Following is a short article from the most recent issue of “Unsearchable Riches” magazine. I could not have expressed my own thoughts better, so I will simply share this writing from Mr. AE Knoch. Any wishing to subscribe to “Unsearchable Riches” can find information at www.Concordant.org This is, in my opinion, the best in-depth Bible study publication available.
Because of mistranslations, certain key truths which are “fundamental” to a true and satisfactory knowledge of God have been eliminated from the Bible to a sufficient extent to change Him from a God of love to a fiend of hate, except with regard to a very few.
But, someone will object, the Bible teaches that there is only one God, that He is all-powerful, and that He is love. So it does. But acts are more revealing than words. The word love cannot be applied to one who creates beings to torture them eternally. After all is said, if God is God (and He is!) the destiny of His creatures is entirely in His hands. They cannot thwart Him. It is only a would-be deity who is defeated by his own creatures. The travail of the eons, the sacrifice of Christ, the temporary sufferings of His saints, the judgments of the unbeliever, are the means needed to display His affection. This painful process does not prove that He has no heart. Rather it reveals it. In the original Scriptures all is in harmony with love, for God is love. But no amount of sophistry, no ecclesiastical threatening, will convince the honest heart that love acts as God is said to act in our common translations of the Scriptures. It has troubled thousands of humble believers, who had to harden their hearts in order to receive it.
I am in heartiest sympathy with all who hold to the Word of God, come what may. I held to eternal torment, in spite of the revolt of my reason and the strain on my faith, and the hurt in my heart, because I thought it was God’s word. In fact I held it so strongly that I resented any attempt to investigate the matter. But when I studied the words of the original concordantly, I found that I had been misled. Now I can really believe that God is love, without any mental reservation, or any wish that He would not act so thoroughly out of accord with His character.