GOD'S LOVE IS NOT "UNCONDITIONAL"
God loves you unconditionally!" I challenge anybody to prove that from the Bible.
There is not a single verse which explicitly states that God loves mankind (or even a Christian) without conditions. Some would point to the verse that says "...while we were yet sinners God loved us" or John 3:16 which says: "For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son..." in order to demonstrate God's continuous love.
However, if one looks closely, those verses do not say that God loves mankind. They say He loved them. The Greek verb "agapao" (loved) is in the aorist tense and indicative mood, thus a single completed act; that is, not a present tense loves, but a past tense loved.
The fact that at some point in time God acted with charity towards a sinful world by giving them a saviour, does not imply that God loves all men unconditionally. In fact the scriptures say exactly the opposite. They say that God does not love wicked mankind and was sorry that He made them...
"The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And the LORD was SORRY THAT HE HAD MADE MAN ON THE EARTH and it grieved Him to His heart" (Gen 6:5-6)
One might argue that even though God is sorry that He made man, He still loves them despite their wickedness. You know..."God hates sin, but loves the sinner!" The
problem is that popular slogan is not scriptural. On the contrary, the Bible says:
"For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee... THOU HATEST ALL WORKERS OF INIQUITY." (Psalms 5:4-5)
"...But The wicked and him that loveth violence HIS SOUL HATETH." (Psalms 11:5)
"The face of the LORD is against them that do evil..." (Psalms 34:16)
Please note that the face of the Lord is not against the evil one does, it is against the one who does evil. So much for "God loves the sinner...". The fact is that God hates both the wicked and their sins.
Think about it for a moment; if God "loves" mankind so much why did He drown them all like rats? Has the heart of man changed so much since the time of Noah? No, the
fact is that mankind is just as wicked as ever, if not more so.
The astonishing truth is that God did not send his Son to suffer and die for a world that He has affection for, but to die for a world that God was sorry He had made. A world
filled with wicked people that He hates! And yet, despite our wickedness, God will extend love to individual men and women, but THERE ARE CONDITIONS! If we want to be loved by God we must keep His commandments. Jesus said:
"IF ye keep my commandments, YE SHALL ABIDE IN MY LOVE;" (John 15:10)
"IF a man love me, he will keep my words: AND MY FATHER WILL LOVE HIM," (John 14:23)
"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: And he that loveth me SHALL BE LOVED OF MY FATHER..." (John 14:21)
Those verses clearly say that God will love someone IF they keep His commandments. Therefore, the doctrine of God's unconditional love of mankind is false. We must stop listening to the ear tickling sermons of modern Christianity and let the scriptures speak for themselves about whom God loves...
"The LORD loveth the righteous." (Psalms 146:8)
"He loveth him that followeth after righteousness." (Proverbs 15:9)
"I love them that love Me." (Proverbs 8:17)
"...For I the LORD your God am a jealous God ...showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love Me and KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS." (Exodus 20:5-6, (2nd commandment)
According to those verses, all who are not keeping the Ten Commandments of God can be certain that God does not love them. (Anything contrary is a lie.)
The sinning Christian has been repeatedly told that: "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life!" ...Sadly, nothing could be farther from the truth, for their end shall be eternal destruction.