There is a Christian Musical called, "Celebrate Life," that does an amazing job of portraying the full life of Christ, from the announcement of Him coming birth to His resurrection from the grave. At one point, when people have gone from shouting halejuah's at Him during the triumphant entry to demanding his death, the narrator steps forward, and says, "He was love in its purest form, and He was hated for that. Is love so beautiful we must destroy it?" I read in another thread where Christ says, "Much was forgiven for she loved much," going, "No, he didn't MEAN that, he meant she sinned a lot." I see a lot of similiar statements. "He didn't MEAN we shouldn't judge non-Christians." "Salvation shouldn't be easy." Why? Why do people want so much to make God seem "less loving?" Why do people fight so hard to make mercy less God given and more man earned? Why do people try so hard to find excuses not to love like He told us to when He was asked what the greatest commandments were? I'm serious with this question. Why is it that you folks are objecting to the love of God? Isn't the love of God what saved us? That's what John tells us. "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have every lasting life." It doesn't say, "For God so loved the repentent sinners who earned his love,".... WHich is good, because we weren't. It doesn't say, "Love the people who are sinless," which is good, because we aren't. It doesn't say, "Love those who earn it," because we can't. So, why do so many here on this board try to make God less God by making love less important? It isn't a hard to find message in the scripture. Christ said it. John said it. Paul said it. James said it. Peter said it. Love was most important to Christ, per them all. So, why are we, today, trying to say they are all wrong?