Your beloved, but shocking verse — “Ye are of your father the devil.” is a nice try.. but no cigar sister… here’s why:
It’s the same as God saying to Adam (in the garden) — “Where are youuuuuuu?”
You’re silly to think that God did not really know where Adam was.
But still… God says “Where are you?”
Truthfully… Adam was just not mature enough for God to sit him down and explain to him, His purpose. (Eph. 3:11)
None of us are that mature… to fully grasp God’s purpose. Not yet.
So God carries on with us “as if”….
Thus… God, who is love, carries on “as if” He were angry.
Thus… God, who is love, carries on “as if” He hated Esau — before Esau had done ANYTHING, anything good… or anything bad. (Romans 9:13)
Thus… God, who is love, locks up all together in stubbornness, that He might have mercy upon all.
God, who displays the riches of His grace in wisdom and prudence (Eph 1:7-8) — can’t explain to young Adam that His purpose is to be all in all, and to head up all in the Christ. (I COR 15:28, EPH 1:10)
But one day, Adam’s knee will bow, every knee will bow, and Adam will see the wisdom of God. And confess-acclaim Jesus is Lord to the glory of the Father. (Phil 2:10)
The phrase “ye are of your father the devil” in no way discounts Paul’s revelation to us that all is out of Him, through Him and for Him. (Romans 11:36)
And this — “All things were created by Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16)
When you speak to children, you often have to exaggerate, use metaphors, and figures of speech — colorful language.
It all may be true as to “feeling” but not necessarily true as to fact.
You are a child, thus, I can understand why you’d get all hot and bothered about figurative language used on those religious a-holes in John chapter 8.
Religious folks often need to be brought down a peg or two.
God’s purpose was a secret in times past. But now has been made known through Paul’s evangel. (Eph 1:9)
Still, most folks don’t get it. Nor should they — not yet. Not until the consummation of the eons…. which He makes in Christ.
(Remember the phrase “then comes the end” in I Cor 15:20-28??? This is that. )
Your threats of severe punishment at the great white throne are cute, but some of us are not confused. It too is the operation of a good God with an eonian purpose.
I’d rather believe Paul’s message. He never mentions the “great white throne” or the lake of fire… and if it’s all you say it is… shame on Paul for leaving it out of his evangel.
But I understand dear one… I too hated Paul when I first started reading him for real. Most so-called “christians” don’t read the bible at all. On Sunday morning sermon, they hear ONE verse. And then the preacher yaks for an hour.
52 weeks in a year… 52 verses they might glance at… most don’t get Paul. Even Peter didn’t get Paul (II Peter 3:15)
Don’t mistake God’s colorful language for God’s clear statements.
All is of God. All is out of Him, through Him and for Him. (Romans 11:36.)