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// posted Friday, Dec 25, 2015 by Mervyn Eloff
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16) We live in a world in which there is a great deal of confusion, even scepticism about the doctrine of the love of God. For some, God’s love is nothing more than mere sentiment, a kind of a general feeling of benevolence or good-will on the part of a distant deity who has little real power or influence. For others, the idea of the love of God is nothing more than an empty mantra on the part of desperate believers, blind to the reality of the world around them. For such people the fact of suffering in the world and the love of God are mutually exclusive. And since our world is undoubtedly full of suffering, God, if He exists at all, can certainly not be a loving God.