Can A Loving God Condemn Those Who Don't Believe?
My goal in this study is not merely to look at what the Bible teaches about condemnation, but primarily to understand what it means to love God. We can only understand how to love God when we understand God's love for us. There is a reason why the Bible tells us that we love God because he first loved us. As we explore the scriptures, my hope is that we'll end this study understanding why love covers a multitude of sins, and see the doorway of love, given through Christ, that leads us out of condemnation.
1 John 4:7-8
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
God is love. If God is love, then how can a loving God bring condemnation upon those who reject him? This question is asked dozens of ways and is a point of confusion to both the church and the unchurched culture. How can this statement, which seems like a contradiction be true? There are some who try to deny that God will avenge anything, and even deny the Bible teaches these things. In order to honestly examine the topic of a loving God and a God who judges, let's bring in a few more verses. We'll start with looking at the judgment of God, and then see how it ties into the loving God we base our hope upon. Look at 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8
7 And to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels,
8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The purpose of this passage is to give the persecuted church rest, knowing God sees, and will avenge the hardships we endure for living the faith. However, the question at hand is, why would a loving God repay vengeance on those who do not know him? Why would the Bible say in Jude that those who deny Christ have been marked out ...
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