Are Goldendoodles Healthy? Tips From A Vet On Maximizing Your Doodle’s Life

Over the last decade my veterinary practice has seen an explosion in the numbers of Goldendoodles being brought in by clients. With its beautiful coat and friendly attitude, it’s no surprise that pet owners are eager to get their hands on this hybrid. That being said, there are some health issues that this particular mix is prone to.

Are Goldendoodles healthy? Many are. I’d say most. However, they are still prone to issues like hip dysplasia, arthritis, and allergies like many other breeds. The specific health concerns that I’m seeing with Goldendoodles revolve around problems with the gastrointestinal (GI) system as well as severe allergies. Read further to find out what you should know about this popular cross.

First – How Is A Golden Doodle Made?

Golden Doodles gain their heritage from two different dog breeds. They’re a cross between the loyal Golden Retriever and the intelligent Poodle. Because Poodles have hypoallergenic coats, breeders found a unique possibility in breeding them in with smart and loyal guide dogs. This would offer those who were blind the ability to use a guide dog even if they suffered from pet allergies.

As more people became aware of this particular dog cross, they became more popular due to their intelligence and gregarious personality. Many also barely shed and that was considered a desirable quality among prospective pet owners.

Read: How Long Do Goldendoodles Live?

There are different “types” of Doodles based on the parentage of the puppies. F1, F2, etc. I’m not going to get into the particulars of this genetic typing. The Goldendoodle breeders are going to try and establish a consistent look so that eventually the dog can be admitted into the AKC registry of “purebred” dogs. This requires mating Doodles of a look consistent with what the desired “breed standard.” Therefore, it’s likely that the majority of Doodles that you’ll be offered will be those that are at least a few generations of Goldendoodle mated with another Goldendoodle.

What Kind Of Temperament Do Golden Doodles Have?

Golden Doodles are happy and friendly dogs. The Golden Retriever is renowned for its friendly attitude and loyalty to its family. Poodles are often intelligent and love to play games with their family members.

As with all dogs, you may find that the temperament is different from what you might expect based on the parents. Your dog, for example, may act more like a Poodle rather than a Golden Retriever. However, because both dogs are friendly and get along with other dogs, you’ll likely find that you’ve welcomed a wonderful addition to your family.

On the negative side, you can sometime have a nervous or shy Goldendoodle. That typically can come when one of the parents is a bit more insecure or fearful. It can also just happens spontaneously the way that a human family with lots of gregarious kids can also contain one child who is more reserved and nervous.

Overall, I’ve been pleased with the temperaments of the mix. The few that I’ve seen that are nervous and scared are typically only that way at the vet (understandable).

What Types Of Health Problems Do Golden Doodles Have?

Goldendoodles are becoming just like any other “breed”. They are a product of the genes. Depending on chance and how good and conscientious the breeder is, you may or may not have a dog with health issues as it ages. Some of the most common problem health problems you may notice in your dog are:

  • Allergies
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Ear infections
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Issues
  • Cancer

Let’s examine these health issues in greater detail.

1. Allergies

There are two major categories of allergies when it comes to dogs: environmental allergies and food allergies.

Environmental allergies occur when your dog reacts to things like pollen, dust, grasses, trees, etc. Typical symptoms can include (but not limited to) itchy skin, itchy ears, itchy feet (see the itchy trend?), skin and ear infections, and poor hair coat quality.

Food allergies are greatly over-exaggerated in the general population. Many of my clients believe their dog’s allergies are related to food initially. What’s the major way to spot a food allergy vs an environmental allergy? If your dog’s allergy symptoms are consistent throughout the year despite the weather and seasons, that’s more likely to be a food allergy.

Allergies can be mild as not requiring any treatment at all to requiring the assistance of a dermatologist. I’ve had many Goldendoodles with allergy issues so this particular problem something a Doodle owner is likely to see.

2. Hip Dysplasia

Some breeds may try to convince you that hip dysplasia won’t happen in your Goldendoodle because Poodles don’t get hip dysplasia very often and the mix will “dilute out” the possibility of hip dysplasia developing. Not true.

This isn’t always the fault of the breeder. Hip Dysplasia frequently jumps generations so the parents could pass the Orthopedic Foundation of Animals (OFA) hip screen with a good result but still produce dogs that develop hip dysplasia.

