Recently in a church meeting our High Priest Group Leader made a fascinating admission. He said he had become convinced that God did not love everybody unconditionally. In his view, the manifestation of God’s love comes in the form of blessings, and because blessings are not distributed equally in this life, he concluded that God’s love must be conditional. I was shocked. I mentioned the many near-death experiences I had read in which those who have come in contact with God and then return to mortality are consistently overwhelmed by the intensity, completeness, and unconditional nature of His love. The great punishment after this life, it seems, is self inflicted as we shrink from the presence of The God of Love and accept that we, having chosen to live without Him in this world, must continue to live without Him in the next. Tasting of His love and then not being able to experience it is at the core of the great disappointment we call hell. And even though there are many scriptural examples where God’s true followers received trials which led them to Him, it seems we spend a lot of time praying to avoid trials, which we tend to view as the opposite of blessings. We pray for easy, abundant lives. That is why the faux Gospel of Blessings is so dangerous.
“If any man come to me, and hate … his own life also; or in other words, is afraid to lay down his life for my sake, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26, JST)
My view of God is the complete opposite. He offers His love freely to all who will receive it. When we receive it we worship Him. We can only feel His love when we are feeling humble and combine that meekness with faith. What we consider blessings are typically distractions that turn our hearts away from God. A subtle counterfeit for the celestial Gospel of Love, the Gospel of Blessings rewards its followers with spiritual blindness and retardation.