At the age of 45, writer Regina Brett wrote a column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer listing 45 lessons that life had taught her thus far. As a breast cancer survivor, many of those lessons were learned the hard way. Five years later she added five more lessons rounding her list up to 50 and turned her popular list into a book called God Never Blinks. I found her list to be entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking. I thought I would go through each of her lessons learned and write about how that lesson has or has not come up in my own life, now that I am 40 and feel old enough to have finally learned something.
"God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do."
~ LESSON #34
Is this why you can confess your sins and be forgiven like a get out of jail free card in Monopoly? That simple? Because God inherently loves us all? He/She can't help it? Because we are all His/Her children? Just like a parent loves their child, even if they do something terrible? God loves the human, not the deeds. And that is why He/She can forgive so easily when we confess those sins?
I'm not a formal religious person. I go to different faith's services with interest and questions about why they do things the way they do. I have my own set of beliefs about a personal faith drawn from all kinds of religions and also secular ideas.
Is this lesson saying that God loves even the bad people or that God loves all well-intended people who make wrong choices because of His/Her capacity for forgiveness and caring nature? And the evil people are not loved? God hates them?
I don't get it. Maybe you can translate for me. I do know this. God doesn't love one set of athletes over another when they are competing. So when they win the game, they can thank their parents for helping them grow to success - not God.