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INTRODUCTION

 

 

 

 

All sincere believers desire to love and trust their Creator but, because some have a limited understanding of their God, their faith in Him is weak and frail. Knowing God deeply leads to loving and trusting Him deeply.  Delving into His mind, and reflecting upon His great works, leads to the realization that Godís love, wisdom and justice are without bounds.

Godís works among men manifest a Being who has a great plan for humanity that He wisely, and justly, advances in very effective and, at times, mysterious ways. In fact, on occasion, His works may even leave us perplexed and confused.  Yet God reassures us that all He does -- no matter how seemingly unusual -- is based on justice and fairness: ďI am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LordĒ (Jeremiah 9:24).

This work was written to increase the readerís knowledge of the great God. More specifically, it is meant to increase his/her understanding and appreciation of Godís character, His love for righteousness, His great wisdom and His unending love. Above all, it is meant to strengthen the readerís faith and trust in the Almighty so that he/she may turn to Him with total assurance in the fact that ďHe is, and that He is the rewarder of those that diligently seek HimĒ (Hebrews 11:6). 

To accomplish this aim, this book will take the reader on a journey through the Bible that will explore Godís nature and His works, in a way that is both original and unusual. Each entry begins with the thought-provoking hypothetical question, ďWhat if GodÖ?Ē and will then ask the reader to imagine a god who would have handled people and situations differently than the Eternal. Afterwards, the reader is reminded of how God truly is, and the reasons for His, at times seemingly incomprehensible actions.

For instance, we believers accept the fact that God is ďlongsuffering,Ē and this assures us that He will be patient toward our frailties. But what if God were not longsuffering? What if God were not willing to be patient with our rebellious and sinful spirit? If this were the case, what would have befallen humanity? Fortunately, the scriptures assure us that God is longsuffering, and many events in the Bible spotlight this great truth.

The Bible tells us that God destroyed the ancient world and only saved Noah and his family. This seems to be quite a drastic measure, and some skeptics point to it as an example of incomprehensible cruelty on Godís part. But what if God had not destroyed the inhabitants of the earth and had allowed them, instead, to continue in their degeneracy? Would that have been a wiser decision? Or could it be that Godís verdict was both appropriate and necessary?

Again, God appears to be very harsh, when He orders Israel to totally eradicate the inhabitants of Canaan. Scoffers point to this as one more example of sadism on Godís part and insist that it contradicts the ďGod is LoveĒ idea. But what if God had not ordered the Canaanitesí total destruction, and had allowed all of them to live side by side with Israel, though extremely evil? Would God have shown more justice by doing that?

Moreover, God appears surprisingly unjust when He decimates thousands of seemingly innocent Israelites, because of Davidís stubborn sin.  Once David realized his grave mistake, he begged to be forgiven; yet God responded that His decision to destroy thousands of Israelites was irrevocable. Why would a God of goodness not forgive a repentant sinner? Most of all, why punish Israel when David was the one who sinned? Could it be that even this most perplexing event reveals Godís divine wisdom and justice?

In the New Testament, we take many events surrounding Christ for granted. But what if God had not allowed Christ to give His life for us, or if Christ had chosen not to come and die for the sins of humanity? In addition, Christ chose to die on the cross after hours of unbearable anguish. But what if Christ had simply died a quick death, pierced by a Roman sword or by a fast-acting poison? He would have died for us anyway, but He chose a much more gruesome end. Could that, also, have great significance in helping us understand the mind of God and Christ?

Lastly, what if God would not climax the end of our age with the horrific events described in the book of Revelation? What if He would, instead, orchestrate Christís return in a much more peaceful and much less catastrophic way? Would not that be much more appropriate from a loving God, or could it be that even the cataclysmic end of the age is another manifestation of Godís wisdom and greatness?

As believers will discover by reading each entry, Godís actions are invariably wise, fair and just. No matter how seemingly cruel or unjustified, every one of his interventions, when looked at closely, reveal great patience, wisdom and justice.

This work is meant to be a mind expanding and transforming experience. The authorís hope is that by reading and reflecting upon Godís traits and motives, the readerís understanding of Godís mind will reach new heights and that his love and respect for God will multiply. Most of all, the authorís hope is that by reading this work readers will be greatly reassured that the ruler of the universe is the best Creator there could ever be, the best Father we could ever have, and that humanity is in very good hands.

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