Tonight I studied what I think is the most important aspect of the Christian faith: God’s love.
All the topics I have gone over prior to this evening were really just Biblical tips on clearing the path between God and me. But God’s love is the very foundation of Christianity. Without it, man would have never been created. Certainly Jesus would have never died for our sins.
It’s so fundamental but easy to forget when we busy ourselves with trying to not only make sense of an ancient text, but make it applicable for today’s times. We argue over doctrine. Do we take the Bible literally? Do we only adhere to the parts that fit in today’s society? Should we be tolerant of sin as Jesus was? Or should we stick to the laws laid down specifically by God? Is it our duty to convert others? Or should we accept religious differences?
So let’s strip the Bible down to its pantywears by going back to the basics. The very basics.
Every story in the Bible shares the theme that God is love. Everything He does for our behalf He does out of love. Since that’s probably the only constant throughout the ages, I think I’m justified in saying that, without a single doubt, God loves us.
I’m not interested in hearing anyone’s interpretation on what rules got overruled by Christ or what rules we’re supposed to adhere to according to Christ. Because when it comes to Bible interpretation, everyone has an opinion. I don’t trust opinions.
What I learned from tonight’s Bible study session:
- God is love.
- The devil is in the details.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. – 1 John 4:16