Love of God in Christianity

The love of God is a prevalent concept both in the Old Testament and the New Testament.

This article uncritically uses texts from within a religion or faith systemwithout referring to secondary sources that critically analyze them.(May 2016)
God the Father by Cima da Conegliano, c. 1515
Part of a series on the
Attributes of God
in Christianity

Love is a key attribute of God in Christianity, even if in the New Testament the expression “God is love” explicitly occurs only twice and in two not too distant verses: 1 John4:8,16.

The love of God has been the center of the spirituality of a number of Christian mystics such as Teresa of Avila.

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The Old Testament uses a rich vocabulary to express the love of God, as a concept that appears in many instances.[1] For example, the prophet Hosea saw God’s love as the basis for the election of Israel (cf. Hosea 11:1).[2][3] In Isaiah 38, God expresses his love for individuals as well. Many Christians see Solomon as symbolizing Christ‘s relation to his church.[4] The love of God appears in a number of texts (e.g. Hosea 1-3, and then in Ezek 16 and Isa 62, etc.); however, the exegesis of the love of God in the Old Testament has presented problems for modern scholars, especially resolving the references to produce a consistent interpretation has been challenging and subject to debate.[5]

According to Psalms 5, God hates all workers of iniquity:

For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man. But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

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