To understand the all loving God in contrast with his…
To understand the all loving God in contrast with his actions of judgement throughout the Old Testament, you must see God through the lenses of a judge…
Just as the second law of thermodynamics is a law of physics built into our universe, eternal justice, and eternal love are laws of God which are constants with his existence, therefor laws within our existence as we’ll be effected by one or the other..
There’s two constants; Gods law of love, and Gods law of justice..
Many ask “if God is so loving, why did he cause death in the Old Testament?” The same reason a judge is forced to sentence some individuals the death penalty, even if he/she hates the fact their decision will end a life. Now where does the law of love come into this?
To understand God as a righteous judge which is true to his own judicial system, we must understand “For the wages of sin is death- Romans 6:23”
In contrast with an all loving father, there must be a propitiation to pay the wage of the death penalty we all deserve; that propitiation being Jesus… Why Jesus?
Jesus was sinless, therefore deserved no wages of sin, death. If he had sinned, his death wouldn’t atone for the sins of the world, but rather his own. Jesus was the only choice for two reasons; one, he was sinless.. Two, free will. If Jesus didn’t descend to the world, and take this duty upon himself, God would’ve be justified enforcing upon his free will and making him bear the burden he bore willingly; God is a God of choices (Joshua 24:15)
Through what Jesus willingly did for us on the cross; he paid the wage of our sins in his death to satisfy the law of Eternal justice; the depths of Gods love are endless, so much the judge of mankind stepped off his podium and gave us the paper to sign which would abolish our death penalty, only if we’ll take it.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life- John 3:16”
My answer to the question in the picture is both..