If God is Love, then maybe this should change everything we think about God? What do I mean by change everything? What I mean is, if God is Love, then that should change the way we see God…see Jesus…see each other…and even see ourselves relating to God. We are obsessed with judgement and wrath, yet we talk of love and compassion in the same sentence. We want to see human versions of justice exacted on our enemies by God, all the while, we want to say that God will stand up and defend our rights and our freedoms. The results we really want is the hope that those who threaten us will be taken down under the wrath and judgement of a holy and righteous God, which we of course is on our side. But I want to ask…who has a problem with this view of God? Should we be OK believing in a God that would answer our prayers of vengeance on our enemies? We want to see justice served and we want our enemies that refuse to believe like us to experience the flames of hell and eternal torment. But if God is Love, are we not asking God to deliver something that is contrary to his very divine nature? Are we not asking God to think like us? In addition, what if our enemy’s god answered their prayers about our destruction…what then?
We see pastors that say things like this from the pulpits to stir the pot of fear,
“Hell is a literal place of torment for those who consciously and willingly reject the matchless, sacrificial love of God found in Jesus Christ. Hell is not a state of being; it’s not a metaphor; it’s not a symbol. Hell is a real place.”
My first question is…how would this person know? The answer…this person doesn’t really know the above statement to be true. They may think it to be true based on subjective denominational statements of faith and certain evangelical translations of verses in the bible, but when we get to the very end of the line, this person does not know if there is a literal hell or not. So why do pastors take the liberty to make statements that are most certainly unknowable at this stage in human existence? The answer…control, which is absolutely the opposite of Love. But I don’t want to talk about control. However, I do want to get you to ask yourself questions like…if God is Light and in him there is no darkness…in him there is nothing but the manifestation of Love, then is hell really the place that we think it is? Is it the place that all these pastors behind the pulpits say it is? Do they really know anything at all about something they have never experienced?