189 – AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF FAITH 3
Jehovah, who has revealed himself as god, was an angry god (Ps. 7:11). He was unjust, for he charged the children from the sins of their parents (Is. 14:21). He was vengeful and unmerciful, for his revenges reached to many generations, for the sins of the first generation (Ex. 17:16; Deut. 23:3). Jehovah does not fulfill his promises. He promised to Abraham that his descendants would be like the stars in the sky (Gen. 15:5), and after that, he said just the opposite: “Then you shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven for multitude, because you did not obey Jehovah your God” (Deut 28:62). The promise was made to Abraham 400 years earlier. Jehovah, as god, should know that the people was going to disobey, and should not have promised anything to Abraham. It seems as if Jehovah does not care for the word pledged to a faithful servant (Gen. 22:15-18). Jehovah sells his people for nothing, with no profit; that is, the cruelties that he practices do not bring any benefit to his children (Ps. 44:12, Is. 42:24). Jehovah blesses, and afterwards changes the blessing into a curse (Mal. 2:2). Jehovah said to Abraham that, on account of ten righteous men, he would spare a whole city of lost and corrupt men (Gen. 18:23-26, 32). A thousand years later he spoke through the prophet Ezekiel to his own people, who lived in Jerusalem: “Behold I am against you; and I shall draw My sword out of its sheath and cut off from you the righteous and the wicked. Because I shall cut off from you the righteous and the wicked, therefore My sword shall go forth from its sheath against all flesh” (Ezek. 21:3-4). Jehovah god lied to Abraham. There are hundreds of passages in the Old Testament showing that Jehovah was an evil and bloody god, whose works were totally contrary to the works of Jesus Christ, in the New Testament. Well, Jesus did only what was good, saved, healed, and delivered the captives. He declared that the works he did were the works of the Father. Compare the following verses: Jer. 21:10; 44:27; John 10:32; 14:10-11. The evil works of Jehovah testify that he is not the Father of Jesus, but the father of the devil, for he created evil, and evil is the devil (Is. 45:7). The God and Father of Jesus Christ is love (1 John 4:7-8), and he does only good things(James 1:17). We affirm that Jehovah is not God the Father.
The worshippers of Jehovah say, “If Jehovah is not God the Father, but a cruel and evil impostor who ravages and destroys souls, why does the Father allow that? If he allows, he is worse than Jehovah.” Let us answer this accusation made against God the Father.
- “Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith” (Heb. 12:2). Being so, God, the Father, intervening in the evil and destructive work of Jehovah, would be the author and perfecter of faith. Jesus, as the author and perfecter, proves that God has nothing to do with this world and with men. For God to intervene, he would have to be the head of men. God, the Father, is the head of Jesus Christ only (1 Cor. 11:3). If Jesus did not come down from heaven, there would not be salvation to anyone, that is, God did not have plans to save. The one who made plans to save was Jehovah, though it was a salvation that does not save anyone, for we read, “Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that Jehovah, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe” (Jude 5). Jehovah’s salvation was perishable. Of almost a million people, only two were saved, Joshua and Caleb (Num. 14:30). And what was the salvation of Joshua and Caleb? They entered into Canaan, the rest of Jehovah. Moses did not enter into the rest; therefore he was not saved (Deut. 34:4-5). If Moses is saved, it is because Jesus died and rose again, for him (1 Cor. 15:17-18). If the Father would intervene and stop Jehovah, he would destroy Jesus’ project, and salvation would not be possible.
- The second point to be analyzed is that the Father is not a God of war as Jehovah is. He is God of Peace. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men” (Luke 2:14). “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:3; 2 Cor. 1:2; Gal. 1:3; Eph. 1:2). God is God of peace, not of war. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17). Jehovah is the warrior god, like men (Ex. 15:3). And he makes war against the idols; and makes war against the rustic and brutalized men (Ex. 17:16). This can only be compared to the president of a nation who would come from the palace to the garbage dump, to make war against the outlaws. We are glad to have a God of love. The method of the Father is not the war, but love. The Father, who does not impose through force, such as Jehovah, declared: “‘As I live,’ declares Jehovah God, ‘Surely with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out, I shall be king over you’” (Ezek. 20:33) “If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and made it ready. He has also prepared for Himself deadly weapons; He makes His arrows fiery shafts” (Ps. 7:12-13). Christ did not display the grotesque image of an angry god, but an image of a kind, merciful and paternal God, who does not change.
- Jehovah, biblically, is an angel. He himself was the one who gave the law in a loud voice from the top of Mount Sinai. Moses, speaking from Jehovah, said the following to Israel: “Remember the day you stood before Jehovah your God at Horeb, when Jehovah said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me, that I may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’ And you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the very heart of the heavens: darkness, cloud and thick gloom. Then Jehovah spoke to you from the midst of the fire” (Deut. 4:10-12). Jehovah in person was the one who spoke. Moses repeats this truth in 5:22-24. But in the New Testament, Stephen, the first martyr, revealed that the god who spoke was an angel: “You who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it” (Acts 7:53; 7:35-38). The apostle Paul affirms the same: “Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator” (Gal. 3:19). In Heb. 2:2, we read that the word spoken at mount Sinai was a word of angels. Paul reveals that the Christian will judge the angels (1 Cor. 6:3). Therefore, the ones to judge the angel Jehovah and the rest of those whom, with Jehovah, imposed terror to men, especially to Israel, will be the Christians. Now, if the plan of the Son and of the Father was to form the Church, that is, a holy people with the purpose of judging this world and the angels, whoever says that God should interfere reveals total ignorance of the Scriptures, and what is worse, aids the adversary of the Church.
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira