I think the love of God can just be felt by the Holy Spirit, but am I able to verify His love by reading the Bible and studying His personality using basic logic (implications and equivalences)?

I get uncomfortable with passages where God apparently seems unjust but I just deny my reason and go on. I define justice as not killing someone that committed an involuntary mistep, but should I deny my reason and rely on God's own definiton of justice? I really think Romans 11:33 advise us not to study God:

[Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!]

  • C.S. Lewis echoes Scripture and warns us not to put "God in the dock". That is to say, not to put God on trial and judge Him according to human judgement. We should certainly study what He has revealed about Himself in the Bible but we are in no position to lay our definitions of "justice" upon Him. Do not deny your reason but, rather, allow your reason to be informed. Oct 26, 2022 at 15:37

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Yes, people can "verify His love by reading the Bible and studying His personality using basic logic (implications and equivalences)?" as you ask. Untold numbers of people these past 2,000 years, who have experienced the love of God, can find confirmation of that love when reading the Bible and learning more about the Being of God. Yet whether you, personally, can do that or not would depend on whether you have put your faith (trust) in God, irrespective of your personal feelings. There are plenty of people around (non-Christians included) who have great emotional surges of love towards God when they think they have had some personal encounter with God, yet for as long as they place their beliefs about God and his personality on their emotions, they will never understand the constancy of God's love in face of their inconsistent feelings and thoughts.

A key word in this question is "verify". To verify something is to first have had knowledge and evidence of the matter where verification is sought. Many people have knowledge of God in their lives, yet if that is merely a head-trip - theological knowledge - they could disbelieve the love of God to be consistent, especially if they think the righteous judgments of God are not righteous (according to their idea of logic). Such a view tends towards judging God, not seeking to "let God be found true, though every man a liar" (Romans 3:4). Note that a Psalm is then quoted: "as it is written, 'That thou might be justified in thy sayings, and might overcome when thou art judged'." (Psalm 51:4) That was king David confessing directly to God for being presumptuous in having held back for about a year before confessing his sin in the Bathsheba affair, after Nathan the prophet confronted him. David then acknowledged that God was justified in what he said, and righteous in his judgments.

Until that is the basis upon which we approach God, we will keep swithering between emotional feelings of love for him, and doubts about whether God is just and righteous. It is supremely in the cross of Christ that we see God's justice and righteous judgment against sin poured out, to be satisfied once and for all. Once we have grasped that, then we will see God very differently to those who think that "God is love" and nothing more.

Many people have evidence of God in their lives, yet they still think there is a capricious aspect to God. Being in turmoil about this, they try to blot out disturbing matters and focus, instead, on that which pleases them - feelings of love and positive answers to prayer etc. If they mix in circles where great emphasis is laid on supernatural experience attributed to the Holy Spirit, they may find their study of God's declared word to us being either shoved to the side or rationalized away to accommodate an over-emphasis on the Holy Spirit. Anyone wishing to honestly appraise this should read the book "Strange Fire?" by Eric. E. Wright, Evangelical Press, 1996.

The basic logic of God's love and his righteousness is wonderfully seen by learning from the written word of God what the Word of God achieved in his finished work on the cross. Never was such love demonstrated! Never was such righteousness worked out! Yet the world could not see nor understand.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16

"In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son, the appeasement for our sins... We love him because he first loved us." 1 John 4:10-19

The logic lies in God taking the initiative to redeem repentant sinners, by sending his Son into this world. This Son is "the express image of [God's] person (Hebrews 1:3) so that Jesus could say to his disciples, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father" (John 14:9). But now that Christ has returned to heaven, how are we to "see" him? By the words of scripture, that's how. There we learn of all the initiatives God has taken throughout the centuries to save his people and to judge unrepentant sinners. God's immense patience and forgiveness is shown, but also that he will not be mocked. Then, when we read of the Word of God becoming flesh (John ch. 1) and dwelling among people as man, we read further of his great love, patience, and utter goodness (even though he spoke in judgment against those who hated him.)

Tragically, many false prophets and false 'christs' have gone into the world, as Jesus warned would happen, and have deceived many. That is why sticking to what the scriptures say about God and Christ is imperative. All false religions either try to lower Christ a degree or two, or try to amalgamate their idea of 'christ' into existing pagan and superstitious beliefs. They will not give the glory due to heaven's beloved one. Yet he told us (in scripture, John 5:22-23) that the Father has committed all judgment to himself, the Son, "that all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father."

Those who disbelieve what the scriptures tell us about Christ are believing in a false 'christ', a man-made version. It is only by approaching in faith the Christ of scripture that we logically grasp the verification of the claim that God is love, and God is also holy and righteous.

Let Jesus have the last word here. He commanded religious people in his day to:

"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life." John 5:39.

That is the tragedy of those who search the scriptures without first having come in faith to the Christ of those scriptures. Nobody who understands the love of God through experience and logic can do so without approaching the Father via the Christ. "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him..." John 6:44 and now John 14:6 where Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Not a contradiction, nor even a paradox - the truth of how to know the Father is to know the Christ of scripture and to come to him, as the scriptures show. But come to an unscriptural 'christ', and you will always have doubts and think the ways of God are illogical.

