‘God is love’ – or ‘Love is God’

One of the Old Testament names for God is Elohim.

It has the form of a plural: ‘the gods’.

The surrounding cultures had gods for everything: every hope and every fear.

The Hebrew bible promotes the idea of a benevolent God – Elohim – who contains all the people’s hopes and ideals.

For many, the word love sums up all that is most right and precious. For them, whilst ‘God is love’ may still sound hollow, ‘Love is God’ sounds like an ultimate truth.

By defining our terms, ‘God’, as Elohim, now exists – as the sum of all our/your ideals.

The argument is not over whether or not this God exists, but over the nature of God, and how we should live as a consequence.

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