Many times it’s a genetic role of the dice. Make no mistake – no matter how healthy the parents, any dog can develop hip dysplasia. It’s not related to the diet, too much exercise, or anything else that your breeder may try and convince you.

If your breeder has OFA certification for both parents, then I believe they bear no responsibility if the puppies eventually develop the disease. Breeders who aren’t confirming good healthy hips in their breeding dogs can’t guarantee or even suggest that the puppies shouldn’t get hip dysplasia.

3. Ear Infections

The vast majority of ear infections occur secondary to allergies. Unlike the common myth that Golden Retrievers are prone to ear infections because they have somewhat “floppy” ears, its’ really their susceptibility to allergies that is the root cause.

The ear canal is an L-shaped tunnel. The vertical part of the ear canal is what you see when you look into the ear. The horizontal part is a dark, warmer, and more difficult area to see unless you use an otoscope like a veterinarian. Unfortunately, it’s the horizontal ear canal where ear infections begin.

When a dog has allergies, the glands inside the ear will secrete a little more fluid and wax. When this happens, the normal amount of bacteria and yeast that already live in the ear will find a far better environment than usual to multiply.

One side point – if your Doodle happens to carry the gene that causes hair to grow in the ear canals, do not worry about having that hair removed on a regular basis at first. Despite what you would think, the hair in the ears does not cause ear infections. In fact, the hair can act as a protective mechanism to catch fluid and debris before it can enter the ear canal.

If a Poodle, or Doodle, with hair in the ears develops an ear infection (again typically due to infections), that hair should be “plucked” at that point so that the ear infection can be properly treated. That’s the only time in which I recommend a ear hair plucking.

4. GI Issues

Poodles are great at managing their own weight. They just aren’t that food motivated and don’t have a big appetite. It’s unusual for me to see an overweight poodle as a result.

Now, mix the poodle with a Golden Retriever (notoriously known as huge eaters and frequently overweight as a result) and you’d think that you’d end up with a dog that could express either approach to food.

However, what’s more common is a puppy that doesn’t seem to care at all what food is. You can offer them canned, people food, and any brand of dry puppy food that’s out there and they just barely eat. They rarely finish a meal and usually run around playing while also being skinny as a rail.

This “aversion” to food can last for years. Some puppies will grow out of it for no apparent reason other than they are now an adult and not as easily distracted when it comes to mealtime. Others stay super thin for the rest of their lives.

Other Doodles will end up with “sensitive” stomachs and seem to have a problem digesting and processing food. They may require a special diet that is lower in fat or one that contains less potential reactors (such as high protein levels, certain proteins and carbohydrates).

Of all the Goldendoodle health issues, I’d say GI issues are the most common I see.

5. Cancer

This is the worst fear of any dog owner. Unfortunately because of the propensity of the Golden Retriever breed in general to develop cancer somewhere at some point in their lives, this issue can be passed along to Doodle offspring. Diluting the Golden Retriever out of the Doodle doesn’t necessarily mean that cancer is less likely. It can make it more likely if it’s a recessive trait that is more likely to be expressed as generations evolve.

What types of cancer have I already seen in Doodles?

  • Liver cancer
  • Osteosarcoma (bone cancer)
  • Lymphoma
  • Hemangiosarcoma (blood vessel cancer)

How Can You Choose The Best Golden Doodle (Questions for Breeders)?

My advice, as a veterinarian of over 20 years experience would be this – when looking at getting a Goldendoodle, get a first generation Doodle with a reputable breeder. Someone who has good quality purebred Goldens or Poodles already for sale and is not pumping out litters all the time.

You want the best genes, usually the most dominant genes, to be expressed. The very characteristics that make the Golden Retriever so friendly and smart and the Poodle healthy and intelligent are what you want and were the reason why Doodles were created in the first place.

That comes with starting with the two best parents. However, when the offspring of that mating is then used to mate with another Doodle, you being to “dilute out” the great dominant genes and give less desirable “recessive” genes a chance to emerge. Below is a family tree showing how recessive genes can become more prevalent with each successive generation.

