There are probably some who will take exception to the strength of some of my comments in my previous post and the one titled, “evil and cowardice”.
They will appeal to God’s all-encompassing love and compassion.
But does God’s love extend to terrorists who murder the helpless and defenceless?
Despite popular beliefs about “unconditional love”, such ideas have no real scriptural support.
God does not show compassion and mercy towards wilfully violent murderers who have chosen to follow the path of evil, murdering others and then killing themselves in the name of a religion and the god it promotes.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
God LOVED (past tense) the world and gave His Son.
God carried out a supreme act of love in the giving of that gift.
And an important part of the gift was the promise of everlasting life to those who continue believing (trusting) in the Son who was given.
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.
That favoured verse, John 3:16 is NOT an expression of a blanket, continuing, all-embracing and unconditional love. In context that portion of scripture shows a “line in the sand”, set up by God, revealing:
1) That God’s love was NOT made available only to select few.
2) It also shows that it will not be received by all.
3) We are told how to experience God’s love
4) Who will experiences God’s love.
5) Who will NOT experience His love
6) That the receiving of God’ love is conditional and NOT unconditional.