Perhaps you’ve heard of John 3:16?
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
..but what about the rest of story?
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Jesus was a man of extremes, and the Father is a Father of extremes, the Holy Spirit is a Spirit of extremes. So most people know John 3:16, what about Revelation 3:16?
Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
The God of the Christian Faith has no time or tolerance for people who speak as though they are Disciples of God, but live ‘lukewarm’ or ‘double’.
James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
God did not introduce this idea only in the New Testament:
Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Perhaps you may think this is not enough to call Jesus an extreme God? Consider the creation of the world, an extreme transformation:
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
what happened next?
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
There is the whole gospel message in the first 4 verses of the Bible! He saw that there was nothing useful, blackness, without form, and He manifested light (that is Jesus) and saw how lovely the light was. Verse 4 shows how He immediately separated what was black and useless and without form from that which was good, that is the light. Jesus came to separate darkness from light, He being the Light of the world, we being the black darkness without form, dead in a sinful world having no enlightenment of the Truth. That’s an extreme transformation!
What was the response of God when sin manifested itself in this environment of light?
Genesis 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Sin drives us out of the prescense of God, it always has and it always will. It feast or famine with Him, life or death. Consider your own situation today and examine it with the following:
Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
So the light and darkness will once again be separated one day, but separated during a period or duration of time, a duration that has no end.
Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Just to conclude on this thought, I find it extreme. I have been writing computer software professionally now for over 13 years. I often try to understand things and relate them to what I can understand, but how can I understand eternity or forever and ever? I can’t write a program that knows about ‘forever’ because there is no concept of forever in a computer. We can try to represent forever with some future value like January 1,2050, but where is eternity? Man has not created technology with the capacity to understand eternity, because man cannot understand eternity! If someone asked me to write software that can handle eternity, what would I do? What kind of technology does Jesus have in Heaven anyway? How many terrabytes does He have to store every video of every action each of us has done? Every idle word, every gossiping word, every sinful activity. Forget about the technology, think about your soul, then consider the souls around you. What will you do today to handle eternity? Eternity is coming, ready or not.