While I am waiting to get the main website up, here is something to ponder ...
I went out yesterday to try a local church.
The sermon was about "evil" and how that all "evil" comes from Satan and not from God.
So the lady who had invited us (though I went alone) inquired later of my visit and of how I liked it.
I replied to her and told her that God created evil and that the pastor was not scriptural. I also stated that God is not good all the time.
I focused on this verse ...
Isaiah 45:7 "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things."
We ended up doing a Bible study of sorts, except, I was doing most of the explaining of my point, while she was trying to defend that God does not commit evil.
I pointed her to the definitions of "good" and of "evil". From there I built my presentation.
In the end, I think she got it ... the point being this ... "God is good all the time to those who seek to do good all the time." ... and not just plainly that "God is good all the time." ... because the scriptures show that God does good to those who seek to do good, and God does evil to those who seek to do evil.
I took it a step further with what Jesus stated, "... there is none good but God."
I pointed out to her that the term "good" was, in the old day, also a verb. In fact, the origin of the term "good" is in the action of "to gather". "Evil", through opposite meaning inference means, "to ungather", else, "to break down" such as in "to distress, to harm, to injury, to misfortune, etc."
So if Jesus didn't consider himself as "good", then that means "good" is a plan of action and Jesus was not the author of that plan, which is why he stated that only God is good, else, only God is the one who had the plan for gathering in the way God wants to gather. Jesus saw himself as merely a part of the process of the good plan of God.
There is an untruth coming from the pulpit that is common throughout history. It is also found in Malachi.
Malachi 2:17 "Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?"
The point is that the pulpits today are stating that no matter what you do that God has good favor towards you, which through the scriptures we can see is completely false.
Now, God's love is a journey that he wants us to take with him. That journey has a destination, and, because of the journey, the purpose of the journey, God loves you into it, and, thus, God is love ... because he has a journey for you and his love will enable you to take it.
In that effort, God's love and his goodness are two separate things.
His love towards you is for you to arrive to a destination. His goodness towards you is a result of you seeking his destination.
The first one is his journey that requires his pleasure in his destination for you.
The second one is your journey that rewards you with his goodness because you choose to desire good.
They are close but not the same because his love for you (to arrive at his destination) doesn't change, but his goodness for you does change depending on the choices you make to do good or to do evil.