Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

jesus versus god

6/22/12

 

Even Tim La Haye, co-author of the Left Behind Series, admitted in one of his books that he saw Jesus in a much more favorable light than God, the Father. He saw Jesus as loving and God as downright scary. After all, according to conventional wisdom, Jesus rescues us from God's eternal wrath. Based on that understanding it is not hard to see why Jesus is the focus of Christianity and the Father remains clouded in background. It helps a great deal that the church sees Jesus as divine because that means as we honor Jesus we can claim to honor God, thereby mitigating the lesser attention offered to the Father.

 

This evident love and infatuation with Jesus and relative ambivalence to God is every. where evident in Christian dialogue. The Bible is all about Jesus. All must be done in the name of Jesus to be acceptable. Jesus is the head of the church. No one makes it without Jesus. Jesus is the mediator standing between us and a temperamental and explosively dangerous God. What would Jesus do is the measure of Christian behavior, not what would the Father do.

 

By way of contrast, all we can ever do in the presence of the Father is fall down on our faces and hope he accepts our pitiful worship. Even after death and in heaven, the picture of our relationship to the Father is pictured as that of faithful supplicant, rendering to God the same obeisance required by one who exercises absolute authority. Love may motivate our relationship to Christ but fear is the real reason we are obligated to respect God.

 

This dichotomy between God and Christ should be a cause for alarm and re-evaluation within the church. How can God and God's messenger be so at odds as to foster such divergent emotions in the believers? Given many of the extraordinary ethical pronouncements of Jesus, one would be justified in asking if Jesus and God ever knew one another much less enjoyed a close relationship.

 

By placing Jesus on such a pedestal and insisting on a Father at odds with Jesus and his counter intuitiveness, the church merely maintains a false picture of both Jesus and God. God does not logically send another member of a Triune Godhead to rescue mankind from His own wrath. That makes no sense and never has. If God were angry, it would involve a decision to be so, not a necessity. The elimination of that anger would simply require another decision, not some elaborate payment scheme to satisfy an arbitrary sense of justice. If Jesus truly serves God's purpose, they both must reflect the same goal and message. One cannot insist on justice while the other teaches mercy. The Godhead cannot be bi-polar, vacillating between love and fearfulness.

 

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