by Joshua Ryan Butler
The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War
Is God a sadistic torturer? Coldhearted judge? Genocidal maniac?
Unfortunately, our popular caricatures often make him out to be.
There are some questions no Christian wants to be asked. Many today believe hell, judgment and holy war are “skeletons in God’s closet,” tough topics that, if looked at closely, would reveal a cruel, vindictive tyrant rather than a good and loving God. And we aren’t comfortable with the answers we’ve been given.
- “How can a loving God send people to Hell?”
- “Isn’t it arrogant to believe Jesus is the only way to God?”
- “Why is there so much violence in the Old Testament?”
In this book, we’ll pull these bones out into the open to exchange popular caricatures for the beauty and power of the real thing. We’ll discover these topics were never really skeletons at all . . . but proclamations of a God who is good “in his very bones,” not just in what he does, but in who he is. We’ll fling the wide the closet door and sing loudly, boldly and clearly:
God is good and coming to redeem his world.