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Does God Love Everybody?

Discussion in 'Christianity and World Religion' started by franklin, Aug 5, 2002.

  1. LightBearer

    LightBearer Veteran

    Jehovahs Witness
    When talking of Love it's good to remember that the Bible use different words for love each with differnt meanings.

    The word generally used in the OT for love is (Agape). This is the love that the Bible says "God is". It's based on principle and does not nesescarily have to include warm feelings of affection.

    Onother word used in the OT for love is (Philia). This does mean a warm effection for someone, example for brothers and sisters, friends ect.

    Then there'e (Eros and Storge) These are related to sexual feelings.

    When the Bible speaks of God loving everyone the word (Agape) is used, as it is in the case of Jesus' words to "Love your enemy". It does not mean you have to have warm feelings toward them, it means in these contexts that you love them in principle because you are prepared to do good to them.

    So, God loves (Agape) everyone outside of his congregation in principle in the sence that he is prepered to, and is doing good to them “YOU heard that it was said, ‘You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 However, I say to YOU: Continue to love YOUR enemies and to pray for those persecuting YOU; 45 that YOU may prove yourselves sons of YOUR Father who is in the heavens, since he makes his sun rise upon wicked people and good and makes it rain upon righteous people and unrighteous." (Matthew 5:43-45) 

    Also the prospect of Redemption is still open to them.

    But for those who are his own he loves (Philia) them in a different way in that he has Very warm and tender feelings toward them.