I’ve been invited to do some posts here. For those of you who don’t know me, I have no favorite color. I like sunshine, orange juice, and my life mainly revolves around my 3 year old. I go to church every sunday, have family home evening every week, and daily chastise myself for being not as good as I would like in personal prayer and scripture study. I am, in other words, the stereotypical 29 year old LDS father.
Last night I was going through Chapter 1 of Blake’s Book 2 (as there was a mishap in my Amazon.com order and I received book 2 instead of book 1, and, to make matters worse, the cover was torn upon delivery, so I can not return it.)
Anyway, I don’t want to belabor the point here, but I am not sure I understand Blake fully. Or rather, I think he is over-complicating things.
Is God’s unconditional love conditional? I’d say yes. Is it still unconditional love being offered? I’d still say yes.
How can this be?
1. In order for love to exist, it must be bi-directional. In other
words, If both parties are not participating, it is not love. (One teacher I had called it cathexis, stating that we can not love our car, as our car can not love us back.)
2.While God may offer love to us unconditionally, if that love is unrequited and not reciprocated, then a loving relationship can not exist.
3.So the condition of God’s unconditional love is our accepting it.
Does it really need to be any more complicated than this?