Does love equal truth?
Short answer: Yes, and no.
How many times have we heard this:
“The church I attend is so loving. They really care about one another. It is so wonderful to be among such a loving church family. I cannot imagine ever worshiping anywhere else. It’s all about loving one another, and my church does that.”
Such people are actually implicitly saying:
“Don’t bother me with your differing opinions and Bible study. My church is full of love. I’m satisfied with it and have no intention of ever leaving. Stop talking about all that “Torah” stuff. Love is all that matters. My church has it, and it makes me feel good. It’s all about ‘loving-on’ one another.”
Loving one another is an absolutely essential element of true faith. Nothing in this discussion should be misconstrued as promoting otherwise. However, is “love” for one another sure evidence that a particular group is promoting Truth?
Though it is not readily apparent, focusing upon “love” can be a sign of selfishness and that a person is being driven by ego. It can also be proof of an experiential faith – a faith that is often defined by self-serving experiences and observations instead of by actual Truth. Since the experience of “love” is felt in various fellowships, members of such groups are convinced that their group is advancing Truth. The love-intoxication dulls their spiritual senses.
Often, in fact usually, those who attend such congregations will insist that the love-fest that occurs proves they are not selfish and are, instead, selfless due to their strong love bond. They seem blind to the fact that “love” can be a powerfully selfish thing.
Everyone wants to love and be loved. It is, perhaps, the most deeply entrenched aspect of being human. It is a major component of the Divine soul, but also dominates the animal soul – the carnal nature of mankind – when practiced selfishly. Being part of a “loving” fellowship brings happiness and fulfillment because that “love need” is being met. But what is also being met is a selfish desire – the desire for love. The unquenchable appetite of the ego is being supplied with a primary tasty treat.
How to show love for our fellow man is easy to figure out, and I will not elaborate on what common sense makes obvious. What is less obvious, at least for Christians who are not familiar with Torah, is how we prove our love for God.
There are many verses within the Bible that tell us how to love God. Chapter six of Deuteronomy is a good place to start to discover how love for God is manifested in a person’s life. Ecclesiastes 12:13 directly states that the “whole duty of man” is to “Fear God and keep his commandments”. The commandments (Hebrew word: mitzvah), is a direct reference to Torah.
Briefly stated, we prove our love for God by embracing, studying, and striving to apply to our lives His Eternal teachings – the Torah. Love for God is proven most directly by the extent to which we do that.
And that is where the severity of error, even within “loving” churches, is most clearly seen.
And that is where the severity of error, even within “loving” churches, is most clearly seen.
How to love God
Do those within a “loving” church that rejects or ignores Torah love each other?
Probably, and therefore they are satisfying the teaching from Torah that we are to love one another.
Do they really love God?
Any “loving” group that does not love God enough to even study or embrace His Torah cannot honestly claim to genuinely love God. It is simply a fact. Deny it as they may, their failure to place emphasis on Torah proves them to not be sincere lovers of God.
Let us use the example of the deep love felt between a man and woman “in love.” Such love is shown by:
- Wanting to be near and grow ever closer.
- Wanting to please and to continuously learn how better to please.
- Avoiding what hurts them.
- Cleaving to them with such intensity as to be “one” with them.
- Expanding the love to where it goes far beyond simply the physical attributes, but encompasses all that characterizes the object of their love.
The same five items apply to how we are to demonstrate love for God.
Why are those “loving” groups who reject or place no emphasis on Torah so blind to the fact that love for God should be manifested in the same manner as love for each other?
They do not see it because it requires denial of ego and “self” to recognize it, and as stated previously, those who embrace the “love-in” mentality are often being unwittingly driven by ego and “self”. They simply believe what they want to believe and worship where they want to worship because it makes them feel good.
Therein lies the problem. Basically, it is all about “feelings”. They “feel” their way to what they wish to believe and where they wish to fellowship.
Loving God requires a level of dedication greater than that required to love a fellow man, and that effort is just too much for many to take on. It also requires aligning one’s lifestyle with Torah, which many resist doing because ego and “self” generally dictates their choices instead of what pleases God.
They want “freedom” (to do as they wish)
They want their shrimp, bacon, and honey baked ham. They want to worship on Sunday and work on Saturday or go party at the football game. They want to kill God’s creatures purely for “sport”. They want to embrace Easter, Christmas, and other church religious holidays that they may know originate from paganism (virtually all of them do). They want their Christian rock band music, “praise” dancing, and other activities which are often nothing more than partying in a church building. (I recognize that there is legitimate praise dancing when practiced correctly and at the proper time.)
They want to feel GOOD! … and LOVED! … and FREE! … to do what their hearts desire. As long as they are thinking about “Jesus” a little bit and maybe yell out that false name for Messiah while they are doing whatever they are doing, they do not consider it a problem.
Worst of all, many who belong to and participate in such “loving” churches are also often among the most self-righteous and judgmental towards those who do not have the “love” that they have. They generally scoff at, mock, or consider unfeeling, sterile, and “legalistic” others who wish to combine their love for each other with a love for God that is so strong that they prefer to focus upon an intense and never ending search for God through in-depth study of Torah. To those “loving” Christians, such people are “in bondage” to “the Law” and are often considered to have “fallen from grace”.
Side note: Those who claim we are in a “dispensation of grace” and free from Torah prove themselves ignorant of the basics of Truth because they do not realize mankind has ALWAYS been under God’s grace. Therefore, we have ALWAYS been in a “dispensation of grace” and free to embrace the precious gift of Torah. A gift they refuse to accept. They are too brainwashed and drunk on the wine of the great harlot (as well as their love-fests) to recognize that Torah is the greatest gift mankind has ever received. The enormous gift given by God through Yeshua is real, but it is only because Yeshua perfectly embraced and practiced God’s Torah, thereby becoming a “completed tzaddik” from whom we can receive atoning merit towards eternal life – a merit they reject because they refuse to truly “follow Christ”. Therefore, Torah is the primary foundational gift even within the accomplishments of Yeshua.
In contrast to those who truly do love God as well as their fellow humans and who prove it through persistent study and searching for truth, the preferred practices of the typical “loving” church includes resistance or outright opposition to the actual Biblical Holy Days instituted and commanded by God in the Torah: Passover, Shavuot, Sukkoth. etc. They have no interested in Torah study and usually reject or despise Torah. They do not even care about pursuing in-depth Bible study. Study? What’s that? The vast majority of Christians have never even read the entire Bible and never will. Any effort to show love to God is usually more effort than they care to offer unless it is brief and doesn’t take away time from what they “feel” like doing. They will definitely say that they love God, but proving it with actual effort is something they do not care to do.
In other words, they want to do what makes them feel good without regard to whether or not it pleases God and without studying to find out if it does or does not. And this, despite the fact they may belong to a very “loving” fellowship.
Doing what they want instead of what God wants proves their love for God is absent or lacking and that they are driven by “self” and “ego”. The “they” or “I” is pure ego. The “self”, which is actually the yetzer hara (evil inclination), wants what it wants and always stands between God and us striving to redirect us on a course that separates us from God.
Does your fellowship truly “love”? Or, is it simply a means to satisfy an experiential, feelings-driven, selfish need to give and receive “love”? Does it combine love for your fellow man with an honest, Torah embracing, love for God?
Go love God along with your fellow man. If you do, you will find that it is not simply possible to combine love for our fellow man with love for God, but that embracing Torah actually enhances both.
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