Whether you consider yourself a Christian or not, I would guess you generally like the way that God is portrayed in the New Testament. 1 John 4:8 makes the statement, “God is Love.” Jesus himself taught people to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” If this picture is who God really is, why does the Old Testament seem to tell a different story? God’s love is the characteristic we most deeply want to be true. It also seems to be the first characteristic of God to come under fire when we’re faced with the harsh realities of life, pain and death.Read More
What about those who have never heard of Jesus? Will God send them to hell?
If you have been in church at any point in your life, you probably have heard the phrase “God is love.” I remember sitting in my first Sunday School class and trying to sit still through the story so that I could get juice and cookies. Even at that age, the message of God’s love was coming through to my little ears. Over the years, I didn’t just hear that He was loving, but that the very definition of love itself can be found in Him. But there was always a clarifying statement: His love can only be experienced in His Son, Jesus Christ. If you want to know God Himself, you have to know His Son Jesus. More specifically, you must know Him through His perfect life, death and resurrection.