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The Bible. MYTH BUSTING. Series Outline. The Big Reveal What’s the big deal? PROVING the Myth DISPROVING the Myth Busted?. “A loving God would never do that...”. MYTH?. What is the Big Deal?. “A loving God would never do that…” If you’re right: - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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MYTHBUSTINGTheBible1Series OutlineThe Big Reveal

Whats the big deal?

PROVING the Myth

DISPROVING the Myth

Busted?

2MYTH?A loving God would never do that...3What is the Big Deal?A loving God would never do that

If youre right:Youre going to have to come to grips with the degree to which God is truly in control of the universe.

If youre wrong:Youre going to have to come to grips with why bad things happen and why God would let them happen.4YES!The Bible tells us that God is a God of love, so He would never do anything to harm anyone.5Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So dont be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Matthew 10:29-316Hair & SparrowsGods watching out for me (knows how much hair Ive got).

Jesus says dont be afraid because Im worth more than many sparrows.

So, nothing bads gonna happen to me, right?7If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 8In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:15-189See? God is love.The verse said God is love, so that means God wont do anything that doesnt seem to be loving, right?

It also says there is no fear in love. That means that nothing fearful will happen, since we have a God of love. Yeah?10Okay, pre-busted myth.We need to close up shop a little early.Youre not going to get very far without relying on Scriptural fragments, outside of their own context or hermeneutical examination.Todays phrase is a favorite of:Atheists looking for a logic trap.New Agers looking for warm fuzzies.11Application of LogicDo bad things happen?Yes.Is God all-powerful and intimately interested in His creation?Yes.Does God let bad things happen?Yes.Is this part of Gods will?Yes.Is God a God of love?Yes (and more).

12BUSTED?YUP.13NO!The Bible uses many words to describe God, including love, but love is not His only expression.14God of Hate?From basic concepts to entire sections of scripture, we often overlook certain aspects of Gods character, because we cant seem to reconcile them to the grace of Jesus Christ.Does God kill without mercy?Does God express hatred toward anyone?15Every living thing that moved on the earth perishedbirds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.

Genesis 7:21-2316After the Rainbow?Okay, most of us focused on arks, doves, and rainbows in that story.

Didnt God guarantee that His wrath would no longer include, well, massacre?

God upholds and protects all innocent life, right?

17and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.

Deuteronomy 7:218Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.

1 Samuel 15:319Men, Women & ChildrenGod ordered the annihilation of entire populations, including those we would classify as innocents.

In his instructions to King Saul, the Amalekites were to be punished for delaying Israels journey.

These verses are favorites of atheists and abortion proponents. 20I have loved you, says the LORD. But you ask, How have you loved us?

Was not Esau Jacobs brother? the LORD says. Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his mountains into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.

Malachi 1:2-321For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.

Romans 9:17-1822Hate and Wrath?God hated Esau?

God raised Pharaoh to display (destructive) power?

If He has chosen some for mercy, doesnt that mean hes chosen some for not mercy?23Connecting the DotsWhat were some of Esaus stand-out characteristics? Were any worthy of Gods withheld love?

Why did God command Joshua to utterly destroy the people he was displacing?24for they will turn your sons away from following me to serve other gods, and the LORDs anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.

Deuteronomy 7:425Highest GoodIs it Gods highest calling to make life comfortable and prevent any bad thing from happening?

Why would He punish? Why would He send trials?

What does it produce?

ETERNITY is the greatest good!26Multiple AttributesGod IS love.

God is also just. Justice demands both mercy and wrath.

Around His own throne, He is called HOLY, HOLY, HOLY.

This is not repetition. 27Final AnalogyFor God so loved the world...

Do you love your own body? Do you love being alive?

What would be your response to cancer cells?Part of your body, but working contrary to their design?

What would you do to them?

28ApplicationAvoid the temptation to define God with the simplicity of your own mind.

Do not doubt Gods love. He gave up EVERYTHING for you.

The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom.29