The Qur’an: Whom does God love?

The Qur’an: Whom does God love?

God’s blessing are available to all, his love is for those whom he has predestined for good works:

“… God loves the doers of justice” (60:8)

“… God loves those who are fair” (49:9)

“On those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, will (Allah) Most Gracious bestow love. ” (19:96)

“…God loves those who make themselves pure.” (9:108)

“… For God loves those who put their trust (in Him). ” (3:159)

Likewise, according to the Qur’an, God doesn’t love the disbelievers:

“God loves not those who reject faith (in God & Muhammad)” (3:32)

“God loves not the impious and sinners” (2:276)

“God loves not the unfaithful, ungrateful” (22:38)

“God loves not evildoers” (3:57)

“God loves not the proud” (4:36)

“God loves not transgressors” (5:87)

“God loves not the prodigal” (6:141)

“God loves not the treacherous” (8:58)

“God is an enemy to unbelievers” (2:98)

“Those who reject our Signs, We shall soon cast into the Fire: as often as their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for fresh skins, that they may taste the penalty: for Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.” (4:56)

The Bible: God’s Unconditional Love

God’s love is not just for the pious or the believers, but for all people — it is an active, reaching, pursuing love that strives to free sinners from the grip of sin and bring them to repentance and faith and reconciliation with Him:

“The Lord is patient… not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:8)

“…Jesus Christ, the Righteous One; He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”  (1 John 2:2)

“…God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.”  (2 Samuel 14:14)

“the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”  Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”  (Luke 5:31,3231)

“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? … Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8:31,35)

This love of God is very central to his nature:

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love…This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us.”  (1 John 4:8,10)

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12,13)

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