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1 John 4:8

"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." 


Citing this verse as an objection to "election" the claim is made that God, who is love, would not pick, elect, some to salvation while, in effect, sentencing the rest to eternal damnation. Several things are wrong and not Biblically accurate with this line of reasoning.

That God is love is one facet of the complex being, God. We also find in Holy Scripture that:

"For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (Deuteronomy 4:24)

"A just God and a Savior;-" (Isaiah 45:21)

"I am Almighty God-." (Genesis 17:1)

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." (James 1:17)

These are many more aspects of God. It is not possible to focus solely on one characteristic of God while ignoring the rest of His Nature. Following the rationale cited above, if God were solely "love" then how could He, being Almighty and a Savior, allow anyone to be lost? The Bible teaches that there is no universal salvation; so, it is readily apparent that this rationale does not hold true.