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The Celtic Orthodox Church is a Western Rite expression of the Faith from the Johannine Branch of Christianity of those churches founded by the twelve apostles, (Gallican, Celtic, Mozabarec, Coptic, Byzantine.) The Roman Catholic Church is from the Pauline branch of the Church.
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IS GOD’S LOVE UNCONDITIONAL?
It is true without question that the love of God, as stated in the Old and New Testaments, is rich, it abounds, it fills the earth, is unfailing, is faithful, is steadfast, it endures forever, is great, is higher than the Heavens, it surpasses knowledge, is better than life, etc.
According to the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary, “unconditional” means not conditional or not limited, but absolute, unqualified. When we add the word “love” to unconditional, it becomes, by definition, love with no conditions, now and forever more.
Accordingly then, “unconditional love” means that no matter what we do or don’t do, we will continue to be loved in exactly the same way. In other words, unconditional love means, as far as God is concerned, that whatever we do — good or bad — does not matter, and we can expect God to love us the same as He always has.
Many claim that “unconditional love,” or something similar, has a biblical basis, that it is written or implied in the Bible, or perhaps in the Sacred Tradition of the Church or in some ancient Church document. But of the more than 800 instances of “love” in the Bible, NONE states or implies that God’s love is unconditional.
The modernist teaching of God’s unconditional love has been made by those dissenting and rebellious teachers who try to appear more loving and compassionate than God and His Church. And these imposters have succeeded in attracting good Orthodox and Catholic people to follow them into a fantasy world where the only reward is endless misery in the deepest furnace below.
Ask anyone who spreads this false teaching to show you the evidence that God’s love is unconditional, chapter and verse, please — or to provide the proper citation in Patristic thought but do not take anyone’s word for it. Neither be deceived by the argument that such-and-such a book explains God’s unconditional love in detail. False beliefs have been used by God’s enemies since the time of the Apostles, and have usually, if not always, originated from priests and even bishops. Recall the words of St. Paul: “There are some who are disturbing you and wish to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one that you received, let that one be accursed!” (Gal. 1:7-9).
Instead of mentioning so many different qualifiers, why does the Bible not say that God loves everyone, regardless of what they have said or done? The reason, it seems, that God did not make such a blanket statement is because He does NOT love everyone — regardless of what they have said or done. If Scripture had made only a blanket statement that could possibly indicate that God’s love is unconditional. Unfortunately, for all of us, the whole truth is that nowhere does the Bible state as much, or anything close to it.
It may astound some to learn that the “God of love” hates some people for any number of good reasons. But does God ever love someone today and hate him tomorrow? Again, let us look at Scripture. In Jeremiah 16:5, God says, “I have withdrawn my blessing, my love, and my pity from this people.” In Hosea 1:6, the Lord says, “I will no longer show love to the house of Israel, that I should at all forgive them.” Again, in Hosea 9:15, “Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal, I hated them there. Because of their sinful deeds, I will drive them out of my house. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious.”
And, in 1 Samuel, although King Saul had been anointed by God, when Saul disobeyed Him, God took away His love from Saul, and he died ignominiously by his own hand on the battlefield.
So, what does all this mean to us today? It means the same as it has always meant, that God says to us, Here is what I expect of you, and in return, here is what I will give to you. If we fulfill our part of the contract, He will fulfill His. That condition includes God’s mercy for us, as He says, “You shall therefore carefully observe the commandments, the statutes and the decrees which I enjoin on you today. As your reward for heeding these decrees and observing them carefully, the Lord, your God, will keep with you the merciful covenant which he promised on oath to your fathers” (Deut. 7:11-12).
One might argue, doesn’t St. Paul state that nothing can separate us from the love of God? St. Paul says, “What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:35, 37-39).
Paul here lists the things that cannot separate us from God’s love. But is there anything or anyone that can separate us from the love of God? Yes. Only we, as individuals, can separate ourselves from God! Even God will not interfere with our choices — though our choices may take us to Hell. It is true that God respects our choices, but His Law says that for every action by us, there is a reaction from Him, as history and Scripture indicate. We can restore God’s love only by repentance and conversion to His ways. As Jesus said, “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete” (Jn. 15:9-12;).
St. Jude echoes this: “Keep yourselves in God’s love” (1:21-23). St. Jude reminds us that God’s love is assured if we obey His commandments. Of course, everyone of good will hopes that our joy will be complete some day, but it cannot happen without observing God’s commandments — that is the condition for His eternal love.
God’s love is conditional upon the following of His commandments. When we fail, God may withdraw His love from us. But we may restore God’s love only by repentance. Repentance is what Satan and his devils refused to do. Will He not be as just with us for our lack of repentance? He will demand true repentance on our part for every sin we have committed.
God’s love, then, should be considered CONDITIONAL upon repentance.
If the “unconditional love of God” is a fallacy, why do so many clergy and laity seem eager to proclaim it? That they persist in proclaiming something contrary to the teaching of Scripture and Sacred Tradition indicates a heretical or rebellious attitude on their part. Such attitudes can be very dangerous to these people and to those who hear them proclaim mistaken religious beliefs. God has said, “If I tell the wicked man that he shall surely die, and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked man from his way, he [the wicked man] shall die for his guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death. But if you warn the wicked man, trying to turn him from his way, and he refuses to turn from his way, he shall die for his guilt, but you shall save yourself” (Ezek. 33:8-9).
Jesus Christ reiterated this when He said, “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the person through whom they occur. It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him” (Lk. 17:1-3;).
So God’s love is not unconditional. If God’s love were unconditional, there would be no Hell and all the unrepentant sinners, no matter how evil, would go to Heaven. So, what is God’s love if it’s not unconditional? IT IS COVENANTAL. This means that if we want to continue to experience His love, we have to meet His conditions. God’s love is eternal, it is constant, but He makes it absolutely clear what He loves and what He hates, and whom He loves and whom He hates. That God’s love is unconditional is a modern deception invented by the devil; it is designed to blur our vision so that we can join him in the underworld.
As individuals we have to choose one of two options. Either we choose to accept, follow, and obey the god of the modern secular culture, or we choose to accept, follow, and obey the God of the Bible.
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