Okay God. Here is my first question about love.
I am a sinner who is hard-wired to sin. So I cannot be around you because me and sin is to You and Jesus what kryptonite is to Superman. You cannot stand the stink of sin. So I might damage your God-ness if You come to close to me and my sin.
Which I think is weird – because that means sin is stronger than you (or being around sin would be no big deal for You). But because it is, Jesus died to wash me clean (and everyone everywhere through all time – which is so much better than Superman!) so you can love me (and ditto) without bring zapped by my (and ditto) “kryptonite sin”.
So if I (and ditto) am “saved” and have (already) been washed clean – why do I (and ditto) have to be “saved” again by saying the magic words? And then – even if I (and ditto) go and get saved (again) .. why do I have to be baptised? Because if I (and ditto) am washed clean already – why do I have to baptised to be … washed clean … again … ?
(and re-reading my question for typos – why can’t You and me just love each other without all these conditions?)
Sorry if these seem like silly questions. It’s just that just loving You and being loved by You doesn’t seem to be enough around here. Being saved (again) and being washed clean (again) – that’s how it works around here.
Is that what you mean by love, God?
No, Paul – it’s not.