‘My God Is a God of Love’ …Sure, But Your god Isn’t Real

My God is a God of love and wouldn’t do that…

When one uses the phrase my God is a God of love and wouldn’t do                , what they almost always invariably mean is that their conception of God is as altogether loving as they conceive love to be. Statements such as these have a profound way of revealing one’s beliefs. While the statement is true, it seldom finds usage within a conversation unless one is seeking to define God differently than the Scriptures do. It is often a retort to dismiss any claims to Biblical fidelity on the sexual ethic, or more appropriately, claims to fidelity on the whole of Scripture’s ethical commands, save those the person subjectively chooses.

In other words, their beliefs about God don’t match up with the “unloving” God of Scripture who judges, condemns sinners to hell, and so forth. Yet again, the statement is true. The statement is true because the person saying it is correct. Their god doesn’t send people to hell. Their god doesn’t place demands upon their lives, nor does their god expect holiness, sexual purity, worship, and bringing Him the glory He is due – because their god doesn’t exist.

The God of Scripture has existed forever – He is the very One through whom all things consist, that is, in Him – all things hold together. The word used by Paul in Colossians 1:17 actually depicts this as a continual aspect of Creation, meaning that at this very moment in time, Christ is continually working by His power and might to sustain created order. From the molecules to the vast expanses of space, Christ orders them in such a manner that they continue to operate as they should and we continue to operate in our feeble existence.

The very fact that you and I continue to have functioning lungs and experience the existence of gravity, is the pure, undeserved mercy and grace of our Lord. He is utterly sovereign in all things; there is nothing beyond His grasp, sight, and interaction with. This is precisely why Christ can make such incredible claims upon our lives. This is why He can tell us to pick up the means of our execution, the cross, and follow Him, or that we must love Him more than our parents, siblings, spouse, children, and anything else within creation. There is not one bit of created order, immaterial or material, in all of time and space, that Christ has not looked upon and declared, “Mine.”

The God that Is

He is the Supreme One whom we order every bit of our lives around, because all things were created by Him and for Him, so that we might demonstrate His glory. For the Christian, this is particularly why we are to become slaves to righteousness, which entails our sexual desires, lustful passions, sensual proclivities, and more, come under His jurisdiction. It requires that we live in recognition that our entire life is not our own to live as we see fit and that God has established the means and the end of our redemption. In all of this comes a proper recognition of our alienation from Him on all of Scripture’s accounts.

The shocking reality is that we see these things as burdensome when the plain truth of the matter is that when we order our entire being around glorifying Him in all things, we maximize our joy and pleasure. He is the God of this universe, who created all things and holds the keys to death and Hades in His hands; who has the power to give and take life. He is the God whose voice thunders and brings all beasts into submission, who turns the seasons, who gives the horse its strength and commands the eagle to fly. Were you present when He brought form to the earth, or when He caused the flood-waters to rise from the deep?

He is the God who can cause mountains to fall into the sea, whose voice can calm the fiercest of storms, whose hands can multiply a meager meal for five into a feast for thousands. He is the God who marked out the dimensions of the universe and causes the star to burn – or cease in giving its light. He is the God who opens or closes the womb. Are you, O feeble man, capable of such things? Can you see into the corners of the universe and call out each start by name? Can you bring the barren one to the birthing ward, if it is in your good pleasure?

Yet He is also the God who sends the plague, blacks out the sun and turns the moon to blood, causes fresh water to turn bitter, and can open the earth to swallow a rebellious people. He is the God of vengeance, He is jealous for His own glory and honor – and He shall undoubtedly bring the wicked to ruin as He treads the winepress of His wrath. Dare you stand before Him and shake your fist? Dare you claim to know better, or to rise as a mite and seek to block the sun?

He is not what many would call a safe God – but He is incredibly good and a refuge for His children.

God is Love – but God Defines “Love”

This is the God the Scriptures boldly declare is love, which is revealed to us through the giving of His only begotten Son. This is the God who calls you “son” or “daughter” if you reside in Christ and obey Him. Yet God’s unchanging character demonstrates that He will not yield to the changing cultural ideals of love. Rather, it is God who defines love in all its fullness, as the origin of love is God.

