"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
Many times in the name of religion, we give God a bad name. Mostly we do so out of ignorance, but the Bible also warns there will be those who teach us falsely on purpose—and these false teachers “will be” within the church. Who else would listen to them? God provides healing for us all in His Atonement—He
does not infect us with sickness and disease as some claim, to teach us a
lesson. God delivers us out of our troubles—He does not cause accidents to happen to us to teach us a lesson to gain a spiritual message. This kind of teaching is false, and goes against everything the Bible teaches about who God is.
Much of this confusion comes from not understanding the difference between the Old Covenant and New Covenant. Old means it’s old, not used anymore—New is the current agreement we have with God. God dealt with people differently under the Old Covenant than He does now, under the New Covenant. The New Testament is a BETTER Covenant. It’s true God is the same today and yesterday and forever. He doesn’t change, but He can make better. He still hates evil and will punish it—BUT through Christ, He has dealt with our sin already. Under the Old, we failed because we could not keep the law—Under the New, Christ kept the law for us, and bought us back with His blood. We now wear His robe of righteousness, and are no longer under condemnation. And like the prostitute—if Jesus is not going to stone us—who
else is able to?
The Old was types and shadows of what was to come, we can learn from it, but God does not deal with us in that way. God deals with us through His Word. If
we are not in His Word, He will deal with us in the end, as He will with all the
rest who reject His Word, which is Christ.
Father, help me always to see You as a good God, and that You will always be much better than any earthly father. Give me discernment over the teachings that I hear and to always bring them in the light of Your Word. In Jesus’ name I