"Love Makes Everything Lovely"
“If it matters to you, it matters to me.”
That statement is true, if I love you.
I don’t know you; but God knows you, and he loves you.
If it matters to God, it will matter to me, if I love him.
It is impossible for someone who loves God to hate you, because you matter to God. You may upset or anger that person, but they will still love you.
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. (1 John 4:20)
So who is my brother? Who is my sister? According to Jesus, who is my neighbour?
Each of us are only as strong as our strongest relationship. If we have a very warm intimate relationship with someone, we will have the strength to do things that those who do not know such love cannot.
The source of God's strength is a perfect eternal relationship. In that relationship there is perfect love, perfect peace and perfect joy. A relationship is the eternal truth. The relationships within the one true God (the Trinity) are the source of God's strength. That's why God will always do what's right, no matter how much we hurt him.*
I know God loves me; but it is far better for me to focus on the fact that God loves you. If I hurt you, it angers God because he loves you. If I'm kind to you, it pleases God, because he cares about you. (And this is why we must ask forgiveness from God. We have hurt those he loves.)
Jesus came to this earth to bring reconciliation. He came so that we might come to know God's love, and through that love, love him in return by loving our neighbour. He came to fill our hearts with joy. (This does not mean everything will go smoothly. Some will be hostile to the message of reconciliation.)
So why hell?
Recently Zondervan published the second edition of "Four Views On Hell." A number of scholars made contributions to the book.
Robin Parry contributed a chapter, and in it he posed a number of questions. Two of which are as follows.
1. Is it God's will to save all people?
2. Is God able to bring about his will?
If he is then presumably all people will be saved.