Today we talk about love and being loved by God. Should we think that “Jesus died for me, so the least I can do for Jesus is love and obey him”? Gregg suggests that we compare this view with someone what might be a realistic response if you believed that someone had saved your life or the life of your child: Would you respond by loving and obeying that person? John proposes something different.
The discussion moves on to consider the goodness of God relative to the typical Christian understanding that those who reject God merit eternal punishment. How can we see God as good if we embrace this view?
Next, with reference to Francis Chan’s Crazy Love, Gregg focuses on the nature of love. What does it mean to ‘understand’ love? Gregg suggests that love is foremost a relational reality to be experienced versus an idea to be grasped.
We end by considering why John does not experience God’s love.
This episode looks at Chapter Two of Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. In light of Kyle Idleman’s view that Christianity must “cost us” and that authentic Christianity is marked by Jesus “interfering” with our lives, John opens the question of what constitutes Christian commitment.
So we explore Idleman’s view that Nicodemus, while being impressed by Jesus’ love, remained only a fan (which cost Nicodemus nothing). Gregg disagrees: Can we remain untouched by love? And how does the notion of “interference” fit within a love relationship—do my children mostly “interfere” with my life, or is there a better way of seeing the matter?
We go on to consider believing in God versus following God, and so discuss the implications for monotheistic Jews “believing” that Jesus was the son of God compared the implications for us believing the same thing today.
Bringing together the question of Christian belief or commitment and the idea that Christianity involves a love relationship with God, Gregg argues that Christianity is not about reward (going to heaven) or punishment (going to hell). We examine this by contrasting love and the experience of love—as a law written upon the heart—with an orientation to God that stems from will and duty.