Monday, February 14 2011
Why Does God Love You?
The English word "love" originated from an Anglo-Saxon and Germanic word, lieb, which meant dear, or beloved. Interestingly, the English word believe has the very same origin as beloved i.e. both words are based upon lieb. To believe is to be loved.
"Love" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-hawb, which also means love, or faithfulness. The word is found, literally in, and as the basis of, the Ten Commandments (see The Two Great Commandments), which reveals why God is "jealous" ("I the LORD thy God am a jealous God") of those who ignore, or forsake, their love of Him.
"20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
In the New Testament (keeping in mind that The Messiah, and everyone else, read and taught from the Hebrew Scriptures, even though the New Testament was written in Greek - see Translation Of Translations), "love" is used to translate the Greek word, pronounced ag-ah-pay, which means affection, as love. It was that word for "love" that was used in John 3:16, one of the most famous verses of the Holy Bible. Notice the "believeth," which also means beloved in the English, as explained above, is very appropriately used in the translation.
"3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16 KJV)
"My Father is the husbandman"
God loves you, as a physical human, for the spiritual child that you may produce for Him (whether you are male or female), if you become and remain faithful to Him. Your physical body will one day die and return to the earth from which it came (human bodies are about 70% water; the rest is just natural elements and chemical compounds), but the spiritual child, that has been conceived by God within you by the Holy Spirit (the reason that God is called our Father in the ultimate sense, but the "husbandman" until all has been completed i.e. "15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman" John 15:1 KJV) will live forever, if you don't abort it by forsaking your love of God. You are that yet-unborn child that you have been given to care for until such time that it is born.
That reality is what Jesus Christ was describing in His famous "born again" teaching, which, by no coincidence, was spoken in the same answer that included John 3:16 - that plainly says no one is born again, yet. "Whosoever believeth in him should not perish" doesn't mean that believers aren't going to physically die, but that they will be spiritually "born again" to eternal life in "due time."
"3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
Humans, while yet physical, are not yet children of God.
"9:8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed." (Romans 9:8 KJV)
The Church of God (i.e. the people of God - see What Is The Church?) is referred to as a righteous "woman" (see The Righteous Woman's Victory Over The Great Whore) because of the children that will be born from the union of God's Holy Spirit and those who truly love Him. The Godly purpose in that marriage (rather than just dead-end physical reproduction like animals) will then have been accomplished (see Neither Marry, Nor Are Given In Marriage and No Children In Paradise). At most, humans in the present time are conceived, but unborn, children of God because humans in the present time are the "woman" from whom they themselves will be born - from which then God will love you as a child; until then, God loves you as a wife (listen also to our Sermon The Divorce and Remarriage of Jesus Christ).
"20:35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead [see The Sleep Of Death and Resurrections], neither marry, nor are given in marriage: 20:36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection." (Luke 20:35-36 KJV)
Fact Finder: How do pagan "love festivals" make a Satanic mockery of God's pure love for you?
This Day In History, February 14
1014: Pope Benedict VIII crowned Henry II as Holy Roman Emperor (see Emperors and Popes).
1349: 2,000 Jews were burned at the stake in Strasbourg, Germany.
1400: The deposed King Richard II died "under suspicious circumstances" in Pontefract Castle in Yorkshire.
1658: The Battle of Bahadurgarh; it helped to decide the war of succession among the sons of Shah Jahan, Mughal emperor of India.
1779: British explorer Captain James Cook was killed in Hawaii.
1797: The British fleet, under Admirals John Jervis and Horatio Nelson, defeated the Spanish at the battle of St. Vincent off Portugal.
1876: Inventors Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray applied separately for U.S. patents related to the telephone. The U.S. Supreme Court eventually ruled that Bell was the rightful inventor.
1896: Der Judenstaat by Theodor Herzl was published in Vienna; English and French translations soon followed.
1922: Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi began the first regular radio broadcasting transmission from England.
1929: "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" in Chicago. Al Capone's gunmen, in order to prevent the hijacking of whiskey shipments, killed 7 members of the Bugs Moran gang in a Chicago garage.
1939: The German navy launched the battleship Bismarck.
1942: The German Afrika Korps was organized under the command of Lt. Gen. (later Field Marshall) Irwin Rommel. It consisted of two armored divisions and one motorized infantry division. After initial successes, the Afrika Korps was defeated by British and Canadian forces under Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
1944 The Mark I, the first computer that could perform arithmetical operations without human intervention, was completed by inventor Howard Aiken. It was 51 feet long, 8 feet high, and weighed 35 tons. It had about 500 miles of wire and 3 million connections.
1946: An "electronic brain", or "computer", began working at the University of Pennsylvania, taking seconds to do calculations which normally took hours. It was called ENIAC, or Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer.
1946: The Bank of England was nationalized.
1947: British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin announced that Britain was turning the "Palestine situation" over to the United Nations.
1949: The first session of the Constituent Assembly (later entitled the Knesset) of the new state of Israel was opened.
1958: The Arab Union, a federation of Jordan and Iraq, was formed to counter the formation of the United Arab Republic by Egypt and Syria 2 weeks earlier. King Hussein of Jordan dissolved it August 2 of that same year.
1971: President Richard Nixon installed a secret taping system in the White House - the recordings of which later provided much of the evidence that brought down his presidency.
1989: Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini ordered a worldwide death sentence for writer Salman Rushdie for his book "The Satanic Verses.
1992: The European Community and the seven-nation European Free Trade Association struck a final deal, clearing the way for the creation of the world's biggest single free market, exceeding that of the combined markets of the United States and Canada.