Doesn't God love us all, regardless of our religious beliefs?

First of all, doctrines separate. There is no way around that. If I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and you do not, then what we believe places a distinction between us. This holds true for non-Christian religions as well as Christian denominations. If you believe that praying to Mary provides intercession for us to God and I believe that this is idolatry, then there is a division. Unless our interaction remains completely superficial, then these distinctions created by what we believe will undoubtedly become evident in one way or another.

 

Now we may choose to pretend that these differences don't exist but how can two walk together unless they be agreed? (Amos 3:3). Cloaking under phrases such as "Unity in Diversity" and "tolerance", the ecumenical movement is simply preparing people to receive the Anti-christ and his one-world religious system foretold in Revelation. Today you can see the resistance and resentment that comes forth if anyone dares to say that Jesus is the only way to God, even from individuals who claim to be Christians!

 

Does Scripture support the premise that we are to accept beliefs contrary to the Word of God in order to put forth a facade of unity in this world? On the contrary, Scripture warns us about pursuing friendship with the world at the expense of our relationship with God (John 15:19, 1st Timothy 4:10, James 4:4, 1st John 2:15, 1st John 3:1). Further, God not only acknowledges that belief in Him will cause separations with the world, He commands us to be separate (Matthew 25:32, Luke 6:22, Romans 1:1, 2nd Corinthians 6:17). This separation does not mean that there is no interaction between believers and non-believers, but it means that the believer is not a participant in the worldly lifestyle. In other words, He is speaking of sanctification (John 17:17-19, Acts 20:32, Acts 26:18, Romans 15:16, 1st Corinthians 1:2, 1st Thessalonians 4:3-4, 2nd Timothy 2:21). How are we to be sanctified? By not wavering from the Truth of God's Word, but rather, letting the Truth transform us so that we may be a light unto the world.

 

God does love us all regardless of our religious beliefs, because God is love. However, God's loving nature does not preclude His existence as a righteous judge (Hebrews 12:23). Although God loves all, He does not accept us all. Just because God loves us, does not mean that He will not damn those who deny the truth (Mark 16:16, 2nd Thessalonians 2:11-12, Romans 13:2). The litmus test for love - as seen by God Himself who is love - is not a liberal acceptance of all views as legitimate and God-ordained.

 

So what is a "loving" position towards beliefs that contradict the Word of God? 2nd John 1:6 says, "And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it." Obeying the truth of God's Word is a demonstration of love (1st Peter 1:22).
In John 14:15-17 Jesus states, "If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." Jesus says that our obedience is a demonstration of love, and that as a result, we receive the Spirit of truth.

 

The fruit of love is then borne out of us as we adhere to the Truth and allow it to transform us into the image of Christ.

 

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