Opposing Views Of God
I have learned two very important things about God since I have been saved. The first is that He really is good. The second is that He really does love me and that loving me means that He is always looking out for my best interests.
Unbelievers believe that God is evil. Believers get to know God and that He is good. God only reveals truth about Himself to believers.
Psalms 18:25-26: With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; 26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.
Believers are shown that God is merciful, upright and pure. God permits unbelievers to believe incorrect things about Himself. He permits them to believe that He is froward.
Luke 8:10: And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Titus 1:15: Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
The way that unbelievers see God is a little like looking at Him through dirty glasses and believing that the dirt is on Him.