You may say that offspring mated together shouldn’t happen and you’re right. However, how were the first Goldendoodle-Goldendoodle crosses made? How different were the genetics in those doodles? While I’m sure that there are some absolutely fantastic science-based breeding programs out there, the majority of breeds are far likely to not know anything about genetics and not care that much about how they produce puppies.

What questions should you ask your Goldendoodle breeder?

  • Are the parents in this litter OFA-certified? What is their health history?
  • Have they been bred before and how healthy are the puppies of those litters? Do they keep track of those puppies?
  • How many times a year is the mother bred (I recommend one litter a year per mother)?
  • How old was the father/sire when he bred the mother? (there are pros/cons of the age of stud dogs; some feel that older stud dogs who are still healthy and active have the best genes that you want to pass on).

How Can I Keep My Golden Doodle Healthy?

So once you have your Goldendoodle, how can you maximize those genes so that your dog lives as long and as healthy as possible?

  • See your vet on their recommended schedule and follow their preventative health plan. These differ based on geographic location and lifestyle so there’s not one simple all-encompassing plan for everyone that I would talk about here.
  • Start doing annual blood tests at 5-6 years of age to monitor for any early markers of disease
  • Feed a reasonably good quality food. Grain-free diets have no scientific backing and I don’t know of a single vet who think that they should be used without a specific reason (food sensitivities/allergies being the only ones). Limit people food and dog snacks in general. Dog food doesn’t have to cost $50 or more for a 20lb bag.
  • Mental stimulation is a must – these dogs are intelligent and need to be challenged. Plenty of toys, playful interaction, training, and interaction with other dogs are recommended.
  • Physical exercise is also great. Daily walks are ideal but a trip to the dog park on occasion based on your dog’s needs are great ways to get that exercise.

Do Goldendoodles Need To Be Shaved?

For medical reasons, usually no. They don’t need to have their coats trimmed unless it’s causing matting or problems keeping the dog clean. However, most Goldendoodle owner will have their dog trimmed to maintain the face appearance at the very least. My clients have told me that they usually take their Doodle to the groomer every 2-4 months, depending on the kind of look they want to maintain.

In Summary

A Goldendoodle can be a great pet and wonderful addition to your family. However, don’t believe all the hype that these are “healthier” dogs than others. They have their own health issues just like any other dog. Do your research on breeders and make sure that you don’t jump in without thinking things through.

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    We can see throughout time how we have been slowly conditioned to come to this point where we are on the verge of a cashless society. Would it surprise you to know that the Bible foretold of this event? Don’t believe me? This may be the most imporant message you will read in these times…please do not ignore this!

    This messsage reveals what the Mark of the Beast is, and the meaning behind counting a number people have been pondering for centuries, 666. This message also shares why Barack Obama will be the Antichrist. This is truly a message from God!

    In the Revelation of Jesus Christ given to the apostle John, we read:

    “He (the false prophet who deceives many by his miracles) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666” (Revelation 13:16-18 NKJV).

    Referring to the last generation, this could only be speaking of a cashless money society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Why? Revelation 13:17 tells us that we cannot buy or sell unless we receive the mark of the beast in our right-hand or forehead. We could still buy or sell among one another without receiving the mark if physical money was still currency. It logically deduces itself to this reason.

    These verses could not be referring to something spiritual because the word references two different physical locations (our right-hand or forehead) stating the mark will be on one “OR” the other. It once again logically deduces itself to this reason.

    Here is where it really starts to come together. It is shocking how accurate the Bible is concerning the RFID microchip. These are notes from a man named Carl Sanders who worked with a team of engineers to help develop this microchip in the late 1960’s.

    “Carl Sanders sat in seventeen New World Order meetings with heads-of-state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the C.I.A. to discuss plans on how to bring about a one-world system. The government commissioned Carl Sanders to design a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world—a microchip that could be inserted under the skin with a hypodermic needle (a quick, convenient method that would be gradually accepted by society).

    Carl Sanders, with a team of engineers behind him, with U.S. grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this project and designed a microchip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable through the temperature changes in our skin. Without the knowledge of the Bible (Brother Sanders was not a Christian at the time), these engineers spent one-and-a-half-million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient place to have the microchip inserted.

    Guess what? These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand (the two places Revelation says the mark will go) are not just the most convenient places, but are also the only viable places for rapid, consistent temperature changes in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The microchip is approximately seven millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the size of a grain of rice. It is capable of storing pages upon pages of information about you. All your general history, work history, crime record, health history, and financial data can be stored on this chip.

