- God’s unconditional love is for His children only.
- “Unconditional” means no conditions like: faith, belief, obedience etc.
- Belief in “unconditional love” is: Illogical, Confusing, Un-biblical, and Dangerous.
- Unbelief results in God’s wrath, condemnation and death.
- Condition quoted for God’s love throughout the Bible.
Assuming that you desire to know the “truth”, you must put your trust in what the Bible actually says rather in what you have heard or what you feel is correct. There is no question that God is a God of love and that is absolutely true: Psalm 108:4: “For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” Psalm 107:21: “Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.” God also is just, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent and sovereign.
God’s unconditional love is for His children, believers, not for Satan and his followers. God also is a God of wrath because He hates sin. Those who don’t believe in Jesus are considered Antichrists and will suffer God’s wrath eternally! 1 John 2:22: “Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son.”
God exercises His sovereignty! Romans 9:15: “For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” God does not love those who try and destroy the relationship that God intended for man before sin came into the world. That is why God created Hell for Satan and his followers.
Webster defines “unconditional”: “not limited in any way” and “unconditioned”: “not subject to conditions.” You will not find any mention of “unconditional love” in the Bible! However, qualifiers or conditions such as: “if you“, “whoever”, “all who”, “he who does what is right” etc. are used numerous times in the Bible making an unconditional statement to be conditional.
- Obedience to God’s commands, loving Him, and forgiveness of others, are conditions for God’s blessings/love throughout the Bible.
- In the New Testament, after Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for sinful man, faith/ belief in Jesus became a condition of salvation and eternal life today.
How many times have you heard that, “God loves everyone unconditionally”? This is another myth that Satan uses to confuse man and create doubt as to the truth of the Bible. Doubting something is the opposite of faith. Believing you are loved unconditionally gives you the false belief that God doesn’t care about your sins or how you live your life. Doubting God’s word and not being concerned about sin is the broad path that leads to destruction! Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Trusting God and doing His will, being obedient”, are condition of God’s love.
Why is belief in God’s Unconditional Love Dangerous? Because God gave us both LAW and GOSPEL for a reason. Focusing just on /God’s love, is illogical, confusing, non-Biblical and dangerous!
- Illogical – God loving everyone unconditional implies that He doesn’t care how you live your life, weather you deny Him and Jesus, weather you hate your brother, hold grudges against those who hurt you, that you love evil, etc. Does God really love those who follow the evil mentioned above? If so, why are they sent to Hell, a place of eternal torment with no chance of redemption? That doesn’t make since to a logical person.
- Confusing – Does world history show any evidence that God loves everyone unconditionally? Why would a loving, all powerful God allow: wars, natural disasters, disease and personal loss of a love one to occur? These events make many people either doubt His love for mankind and/or His power to control these disastrous events.
- Un–Biblical – Nowhere in the Bible does God offer salvation without the condition of either belief and or faith. In fact it takes away one of God’s powerful tools, the fear of His wrath in order to get people to seek after Him: Psalm 111:10: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.” Proverbs 1:7: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Revelation 14:7: “He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.” him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. 2 Chronicles 19:7:“Now let the fear of the lord be upon you. Judge carefully for, with the Lord our God there is no injustice.” Satan is delighted when sinners don’t fear God!
- Dangerous – It gives Satan ammunition to dispute God’s word and convince doubting Christians that the Bible is not accurate. Satan has been successful in getting many Christian churches, in order to gain/keep members, to compromise God’s Word on many issues like gay marriage, abortion and homosexuality. These miss-guided churches have diluted God’s message by promising blessings through financial giving and church attendance. They fail to talk about man’s greatest problem, sin.
Does God love antichrists and those who are in Hell eternally with no chance of repentances unconditionally? The concept that God loves everyone regardless how they live/lived their lives is not Biblical. Over 2500 years ago the false prophets in Israel were claiming that because they were descendants of Abraham, therefore God wasn’t concerned about their behavior. The religious leaders ignored God’s true prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah who foretold of God’s coming wrath. Foolishly they believed that God’s wrath was only directed toward the heathen Gentiles.
