> -----Original Message-----
> From: John W. Redelfs [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2003 7:03 PM
> Subject: [ZION] Is God's Love Unconditional?
> In the February ENSIGN, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of
> the Twelve
> wrote an article in which he stated unequivocally that God's love is NOT
> unconditional.  It is divine, and it is infinite, but it is very much
> conditional upon repentance and obedience to divine law.  In the article,
> Elder Nelson says:
> ---
> Understanding that divine love and blessings are not truly unconditional
> can defend us against common fallacies such as these: Since God's love is
> unconditional, He will love me regardless...; or Since God is
> love, He will
> love me unconditionally, regardless...<

There is a current piece in Ensign that confuses "unconditional love" and
"blessing."  Actually, I think the current piece confuses grace/faith/works.
God's love is unconditional, according to Hinckley (many sources).  But, the
blessing/rewards are very conditional up faithfulness.

> These arguments are used by anti-Christs to woo people with deception.
> Nehor, for example, promoted himself by teaching falsehoods: He testified
> unto the people that all mankind should be saved at the last day, for the
> Lord had created all men, and, in the end, all men should have eternal
> life. Sadly, some of the people believed Nehor's fallacious and
> unconditional concepts.<

As I said, you getting the two concepts mixed up.  You're making synoymns of
"unconditional love" and "divine blessings."  So did Elder Nelson.  You'd
better careful who you're calling anti-Christ JWR for you're about to
violate your own bylaws (grin): I think President Hinckley has, over the
years, been quite clear that God has unconditional love for each of us.
Which doesn't have a whole lot to do with how we're judged in the
great-by-and-by in the sky.


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