    Brother Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped design, is the “mark” spoken about in Revelation 13:16-18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” It is also interesting to note that the number 666 is actually a word in the original Greek. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the last part, “stigma,” also meaning “to stick or prick.” Carl believes this refers to a hypodermic needle (see photo).

    Mr. Sanders asked a Boston Medical Center doctor what would happen if the lithium contained within the RFID microchip leaked into the body. The doctor responded that if the microchip broke inside a human body, the lithium would cause a severe and painful wound filled with pus. This is what the book of Revelation says:

    “And the first (angel) went, and poured out his vial on the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore on the men which had the mark of the beast, and on them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2).


    What I first want to mention, before I share what the Holy Spirit has revealed to me concerning the number of the beast, is that God confirms in threes. We can see this throughout scripture:

    “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one” (1 John 5:7 NKJV).

    “and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:4 NKJV).

    “…Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8 NKJV).

    There are many more examples, but I thought I would just share three of them to make the point.

    Examining Revelation 13:16,17,18, the first group of three I would like to point out is that the mark of the beast is described in three separate verses, 16, 17 and 18.

    The next three I see is in verse 16, “He causes all…” is followed by three contrasting categories of people,

    1 – “both small and great,
    2 – rich and poor,
    3 – free and slave…”.

    Then unto verse 17, it opens with, “and that no one may buy or sell except one who has…”, followed by three explanations of what one must have to buy or sell,

    1 – “…the mark
    2 – or the name of the beast,
    3 – or the number of his name”.

    Now unto verse 18, we read “Let him who has understanding calculate…”, which is followed by,

    1 – “the number of the beast,
    2 – for it is the number of a man:
    3 – His number is 666”.

    The last three I see is the number “6” being used three times in a row. The reason I’m making this point about God confirming in three is because it is the key to unlocking how to calculate the number 666.

    Throughout the centuries there have been people trying to calculate numbers based on titles and names that come up to the number 666 to identify one person, the Antichrist; but from Revelation 13:18, I do not see where God is telling us to count up to 666, but rather to count the number of the beast. This number is identified as 666. So the verse is telling us to count the number 666.

    What does it mean to count? It means to add up. So how could we add up 666? Remember my previous point about God confirming in threes is key to unlocking the number 666. So logically, what would be the best way to count the number 666? To count it equally by using the rule of three based off the number.

    We cannot count it equally as 600+60+6, this would also bring us back to the start.

    We cannot count it as 600+600+600, or 60+60+60 because there are no zeroes in between or at the end of 666.

    The only logical option is 6+6+6=18.

    What is interesting is that the verse that reveals for us to count the number itself is verse 18 (there a total of 18 verses in Revelation Chapter 13), being the third verse out of the three verses that describe the mark of the beast in Revelation 13:16,17,18. What is 18 divided by 3? 6. So 3×6=18, or 6+6+6=18.

    Another interesting point is the only two other combinations (making a total of three possible combinations) for placing a “+” symbol in between 666 are:

    66+6=72 and 6+66=72.

    Add both 72’s together and you get 144.

    Why the number 144 is worth our attention is because the verse following Revelation 13:18 is the first time in the Bible where the 144,000 are being described in detail:

    “Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads…” (Revelation 14:1).

    Now if you add up all three numbers from counting 666 by moving the “+” symbol around, it would be 72+72+18=162. What is compelling about the number 162, is, if you divide 144,000 by 162, you get 888. The name of Jesus in Greek gematria adds up to 888. The New Testament was originally written in the Greek language. Revelation 14:1 not only mentions the 144,000, but also the Lamb who is Jesus.

    Now what is interesting about the number for Jesus, 888, is that if you apply the same formula that was used to count 666, you get 8+8+8=24. Why the number 24? Revelation chapter 4 tells us there are 24 elders seated around the throne of God. This is the same throne where Jesus sits.

    Now if you take:




    you get 24+96+96=216.

    Take 144,000 divided by 216 and you get 666.

    Remember that this was the same exact formula we used to count the number 666 that ultimately brought forth the number 888.

