation that will still the violence of storms and earthquakes.
I've just begun taking responsibility myself, but I pray to be changed soon all the time.
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." (1 John 3:2)
"We shall be like Him".
Jesus could heal, He could have stilled the wave or prevented the earthquake that cause the recent devastating tsunami.
Jesus could perceive men's thoughts, He knew all about Nathanial before He even spoke with Him. He seemed to have shared conscious thought with God and all of God's creation.
That power alone would keep us all honest with one another... if you think about it. :-) Then I could relay all of this to you, and you would know it is all as real and as True as I believe it to be - as I have felt it to be - as He has promised it is.
Remember what the Lord said:
"Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." (Matthew 23:38-39)