Many pastors/priests separate salvation/eternal life from God’s unconditional love for all mankind. They take only a portion of the Gospel of John as proof that God loves everyone unconditionally. John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son.”
This leads many people to believe that God loves everyone regardless of what they believe or how they live their lives. They ignore the following passages:
- John 3:16: whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Belief in Jesus is a condition of eternal life! The Bible is very clear that there are conditions for one’s salvation, faith/belief, repentance, loving God, and forgiving others etc.
- John 3:18: “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. Condemnation is eternal damnation.
- John 3:36: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”
- John 8:24: “I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.” Hell is where the lost will live when they die where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth as punishment for all their unrepentant sins.
Did God love the whole world unconditionally when every person and creature except righteous Noah and his family were destroyed during the great flood? Genesis 6:13: “So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.”
Did God love everyone when He destroyed all but 6 people in Sodom and Gomorra? Genesis 19:24-25:”Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the LORD out of the heavens.25Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.”
Did God love every first born male in Egypt when He killed them and freed the Israelites? Exodus 12:12: “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD.“
Did God love everyone unconditionally when He had the Israelites kill every man, woman and child when conquering the “Promised Land”? 1 Samuel 15:3: “Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”
God is a God of love for all His chosen believers, but He is also a God of “wrath” for unbelievers, the children of Satan. Because unbelievers don’t accept Jesus’ shed blood on the cross as payment in full for all their sins, they must pay sin’s penalty themselves.
Unbelief results in God’s wrath, condemnation and death. Webster’s Dictionary defines “wrath” as: “violent anger: RAGE”, God’s wrath falls on all unrepentant sinners, those who deny God the creator and Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
Conditions for God’s Love in the New Testament:
- Matthew 6:14-15: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
- Matthew 18:34-35:“In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
- Matthew 24:51: “ He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”5
- Matthew 7:19: “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Bearing good fruit is another condition for salvation.
- Matthew 26:41: “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
- Luke 13:3-5: “I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
- John 14:23: “Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” Obeying God’s teaching and loving Jesus seems to be conditions of God’s love.
- John 16:27: No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.
- Romans 2:5-8: “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done” 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.”
- Romans 2:13: “For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. Obedience here is a condition of righteousness or salvation.
- Ephesians 1:13: “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit” Again, belief.
- Ephesians 5:6: “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.”
- Hebrews 5:9: “and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him” Again, conditional on obedience.
- 1 Peter 3:12” “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
- Revelation 14:9-10: “A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, 10 they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.”
- Revelation 14:19-20: “The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. 20 They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia”.
- Revelation 18:1-8: “Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. “In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn. ’8 Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.”
I am not questioning God’s unconditional love for believers or “His children”. God knows who His children are and who Satan’s children are by their actions and hate toward their neighbors. 1 John 3:10: “This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. You can’t fool God for He knows the heart of man and clearly distinguishes His children from Satan and children. Call it predestination or foreknowledge, no one can deceive God. Would God give up His one and only Son to suffer and die for someone that He knew would reject His gift of Salvation?
God loves the world so much that He made a way for “His” children, believers, to have an eternal relationship with Him even though they had committed numerous sins. In God’s time all people will be judged: Matthew 14:49-50: “This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Satan’s children are destined to stumble over Christ the “Capstone”. 1 Peter 2:8: “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”]They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.” God knows who will stumble and their eternal destiny.
Jesus makes it clear what happens to unbelievers who don’t accept Him as King in the parable of the 10 minas, Jesus says: Luke 19:27: “But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.” Jesus is talking about Satan’s children, unbelievers, who Jesus wants killed because they refused to accept Him as their King.
God loves His children, those Jesus died for, unconditionally! However, God does not love Satan’s children, those who deny that Jesus is the son of God and of His death / resurrection. Mankind either accepts Jesus’ payment in full of all their sins when He sacrificed His life for them on the cross or they will pay the price of their sins in Hell!. They will spend eternity burning in Hell with no chance of repentance. I see no unconditional love shown for antichrist or unbelievers.