The Two Gods of Christianity

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.

3 Responses

  1. Arthur Sido says:

    I am not sure I see the “either-or” here. There is nothing at all incompatible with an emphasis on the holiness and perfect justice of God coupled with God as loving especially toward His enemies. Indeed it makes His love that much more perfect in that He loved His own enemies to the point of sending His Son to die on their behalf, making peace through His shed blood on the cross. The less than subtle suggestion here is that the “young, restless, Reformed”, a group I am familiar with and have many sympathetic position in common, somehow de-emphasize God’s love by focusing on His holiness while in reality it is precisely because of His holiness that His love is so gracious.

    • There’s a lot behind this question and I will probably try to give a more complete answer in another post later, but a quick response for now. For the most part I agree with you, largely because of a subtle shift you made right from the start. You are suggesting that holiness/justice does not need to be opposed to love. I agree, at least by my definitions of holiness/justice. This is probably why Miller chose the labels he did of Sacrificial God vs Self-Sacrificing God. Those are fundamentally opposing modus operandi: is God’s primary concern himself (a top-down acquiring “glory” whatever that takes) or is his primary concern the good of his creation (a bottom-up whatever it takes to be in relationship with us)?

  1. June 12, 2013

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