Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love

Most people say they want love and peace and an end to violence, but when they are told what they have to do on their part, and it requires a change in their lifestyle, such as what they put on their plates, they want to put conditions upon what they have to do.

What these people are really saying is that they don’t want unconditional love, which would bring them the peace and an end to violence.

Jesus was asked about this in a slightly different way. Note what we are told in Matthew 22:36-40.

36. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

37. And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

38. “This is the great and foremost commandment.

39. “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

40. “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
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If we truly love God this completely: with every part of our being, every thought of our mind, and all that we have, we must also love the whole of His creation, which includes us, every other human being, every other animal, all the plants and even the physical parts of creation.

To love God as completely as this law requires, we find that there is nothing left out, which is exactly what unconditional love requires.

When we read the creation story we see that there was no death and God declared it to be very good (Genesis 1:31); likewise there is no pain or death in heaven (Revelation 21:4), and Jesus commands us to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48); therefore, we see that a major part of unconditional love is not causing any living being to suffer or die.

So we must ask, why is it that so many people in the world, including most professing Christians, conjure up every excuse in the book to try to justify the pain, suffering and death of millions of human beings and billions of animals every year that they cause or help cause through their indifference?

Thus, the only conclusion we come to is that they neither have unconditional love nor do they love God as they are commanded to do, and they confirm this conclusion with every mouthful of animal products they eat.

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4 Responses to Unconditional Love

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    Noelene Sanderson January 17, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    Thankyou so much. Then this is the ultimate goal: unconditional love, prompted by God’s wish and Jesus’ example. And…”….even the physical parts of creation…” – even loving and caring for and not damaging, the trees, the rivers, the hills, mountains, the air, soil……

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    Elaine January 18, 2013 at 3:59 am #

    Brother Frank, if people are participating in things out of ignorance, how can they be judged as not “loving”? Didn’t you eat animals without KNOWING what you were involved in?
    People who willfully disobey are one thing, they are deliberately sinning but people who have not been “enlightened”, how can you judge them as unloving?
    Most people just follow along and blend in with the culture around them, something has to shake them up and make them look at the evidence to help them realize that they have been lulled asleep and they are involved in an evil system. I don’t think we should judge those who are eating meat when they do not understand the full implication of their involvement in a wicked system. That is our job to educate and expose people to the truth and share the message with them, THEN, they have no excuse and they will be held accountable for what they know.

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      flhadmin January 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

      Dear Elaine: Absolutely, we ate animals from the time we were little children, because that is the way we were brought up, and because at the time we had no understanding of the way that God loves us and the way we are to love Him and the whole of His creation.

      It’s not the we are judging anyone, to the contrary, we are discerning the things they do, and praying for them to recognize the effors of their ways, and that they would change their ways. We are just trying to find ways of waking people up to the way God wants us to live, and hopefull in the process help to free creation from its present corruption.

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    Karolin January 29, 2014 at 1:59 am #

    Dear Elaine,

    This is true, we once ate animals. Once we found out what really happens to them we stopped eating them, even spoke out for them. I expose the cruelty to people every day and they still don’t change their ways. What does it take? The animals can’t wait, the suffering is too great

    Karolin

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