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DelightfulFlame
02-11-2005, 01:09 PM
I strive to love God like this quote. A member of this site sent me this quote and I never forgot it. I think it is actually a muslim quote, but I'm not for sure.
Enjoy!

"Oh my Lord, if I worship You from fear of Hell, burn me in Hell; and if I worship You from hope of Paradise, exclude me from Paradise. But if I worship You for Your own sake, do not withhold from me Your Eternal Beauty."
-- Rabia al-Adawiyya.

Dare~to~Dream
02-12-2005, 07:28 PM
Interesting quote; never looked at it that way.

pebbles
02-13-2005, 05:26 AM
Would you really love God if there were no Hell?
I can't answer for anyone else, but for myself, allow me to answer with a resounding YES!!! Hell, fire and brimstone aside, the very thought that JESUS would lay down His life and die for the sins I committed, (not His sins, because the Bible says He knew no sin. He was perfect in all His ways), sometimes I cry just thinking about the love involved in such a sacrifice.

And if you knew what I've been through, that God would see fit to bring me through and hold on to me, even when I turned away from His word and His way, you'd understand how I can say yes with such certainty.

So if all of the sudden we learned that we can live this life and go to heaven or just live and cease to exist all together when we died, that we would suffer no punishment for anything we might do while on this earth, I would still LOVE GOD! He's been too good to me, really! You'd have to know me personally to understand that statement.

Loving God goes beyond not wanting to go to hell, for me. I want to meet my maker. I want to meet The Maker of Heaven and Earth. I want to see God, who loved me so much that He sent His only son to die for me, and kept seeing me through despite all of my sinful ways, despite the fact that I didn't deserve it. Oh yes, I would love Him anyway. :)

BabyCurls
02-13-2005, 08:37 AM
Pebbs, I have to agree with you. No matter if we messed up in life, God still loves because He loved His Son first. That same God who created everything is the God we love. Also, when you said that you turned away from His Word and His Way, I can relate to that. I haven't been back to church since our family has moved from one home to another. But God is still loving, and He'll never get angry because He's slow to anger, but abiding to love.

I love God because He can free you from sin, and make you whole. He really cares for you and for me. I, too, want to see The Maker, The Master, and The Alpha and Omega. And to be in the presence of the Father and the Son is really an awesome honor. God will always love me and will not remember any sin in the Book of Life.

MeccaMedinah
02-13-2005, 02:33 PM
I too would have to say yes. I have a relationship with God. I am thankful and I do not love Him for all that I can get out of him. I am grateful for all He has done, is doing and will do for us. And hell is not something that I think about much at all.

I have to agree with Pebbles, I am tearful and full of joy many times because He was so selfless.

Falon
02-13-2005, 02:50 PM
Yes, because I am here and I don't have to be. God owes us nothing. The very fact that out of all of the available millions of sperm cells and thousands of eggs....I got picked is really enough for me. It's like we all won the Lotto straight out of the womb...what else do you think you could ever want or deserve?

Honeyhips
02-17-2005, 04:21 PM
If there was no hell, would there be no sin? If there was none of that would we need God and Jesus?

DelightfulFlame
02-17-2005, 04:43 PM
If there was no hell, would there be no sin? If there was none of that would we need God and Jesus?

I don't exactly understand your question. I don't see how the absense of hell (as most Christians see it--eternal fire) has anything to do with sin. But I need my Father (God) regardless.

kombov_dymond
02-18-2005, 07:34 AM
Ummm, I have never really focused on Hell like that, just Heaven.

shahala
02-18-2005, 07:47 AM
That's why I love that Andrae Crouch song - "If Heaven Newer was Promised to Me" It basically states that if even there was no heaven, it would be worth having the Lord in your life, for all the good things He has done. .

Poohbear
02-18-2005, 02:19 PM
I would love God the same whether there were a Hell or not. Hell is a place for those that do not believe in his son Jesus Christ. Since I believe in Jesus and have accepted him as my Lord and Savior, Hell is not a place for me to worry about. ;)

vickid
02-18-2005, 02:50 PM
My worship and love has nothing to do with hell. I worship and love the Lord because he has performed so miracles in my life that I have been able to witness. He gave me life, gave me good and moral adoptive parents, gave me the ability to think clearly and to reason, gave me good friends, gave me a good heart and gave me a husband that loves the hell outta me and provides more than I could ever want. I worship and love the Lord because without him, I would be nothing. He truly does answer my prayers and protects me in spite of myself!

GodsPromises
02-18-2005, 03:08 PM
I can't answer for anyone else, but for myself, allow me to answer with a resounding YES!!! Hell, fire and brimstone aside, the very thought that JESUS would lay down His life and die for the sins I committed, (not His sins, because the Bible says He knew no sin. He was perfect in all His ways), sometimes I cry just thinking about the love involved in such a sacrifice.

And if you knew what I've been through, that God would see fit to bring me through and hold on to me, even when I turned away from His word and His way, you'd understand how I can say yes with such certainty.

So if all of the sudden we learned that we can live this life and go to heaven or just live and cease to exist all together when we died, that we would suffer no punishment for anything we might do while on this earth, I would still LOVE GOD! He's been too good to me, really! You'd have to know me personally to understand that statement.

Loving God goes beyond not wanting to go to hell, for me. I want to meet my maker. I want to meet The Maker of Heaven and Earth. I want to see God, who loved me so much that He sent His only son to die for me, and kept seeing me through despite all of my sinful ways, despite the fact that I didn't deserve it. Oh yes, I would love Him anyway. :)

You said it prefectly Pebbles.

I love the Lord for being God, for loving me not because there is a chance of hell but because HE is Lord

blazingthru
06-11-2009, 07:23 AM
This is a good question. At first I was scared to death of Hell and all it involves and so I was searching to find ways to avoid it. Later in my life I searched to learn who God is and whats it all about ( I still had the fear inside) but it changed I started knowing God more and more and Hell became less of an interest to me and then seeking God and wisdom and I started loving God, I started seeing all that he has done for me. and how he rescued me so many times without me asking him or appreciating what he did for me. It was then I was broken. No matter what I have done he still loved me and still cared about me like no other and I could now give me entire heart to God. so if there was no hell I still would continue to love God and continue to search out ways to please him.

Laela
06-14-2009, 08:49 PM
Oh, Absolutely :clap:

His Love is so amazing...I have an unquenchable thirst to always be in his presence~!

january noir
06-14-2009, 08:51 PM
Yes I would. :yep:

Nice & Wavy
06-14-2009, 08:52 PM
"Though He will slay me...yet will I trust Him!"

I would love Him because He is love...without Him...there is no love!

TrustMeLove
06-14-2009, 09:00 PM
Pebbles initial post about wha Jesus did is critical for me...Chris Tomlin has some lyrics in a song about He became sin who knew no sin so that we might become his righteousness. He humbled himself and carried the cross. Love so amazing..Love so amazing..

That is enough for me to want to serve and love God. Beyond that...He's God...he created me...why wouldn't I be what he wanted me to be..he is the creator....And honestly...I don't take any real pleasure in doing worldly dirt. I look at some of this stuff and I see folks go through the consequences and I'm like OOOOO That's why God said not to do that....I get it. :yep:

Ramya
06-15-2009, 01:13 PM
My devotion to God has absolutely nothing to do with fear of hell. I love Him because there is NO greater love than what He did for me. He is a loving, caring God. How could I not love Him? :nono:

GV-NA-GI-TLV-GE-I
06-15-2009, 02:00 PM
Probably more...because we'd not be in a fallen state. I wouldn't love G-d if I could never sense His Presence.