Saw a clip of a video last night where it was said that there is nothing we can do that will make God love us less. I've also heard that said. Where, exactly, in the bible does it say that? I know there are references throughout regarding God's love for all ....... but where is that one?
It is not stated as such in the Bible anywhere that I am aware of. The concept comes from the understanding of Agape love, which is complete and unconditional. The problem is that people often trust solely in God's love and assume that His love alone will save them. This is not true. Love is one of God's recognizable attributes. He is also holy, just and righteous, to name a few. His love does not override His holiness, justice or righteousness. That is why Jesus had to die as the substitutionary sacrifice in our place that we may be forgiven and redeemed by blood. To take this a step further, God's love is not an emotion that ebbs and flows as many view love in humanity, but rather is a state of being. The Bible says God IS love. Therefore, His love flows naturally because it is Who He is, not simply He does.
Food for thought and hope that helps.
Take a look at this:
Interesting piece. I like his point on Contra-Conditional Love; I have not heard that stated this way before.
John 3:16 says it all about God's love for us. I don't think we have that kind of love...sending our only child to die for another. That is an awesome love. That is a love that can't be turned off and on. That is Grace.
Judgment will be by Jesus at the White Throne. If that is the case, why would God get angry with us? Believers won't be at the White Throne Judgment...only those who don't accept Christ as Savior.
If a believer doesn't experience God's love in his life, it is because that believer is not seeing God for Who He really is. We have the idea that believing in Christ is the ultimate decision which it is...then we have to believe the rest of the gospel to have the peace that comes with being a child of God. We need to apply the information found in the rest of the New Testament to our relationship with God to be able to grow in Him.
I love how this topic is going.Let me add this.
As a father, I love my childeren. No matter what they have done or will do I will always love them. When they mess up I dicipline them, and forgive them. Thats me as a human. I could never condem them to an eternity of damnation. That also is me as a human.
With that said:
I have a realhard time with the concept of hell and eternal damnation. I believe it, but struggel with it.
Part of me wants to think, "If I as a human father could not condem my child, how could God,who is the perfect father do so?" I know that He will, but my little brain can't seem to wrap itself around that concept.
I wan't to believe that at the very last moment of life God would reveal himself to his child and the child would repent. I know that is wishfull thinking. I have shed many tears over this issue.
Just my two cents worth. Thank you for all the wonderful feedback guys and gals.
Thank you, Amanda. I consider it a substantial blessing that you noticed I was missing. I nearly didn't survive the winter. I was very, very ill. But I'm much better now. Thanks be to GOD.
I know the kind of darkness that hell is. I once was there. But Christ delivered me out of the kingdom of darkness, into His Kingdom of Light. Hallelujah!
In thinking about hell, I remember that at the end of all things, "GOD will be All in all" He is even in hell, and those who hate GOD will experience his overpowering presence as torment, and darkness, even though GOD is Love and Light. "Our GOD is a Consuming Fire". To those who hate Him, He burns. To those who love Him, He purifies like a refiners fire, and changes them into complete Love that can behold and enjoy Love.