The Christian Response to the Contemporary View of God

Hebrews 10:30-31

For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Contemporary Doctrine:

1 John 4:8

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

If we had to use one verse to describe how God is portrayed in our day it would be 1 John 4:8, which proclaims, “God is love.” God is portrayed as patient, merciful, forgiving and gracious in the majority of contemporary Christian sermons, songs and movies. A lot of time is spent trying to help people shake off the old fashioned notion that God is angry with sinners and threatens them with eternal hell if they refuse to turn from sin and rebellion. Instead they are urged to realize that God actually wants to help them in every area of their life, but since He is a divine Gentleman He is waiting for them to open their hearts and let Him help them.
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