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We hear a lot about love these days. One of the more popular hashtags on social media is #lovewins. Love is proposed as the solution to all the world’s ills and hate as the world’s ultimate problem.
If we could all just love more, we could create a heaven on earth, right? Love is supposedly the answer to terrorism, to abuse, to poverty, to climate change, to inequality, etc. All we need is love!
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Is that true, though? Does the world have a shortage of love and an overabundance of hate? Is that the problem? I would like to submit that the problem with the world today isn’t hate but is love or to be more precise corrupted love.
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Should I Separate From Sinners?
Most of us try to teach our kids not to hate. We’re right to do so when we’re talking about the kind of hate often experienced in this world: hatred of people different than us, hatred returned for hatred and hatred of anyone or anything that gets in the way of what we want. This hatred is the epitome of pride, and pride is a sin against God and neighbor.
Adam - Eve - God - Garden - Genesis
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden (Genesis 3:6), they chose to put something above their Creator. They picked a piece of fruit, and the wisdom Satan promised that it would give them, over their relationship with God and the proper worship due Him. Disobedience is rebellious pride. In going their way, Adam and Eve declared themselves to be their gods. It was pride that wreaked havoc in the garden.
At that moment, sin took root in their very being. No longer did they love God supremely or each other selflessly, and this pride and sin nature would be passed on to their children and their...
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