The God I serve is a generally thought of as notorious! If you do not believe in God the reasoning goes something like this: Point to His nonexistence by bad things that happen. For example, where was God when that tornado her hit that poor family? Notorious is being famous for something bad.
How do I navigate living with such a God as my Savior? Go ahead read the Psalms of the Bible they will tell you many bad things that God has allowed! And how about Abraham, he was going to sacrifice his very own and only son! (Human Sacrifice did not happen for the Biblical God. Ever) Look at all the sacrifices of the poor animals in the Bible, what’s up with that?
What kind of God would require such things?
Thank you! I’m glad the question was asked! Yes, I do serve a notorious God! But, let’s dig a little bit deeper.
Let’s look at Abraham, sent to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham answered the question of faith when he answered Isaac’s question about where the sacrifice was. Abraham believed with all his being that God would provide a sacrifice. In this historic witness to God and His provision for man God is prophesying through Abraham what was going to happen a Propitiation.
The foundation of the story goes like this Abraham is likened to the father who required absolute righteousness. Isaac represented mankind who disobeyed and did not come up to God’s measure of righteousness. Now this sounds like a notorious God to me requiring something like this human sacrifice!
All the preparations were made for the sacrifice of Isaac. Abraham in his heart knew what was going to happen. Abraham and his faithfulness to God put his own son on the altar of sacrifice. As the blade was being drawn back God suddenly intervened. Isaac was spared, but there was a sacrifice provided in place of Isaac.
Having a son I sometimes struggle with Abraham’s faithfulness to sacrifice his very own son as God requested. But if I step back and look at the story there was a replacement for Isaac. This account represents what God did for all mankind.
Please note, Abraham had faith in God, and God completed his plan with Abraham by providing a replacement for his son. In God, the father’s story in the New Testament God’s Son was sent to the altar called planet earth. His only begotten Son Was Not Spared but Became a Replacement for Us and Our Sin, and Failure to Comply with God’s plan of perfect holiness. There is no replacement for God, therefore there could be no replacement for Jesus on the cross of Jesus Christ. God’s grace in Jesus provided a replacement for mankind.
An absolute God paid an absolute price of His own Son to release and free mankind of the final judgment of condemnation in sin. There was not another way to free man of the curse in the Garden of Eden. Because Jesus Christ fulfilled the entire law of God in His life here on earth we have the opportunity to choose: reenter the beloved favor of God or not. This is the only reason Jesus is the begotten one, born of a woman, Son of man, in the Trinity.
Jesus’s primary mission was to restore man to God. This would give men access to God’s blessings and love. Nothing we could earn as a mortal, only a gift of God could help us back to relationship to God. Of all religions Christianity is the only one that has a God who set the price then, paid the entire price for all his people to have access to the great reward of heaven.
Yes, God, Jesus, and the Spirit are notorious in the sense that they are famously blamed for all sorts of evil. Only good and perfect gifts come from above never evil or bad ones. The misconception is this, that evil comes from God. This part of notorious is separated from God and is in the realm of Satan. Satan is the prince of the power of the air on earth and an accuser and there is no good is in Satan.
The really big problem of man has been solved in Jesus Christ. We no longer ever have to worry if we are going to spend an eternity in hell. Jesus paid it all on the cross. Everything that happens after our salvation with Jesus Christ is only a response to the love we found on the cross of Jesus. It is not a way to earn our way into heaven (Thank God). Jesus said it is finished. It is on the Cross, God’s finished work on the cross, that Christians walk into the world to serve and make the world a better place in love not forced duty.
God is NOTORIOUS because on the cross He took all sin I deserve punishment for and made it His sin. Certainly a NOTORIOUS deed indeed. What did the Cross do for me, no worries ever again about my final destination a reward I do not have a right to have, save the work of Jesus. Yes, Jesus became NOTORIOUS for our benefit and need. How Glorious…hope of mankind in accepting Jesus and saying yes to His call.
You are welcome to become a Christian if you’re not. See John 3:16. Please feel free to leave a comment and ask for help on becoming a Christian. I would be honored to welcome you into the family of the beloved of Jesus Christ. And unless you have demanded to God for Him to leave you alone, you are still being called gently into His salvation right now.