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A deep but dazzling darkness: exploring God's ''dark side'' by Jennifer Jill Schwirzer

By Jennifer Jill Schwirzer

Is God love, or is He justice - can those photos be reconciled?

Now you could discover God's darkish part to solve, as soon as and for all, a stumbling block of religion that makes trusting God tricky for thousands. This eye-opening examine God's real personality can help you and others locate belief in a author who needs to stability justice and mercy.

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His soul mate, his second self, she who had been made bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh, had eternally severed herself from God—and from him. She would die, and he would never share her delightful company again. Unable to fathom how he would live without her, unwilling to submit his heartache to God, Adam determined to die with her. Desperately he took the fruit and ate. “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked” (Genesis 3:7). Their eyes were opened, but they did not become as God, whose eyes view evil through the clarifying lens of uncorrupted righteousness.

Yet though we can never know the why of sin, we can at least learn something of the how of it, as we trace this once majestic angel’s monumental fall from grace. HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN According to God, “Lucifer, son of the morning,” was “the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty” (Isaiah 14:12; Ezekiel 28:12). Animated by the same spirit of selfless love that prompted his Creator, he was “perfect in [his] ways from the day [he] was created” (Ezekiel 28:15). Nothing that a holy heart could desire was withheld from him, as he “walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones”—that is, strode freely about in the fiery presence of God Himself (Ezekiel 28:14; see Revelation 4:2, 3; Exodus 24:9, 10).

It’s a dilemma to which every parent can relate. No loving parent enjoys playing the heavy. We’ve all experienced the sense of defeat that gnaws at our fragile parental self-esteem at the end of a hard day of hand-to-hand combat. We’ve sent our kids to bed in utter frustration, only to find ourselves drawn to their bedside, watching them drift off to sleep. As the tension dissolves from their faces and their features grow mellow with innocence, our hearts melt with tenderness and affection. How could I have been angry with you?

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