Originally posted by @chaney3
Rajk999 has provided verses in his thread that oppose your OP.
The Bible does contain inconsistencies and contradictions KellyJay.
He is big on God hating, and the fact of the matter is God is still love. That is the
motivation for reaching out to save us, which didn't have to happen. Why send Jesus,
why would the Father do that except that He loves us even though we are sinners? The
inconsistences and contradictions are due to us not scripture, we see the universe
through our sinful eyes and hearts which are warped due to our sinful nature. Our own
hearts without God are at odds with the God who is love, our hearts being so hard, sinful,
selfish and self-righteous.
So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well,
The story of Lazarus typically is told and the point is that how powerful Jesus' life is while
he walked the earth as one of us. I want to point something else out that was going on
from a different perspective. The Chief Priest were religious people, that was their life, but
God did something right in front of them, were they amazed and give God glory, no! They
plotted to kill not only Jesus, but Lazarus as well. My point being God was trying to show
them something, and due to their hard hearts they missed something so great! What is it
God is trying to show us, is there is anything we are missing due to our hard hearts?
The great work of salvation God has done brings us back to God, it is a gift of God that
did not have to be given yet was due to the motivation of God by His love for us. Missing
this or trying to take credit for our own salvation instead of correctly giving God the glory
for it is on us. Everything God has done satisfies all of His righteous requirements, He
could not just forget the evil deeds we have done, there had to a shedding of blood for
the remission of sin, good works are an the end result, not the earning of this great
salvation. A sinner saved can receive the Holy Spirit, that will indwell in them, teaching us
about God, leading our ways, showing us the works God has called us to do. Helping us
over come the evil desires of our hearts, by walking with him instead fulfilling the desires
of our wicked hearts before God, just trying to do good works without God will be a sinful
heart at odds with God doing things for it's motivation not the Lords. Prayer to get right
with God, confession of the mouth, the indwelling of the Spirit are because of what Jesus
did not because we were worthy, we were never worthy, and will never be outside of
Jesus Christ, which makes Him the solid foundation we can stand on, not our ability
but His, we just obey due to the honor He has given us, and the power in our lives He
gives us to serve Him, and resist the devil.
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us,
and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.