God is a moral being with the
moral responsibility to Himself.
Q What is moral conduct
to a standard of right and wrong.
God is omnipotent
(all powerful) and is not answerable to anyone but Himself.
To maintain Godís
divine nature (who He is and the perfection of His nature) God can only act
according to or in harmony with His person. (All that makes Him God)
God always acts in
full and constant harmony with each and all of the essential attributes of His
Q What is immoral for
Conduct contrary to
His standard of right and wrong.
For God to act in
love without satisfying divine justice would be immoral (wrong) for God.
For God to tell a
lie would violate His divine attribute of truth. He has the power to lie, but it
would be immoral, against His standard of right and wrong. God can lie,
but He will not lie.
The moral choices
that God makes define His devine character not His power.
Everything God is doing must
conform to His standard of right and wrong.
That is why there
is no salvation for angels who sinned.
That is why there
is no salvation outside of Christ.
Godís love wants to
take the natural man to heaven, but His divine nature of justice prevents it.
There is only one
way of salvation for mankind and only one way for God to be ďjust and the
Some say God is not answerable
to anyone, that anything He does would be right because He is God.
That would make God
an amoral person, not subject or accountable or responsible to any standard of
right and wrong.
A rock or a fence
post is amoral things. They have no standard of right or wrong with no
responsibility to act according to any such standard. God is a person, not a
The manifold wisdom
of God is illustrated by a symbol that starts with a triangle for the one God in
three persons, and is surrounded by 12 circles that represent the 12 major
attributes of Godís divine nature.
God used the 12 tribes of
Israel to communicate and teach more about His person (Himself).
Setting up camp Ė
in the center, the arc and everything for the tabernacle (Godís portable temple)
God centered, God-central and God most.
place Ė three tribes east, west, north and south for a total of twelve. The
symbolism is the manifold wisdom of God.
Godís ability to provide
salvation for a person or not is related to whether that action harmonizes or
violates one or more of His divine attributes.
Why is there no
salvation for the angels that sinned against God?
God loved all the
angels, but could find no way to act in harmony with His divine nature. There was
no way possible for justice to be satisfied.
Jesus Christ said ďI am the
way, the truth and the life, and no man commeth unto the Father, but by Me.Ē (John 14Ē6)
Why only one way?
payment in blood for sin.
God put all the
sins of every man in time on one man who knew no sin.
God cannot save any
man who has not received and is abiding in Jesus Christ by faith, without God
violating His own attribute of divine justice.
If God were to act
contrary to any one of His attributes, He would destroy His divine perfection and
no longer be God.
He never has, is
not now, nor ever will choose to go against His divine nature,
not because He canít, but because His divine character will not allow Him to make
immoral decisions. (contrary to His standard of right and wrong).
What about millions of
believers in someone or something other than Jesus Christ?
modern church would say God would find a way for those of other religions who are
honest and sincere.
Many modern church
Christians would say if a man is good morally, follows the moral standard of the
Ten Commandments, but has never begun a relationship with Jesus Christ, God will
certainly take Him to heaven.
breaks down and does not teach the realities of His Word, then we will all become
very broadminded and loving toward one another at a terrible cost to God.
This would destroy
the program of God to accomplish His eternal purpose.
We must be careful
not to ask or expect God to act in a way that would violate His nature. Our
happiness does not determine Godís actions.
Use your minds, hearts and
your faith to believe God and His Word.
We as Bethel
Methodists believe the Eternal Purpose of God is vital to know and fully
understand for God.
We believe the
majority of the modern church not only donít know what Godís Eternal Purpose is,
but have little interest in who God is as a person and what He can and cannot do.
God says Ė see me through
reality and through revelation.
The heavens declare
the glory of God. (Psalm 19:1-3)
Seven occurs often
Ė 7 days in a week, 7 days in creation, 7 7ís are 49 years, the 50th
year of Jubilee, Pentecost means 50th. Seven is the program of God,
Godís program works in 7ís.
Twelveís are illustrations of the Person of God, His nature. The 12 essential
attributes of God represent the Eternal Standard of right and wrong.
God only and always acts in
full and constant accord with all the essential attributes of His nature.
If God is ever
going to be free of sin (accomplish His program), He said we must know the
standard for right and wrong for God, and how that in turn affects His actions
towards created spirits.
It is a violation
of the nature of God not to act against sin, love demands that sin be removed
(like a cancer) from His creation.
It would be an act
of love to remove the source for suffering, pain, death, disease, war and hate.
The source is sin Ė spirits acting contrary to His moral standard.