Far too often what we find today is the desire to uphold one virtue of love rather than develop a comprehensive understanding of Scripture’s teaching on the matter. Perhaps no greater exposition on the nature of genuine love exists than is found within the epistles of John, wherein the apostle teaches that loving God involves loving one’s neighbor, the brethren, God Himself – yet also the commands of God.

The penultimate expression of this love in the believer culminates in a right doxology; proper worship involves the focus of living to the praise of God’s glory by walking in truth. It encompasses a correct conception of God and His decree, a life marked out by proper obedience to God and His decree, and jubilant praise flowing to God in recognition of His supremely excellent decree. In other words – it is wholly God-centered and born out of God’s thoughts about Himself; His goodness, holiness, and ultimately – love. 

This is particularly why we must start, continue, and end with God if we are to properly understand the doctrine of love, or any other doctrine for that matter. We know that no man loves God without God first loving them. Therefore, the man without God cannot genuinely love, but can only express a marred shadow of genuine love upon the object of his desires. It is nothing more than a semblance of love, yet a semblance that is bound within the folly of unbelief, and thereby, it is not love at all. A concocted god form this type of love only yields a false god.

The End Result: Proper Worship

The seas and all that is in it roars; the rivers clap their hands and the mountains sing together for joy; for the Lord has made know His salvation even to the ends of the earth. He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations. Shall we not praise Him instead of this puny god of your own conception? Shall we not praise Him in the means He has granted and come to live with Him in paradise for all eternity, delighting in His supreme majesty and kindness – the likes of which we can’t even begin to comprehend?

We will never run the well of Scripture dry. We shall never find ourselves knowing too much about the Lord, only too little. We shall never find ourselves thinking too highly of our Creator and Lord. We shall never exhaust the extent of His grace nor the richness of His love! We shall never praise Him in all the fullness of what we should! Some hear such things and grow weary or feel condemned, but don’t you see that this is the very thing, which demonstrates God is utterly inexhaustible?

However, this very same notion demolishes the belief that one can hold as a contrarian. It is in Christ that God has been pleased to reveal Himself to us, through the testimony of the Scriptures. When you jettison the truth of His Word, obfuscate the clarity thereof, diminish its authority, relegate its meaning to a particular time and place – as if it has no significance to our own culture and time and doesn’t carry universal meaning that transcends such things, you create your own, personal god.

Sure, you may be correct in stating that your god is a god of love and doesn’t do x, y, and z – but your god can’t do anything. Your god doesn’t exist, save the false conception held that merely reflects yourself, as you fancy yourself to be God. All such praise will end with only one result: the unending, unyielding, wrath of God. It will more and more profound which each conscious moment of their incredibly bleak and miserable existence. Those in hell shall remain His possession, yet a possession, which shall experience nothing but the everlasting, fierce, and full retribution of the Lord. In other words, they too shall experience the God that is, is utterly inexhaustible.

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  • Rudy Schellekens

    Great article! Been discussing this very subject lately. Not enough people look at the entire picture of God. Partially, because not enough time is spent in the book, starting in Genesis!

  • Steven

    Love is an acronym for lessons of valuable experience which connects us to in tribulation have patience to gain the experience and establish hope. Hope also an acronym his/her own private enterprise. This relationship is one of power in self-government, the might of communication and the strength of SELF-EXAMINATION. TRUTH is the LAW authoring safety in honoring one to another individual freewill sovereignty. Isaiah 16:5

  • maninthegap

    What you are saying holds up only when the particular doctrine you have in mind is true. Every traditional belief is not necessarily true because people believed it for so long. Might does not make right only careful, contextual exegesis, which is now casting some doubt on a number of issues. It may turn out that people with your perspective are the ones who are maintaining a false god if unwilling to change in light of better data.

