4.18.2010

Love is the Answer

Don't you think God loves everyone?  Shouldn't God love everyone?  After all, God is love, right?

If so, then.  (Do you remember that from high school math?)  If so, then does God love Hitler, too? Ceauşescu? Some of you will say yes, that God loves Everyone.  No matter what. 

But most of you will say no.  Definitely not Hitler.  How about his generals and SS?  But not the people who watched the Jews get rounded up.  How about the Swiss, who in their "neutrality" let Jews open to capture and torture and death?  Just the government? or all the people?
How about
Bin Laden?
Jim Jones?
Idi Amin? 
Pol Pot?
Stalin? 
Mao-Tse Tung? 
How about Kim Il Sung?
Andrew Carnegie?
George W. Bush?
Glenn Beck?
How about the pedophile down the street?  How about the thieves of the Saving & Loan scandal?  The CEOs who got multi-million dollar bonuses on wall street?  I  have a friend whose neighbor dumps trash into her yard, including cigarette butts. 

Where would you stop?  How do you define loveable?  And so, how do you define who God should love?

Does a loving God correct and admonish, or does He allow us to do our own will at every turn?  After all, God is love, right? 

Or, is Love your God?

7 comments:

Lora said...

And according to the Christian faith, as long as those people repent and accept Jesus and ask for salvation and forgiveness, they are accepted into the Kingdom of Heaven.

And maybe they are all doing God's work? Who are we to judge?

But I'll bet it sucks to be stuck on the cloud next to them, right?

I wonder if there is a neighborhood association in Heaven, and if you can complain about your neighbors the way you can in some towns here on earth.

Lora said...

I love this!

Lora said...
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Lora said...

Also, how do we define "love".

If Hitler was your son, would you love him?

Would you condone his behavior?

My answers would be yes, then no.

I would love him for eternity, but I would never allow him to pass through my threshold again. But my threshold is not Heaven, and the rules for coming through my gate are much different than the rules for getting through THE GATE.

You cannot control the actions of those you create, just as I (and possibly you, and possibly God) cannot control my (your, His) love for them.

blackbelt said...

"I would love him for eternity, but I would never allow him to pass through my threshold again. But my threshold is not Heaven, and the rules for coming through my gate are much different than the rules for getting through THE GATE."

So right on.

mamawhelming said...

I'll go ahead and judge that Hitler et al were not doing the work of the Almighty.

I won't put the word God in the same sentence or paragraph with that name.

I believe that everyone is born innocent, with a pure soul from God. Some people trash that so much that it's hard to imagine they were ever connected to God. How God sees them, only God knows.

In Judaism, forgiveness can be granted only by the wronged party. Even if God can forgive the sin against God for the taking of a life, I don't know that the guilty party can ever receive full forgiveness, since the wronged party wouldn't be there to give it.

Donna B said...

And what about those Christians who believe that Christ died for EVERYONE, therefore everyone is forgiven and EVERYONE goes to heaven?
That means those we believe are purely evil and those in the world who do not know of Christ (and are unable to repent)or even those who do not believe in Him, will go to heaven...
How do we reconcile that?
Deep questions...ones we can not even begin to know the answers to...