Love thy enemies

In a previous post I laid out an ontological argument (following Descartes’ formula) for God’s loving the whole world (on contrast to the rather limited view of love posited by the reformed doctrine of Limited Atonement). Here I will attempt to provide a Biblical case from the standpoint of Christ’s words to “love thy enemies”.

1. We were all sinners (Romans 3:23), separated from God at one point in time. That is, we were under the penalty of death (Eph 2:1) and enemies of God (Romans 5:10).
2. Jesus told his followers to love their enemies, and not just their friends. (Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:27, Luke 6:35)
3. Therefore God loves all men (John 3:16) and even while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6, 5:8)

Several conclusions can be drawn from this chain. Namely that all men are in the same boat at some point in their lives. That is, we are all separated from Christ. Additionally, for those who are saved, we have truly passed from death to life (John 5:24). And finally, this change in position before God is a time-bound stance such that there truly was a time we were heading to hell and for those of us who are saved our eternal destination truly changed from “heading to hell” to “heading to heaven”.

The sad reality, though, is that while everyone is dead in their sins and an enemy of God, and while Christ loves all men who are, by nature, his enemies, not everyone is made alive. Why? is it a lack of love on God’s part? Or is it a lack of acceptance on ours?

You see, only one option leave God’s love undiminished.

God is love. (1 John 4:8, 1 John 4:16)

Choose life. (Deut 30:19)

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11 responses to “Love thy enemies

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  2. Wes, Wes, Wes. You of all people shouldn't be blogging about loving your enemies. This post from a man who wrote … " That might work if Dr White wasn't such a prick.." Ouch! But that was only the beginning of your tirade. Whew! Glad I'm not a christian anymore!!! http://www.google.com/buzz/109631075847576113329/

  3. Sorry you feel that way.

    I'm curious to know, though. What objective moral standard are you using to judge me by or are you merely expressing your personal preference/opinion?

    • C'mon man. You don't need the bible to know that bashing your own "brothers" is morally wrong, not to mention rude. Wes, they are on your side. They are your christian brothers. Yet you verbally attack them like that? If you can't get along with your own fellow christians, why in the world would a person like me ever listen to you? You've lost your credibility.

      • So we're back to your definition of "love" being devoid of any disagreement, anger, or discussion/debate/argument. I don't see how disagreement, or "being rude" in itself requires a separation or lack of love per se.

        Could I have handled it differently? Sure. And I wholly accept that.

        However you seem to think that my disagreement with my fellow brethren on a third-tier doctrinal issue at best (in other words, its not an issue that separates us as brethren) somehow disqualifies me (from what?).

        I'll let you have the last word as you seem to believe several things that aren't so. 1.) That the truth claims of Christianity are logically tied to the person presenting them, namely me. 2.) That your personal opinions constitute a constraint upon me such that I "ought" to obey your made-up rules of morality and 3.) That I believe that my attitude (or "people like me") is what really holds you back from the truth.

        No, you have had your mind made up long before you stumbled across my blog.

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