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The Christian Teaching of ‘God is Love’

What does this mean? You hear it often, ‘Our God is a God of Love’, or ‘God is love’. Does this mean that God’s only attribute is ‘to love’ or that God is the ’emotion of love’? If God ‘is love’, then how do you reconcile this teaching with God’s wrath in the Old Testament and his returning wrath towards the end of days, or his wrath of torture and punishment according to the prophecies in the Book of Revelation?

What kind of loving God, who is known to have the ability to ‘just forgive sin’ as seen in the Lord’s prayer:

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. – Matthew 6:12.

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. – Luke 11:4.

Would then kill his son/ murder himself to forgive us of our sins? These acts, clearly do not seem loving. I’ve read John Gilchrist’s, “The Love of God in the Qur’an and the Bible“, and unfortunately, no act of God in the Old Testament is seen as loving, in his book, chapters 3, 4 and 5 contain not a single quote from the Old Testament to demonstrate the love of any of the Gods (Father, Son, Spirit) in the Old Testament. Would that then mean that the true God of the Christians was not always loving? The only ‘loving’ that God seems to do is to murder his son to forgive us of our sins, yet, we already know from the Lord’s prayer and the practise of the law – as confessed by Paul in Philippians 3:4-6, that one is able to be sinless and attain God’s love:

If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.

Yes, following the commandments leads to the love of God, as is written in 2 John 1:6:

And this is love, that we follow his commandments; this is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you follow love.

Therefore it is irrational according to the Bible, and Paul, that God is love, only due to Christ’s murder by his Father. Yet, John Gilchrist says in Chapter 4 of his previously mentioned book:

Herein lies the proof of the depth of God’s love towards us. He has done the greatest thing he could possibly do to reveal his love for us – he gave willingly his very own Son Jesus Christ to die on a cross for our sins to redeem us to himself. No greater proof of God’s love can be given to mankind than this. It is no wonder that John does not appeal to anything further to make his point. He has given the very best possible proof of God’s love towards men.

Murdering his own son is God’s greatest act of love! As humans, we must stop and ask ourselves, can murder ever be seen as righteous? See, the words ‘kill and murder’ are substituted with the word ‘sacrifice’, which makes it seem as something dutiful, loving and passionate, an act of goodness. Yet, the reality is, and if we are to be honest, we must look at this situation objectively, why would God kill an innocent soul for the forgiveness of others, a soul who begged and cried out at the Father’s abandonment of him:

About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[clemasabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

An innocent soul who asked the Father not to kill him:

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

 We read according to the famous Coffman’s Commentary of the Bible, that Christ did not want to die, but God had no choice, although the Lord’s prayer clearly indicates otherwise!
The implications here are profound. There was no way God could remove the cup of suffering from Jesus without abandoning the purpose of human redemption. Some have interpreted the “cup” as agony itself, so great that Jesus was in imminent danger of dying before he ever came to the cross. Whether this was truly the “cup” or not is uncertain, but the appearance of an angel to strengthen the Lord in that agony surely suggests that it was at least an element in it.
Murder is not an act of love, it is both a crime and a sin. Any human who tries to rationalise the murder and torture of an innocent man as something good and beneficial is simply psychopathic. No mentally sane and stable person can ever testify and claim that the murder, torture, and death of an innocent man, especially by his Father, needlessly, should ever be considered an act of praise. We ask our Christian brothers and sisters, do you really believe that a God who is described as, ‘Love’, would murder his own son for your benefit, when all he had to do was simply forgive you as he had mentioned in his own prayer revealed through that same Son?
A God who kills his son, is not a God of love. We invite you to Islam, may God guide us all, Amen/ Ameen.
and Allaah knows best.

[Updated] Upcoming Short Talk: Allaah’s Love – Everyone is Special

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,

Update: The talk was well attended by both Christians and Muslims, interesting questions were raised and the question and answer session was most certainly a blast. I’ve received enough requests to repeat the talk as some would like to hear it again, so I’d try to add some more material to it inshaAllaah. Will keep our viewers posted on the latest updates. More talks to come soon in the AC Room. 

This Friday, the 1st of February 2013 I’ll be giving a short talk, maybe 20 – 30 minutes on the mercy, love, and compassion of Allaah ta ‘ala. Theological and Philosophical arguments will be addressed, God willing. Please see the below poster for details:

Allah_s Love

All are invited: Muslim, Non-Muslim, Jews, Christians, haters, even Sam Shamoun (and hey, we won’t dot you). You can use World Time Buddy to check the time and if not, we’ll have it uploaded to the website soon.

wa Allaahu ‘Alam.

Slaves of God

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,

Have you ever been confronted by a missionary who claims that Muslims are ‘slaves to God’ while Christians are the ‘children of God’? They explain the reasoning for this is because our God does not love us, so Muslims are by definition slaves, while Christians are children because the Father (the God in heaven) loves them as He would love His children. When they do this, just remember these two quick references to remind them, that their God and Paul (as if there is a difference), actively refers to and asks them to be like slaves/ submit to Him as well:

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. – Romans 6:22.

If they disagree with the first reference, send them to the Greek Lexicon which mentions it clearly for them:

  1. to make a slave of, reduce to bondage
  2. metaph. give myself wholly to one’s needs and service, make myself a bondman to him

 

Such terminology is also used in the Old Testament:

Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. – Job 22:21.

Two simple quotes that disarm the missionary and lead him to be insulting against his own faith.

wa Allaahu ‘Alam.