Originally posted by Q2IN2Y
They follow a book that condemns those that do not believe, so how can they fully show love to a non-believer? If they follow a book that says that
those who do not believe are agents of satan, how can they fully love them?
I'd like to address this, if you don't mind. I think it's important.
You've got the cart before the horse here.
The Bible doesn't condemn those who do not believe. Rather, the Bible teaches that those who do not believe are already condemned within themselves,
because sin reigns in their lives and in their bodies.
The whole point of Scripture is that God sent Jesus Christ to deal with that fundamental problem - to resolve the issue of the disconnect between man
and God - an issue that is caused by the fact that "all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God".
I've used this example before, and although it's not perfect, it does illustrate the point.
God, in Jesus Christ, is like a rescue team dropping a ladder down to a drowning man. Obviously in that kind of situation, you'd take the ladder,
wouldn't you? And if you didn't, the natural and obvious consequence would be what? That you'd drown!
This is the picture the Bible paints. We're all drowning already. Hell isn't a destination intended for man. The Bible makes it clear that God
created hell for the devil and his angels, not for us. However, "our sins have separated us from God", meaning that hell is now the default
destination of man, unless something happens to change the status quo.
God, not content with that, reached down to solve that problem, by taking the cost of reconciliation upon Himself. "While we were still sinners,
Christ died for us, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God." The Bible says "no man can see God and live", and this is precisely
because "we all have gone astray; each of us has turned to his own way", and sin reigns in us all... but Jesus Christ died to take the punishment
that God's righteousness demanded (for God cannot contradict Himself - He must do all things in balance and in justice), so that we can be presented
as justified before God; "the Lord has placed on Him the iniquity of us all".
Jesus Christ has already died in the sin of ALL the world... you and I BOTH included. Christians, atheists, hindus, muslims, EVERYONE. All that is
required of us is reciprocation.
"Come unto me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest; for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light".
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock".
The God who took the punishment that His justice required, in order to bring us back to Him, waits, patiently, for us to return to Him. The fact is,
we're all drowning. The only question that remains is whether or not you'll accept the rescue God has offered.