It’s only a half-truth...
I agree. I saw a sign from a United Methodist Church that I happened to come across. What originally drew my attention was the LGBTQ+ flag to the left of the main entrance and the BLM banner to the right of the door. In the parking lot was a sign with the motto of the church "Love First". The Values on their website says "Gender Inclusive, LGBTQ+ Affirming, and Black Lives Matter". This so-called church is so far off the reservation! In the name of love, this place has not only misconstrued God's love, they have displaced Jesus and the gospel. To your point, love has entirely pushed out God's justice and holiness. The cross is the ultimate expression of love and justice.
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While God's love is unconditional, all parents understand that true love for their children includes correction for protection. A spanking for wandering in the street is appropriate and is not evidence that a parent is cruel.
I confess to being a Gnostic. I do not believe in an anthropomorphic god that looks or behaves like we do. I see God as the Prime Mover, the creator of all things, and the energy source that is continually creating.
Even as a child I rebelled at the thought that my Loving father-god would torment me for eternity because of a misunderstanding. Honestly, I thought this made YHWH nastier than Satan. That being said, I still consider myself a Christian. I accept the ten commandments given to the Hebrews and I know that we must all obey the laws (gravity, magnetism, etc.) that come with living on Earth.
Thank you for this article. Indeed, “God is love” is a catchphrase used among many who claim to believe in God but don’t necessarily adhere to Christianity or any other Abrahamic religion, or do so loosely. I believe that learning the teachings of Jesus Christ will strengthen our understanding of and relationship with God.