A Deep But Dazzling Darkness: Exploring God's "dark Side" In by Jennifer Jill Schwirzer

By Jennifer Jill Schwirzer

Is God love, or is He justice - can those photos be reconciled?

Now you could discover God's darkish aspect to solve, as soon as and for all, a stumbling block of religion that makes trusting God tough for hundreds of thousands. This eye-opening examine God's actual personality can help you and others locate belief in a writer who needs to stability justice and mercy.

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We’ve watched many brothers and sisters wrestle with divine wrath, jealousy and condemnation, just as we have. We’ve watched many reject the God of Christianity as we did, because they’d received a distorted picture of these sterner attributes, a picture that had been severed from the anchor of His unselfish love. And we’ve seen an equally disturbing phenomenon, a compensatory pendulum swing in the opposite direction—the “positivization” of God. We’ve seen the importation into the church of New Age concepts that artificially sweeten and soften God’s sterner attributes, depriving Him, who is love, of the full range of passionate action and emotion that expression of His love requires.

S. ”5 Having already been spurned by a third of the heavenly host, it was a risk with which God had become painfully familiar. Yet He thought it worth taking again, for love mandated that it be taken. Compelled by love, God first created angels, then a human family with whom to share Himself. Constrained by that same love, He equipped each one with the capacity to reject Him. Even as He tenderly fashioned us in His image, sculpted our lips and brushed on our eyelashes, His all-seeing eye traced our turbulent future; traced His own immeasurable heartache.

His very being is uninterrupted luminescence. Yet we shrink from what we perceive to be His frighteningly “dark side” of justice and judgment, of wrath and condemnation. Could it also be that the fault is not in God, but in our fragile organs of spiritual perception? Could it be that as we strive to comprehend God’s sterner, hard-to-understand attributes, we find ourselves groping in the darkness because our fallen perceptions have been overwhelmed and blinded by the light of His love? Chapter One In Him Is No Darkness LESLIE’S STORY Archbishop Timothy Manning sat in state as he surveyed the current crop of confirmation recipients.

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