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Saturday, August 20, 2016

With God, Love Trumps Power

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The number one question people throw at God is, "But what about suffering!?"

The usual answer starts with "God is all powerful" and leads to God cannot do the illogical and thus will not control people because He values their freedom of choice. This is the "God didn't create robots" line of thinking...

There is another answer Christians can use. A better one for this question, I think. (a better one, all round!) It starts from a different foundation. 

God is Love.

Starting from "God is Power" implies God's power is His primary attribute and thus where He operates from - a position of power.

Starting with Love - which is more Biblical: "God is Love" (1 John 4:8) - leads to a similar conclusion but from a very different foundation. Rather than saying God cannot do the illogical we say God cannot do the unloving.

Because all of Creation is a created in and sustained by His love, the uncontrolling nature of our all-loving God is universal, not just personal...

 I could go on, but I'll leave you to think on these things!