Indeed, the church often SAYS they want to be like God, but saying it and doing it are two different things. What they truly mean is that they want to be like what they choose to accept of God, and they want to ignore the rest. Like..they love to quote God as law giver when it comes to their desire to condemn sinners, while ignoring the words of Jesus that the sum of the law is love and His words not to judge.
Similarly, they like to claim that they are like God to love and forgive without condition. I fell victim to this lie for over a decade, as my ex abused by good nature to use me for her own ends and control me. I felt that it was "Christian" to stay and take it and would be UN-Godly to walk away. Well, let me give you three points, and, then, you tell me what is the view of God on this theory...
1. First, we have this passage, "If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established. If he pays no attention to them, tell the church. But if he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever" - Matt 18:15-17
This was not just some minor character but JESUS HIMSELF saying that if someone that did you wrong will not repent of it, you should cut them out of your life. This is NOT Him saying that if someone does something in your presence that you don't like, you go rebuke them. That would be judgment, and He isn't asking you to be policeman of the world. No...it is someone that specifically does something AGAINST YOU... like controlling you, defaming you, lying about you to others, making fun of you, exploiting your resources, violence, theft, breaking and entering your house, or much more. If they do those things, Jesus says that you have a duty to speak up and say...that was wrong. If they refuse to listen, you are to CAST THEM AWAY from you, or get away from them, yourself.
2. Then, there is this...
"Just then someone came up and asked Him “Teacher, what good must I do to have eternal life? ” “Why do you ask Me about what is good? ” He said to him. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Do not murder;
do not commit adultery;
do not steal;
do not bear false witness;
and love your neighbor as yourself.
“If you want to be perfect,” Jesus said to him, “go, sell your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.”
22When the young man heard that command, he went away grieving, because he had many possessions." - Matt 19:16-22
This reminds me of my tweet, this morning...
"The world is divided between the "what must I do" and "how can I help" individuals found in every race, gender, job, and country."
What did the person coming to Jesus want? Did he TRULY want to learn how to love others and to please God, or was he trying to find out the bare minimum to be able to keep doing what he wanted to do? Of course, it is answered right after, when Jesus asked him to give his money to the poor, and...like certain religious and political leaders of this day that SAY they are holy, they will never give up their money for the poor. Indeed, they want to fight any attempt to take it from their check to give to the poor, also. No, these remind me of my ex and many others that have, over time, given me the false image of being "righteous" only when it served them...or say sorry when they are not acting it or say they want to help, when there is no requirement to follow. Many of these type of people will SAY whatever they need to SAY, in order to DO what they want to DO, and that is what we see in this passage. This is the very purpose that I created Living First Edition blog, because the world is full of those content to live by the lowest common denominator...and we all deserve to be and receive better.
3. Finally, the third example is so obvious that I don't even need to quote a passage to illustrate it, and it goes right back to my leading point in saying that many try to be holier than God. God, Himself, does not forgive the unrepentant. He demanded it in His time on Earth, and He has created a hell for those that refuse to admit their wrongs against Him or anyone else, and since God is the definition of holiness, THAT is HOLY.
It is not a violation of righteousness to demand that those that do you wrong should be sorry for doing it or should face a punishment for it. It is the basis of the very justice system of this world and the universe. Instead, it is a violation of holiness to forgive those that are not sorry or to deprive them from what their deeds have earned from the Universe and from God. You are not judge. You don't have to carry out the punishment. Karma or judgment will do that. See my blog, http://godwitch.blogspot.com for more on universal law. You, just follow the teachings of God and cast them away from you, if you would have better days.