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The doctrine of love



Christian missionaries often preach about how the biblical God loves everybody, and that God only hates the sin rather than the sinner.

They get this doctrine of love due to their understanding of John 3:16 which says:

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.

So the overwhelming majority of Christians believe that this verse means that God loves everybody, the good, and the bad.

Now on the face of it this might sound very pleasing, that God loves everybody, hates nobody and so on, but there is a problem with this concept.

In Christianity there is the concept of heaven and hell, the evil people will go to hell and burn in the lake of fire, while the believers will go to heaven with God. And here lies the problem and contradiction, because how can an all-loving God condemn someone to the hell for eternity?

Does it make sense that God loves you yet he will send you to receive a very painful torment for the rest of your doomed life? Off course it doesn't, therefore this concept of an all-loving God is inconsistent and contradictory, because an all-loving God would not condemn a person to a painful punishment for his whole life.

Now since some Christians know that this is a problem they will counter by using the parenting example. They will say "well parents love their kid's right? Yet parents still discipline their children when they are bad don't they? Does this mean the parent doesn't love his or her child?"

This analogy and example used by the Christians is very weak, , because firstly when a parent disciplines his or her child, does the parent discipline the child for eternity? Does the parent lock their children up for eternity? Off course not. Secondly when the parents discipline their child, do the parents physically and mentally hurt their child for eternity? Off course not.

So therefore the analogy fails, because when God punishes you with hell it is forever, when parents punish their children it is only for a day or two, or a week, or a month at most, it is not for eternity. Parents eventually forgive their child, yet God will not forgive you in the hereafter if you’re not a believer and will keep you to suffer in hell forever, hence the analogy. 

So Christians really do have a big problem with this belief, with 2 choices to deal with the problem, either they admit the doctrine of love is contradictory and inconsistent. Or they admit that their interpretation of John 3:16 is wrong and that God actually does not love everybody, which is why he will send the bad people to hell per the Bible.

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