violet’s bible study: god is love

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God loves you Violet, and Archaeopteryx, and John Zande, and Arkenaten, and “bfa7″, and whoever else. On my life, I tell you, He loves us. truthisstrangerthanfiction

I think a positive side to most versions of Christianity in today’s societies is the emphasis they place on love. It’s certainly better than believing in and worshipping a deity you think hates everyone. After all, their Bible often talks of their god’s love, perhaps most famously in John 3:16.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Unfortunately for the Christians who are positive enough to try and believe this, the Bible doesn’t actually paint such a consistently loving picture of the god character God. To illustrate, let’s do a short list!

1. The god character God drowned everyone he had created, apart from eight people, because he didn’t like them:

So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.” Genesis 6:13

2. The god character God hated Esau (presumably because he was hairy, given there is no reason stated and such a big deal is made out of his body hair):

but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals. Malachi 1:3

3. Something about the command of the god character God against the people of Samaria suggests he didn’t love them. Maybe it’s just me …

The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open. Hosea 13:16

So, just a small selection from the Bible illustrating that the god character God, who is depicted as never changing, didn’t and doesn’t really love everyone. Let’s consider John 3:16 again:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Yes, on a second reading, it says that anyone who doesn’t believe in him will perish. On reflection, that doesn’t sound very loving either, does it?

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