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Is God All-Loving?

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Is God All-Loving? - December 10, 2005

Some people believe that God loves and forgives everyone. However, is this true?

In the Bible we are told, "Behold, I am coming soon, bringing My recompense, to repay every one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." (Revelation 22:12)
The above verse clearly reveals that man will not only be eventually judged by God, but this judgment will be based on the life man has lived.

Robert was a convicted pedophile and murderer who sat on death row in one of the nation's toughest prisons. He was tough, unrepentant, and showed no indication of remorse, even after ten years. "If given the opportunity, I'd do it all over again!" he snarled. "There is no God, and if there is, He sure ain't no friend of mine," he continued.

Those who adhere to this false belief that God is all-loving and therefore will judge no one, may insist Robert will be spiritually rewarded with eternal life, regardless.

The truth of the matter is that God loves everyone who obeys Him, and He forgives those who repent of their sinful and evil ways. In the above purely fictional story, Robert had no relationship with God, had no desire to please the Lord or to do what is good in His sight. He was totally unrepentant.
God's love and forgiveness are not unconditional.

"See, I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in His ways, and by keeping His Commandments and His statutes and His ordinances, then you shall live and multiply, and The Lord your God will bless you in the land which you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you this day, that you shall perish"
(Deuteronomy 30:15-19)

God desires our worship because He is worthy of it. He loves us, and wants us to love Him in return, but sadly, not everyone chooses to. Those who love God enough to allow their lives to reflect what is in their hearts, will be rewarded with eternal life. Those who hate God and His good ways will be eternally condemned to Hell.

Contributed by Melanie Schurr
Good points Chad,
In the above story if the Governor were to grant a pardon it would still be up to Robert to make a choice, either accept or reject the Governor's pardon.