    Here is a quick recap to demonstrate how this formula confirms itself as being the true way to count 666:

    1: 6+6+6=18 > 66+6=72 > 6+66=72 > 18+72+72=162

    2: 144,000 divided by 162=888

    3: 8+8+8=24 > 88+8=96 > 8+88=96 > 24+96+96=216

    4: 144,000 divided by 216=666

    1: 6+6+6=18 > 66+6=72…

    As you can see, it is perpetual. And remember that we consistently used a formula that worked in threes being the number that God uses for confirmation.

    So what could this mean? Well we know in this world we are identified by numbers in various forms. From our birth certificate to social security, as well as our drivers license; being identified based on a system of ruler ship. So it is possible that this RFID microchip will contain a new identification that has a total of 18 characters (6+6+6).

    “here the wisdom is, the one having the mind let him calculate the number of the wild beast, number for “of human” it is, and the number of it 666″ (Revelation 13:1, Greek Translation).

    The Greek word “anthrōpos” being used in verse 18 where it says “of human” is the Greek strongs concordance G444. The first two definitions of the word are “a human being, whether male or female”, and, “generically, to include all human individuals”. Could the number of the beast apply to all mankind?

    In the Greek (the New Testament was originally written in the Greek language), and other translations, you will notice the beast is described as an “it”, instead of “him”. The reason I’m making this point is because when a translation says “His number is 666”, this would imply a singular person, the Antichrist. But by saying “the number of it 666”, implies that it is of the beast system as a whole.

    We can know the number of the beast cannot be to identify products (like a new barcode) to buy or sell because scripture says we cannot buy or sell without the number of the beast. What am I getting at? There will be instances where you could buy something someone made themselves and it wouldn’t have a store branded identification on it. But for this number to be in our chips, that is where it must be to conclude ultimately that we cannot buy or sell without having the number of the beast. As previously mentioned in Revelation 13:18, the number of the beast (6+6+6=18) is a “human number”, definition “generically, to include all human individuals”.

    “Why did the Biden campaign choose 30330? 2020 divided by 666 = 3.0330 Who believes this to be a coincidence? October 2020 Isaiah 53:6 Someone said we are being whipsawed in 2020. Truly a great division is taking place between good and evil—both symbolically and literally (riots, unrest, politics). If you take the current year 2020 and divide it by the number 666 (known for its satanic implications) you will get the number 30330 (repeated). This number 30330 happens to be the number used to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Freaky? Supernatural? Odd for sure. Whatever this means, it doesn’t seem good to me. First, why would anyone knowingly choose those particular numbers for their campaign? If they weren’t knowingly chosen, then it appears to be a supernatural act by the evil one himself and I would want to change those numbers ASAP. And if the numbers were chosen knowing their significance, are you satanic? Is this campaign satanic? Either way I do not believe this is a coincidence. And one thing is certain, 2020 is truly being divided by Satan. He is the master deceiver and spreader of chaos. Jesus calls him the father of lies.”

    So I looked up this number 30330 concerning Joe Biden, and I found this information:

    If you send a text to that number (at that time), you would get a response asking to support Joe’s campaign to take down Donald Trump, with one part in caps saying “CHIP IN >>” pointing to a link to go and donate.

    “CHIP IN”? Obama has used this phrase in the past on his twitter and people believe it is a subliminal message to receive the mark of the beast, that is to say the implantable RFID microCHIP that will go IN our body.

    Go to: to see all the proof!

    Is your name written in the Lamb’s book of life? Jesus says that we must be born again to enter the kingdom of God in the Gospel of John chapter 3.

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).


    In the Islamic religion they have man called the Mahdi who is known as their messiah of whom they are waiting to take the stage. There are many testimonies from people online who believe this man will be Barack Obama who is to be the biblical Antichrist based off dreams they have received. I myself have had strange dreams about him like no other person. So much so that I decided to share this information.

    He came on stage claiming to be a Christian with no affiliation to the Muslim faith…

    “In our lives, Michelle and I have been strengthened by our Christian faith. But there have been times where my faith has been questioned — by people who don’t know me — or they’ve said that I adhere to a different religion, as if that were somehow a bad thing,” – Barack Obama

    …but was later revealed by his own family members that he indeed is a devout Muslim.

    So what’s in the name? The meaning of someones name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface…

    “And He (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven'” (Luke 10:18).

