The problem you cannot avoid

Let’s be honest. If you decide God does not cast people off, stop loving them, or take his Spirit from them, you will then have to decide what to do with all those verses in the Bible that say he does. That’s gonna be a problem. But if you decide God DOES cast people off, stop loving them, and take his Spirit from them, not only will you have to decide what to do with all those verses in scripture about God’s never-ending, never-failing, never-changing love, but you will also have to wonder what love actually IS if a loving God can do that (doesn’t sound like anything we have ever understood about love). Plus you will have to decide whether you personally are safe in the care of God. Either way you have a problem, but I believe one problem is far greater than the other.

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  • OOh dear, David. Just when I thought I’d got it all sorted!
    Ever since my turning point moment, I’ve been convinced that God loves me, and will continue to love me, no matter what. Doesn’t mean I can do what I like, because the response to that amazing love is to want to do what pleases Him (not that I always do of course).
    I guess the problem is another example of the amzing paradox that is God.

    • Great point, Sandra. As Richard Rohr says, we don’t need to be good before God will love us, in fact we cannot be truly good until we know we are loved.