In Psalms 18:26 and elsewhere. It reads, "with the purified you show yourself pure;
and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous."
We cannot, with our four pounds of grey matter and six or seven decades of adult life, fully comprehend the nature of the being who holds all of time and space in the palm of His figurative hand. Rather, our conception of God is a tiny slice of His true nature as through the lens of our own eyes or reflected off the mirror of our own hearts.
In other words, Dr. Paul and I see God as a loving Father. You see God as a brutal authoritarian. He can and does show Himself both ways, but it which is seen says more about the heart of the observer than it does the nature of God.
Localism is for people who can still sleep at night even though somebody they don't know in a city they have never been is doing things differently. ("Localism, A Philosophy of Government" on Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook websites)
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