“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” – 1 John 1:5
God is Good… All the time!
Richard K. Murray is a practicing criminal-defense attorney from Dalton, Georgia where he lives with his wife Rita and their seven children: Sloan, Caleb, Micah, Abraham, Sarah, Ben and Annie.
Richard has a B.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Georgia and a M.A. from Regent University School of Divinity. He has written several books, including:
THE SPIRITUAL EYE OF THE TIGER
THE POWER: Discovering the Real “Secret” of Life
LIFT UP YOUR JAWBONE: Developing Samson-like Strength by Daily Confession
THE JESUS MOOD: Discovering the Treasure of Imperative Faith
GOD VERSUS EVIL: Sculpting an Epic Theology of God’s Heroic Goodness
Richard’s passion is delving into all practical issues regarding the nature of God’s goodness. Through the recapturing of the early church fathers’ Christological hermeneutic, Richard believes that all apparent “literal” difficulties from the Old Testament Scriptures can be readily and coherently explained without ever attributing wrath, darkness, or violence to the divine nature.
A. W. Tozer rightly believed that we tend “by a secret law of the soul” to gravitate toward and grow to resemble our mental image of God. Thus, Tozer was convinced that what comes to your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you. High thoughts of God bring us into pure worship and a sanctified walk, while low thoughts of God defile our hearts and corrupt our walk. Richard’s focus is dedicated to honing this great truth: Jesus is the revealed goodness and revealed greatness of God.
From His matchless life and limitless love, we learn this cosmic truth. God didn’t create evil, God doesn’t use evil, and God won’t allow evil. God is good. Only Good. Always Good. His only connection with evil is to disallow it through the Power of the Cross. In fact, God has already disarmed and disallowed every form of evil.
HOW His disallowance “unfurls” itself over time, and how our corporate unbelief slows down that unfurling, is the real question. Peter said our corporate diligence, faith, and agape-action can actually “hasten the day of the Lord.” Our corporate unity and kinetic faith can hasten the unfurling of His victory standard over all forms of subjective and objective evil on earth and it’s already been fully unfurled in heaven.
Jesus Christ is God’s perfect cure for evil, a cure which overcomes evil one way and one way only – – with good. Jesus, as God in the flesh, came to reveal the true nature of God as being good, love, light, truth and Spirit. No Old Testament saint saw the perfect goodness of God. Only Jesus accurately reflected, and still reflects, the true nature of God. “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” John 1:18.