This just in: It has come to our attention that (another) controversy has reared its (has to be ugly) head within the ranks of believers and it has to do with the Character of God.
Some look with horror on what they call, "The God of the Old Testament," and choose to ignore the "Bible" that was studied by Jesus, Paul, and all other believers until the words of His chosen became what we call the "New Testament."
Here is another point many may not know: Whom do you think it was that created the world(s)? Whom do you think it was that led the Jews out of Egypt? Whom do you think it was that sent fire to fall on Mount Carmel in the contest between the prophets of Baal and Elijah? Whom do you think it was that visited Abraham, ate dinner, and revealed the promises?
If you're thinking Jesus your thinking is right; and if not, well ...you figure out the answer.
So this controversy, so called, about the character of God; what is it? The best I understand is that some cannot rationalize God as Love, and God as Destroyer. This should not be necessary but let me try to explain.
In Revelation right on back to Genesis there are always (at least) two aspects of God that are clearly revealed in symbols. The first is God (read, Jesus Christ) as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, and the second is Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world [Revelation 13:8].
We have spoken before about God's "Strange Act"; His act(s) as Destroyer of all things evil [Isaiah 28:21].
What would you propose as a final solution to the problem of sin? Destruction or Pardon. God pardons those who ask to be forgiven and who choose the path of obedience; they choose to live in harmony with the principles of the government of God in order to be safe to admit into the kingdom of God in Heaven. Christ speaks of "...those that inherit His Kingdom..."[James 2:5].
Some will share the inheritance (because they are the rightful heirs) and some will be disinherited because they have no authentic credentials to prove themselves heirs. And what are these credentials? The spotless robe of Christ's Righteousness and their names written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
There should be no controversy except perhaps in the minds of some who think themselves smarter than God and who pride themselves in asking corrosive questions; corrosive because they are designed to erode one's faith. But we (the editorial "we" embodied in "...here is the patience of the saints;) are those that keep the commandments of God and the Faith of Jesus..." [Revelation 14:12][NKJV].
Part of the "patience of the saints" (I guess) is being patient and loving with the few "excitable's" who would, if they could, mislead us and redirect our attention away from Christ and onto the minutiae of issues that have nothing whatsoever to do with Jesus Christ as the heart of the Gospel and His role as the Lion and the Lamb. (Thanks, George!)
Anyway, be wary of anyone who might appear to project themselves as being smarter than God and His prophets. There is no controversy except the Great One, and that is all about whom we will choose to worship.
God Bless. e.c.