” but I am curious if you really know who God is at his core?”
I believe I do; not perfectly, but sincerely. I know He hates sin, and it is what separates us from Him. I know we must acknowledge we are sinners and repent of sin to obtain His forgiveness - putting our faith in Christ.
A man can’t repent of his sins if he doesn’t acknowledge them. Thus he remains lost. If my brother is sinning, I tell it to him.
Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.” (Mathew 18:15-17, that is Jesus talking)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmzuPLBot5Q skip to where the talking starts and listen....