Malone University Professor of Theology Steve Moroney of Canton, Ohio, will review his book, God of Love and God of Judgment Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m. at Border’s Book Store, located at 6751 Strip Avenue N.W. in North Canton. Attendees will have opportunities to order the book from Border’s at that time. The title is also available at Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/God-Love-Judgment-Stephen-Moroney/dp/1606088971 or through Wipf and Stock publishers:
From the publisher’s website:
can a God of love also be a God of judgment? If God loves everyone, what is the
point of judgment? Does God change from being wrathful in the Old Testament to
loving in the New Testament? Can we discern God's judgments in current events,
such as hurricanes and personal tragedies? Is it ever right for humans to
judge? These are not just daunting issues for theologians to ponder. They are
urgent questions for everyone. Our answers profoundly affect how we relate to God
and how we live with one another. Coming to grips with these issues is vital
for our spiritual journeys.
Many people today emphasize God's love and downplay his judgment. The problem with this approach is that God's judgment is taught in Scripture from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation, and it is a core part of the gospel preached by Jesus and his apostles. There are problems at the other end of the spectrum too, when we believe in a God of judgment who is not also a God of love. It is impossible for us to find spiritual peace when we live in constant dread of God, pictured as a harsh judge whom we can never please. This book calls us to embrace a more full, biblical image of God—one that joins his love and judgment together. Additionally, the book shows that, as those who are made in God's image, we can fuse love and judgment together constructively in our own daily lives.