Spiritual Sibling Rivalry

“I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.”  Proverbs 8:17

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8 (NIV)

“and He is the Ever Forgiving, the Most Loving” Qur’an 85:14

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. Buddha

Obviously, the list of quotes could be a lot longer, but I think this is adequate for my purpose in proving that Love is a universally accepted trait of the creator. In the first 3 examples, the teachings are of a loving, parental creator who can, quite literally, do almost anything. Oddly, one of the limits on what the creator seems capable of in each of those traditions, is on love, or at least on forgiveness. It seems that a god who is described as being the source, the very definition of love is hampered from giving it freely. We are left with an omnipotent deity with the most glaring flaw humanity could invent.

How can God be Love if it can’t love freely? How can God be all-powerful if we are required to become worthy of love? I understand the requirement of wanting a relationship with God and the burden of freewill, but why would a loving creator make it so hard? Why would we be asked to believe in long ago miracles? Why would we be told “faith” saves us, when we were blessed with reason and curiosity? Why can’t reason lead us to love? Why can’t it make sense?

Because then, anyone could do it. Salvation can’t be that easy. God’s love needs to be earned. Our way just has to be better than yours. God loves us best.

Can the creator, being worthy of universal praise and love, make a man so evil that even God can’t love him? I say, “No.”

My creator is a loving creator who built creation as a work of love, and I like to think  that we are created in the image of a loving, curious, playful creator who wanted creation to enjoy having been created; creation was meant to love the experience and to explore the hidden messages from the creator. The little, ultimately explainable miracles of gravity and DNA and molecular forces. I think the creator delights in seeing us unravel the tangle and move closer to understanding and love.

God has enough love to go around. God loves the whole of creation, even the parts that seem to work against us, the created. There is no litmus test for that love. I except that we must choose to seek a relationship, but I deny that there is any specific form for that relationship. Anyone to seeks to explore their potential and to relate to and expand their relationship with creation, our only connection to God, is in a relationship, even those who deny that we are created beings. I think that, on a level, God loves those people FOR their independence, in the way that any parent wants to see their children strike out on their own. God knows that, in time, we will come back to rebuild that crucial relationship.

So, who or what does God love? God is love, and there is no limit. Special people have been able to see that, and to tell us so in a way that rang true with the people around them, but as the message spread, jealousy and ambition tainted it. If we look at what was really being said, we’ll see that the core is always Love.

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