There are many today who say they are motivated by love for their fellow man and simply wish everyone else would be empowered by such a glorious high ideal.
Certainly, love is the greatest commandment according to Jesus. The Bible says in essence “Love God and your neighbor as yourself” and you will fulfill all God requires of you! (Romans 13:8-10) Wow! Who then, could possibly disagree with love?
Yet, the Bible also helps us to understand that love has genuine manifestations as well as expressions that are not true expressions of God’s love. For instance, the Apostle John clearly states:
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.” 1 John 5:3
“But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” 1 John 3:17-18
In other words, God measures our love, not by our feelings or our words alone but by our doings. In particular, we can’t claim to love God while we are neglecting or rejecting God’s clear Biblical directives.
Some people re-define “love” as allowing them to do whatever it is that they happen to want to do. This is seen in the young man who pressures his girlfriend to have sex with him by alleging “If you loved me, you’d let me!” Of course, it is obvious to most of us if he loved her, he wouldn’t be demanding!
Today, April 28th, 2015, arguments are starting to be heard by our United States Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage and whether it is a constitutional right or not.
Groups on both sides of the issue have gathered outside the Supreme Court to exercise a right that affirmed by both sides. One of those in support of same-sex marriage, Thea Filippatos, a 23-year-old New York University student was quoted as saying “If I was heterosexual, I could get married anywhere in this country and not have a problem.” Looking at the anti-gay marriage signs, Filippatos said, “Whatever happened to love thy neighbor? That’s what I learned about Christianity when I was a child.”
Is it just me or is what is shaping the narrative on this issue the very same illogic of “Hey! If you loved us, you’d let us”?
No truth of the Bible can be safely isolated from its overall context within Scripture and from the whole of the Bible. Whenever this is done, you can easily begin to use the Bible even to disprove the Bible!