John, I agree, God IS love. But I think all of us agree and understand that God doesn't love everything in the same way. Jesus said that God values us more than the sparrows.
God's love for humanity is greater than His love for the sparrows.
And God the Father's love for his Son is greater than his love for humanity. So when a conflict arises between that which God loves (love for His Son and love for humanity), it is not only just but loving for God to defend the glory of the Son over and against rebellious humans.
God does not love humanity to the dismissal, disdain, and neglect of His love for the Son. The Father's love for the Son and his glory trumps all (and vice versa). I would hate to live in a world where it was otherwise.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Does God's love make hell impossible?
I'm sure many of us have heard the same objection: "How could a loving God send anyone to hell?" Recently I was given a similar challenge and here was my brief response: