Monday, July 28, 2008
God is love
“How could a loving God send anyone to hell?” This is an age old question that I’d like to discuss in one short paragraph. I think a lot of this thought is what is behind the statement now days that God is love. While I completely agree with the statement that God is love I think most who throw the term out would not say God is wrath. Most take the piece of the pie they want and run with it. First, the statement God is love means God is! This is clear when God makes the statement, “I Am” (Exodus 3:14). God is means God is always present and works outside of time and space. Therefore God is love means God’s love is not ultimately based on human beings but on His love of Himself in the Trinity. Of course the first question in response is “Doesn’t that make God prideful?” Absolutely not! If He alone is the only good (Mark 10:18) then He must love Himself over anything else, if this statement is not true than God is not love. God is love means He loved before humans ever existed so His love is not determined by us. Second, in God’s plan of redemption creating people for damnation (Romans 9:21-23) does not go against who God is. This is God, the perfect and holy God, we are talking about (Isaiah 6:1-7). God is love in creating people destined for hell. God is just in sending people to hell. Once again, God’s perspective is perfect and holy therefore God would still be love and completely just in sending everybody to hell. God is love and just. God cannot sin therefore it is impossible for God to be unloving or demonstrate injustice. The work of the cross is what allows God to be the justifier (Romans 3:26) of those whom He has chosen. We, born into sin, are totally depraved and cannot love God (Romans 1:30) apart from Holy Spirit’s work in our life. He is perfect and holy and just but He offers mercy to all who will trust in His holy name. Why? God is love. “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 John 4:16).