I was told “God won’t take life”…BUT It is WRITTEN…
“God must punish murderers. ***He gives life, and ***He will take life***, if that life becomes a terror and a menace. Mercy shown to a wilful murderer is cruelty to his fellow men. ” Ellen White, Manuscript 126, 1901
I was told “God doesn’t Kill.” BUT It is WRITTEN…
Deut 32:39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I KILL, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
I was told “God won’t destroy”…BUT It is WRITTEN…
James 4:12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
I was told it was “unmerciful for God to destroy”… BUT It is WRITTEN…
“In MERCY to the world, God blotted out its wicked inhabitants in Noah’s time. In MERCY he destroyed the corrupt dwellers in Sodom. Through the deceptive power of Satan, the workers of iniquity obtain sympathy and admiration, and are thus constantly leading others to rebellion. It was so in Cain’s and in Noah’s day, and in the time of Abraham and Lot; it is so in our time. It is in MERCY to the universe that God will finally destroy the rejecters of his grace.” (The Great Controversy p. 543)
I was told it was “contrary to the character of God to destoy the sinner.” BUT It is WRITTEN…
“God’s love is represented in our day as being of such **a character as would forbid His destroying the sinner.** Men reason from their own low standard of right and justice. “Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself” ( Psalm 50:21). They measure God by themselves. They reason as to how they would act under the circumstances and decide God would do as they imagine they would do….
In no kingdom or government is it left to the lawbreakers to say what punishment is to be executed against those who have broken the law. All we have, all the bounties of His grace which we possess, we owe to God. The aggravating character of sin against such a God cannot be estimated any more than the heavens can be measured with a span. God is a moral governor as well as a Father. He is the Lawgiver. He makes and executes His laws. Law that has no penalty is of no force.
The plea may be made that a loving Father would not see His children suffering the punishment of God by fire while He had the power to relieve them. But God would, for the good of His subjects and for their safety, punish the transgressor. God does not work on the plan of man. He can do infinite justice that man has no right to do before his fellow man. Noah would have displeased God to have drowned one of the scoffers and mockers that harassed him, but God drowned the vast world. Lot would have had no right to inflict punishment on his sons-in-law, but God would do it in strict justice.
Who will say God will not do what He says He will do?”—Ellen White Manuscript Releases 12:207-209;
Answer: Those who don’t believe “IT IS WRITTEN”….
Isa 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
May God help us to turn from speaking contrary to the plainest words in the scripture and recognize the mercy, long suffering of God. As well as the price that has been paid to save us from what IS WRITTEN.
“But none need be deceived by the lying claims of spiritualism. God has given the world sufficient light to enable them to discover the snare. As already shown, the theory which forms the very foundation of spiritualism is at war with the plainest statements of Scripture.” (Great Controversy Page 556)