What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
(Matthew 18:12-14 ESV)
One of the root causes for Trinitarians to avoid the command to Love YHWH with all their heart is because of this phrase:
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17 ESV)
The reality though is YHWH was the one who gave the law and Jesus. This verse is often read as though creating two Gods: The God of the Old Testament and Jesus the New God of the New Testament as the one full of Grace.
Just for the sake of argument let us consider:
Moses gave a law that stoned a person for murder. That is indeed a fierce but just punishment one may argue. You still got to heaven at the end of your life if you did not do any of those terrible sins and somehow found forgiveness.
Jesus on the other hand preached an unbelievable merciless Hell. You are no longer stoned but roasted 24/7, 365 days a week and No sabbath rest for Hell goers. Now surely this is no “Grace” compared to the law. It is better of to die once when you did a terrible wrong for which you do not receive forgiveness than to be tortured every second for millions of years. This is not ‘Amazing’ grace but ‘in-credible Grace’
Anyone with any common sense would say that Moses was far superior system to the one Jesus preached!
Moses got to heaven right? Abraham got to heaven right? So why even bother with another person of the trinity coming down from heaven and preach a doctrine of unquenchable fire if we didn’t accept him!
Now lets us try:
Which of the two Gods is more merciful?
The one that gave the law or Jesus who preached Hell?
The topic of Hell is not the focus of this Post…
Anyway coming back to the parable, Jesus taught how exceptionally caring and concerned YWHW is! YHWH seemed to be an overly concerned Father. No doubt Jesus has the same attitude and so should we towards the lost. Jesus was teaching the Jews that God was like a Shepherd who loves even the least and loves to seek after the weak.
Jesus wants you to imagine YHWH as a shepherd:
- Who leaves the ninety-nine on the mountains to go in search of the one that went astray
- ‘Rejoices’ when the lost is found
So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
Jesus says: ‘MY FATHER’
Trinitarians can NEVER accept YHWH as Jesus’ Father and make Jesus out to be a liar!