As for Romans 11:33, that shows that we cannot plumb the depths of God's wisdom, knowledge, judgments and paths. That should never be used as as an excuse for not trying, as the Holy Spirit will open up our hearts and minds to this awesome God as we strive to search the scriptures sincerely.


Jesus tells us that the Father Himself loves us.

For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. (John 16:27, KJV)

For me, that is more meaningful now that I have learned the truth about who God is.

I used to believe in the Trinity--before I actually studied the doctrine carefully for myself. Oh, I had thought I knew what the Bible taught. I was convinced that there were three "members" of the Godhead, and I could "prove" it to anyone using the Bible and my own logic/interpretation. But, to be honest, I never felt the love of God as much then as I do now. I did feel God's love, even strongly, at times, but then there were the times when I thought about my unworthiness, and I knew that God could not accept me as I was.

As a Trinitarian, I understood, by logic, that God loved me. But I didn't feel it consistently. Especially, I didn't sense that the Father loved me. The Father was to me a strict Judge--one who needed to be persuaded by Jesus to accept me. Were it not for Jesus pleading his blood on my behalf, I had no chance of acceptance with the Father...at least, that is how I felt deep down inside.

No one taught me this directly. It's not particularly Biblical. The Bible shows that God does punish, and has a strict sense of justice, and yet, the Father's love is the reason He sent His son, Jesus, to make his atoning sacrifice for us. If the Father had not loved us, why would He have allowed Jesus to do it? But as long as I saw "God" as being divided into three parts--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--I didn't feel equally loved by all three. Jesus was the one who loved, and the Father was the one to be obeyed..."or else."

Once I learned the truth--that the Father is the only true God (see John 17:1-3; 1 Corinthians 8:6), and, of course, "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son..." (John 3:16), well, I began to realize that the Father loved me so very, very much. And, strangely, the more unworthy and undeserving I see myself, the more I seem to feel that love now just constantly drawing me toward Him.

It's difficult to explain. I think God's love needs to be experienced, not merely discussed. We can learn about it on a theoretical level, but until we sense it in our heart, until we know He loves us because we see His blessings given us even when we know we did not deserve anything, we will never begin to understand it.

Now I begin to understand that God loves everyone else, too. I may see that they are unworthy. They may see that they are unworthy. We all, in fact, are unworthy--and I know that I am unworthy, too. If God can love me when I deserve to be punished, then I know He loves others in the same condition.

And God's love inspires me to want to follow and to serve Him.

"We love him, because he first loved us." (1 John 4:19, KJV)

As might be said: praise God that He is so unfair with those who love Him, giving us blessings and rewards we don't deserve; and so fair with those who hate Him, giving them just what they want--separation from Him. To both groups, His love is given.

My Conclusion

I do not believe that it is possible to understand God's love by logic alone. It must be experienced, and it is something that grows in one's heart over time. As the Bible says:

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. (Psalm 34:8, KJV)

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    "as long as I saw "God" as being divided into three parts--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit" That does suggest you weren't taught the Trinity well, as the Father, Son, and Spirit aren't parts. Indeed I suspect that a more robust version of the Trinity would have helped prevent the mistaken ideas you've identified: one important thing you don't mention is the Father's love for the Son and the Son's love for the Father. That immense boundless love overflows into their love for us, so that we're not just loved by God, but loved with the same love with which the persons love each other.
    – curiousdannii
    Oct 25, 2022 at 12:23
  • @curiousdannii Actually, I was really taught Tritheism, though no one called it that. (It took the dictionary to help me realize what it really was.) It was a charade of thinking they were monotheists while at one and the same time claiming the "one" God consisted of three beings: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They were staunchly "monotheist" while believing God was three beings ...almost akin to the Hindu Triad. But any construction one puts on it such that "Godhead" (which should by singular--check your dictionary) = three is quite problematic.
    – Biblasia
    Oct 25, 2022 at 12:42
  • God demonstrated His love in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. His love for us is in spite of what we merit. Nothing of this is precluded by a triune understanding of God. Godhead is singular! That is important to notice. Family is also singular. Oct 26, 2022 at 15:47
  • @MikeBorden. "Godhead" is not singular in the sense of a group, like "team" or "committee." Godhead is actually an old English form that, if converted to modern forms might read "Godhood" or perhaps "Godship." It is a reference to the Deity (again, note that this is not "deities"). The word "maidenhead" is in a similar category. Look up the "-head" suffix and you'll see what it is. Throughout the Bible, God refers to Himself in the singular. Why do you suppose plural pronouns are not used for God? Note that God does not lie...would God be deceptive or misleading as to whom He is?
    – Biblasia
    Oct 26, 2022 at 15:55
  • Yup. theotes, translated Godhead, means divinity. It is singular, feminine, gentative, and has nothing whatsoever to say about inclusive number. theotes is a category noun and not a person noun. The fullness of theotes (whatever or whoever that is) dwells in Christ bodily. Oct 26, 2022 at 16:16

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