Is God truly loving?

First, let’s look at the Biblical definition of love:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NLT)

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!

Does this describe the Christian God?

It doesn’t seem like it.  If God judges us, He is keeping a record of being wronged by our lack of belief and repentance.

If I am recalling correctly, there are times in the Bible where God becomes irritable, even angry.  God loses His patience at times.  Jesus certainly does in the Temple with the Money Changers.  God even gives up once in a huge way – He floods the Earth in a bid to essentially start over.

Is God truly loving?

The Biblical evidence suggests to me that the Christian version of God is not.  Thoughts?

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2 Responses to Is God truly loving?

  1. Neil Rickert says:

    Christianity requires that the Christian god be very different from that depicted in the old testament. Why that’s not a contradiction, is for the theologians to explain (or explain away).

    The conservative Christians have clearly chosen the old testament God, which ought to mean that they aren’t really Christian.

    This reminds me of why I gave up on religion a long time ago.

  2. I agree: the Christian God gets fed up a bit too easily, and seems quick to punish people–and even things. People like to set up an old testament vs. new testament dichotomy where the New Testament God is friendlier, but I’d argue that even God in the form of Jesus has a short fuse. One example for instance, from the New Testament, is when Jesus is hungry and finds a fig tree. It’s not the season for figs, so it doesn’t have any. Instead of using his almighty God powers and making it grow figs, he gets angry and curses the tree. This actually happens right before the money changing story you mentioned in the book of Mark. Clearly, Jesus was having a bad day. Except he’s supposed to be perfect and never make a bad decision. It sounds to me like his actions that day were those of a hangry person, not a perfect, omnibenevolent being. One could argue that that humanizes him, but for Jesus to get hangry would mean that he’s not perfect, and not 100% in control. I’d hate to meet him after his 40 day fast.

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