Wednesday, November 21, 2012

God's Unconditional Love is not God's Unconditional Approval

Lake Michigan sunset

God's love is unconditional.

In logic, a conditional statement is an "If... then" statement. For example: If it rains, then the ground gets wet. Conditional statements are also called hypothetical statements.

God's love for you and I is not hypothetical. God doesn't say "If you do ________, then you will receive my love." Were that true than not one of us would be fully loved by God, and the cross would be unnecessary.

God's love is not conditional or hypothetical. We can simply say: God loves you.

But everything you and I do is not thereby loved by God. For example, God does not love, or approve, of violence. Hatred is not cool with God.

Don't confuse the unconditional love of God with his unconditional acceptance of everything you do.