As a young child . . . I was told . . . Jesus died on the cross to make amends between God and mankind. I was told . . . God is angry with sin . . . God can not look at sin . . . God demands a sinless life . . . and the death of Jesus . . . made everything right between God and man.
All of the above information about God seemed correct to me . . . because of the culture that I was born into.
However . . . after spending years . . . listening to the voice of God without . . promoting my agenda to God. I've become the student . . . and I have found out . . . it is best to sit at his feet . . . and learn more about him.
I now know . . . that the death of Jesus on the cross . . . did not patch things up with God and mankind. Now I know . . . God was never at odds with mankind. The death of Jesus on the cross . . . expressed God's measure of love for mankind.
Mankind can slap and hit Jesus . . . and God will still say I forgive you . . . you don't know what you are doing. Why does God forgive? . . . Because he loves all the time.
Did the death of Jesus take away the anger of God? No . . . because God is never angry. His is the Almighty.
I looked up the Greek word for anger . . found in the new testament . The same word for anger in our language is "passion."
If you are born into a culture that has angry Gods . . . it becomes next to impossible to establish a relationship with an angry God.
So . . . why would an angry God establish the greatest commandment . . . Love the God thy God with all thy heart, soul, and mind.
Killing is a sin. So how in the world does killing make God happy?
Better yet . . .how does killing a sinless person satisfy God?
Culture . . . no better way . . . to mess up your mind.