Talking Point #72 – The God of the Bible *IS* Love!

There’s a song that comes to mind regarding this title:  All You Need is Love.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a fan of the Beatles at all, but the tune is catchy and can certainly be applied here because, if you realize What and Who Love actually is, the chorus is true:

All you need is love.
All you need is love.
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.

If I may, I’d like to re-write that to make my point:

All you need is God (of the Bible).
All you need is God (of the Bible).
All you need is God, God.
God (of the Bible) is all you need.

Go and read Talking Point #69 and you’ll see that this could literally be expressed as:

All you need is Jesus (of the Bible).
All you need is Jesus (of the Bible).
All you need is Jesus, Jesus.
Jesus (of the Bible) is all you need.

You say, “Whoa!  Time out!  Do you mean to tell me that Jesus is ALL that I need, ever?  That He will fulfill all my needs and LOVE me forever?”  Yes!  I mean exactly that, and He is and will always be all that you will ever need!  But you have to know the difference between Jesus (of the Bible) and the many false, fake guys named jesus that will be presented to you during your life of study.  And be careful to know Him and recognize Him even in places in which you believe you should be safe from wrong teaching.  Even in the church in America today you’ll find other guys named jesus being taught and preached.  Let’s look at the difference between the Real One and those false ones now.

For openers, I have to prove that the God of the Bible is Love.  Where else would I look for such proof other than the Bible itself:

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  We love him, because he first loved us.  If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”
1st John 4:7-21

Count the word “love” (or its variant) as highlighted in those verses.  How many did you get?  I see 25 times in those verses that love is used as an attribute of God or, in other words, is attributable to Him.  God is Love!  Love is God!  Do you want in?  Believe in His Son, Jesus Christ (of the Bible) (John 3:16) and experience it!!

Paul, the same one who warned us about false teachings of other guys named jesus (see below), told the church at Corinth exactly what love is.  With the following Biblical definition, it’s easy to see why the Bible and the Quran differ so much on love and why the God of the Bible exudes it while the god of the Islam shuns it.  In the following passage, the King James Version of the Bible uses the word charity.  Paul is talking about love (you know he is because you’ve heard the last verse many times in your life:  faith, hope, and love).  Refer to Blue Letter Bible (a very good online Bible study resource) to see that the word charity as it appears below is originally the word “agape”, Greek for love (see the Blue Letter Bible concordance breakdown of verse 1st Corinthians 13:1 for details).  Then, while reading the following, mentally replace the word charity with love each time you encounter it (and you can even check with other translations of the Bible as well for more accurate renderings of the chapter).

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
1st Corinthians 13:1-13

So we have a Biblical definition of love and we understand that God (Jesus Christ of the Bible) IS love, and we have a firm foundation for where we go from here and for what we’re looking.  But before we go too much further, we need to recall Paul’s warning about those who would preach another jesus:

“Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.  For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
2nd Corinthians 11:1-4

Here, Paul is telling the people to bear with him as he preaches to them about Jesus Christ, the King, the Messiah, the One Husband (as Paul describes Him), and teaching them about the striving to recognize our role as Bride of Messiah (wife to the One Husband), and in so doing, he warns them that others will come behind him and preach another jesus.  THIS IS HAPPENING TODAY!  He warns them NOT to accept this other jesus as being the real deal.  He will be a look-alike, but not the Savior.  Just as Paul warned us, Satan has found him and put him in the Quran for such a time as this – his name is Isa (translated as jesus to trip and trap you, Christian).  Watch out for teaching/preaching about him.  This is the prime example of a false jesus, and it begins with the fact that he has no love.

You say, “Wait, how can you possibly know that he has no love?”  For starters, you only find him mentioned in the Quran, so let’s look for love in the Quran.

For openers, the word love is mostly used within the pages of the Quran in the negative sense – Muslims are told not to love certain things more than others (items they may covet within the world for example).  I agree with this – no man should “covet” and love things of the world more than God.  But this love is, regardless of the sense it’s presented within the Quran, not the point of this post; rather, the point is to find love flowing from the false god of Islam to his servants.  So let’s keep the focus on him.

I don’t want to give the impression that the Quran paints a picture of their god as being unable to love.  He is able.  In fact, several places in the Quran show him loving people but in each instance it is conditional love based on some human action that has occurred in order to gain his love.  This is completely contrary to the unconditional love displayed by the God of the Bible when He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die for all of us (including Muslims) on the cross!  Let’s see some examples:

“Spend your wealth for the cause of Allah, and be not cast by your own hands to ruin; and do good. Lo! Allah loveth the beneficent.”
Sura 2:195

“So Allah gave them the reward of the world and the good reward of the Hereafter. Allah loveth those whose deeds are good.”
Sura 3:148

“They question thee (O Muhammad) concerning menstruation. Say: It is an illness, so let women alone at such times and go not in unto them till they are cleansed. And when they have purified themselves, then go in unto them as Allah hath enjoined upon you. Truly Allah loveth those who turn unto Him, and loveth those who have a care for cleanness.”
Sura 2:222

This last ayah alludes to another topic – the “right”, within Islam, of a man to have sexual relations with his wife whenever he wants, whether she agrees or not, whether she is sick or not, whether she is hurt or not – whatever, as long as it has been ordained by their false god.  It says not to go in unto them during their menstrual cycle (and that command is in the Bible as well) but after they are clean the men are allowed to “go in unto them as (the god of Islam) hath enjoined upon you.”  This is indicative of a sick god, providing men the “authority” to have their way with their wives (which includes more than one wife, by the way, plus the slave women that have been captured and those who haven’t even yet reached puberty – see Talking Point #20 and Talking Point #31 for more details about this topic and the sickening way the god of Islam allows men to treat women).  No way this guy can be the same as the God of the Bible!!

