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The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D A Carson teaches the importance of understanding God's love from God's perspective.
The problem with this thinking is that it leads to assumptions, which leads to simplifying, which leads to missing the point of the whole definition. Do you see where I'm going with this? We've lost understanding of the love of God!
Thank God for wise men like D. A. Carson, whom God has used to write such beautiful work. By far, this is probably one of the best books I have read yet! (do I say that about all the books I read?)
D. A. Carson took the time to take Scripture and explain what the doctrine of the love of God really is. The best part about it is that he didn't have to water it down, or cut anything out, or use assumptions like we have the bad habit of doing today. Instead, he defined the love of God with the word of God in an understandable way.
If you haven't read any Christian literature before, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!! It's less than 100 pages! I am sure you can do it! Carson definitely could have written a much longer in-depth book on this doctrine, but the reason for keeping it short was for all to be able to read and grasp about the doctrine of the love of God. I read this book in a week, and man, has my view changed for the better. I have grown so much by just having a better understanding of God's love.
You wanna know what my problem was? I use to take the love of God, and try to allow my human experiential love help define His love. THAT'S A BIG NO NO! We cannot try to describe and depict God, a sovereign, transcendent, and omniscient being, by putting Him on display next to a mortal, imperfect, ignorant human. That makes no sense at all! That's like trying to find the connections and similarities between a computer and a rock. You can't do something so silly! And that's what I found myself doing and see many others doing the same.
The cliches out there are "God loves everyone the same", "God hates the sin, not the sinner", and "God only loves". I am not saying any of these are false or true (you will have to study the love of God to find those answers), but I want to ask you a serious question: Can you prove any of these with Scripture? Does God ever say any of these word-for-word, or are these human assumptions that are easier to understand and grasp than diving into Scripture to really understand the doctrine of the love of God?
In The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God, Carson helps us wrestle with the fact that our understanding of love is skewed in today's culture. Because of this, we have a rough time defining what love means, and how to explain it, and who to believe about it. Through D. A. Carson's small, four-chapter book, we can learn about God's love, the ways God magnifies His love, How we are effected by His love, how that collaborates with God's sovereignty, and how His love is in complete unity with His justice and wrath.
From learning these key points from the Bible, we then have a much fuller understanding of how God loves, why God loves, what a passage means when it says God loves, and so much more. I would recommend this book to anyone with a high-school reading level (it does have a few big words sprinkled in there that may be difficult to understand). I am sure if you don't understand it all, you will be able to read it again- remember, it's only 100 pages!
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