A Loving God

The concept of a loving God runs completely counter to the Allah of Islam. An impersonal, punitive destroyer that sanctions the obliteration of innocent women and children via suicide, with the promise of paradise for such a cowardly perpetrator of such heinous crimes, is merely the vengeful expression of the worst in humanity falsely deified, not Jehovah God. Our God is a loving, concerned God whose arms are always open to receive us (Luke 15:11ff).

In The Eighth Century Prophets, Bernhard W. Anderson makes an interesting point:

As Blaise Pascal said in his Meditations, however, the God of the Bible is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, not the God of the philosophers and the sages. “The Living God,” to use a familiar biblical expression, is the One who is involved in living relationships, and hence is known relationally as the God of Abraham, or of Moses, or of the prophets. He is not apathetic, but passionately concerned, not transcendently aloof but personally intimately related to the world. Divine pathos, to use Heschel’s phraseology, is the expression of “a living care,” “a dynamic relationship between God and man.”

Our God is involved with the Christian in a Father-child relationship. According to Faussett’s Bible Dictionary, the term “abba” was never used by servants to address their masters, only by children to address their father. Jesus used it frequently (e.g., Mark 14:36) and through His sacrifice, all those who become children of God have access to that same relationship (Romans 8:14-15; Galatians 4:6-7).

The oft-forgotten and much-taken-for-granted connection between God and redeemed humanity is one of comfort and consolation. We fear no man (Matthew 10:28). We have great confidence (1 John 3:21). We have hope (Colossians 1:23). We have all this because our Father is a loving God (Ephesians 2:4-7).

JDS