God Never Tricks Us

2015 Feb 1

All through time, people have been saved by trusting in a loving and merciful God. They have been brought into right relationship with him by trusting in this (mercy) aspect of his love.

The genuine love of God never tricks or confuses us about his expectations of us. The expectation has always been to love (and at minimum respect) God, and to treat others well. (e.g. Micah 6:8, Mark‬ ‭12‬:‭29-31‬) This is clear because God loves us and treats us with fairness and mercy and because God wants us to become like him in this character.

Through time God certainly has hidden, and then revealed mysteries. But these were mysteries about how he was going to accomplish something he said he would do (e.g. the mysteries of Christ and the gospel). It was never mysteries about what we needed to know or do in relation to God.

Therefore, God has never brought about salvation through hidden knowledge. (Salvation is restored relationship with God.) Also what God has wanted from humans has never been a mystery. God has always made these things clear.


The value system perspective used here is based on ideas from the work of Darren Twa.