I have often wondered about this question, “Does God only love those who love him?” What about all the ones he killed throughout history? Is that loving your enemy? My opinion is that many religions throughout history have painted a very ugly picture of God. However Jesus has painted a very different picture and tells us that God loves his enemies and we should be perfect like God.
Please consider Matthew 5:43-48, “YOU heard that it was said, ‘You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ However, I say to YOU: Continue to love YOUR enemies and to pray for those persecuting YOU; that YOU may prove yourselves sons of YOUR Father who is in the heavens, since he makes his sun rise upon wicked people and good and makes it rain upon righteous people and unrighteous. For if YOU love those loving YOU, what reward do YOU have? Are not also the tax collectors doing the same thing? And if YOU greet YOUR brothers only, what extraordinary thing are YOU doing? Are not also the people of the nations doing the same thing? YOU must accordingly be perfect, as YOUR heavenly Father is perfect.” So being “perfect” as God is “perfect” means loving those who do not love YOU. Christ taught us to love our enemies.
Gods enemies killed his first born Son. What could be worse that putting the son of God, Jesus Christ to death? Especially the way they did it. Can you think of anything? I honestly can’t myself. Yet Jesus prayed to his heavenly father, “please forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) Here Christ showed love for those who put him to death and asked his father to not hold this against them. Where did he learn this kind of love? From his Father of course.
At Matthew 18:21-22 we read, “Then Peter came up and said to him: “Lord, how many times is my brother to sin against me and am I to forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him: “I say to you, not, Up to seven times, but, Up to seventy-seven times.”
Jesus didn’t mean literally 77 times then stop. His point was to forgive your brother endlessly no matter how many times he sins against you was it not? Would God, our heavenly Father be any different? Does it sound logical to you that we are to have no cut off point but God does? I know my own human parents would not have a cut off point and most do not. They love their children endlessly. That is why when I read scriptures like 1 Corinthians 15: 22, “For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive.” I believe that the word ALL means just that, ALL. All is ALL MEN (and women of course) who have died including the ones God put to death himself. We know there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. (Acts 24:15) So why do many religions claim to know who will be resurrected and who will not? Many like JW’s say, the unrighteous are all those who never had a chance to hear Gods word. As if they actually know the limits of Gods love. As if God will only give man a limited amount of forgiveness but teach us otherwise. They cut Gods love short. They also act as if this earth is the only place God can resurrect people. Calculating if all people were resurrected on the planet how much space each one would have. Does not God have and endless amount of space in the universe? God has an endless amount of space and time to bring about his purpose for his children and that includes all of us, the human race. (Philippians 2:9-11)
Jesus said regarding his Father, “All things are possible” (Mark 14:36) Who are we to say, “no, that’s not possible, when God kills someone thats it, it’s over for them!” Who are we to cut the hand of God short? John 5: 28-29, “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which ALL those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” If this includes Sodom and Gomorrah as Matthew 10:15 tells us it does, would not it include everyone who has ever lived including those who died in the flood and Adam and Eve?
ALL those in the memorial tombs will be resurrected. This means ALL the dead does it not? Some will say, “nope, only those in memorial tombs that were given a proper burial.” Does that make sense? It sure doesn’t to me. Many wicked, wicked people have been given a “proper burial.” I wonder how many of them did something as bad as torchering and murdering the Son of God? Jesus forgave them didn’t he?
Maybe I am wrong about all this and we only get one chance to get everything right. A one life try. I don’t really think so myself as God teaches endless forgiveness and love. In my view it would mean that God cannot win all of mankind’s hearts as he would like to. (Please see Ezekiel 33:11) I just do not see that happening but maybe so. This brings into question Satan and his demons. I feel they could not be forgiven personally but I am not God. I cannot bear the thought however Christ said, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” Paul also said that man will judge angels. 1 Corinthians 6:3, “Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!” That must be Satan and his demons I would think. So who knows what we can expect. Maybe even things we cannot bear at this time to think about. The main thing is lets not cut the hand of God short and insist on who will be saved and who will not. Only God knows! Most all religions today claim that only their religion will be saved. Especially Jehovah’s Witnesses. That goes contrary to Gods written word. For me it is comforting and a happy thought to think that God as a parent, our heavenly Father, perfect as he is, cannot fail at anything he does, including winning the hearts of all his children. For some that may sound impossible. I believe Christ when he said, with God all things are possible. ALL THINGS… (Mark 14:36 / Psalms 145:16)
Your brother in Christ,
P.S. I LOVE this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp1F16_7lO0