For evangelists the greatest message of all seem to be that "God is love":

"God created everything, God is everywhere, hence love is everywhere (if we let it); and since God created man, man is love."

However, they seem to overlook the problem is that since there are two Gods - the God of the Old Testament, and Jesus - confusion is bound to arise:

The God of the Old Testament is revengeful whereas Jesus is forgiving.  So when evangelists speak of God’s love for man, they are confusing God with Jesus.

This in itself should not be a cause to concern, if it wasn't because the same evangelists always point to the letter of the Old Testament when speaking about how man should behave towards man.

Let me do what they do and rip a few lines from the Old Testament and present them as absolute truth:

Numbers 14:18 - "...he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of of the fathers to the third and fourth generation."

Deuteronomy 19:21 - "Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot."

If only evangelists would stop being so pharisaic and be what Jesus taught and was - forgiving.

The philosophy of hurting the one you love (cp. Job)  - "spare the rod and spoil the child" - has no place in today's society.  There are better ways of raising children.

God is not “love”;  Jesus is - and he died for loving his fellow man.

October 2000
Erik Moldrup