But there’s more:

“Lo! those who believe and do good works, the Beneficent will appoint for them love.”
Sura 19:96

“And if two parties of believers fall to fighting, then make peace between them. And if one party of them doeth wrong to the other, fight ye that which doeth wrong till it return unto the ordinance of Allah; then, if it return, make peace between them justly, and act equitably. Lo! Allah loveth the equitable.”
Sura 49:9

“And with how many a prophet have there been a number of devoted men who fought (beside him). They quailed not for aught that befell them in the way of Allah, nor did they weaken, nor were they brought low. Allah loveth the steadfast.”
Sura 3:146

“Say, (O Muhammad, to mankind): If ye love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”
Sura 3:31

Now, with this last one I take sincere objection!  This is a Talking Point within a Talking Point.  The god of Islam has just told his followers that if they love him he will love them.  Can you find ANYTHING in the Bible close to this?  Let’s look at a few things that come to mind:

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
2nd Chronicles 7:14 (one of my favorites)

What did God (the true God) say to His people?  If His people will do four things, He will love them?  No!  He didn’t hinge His love on their actions – He did, however, hinge salvation (“I will forgive their sin”) and their well-being on their response to Him.  He basically said that if we serve Him, He will protect us.  But He promised His love to the whole world, and then He proved it:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16

And one of my favorites from the Quran that shows how Satan attempts to convey the god of Islam as the God of the Bible is below.  See if you can determine about whom the god of Islam is talking in the following ayah:

“Saying: Throw him into the ark, and throw it into the river, then the river shall throw it on to the bank, and there an enemy to Me and an enemy to him shall take him. And I endued thee with love from Me that thou mightest be trained according to My will,”
Sura 20:39

Any ideas?  Who from the Bible was thrown into an ark (think “basket”), placed in the river (the River Nile) and was plucked from the water by the enemy of God’s people (the daughter of the Egyptian Pharaoh)?  Yes!  Moses!  The false god of Islam is alluding to Moses and the love he bestowed on him and the training he provided him according to his will.  Let’s have a short lesson in history.

Moses lived approximately 1,400 years before Jesus Christ (of the Bible) came to visit with us.  Today, man dates the calendar based on the life of Jesus Christ – the old fashioned way of saying it is BC and AD, but most scholars today use BCE (before the common era) and CE (common era), both still revolving around the time of Jesus!  Now, hold onto your seat:  Muhammad, the pedophile prophet of Islam, was supposedly born in the 500’s CE and died around 632 CE – over 600 years after the life of Jesus!  In that time, he wrote and gave the world the filth that we now call the Quran.

Did you pick up on the point there?  The Quran didn’t exist until roughly 2,000 years AFTER the life of Moses!  Yet within its pages, the false god of Islam claims that he bestowed love upon and trained Moses.  I don’t think so.  I think Moses never had the problem of hearing about Islam (although he certainly had knowledge of other false gods promoted by Satan as well, so there was probably very little difference).  But he didn’t serve and receive training from the god of Islam!

We’re going to wrap this up soon, but I have one more very important aspect of the love of the god of Islam that must be shared with you.  In the following ayah, the god of Islam makes it clear that the follower who commits jihad will obtain his affection:

“Lo! Allah loveth them who battle for His cause in ranks, as if they were a solid structure.”
Sura 61:4

As I told you in Talking Point #8 and Talking Point #17, there is only one sure way to make it to paradise upon your demise if you are Muslim – to die for him in battle for his ways.  The poor Muslim has no other way to be SURE that he will attain salvation.

The love of the god of Islam exists only for those who do things for him.  He must believe in “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.”  Through his conditional offering of love, the god of Islam proves that he is not the same as the God of the Bible.  Love is not inherent in the religion political system of Islam because their examples, the god of Islam and the pedophile prophet, didn’t show it.  Since they follow by example, we shouldn’t expect to see it exhibited today.

Getting close to the end of this post, just as one more proof of the True Love of God of the Bible, I need to draw your attention again to the passage I posted above from 1st Corinthians 13.  Please move back to that passage now and re-read it, and think about what it says about the unconditional nature of the Love of the True God of the Bible.  You’ve seen the notes from the Quran now; compare them to how Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, described the love of God to the church at Corinth.  Can they compare?  No.  Could they have both come from the same inspirational source?  No.  In short, is the god of Islam capable of unconditional love?  No.

Lastly, please go back and review Talking Point #25 in which you will see that “Father” is not one of the 99 names of the god of Islam.  There is one more thing missing from that list as well:  any referral to love!  You would think, as important as this is to the very essence and nature of the God of the Bible, if He had anything to do with writing the Quran, He would have included this, exemplifying Himself in the same way as He did to the “people of the Book” as the Quran calls us Christians.  The problem with that is, He didn’t have a hand in writing the Quran.  He’s not there.  You can’t find Him because He has nothing to do with evil.  Likewise, you can’t find the real Jesus there either…just some made-up look-alike with the same name, but lacking the Godly nature and the attribute of Love.  No, my friend, don’t ever forget…

Jesus is NOT in the Quran!

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