God, Love, Essence, Time, and Choice

Is God Love because He is, or is He Love because He chooses to be?

I since have somewhat subconsciously contemplated this question. Several weeks down the road, I believe I have come up with an answer that is not rhetorical, an answer that eminently is practical.

Rhetorical questions that have merely rhetorical answers are part of the bane of modern society.

First, however, I have arrived at the conclusion that none of the choices brought up in that conversation provide good answers to the question.

None of the choices we considered — ‘Love by choice’, or ‘Love because He is’ are good answers.

If God is Love by choice, which as you shall see cannot be shown to be a falsity, it becomes difficult to explain how exactly it is ‘God is Love’. The statement, ‘God is Love’ connotes being or essence. Choice, however, does not necessarily connote essence.

Choice lacks robustness for describing essence of a thing.

Consider that a person who chooses to wash his or her car does not by virtue of said choice transform himself or herself into a car wash technician. Just because you choose to eat bread every morning does not imply there is such a thing as a bread eater.

A surfer can choose to become a computer scientist because it provides lots of money for what they really are — a surfer.

Choice does not necessarily connote essence, does not necessarily connote what is most important to a person.

If we assert that ‘God is Love because He is, because He exists’, it appears God does not have any choice over His essence. But if God does not have any choice over His essence, how then can He be God? How can we safely place trust in God if it appears He does not have any say, any control over His very own essence?

‘I dunno’

to the question, “Why do you want to babysit?” At the very least you would expect her to say, “Because the money is good.

How then did God acquire His essence?

Is there a GOD who is ultimate creator, who is source of God?

God spends all of His time, each and every second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade, century, millennium figuring out what exactly is the most Loving thing to do in that very moment.

As proferred, God is Love because a determination of the most loving thing to do is what is most important to Him, is His very essence. God is not Love because He sits in some vacuum in space meditating, because He attempts to fill Himself with Love. God is Love because Love is all He contemplates to do at every moment in time.

‘God is Love’ is a statement of intentions and actions, not some mere metaphysical aphorism.

With respect to choice, it is not that God chooses to become Love, rather it is much deeper, it is that God chooses to spend His time on contemplation of the most loving thing to do.

God is Love because Love is what He does, because Love is what He contemplates to do.

God knows what Love is, but at every point in time, Love can best manifest as mercy, or justice, or kindness, or demonstrations of not being pleased with people’s actions, or patience with people’s flaws, or acts of warning, or acts of judgment.

God is Love because He devotes His time to balancing all of the different facets of Love.

Importance of God’s determination of the most Loving thing to do is evident in the following illustrations.

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things, think about how to do these things, so you can become these things.

Who knows, you just might become like God.

Educator and Researcher, Believer in Spirituality, Life is serious business, but we all are pilgrims so I write about important stuff with empathy and ethos

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