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04/25/2013

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It seems like the aforementioned pastor has reduced love to being nice. It seems like God's love isn't just nice, in fact His love often seems rather unpleasant. God disciplines the one's he loves (Heb 12) and while that might not be "nice", it is loving because it is for our own good. Was it loving of God to put the curse on man and the earth and force Adam and Eve out of the garden? Of course it was, but it wasn't "nice".

It seems like biblical love seeks that which is of greatest value, everlasting life, knowing God through His Son, and seeking that for another person requires knowing the truth about who God is and who the Christ is and why He came, etc, etc. It seems like love separated from the truth which redeems and brings eternal life is no longer love, but something less.

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