God’s love is Conditional, it is not unconditional!
I think I just had a nightmare I immediately reasoned when I woke up one cheery morning a few days ago and the first thing that came to my mind, wasn’t how lovely the weather was, but that God’s love is conditional.
It sounded almost like hearsay and blasphemy!
God’s love is not unconditional?
After everything the Televisions, Newspapers, Magazines, Novels, Hollywood, a hoard of Pastors, Priests, Popes, Prophets etc had been preaching and screaming for years?
How could God’s love be Conditional? The thought alone started causing me Cognitive dissonance.
I started remembering all the times I had advocated for blindly unconditional love.
I was really having a difficult day with these thoughts that stubbornly refused to leave me however hard I tried getting them out of mind. And where had this thought come from to occupy my mind?
How could this be?
Where was I going to put 1 Corinthians 13 and all the other love verses I believed?
All these thoughts led to emotions and feelings that felt like daggers to my soul and heart. In fact I started going through the 5 stages of Grief in no particular order.
During the anger phase, I felt like screaming, ‘God this feels like sabotage, Why are you doing this to my long held beliefs?’ But that day it felt like God was pin drop silent.
Soon my Anger had turned into denial. This could not be possible. God’s love could not be conditional. So to help calm myself, I started bargaining with Jesus. But despite all the negotiations and arguments that went in my head with God, the thoughts just grew louder and louder.
Anyhow, as with every time I get cognitive dissonance, to ease my mind of the pain of conflicting thoughts, I often research and that is what I did. I got my tools and went to work to explore whether God’s love is truly conditional.
I started by praying and then I proceeded to open my Bible. I went to re-read John 3:16 the famous and widely quoted Bible Verse that speaks of the greatness and largeness of God’s love.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:16-18 (NKJV)
Indeed God loved the world so much! He loved the world so much, he left his glorious kingdom and showed up himself to redeem the world himself, BUT, in verse 16 there is that catch phrase WHOEVER which doesn’t sound at all like ALL. If you don’t accept Jesus and his perfect sacrifice, like verse 18 says, you are already condemned.
Now, that sounds conditional.
Either accept Jesus or be condemned.
Let’s stop deceiving ourselves and taking God’s Love for granted. God love’s us very much but he also expects belief from us. Plus it’s time for a mindset change too because we have held onto these deceptive and manipulative thoughts for a long time.
And to all those who have been blackmailing other’s to manipulate them into giving unconditional love in the guise of God’s love is unconditional, so if you are a Christian you have to put up with my evil and wicked behavior etc … Think Again! Yes! Please THINK AGAIN.
Also published on Medium.