    In the Hebrew language we can uncover the meaning behind the name Barack Obama.

    Barack, also transliterated as Baraq, in Hebrew is: lightning

    baraq – Biblical definition:

    From Strongs H1299; lightning; by analogy a gleam; concretely a flashing sword: – bright, glitter (-ing, sword), lightning. (Strongs Hebrew word H1300 baraq baw-rawk’)

    Barak ‘O’bamah, The use of bamah is used to refer to the “heights” of Heaven.

    bamah – Biblical definition:

    From an unused root (meaning to be high); an elevation: – height, high place, wave. (Strongs Hebrew word H1116 bamah baw-maw’)

    The day following the election of Barack Obama (11/04/08), the winning pick 3 lotto numbers in Illinois (Obama’s home state) for 11/5/08 were 666.

    Obama was a U.S. senator for Illinois, and his zip code was 60606.

    Jesus stands alone among the other religions who say to rightly weigh the scales of good and evil, and to make sure you have done more good than bad in this life. Is this how we conduct ourselves justly in a court of law? Bearing the image of God, is this how we project this image into our reality?

    Our good works cannot save us. If we step before a judge, being guilty of a crime, the judge will not judge us by the good that we have done, but rather the crimes we have committed. If we as fallen humanity, created in God’s image, pose this type of justice, how much more a perfect, righteous, and Holy God?

    God has brought down His moral law’s through the 10 commandments given to Moses at Mt. Sinai. These laws were not given so we may be justified, rather that we may see the need for a savior. They are the mirror of God’s character of what He has put in each and every one of us, with our conscious bearing witness that we know that it is wrong to steal, lie, dishonor our parents, and so forth.

    We can try and follow the moral laws of the 10 commandments, but we will never catch up to them to be justified before a Holy God. That same word of the law given to Moses became flesh over 2000 years ago in the body of Jesus Christ. He came to be our justification by fulfilling the law, living a sinless perfect life that only God could fulfill; even bringing the law to it’s truest light by stating, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28).

    The gap between us and the law can never be reconciled by our own merit, but the arm of Jesus is stretched out by the grace and mercy of God. And if we are to grab on, through faith in Him, He will pull us up being the one to justify us. As in the court of law, if someone steps in and pays our fine, even though we are guilty, the judge can do what is legal and just and let us go free. That is what Jesus did almost 2000 years ago on the cross. It was a legal transaction being fulfilled in the spiritual realm by the shedding of His blood.

    Because God is Holy and just, the wrath that we deserve could not go unnoticed. Through the perfect righteousness and justice of God’s character, it must be dealt with, it must be quenched, it must be satisfied.

    For God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23). This is why in Isaiah chapter 53, where it speaks of the coming Messiah and His soul being a sacrifice for our sins, why it says it pleased God to crush His only begotten Son.

    This is because the wrath that we deserve was justified by being poured out upon His Son. If that wrath was poured out on us, we would all die and go to hell. God created a way of escape by pouring it out on His Son whose soul could not be left in Hades, but was raised to life on the third day and seated at the right hand of God in power.

    So now when we put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), God no longer sees the person who deserves His wrath, but rather the glorious image of His perfect Son dwelling in us, justifying us as if we received the wrath we deserve, making a way of escape from the curse of death.

    Now what we must do is repent and put our trust and faith in the savior, confessing and forsaking our sins. This is not just a head knowledge of believing in Jesus, but rather receiving His words, taking them to heart, so that we may truly be transformed into the image of God. Where we no longer live to practice sin, but rather turn from our sins and practice righteousness through faith in Him.

    Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again'” (John 3:5-7).

    Come before the Lord with a contrite spirit, humble yourself, ask Him for His forgiveness, to receive the free gift of His salvation, to receive His Holy Spirit, so that you may be transformed into a new creature, into a child of the living God.

    There is a reason why the words of Jesus have been translated in to over 2000 languages, and nothing comes remotely close (the Quran just over 100), because there is a God in heaven who desires to have a relationship with you, to know Him through His word, as that is how we personally get to know anybody. There is a reason why it is the year 2021, because Jesus came to earth just over 2000 years ago fulfilling major prophecy causing a divide in our timeline.

    Jesus loves you! Seek Him while He may be found!

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