Wednesday, April 20, 2016

God is God's love

  1. It is permissible to center one's life on God's love.
  2. To center one’s life on anything other than God is idolatry.
  3. Idolatry is impermissible.
  4. So, God is identical with God's love.


Walter Van den Acker said...

I am not sure whether it is true that to center one’s life on anything other than God is idolatryif the thing that you center your life on is a part of God.
Under thiestic personalism, God is not identical with God's love, but God's love is seen as an essential property of God and I am not sure that centering your life on an essential property of God is the saem as centreing your life on something other than God.

SMatthewStolte said...

Is centering my life on God’s love an intentional state (similar to thinking about God’s love or believing that God loves me)?

Alexander R Pruss said...


I don't know. This is closely related to difficult questions about the possibility of salvation for those who are overtly nonbelievers.

Michael Gonzalez said...

Pruss: Could there be an equivocation between (1) and (2)? If one means "God's love is the one thing at the center of one's life", then that would not be permissible (which is the way (2) is using the term, and why we quickly agree with (2)). Surely we mean something else when/if we say "I center my life on God's love".