Chapter 5: The redemption of Mankind - His Love
1. HIS LOVE
We see the power of God in creation. But the only way to see the love of God beyond any shadow of doubt is to see it in the cross of Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul says,
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8 - NKJ).Again we read in the Gospel of John:For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).The apostle John says:In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God has sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins (I John 4:9,10).
Here I should say that there is a great difference between mercy and love. The Quran declares that God is merciful. The Bible declares that God is love (I John 4:16).
Mr. Abd-Al-Masih in his book, Who is Allah in Islam? wrote:
Islam acknowledges Allah to be the merciful one. Perhaps you may ask, "Is not this name, which occurs in the Quran more than any other name, equivalent to love? Are not mercy and love the same?" Perhaps an illustration can help to clarify the comparison between these two words. If a groom would say to his bride, "I have mercy on you and will marry you," what would her reaction be? She would run away from him! But if he says, "I love you, this is why I will marry you," then the relationship will be as it should be.
I repeat, God demonstrated His love toward us in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Alas, the Muslim cannot confess that God is Love, because that name is not mentioned in the Quran.