In the God often portrayed by Christendom, they see a wrathful God who tortures unbelievers forever. Many of the same people very much like and respect the person of Jesus. So they instinctively know that something doesn't fit
PASADENA, Calif. (PRWEB) May 13, 2015
Millions of North Americans have left the organized church in the 21st century. Has God been misrepresented to them?
Author Brad Jersak takes Jesus at his word that if we have seen him we have seen God. So, “What is God really like?” The short answer is “Jesus.” But Jesus’ claim that God the Father is exactly like him challenges widely accepted ideas of who God is.
“Millions of thoughtful folks have abandoned the local church, but they do care about who or what 'God' is. In the God often portrayed by Christendom, they see a wrathful God who tortures unbelievers forever. Many of the same people very much like and respect the person of Jesus. So they instinctively know that something doesn't fit,” Jersak said.
In "A More Christlike God", Jersak points out that Jesus is, in fact, perfect theology for understanding who God is and what he wants from his believers.
From his emphasis on love for individuals to his yearning to form a relationship with each of us, Jesus takes apart the image of God as the wrathful and harsh God of the Old Testament.
“God is exactly like Jesus, since Jesus is God the Son. The good news of Jesus is more beautiful than we have imagined or allowed, proclaiming a God of eternal grace, enduring mercy and infinite love. Whereas religion always attempts to water this down with just a little wrath, just a little punishment, just a little vengeance, Christ came to say a decisive 'No' to retributive religion and 'Yes' to super-abundant grace,” Jersak said.
For more information, visit http://www.ptm.org/christlike.
About the author
Brad Jersak is an author, a core faculty member of Westminster Theological Centre, and senior editor at Plain Truth Ministries. His previous nine books include Can You Hear Me? Tuning in to the God Who Speaks, Stricken by God? Nonviolent Atonement and the Victory of Christ, and Her Gates Will Never Be Shut: Hope, Hell and the New Jerusalem.
About the publisher
Plain Truth Ministries is Christianity without the religion.
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