  • Iain Lovejoy

    You seem to be using the use of a verbal tic to support a dodgy argument. I actually agree with a lot of (but not all) of your description of God, but each of your “He is” statements could be rephrased “my God is” statements and vice versa. Their phrasing is sloppy because they are not actually saying there is more than one God, but that this is their understanding of what God is like, and your phrasing is sloppy because your “He is” statements are in fact only statements or your opinion or understanding of what “He is” (or your opinion / understanding of what the Bible says He is, to avoid the obvious retort). If you want to play the game of choice of phrase revealing some inner truth, then your “He is” could be said to reveal a blasphemous arrogance that you know all there is to know about God, have him neatly boxed and can be utterly certain you fully comprehend him. This would be as unfair a caricature of you as yours is of those who say “my God is”.
    You may be right, or those who disagree with you may be right, but the phrasing used in putting forward the arguments doesn’t tell anyone a thing.

  • “This is the God who calls you “son” or “daughter” if you reside in Christ and obey Him.” I wonder about the last clause since it seems to make being a son or daughter dependent on your obedience–and is that continuing, unfaltering obedience? It seems to make light of God’s grace provided in Christ.

  • Reed A.

    GRAYSON GILBERT your commentary is spot on. Memo to Thomas Schulta: if you are not obedient to God, how can you call Him your LORD? The sons & daughters of God live under grace while on earth, and are constantly (as humans) in state of repentance. As for sins, they are forgiven by God, however. the doer does not escape the consequence of the sin that was built in before Adam was made.

    • Steven

      The reference to LORD is reference to the LAW, below. The reference to GOD is reference to the government, above. To say the LORD is GOD is to state LAW is government. Law is the AUTHORITY that establishes government above. Adversarial LAW as LORD and rule of LAW in this world establishes as GOD above the ADVERSARY. The authority of this LORD is fear and trembling, the power of GOD being War, the military might and strength of enforcement divisions

  • Doug Gamble

    Thanks for these good words which challenge us to really check if the God we claim faith in is the God of the Bible, or simply some God of our own creation. In any real relationship, there is always something about the other person that we are not thrilled about, something that rubs us wrong. There are no genuine relationships in which there is not some friction. Jesus invites all of into relationship with him, but in that relationship there will be friction. He will tell us things about ourselves which we don’t want to hear, and he will work to make us into better people than we are–it will involve friction. I am suspicious when a person’s concept of God involves no such friction, a concept in which everything the person wants, likes or does is fine. I know myself well enough to know that everything I want, like or do is not fine, not fine at all. I don’t do the good I wish I would, and the things I do are often things I wish I didn’t do–just as Paul says in Romans 7. I need a Savior, but the rescue process involves discomfort, friction, but that just shows I am in a true relationship.

    • Steven

      The Spirit of Truth is all about relationship, to honor individual freewill sovereignty in ALL and respect in ALL the power of self-government in the might of communication and the strength of SELF-EXAMINATION.

  • Steven

    God’s love is lessons of valuable experience wherein God makes the bed you lie in. Your steps are ordered by God.

  • Mike Owens

    Used to agree with this entire argument, however, I’ve learned that God is Love. We have created a god who hates sinners (whom He sovereignly created) and whose love is conditional. Once we begin to understand the word hell is a bad translation of three distinct words: Gehenna, Sheol and Hades. Get this roadblock out of the way and read all Jesus’ warnings in context of the 70 AD destruction, we can begin to understand God’s relentless love and unconditional mercy. Love is not an attribute of God. He IS Love. Knowing this, we can begin to see that the GRANDEST EXERCISE OF JUSTICE IS MERCY. Judgment is setting a corrected course – not the gavel slamming down on the lost. – – Your article is sad, but common. (theBVBs.com)

  • Craig Belcourt

    Just ran across this today, so a little late in commenting. Excellent article!! We humans have a need to make God fit our earthly perceptions of who He should be. God is the God clearly revealed to us in His word.

  • Christopher Evan Belen

    I love this ,, Im just crying while reading this article.. from Philippines with love <3