Does God love everyone? It’s kind of a difficult question to answer given the various ideas that we have about Gods love. You will find some who believe that God’s love is conditional and others who will say it is unconditional providing that proof in their testimonials. But, how does the Bible deal with and express the love of God?
The Bible doesn’t always express God’s unconditional love. There are some accounts of God being all loving toward humanity especially in the person of Christ, but what about the “God of the Old Testament (Old Covenant)?” Is God all loving toward humanity? Not exactly, in fact strict rules were set in place for the people of those days and probably wasn’t easy to keep every singing one of them, yet it dealt with the works of their hands, not necessarily the core of man which is the heart. There’s a verse in particular that says “Jacob I’ve loved but Esau I’ve hated” (I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. (Malachi 1:2-3 ) Wow, not exactly a loving God on display there, right? I’ve often thought that because of the generation of those people and the reality of Christ having not been manifest to them yet, maybe there had to be a deeper line drawn for sin & iniquity, very different from now where God seeks the heart of men to refine them through our Lord Jesus. God has called us in a sense to a higher standard of living. The heart is the seat of emotions and the engine that runs our motives. We act according to what’s in our hearts whether it is goodness or destruction.
Does/Did God hate unrighteously? Or does he deal with his enemies righteously? Let’s take examples from Sodom and Gomorrah and even Satan’s fall and conversion to the Liar and Thief. First we’ll go to Satan’s (Lucifer) fall. Isaiah 14:12-14 ESV “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star (O Lucifer , KJV translate), son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! 13 You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” Lucifer wanted to lift himself above God which would define an act of pride and when he did so, God executed judgment upon him. Because of the intentions of the Devil, God executed righteous judgment. Did God love Lucifer at one point? Yes, He did but due to disobedience Lucifer became an enemy of God via pride and unrighteousness.
God has never dealt with man out of spite. His wrath is upon the heads of those that are disobedient to His word, and despise it and his works. Ephesians 5:1-6 KJV Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Disobedience is: lack of obedience or refusal to comply; disregard or transgression (http://www.dictionary.com). There’s a standard that God has set for us, as a Father and when we refuse them we create a rift between ourselves and Him and stand under the cup of His wrath. His ways and standards are much higher than ours. Think of it this way, if you have a child whom you gave instructions to and they refuse to do them they are still you’re child but in danger of a wrathful parent unless as a parent could care less what the child does , then the child will be a bastard without moral or identity. The Lord wants us to have both moral and identity which he’s expressed through the Prophets and through His son, Jesus. “…I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.”
These standards that God has made for us are coupled into two instructions, the first one is to love Him with all of your being the second is to love your neighbor as yourself fulfilling all of the law. We don’t have to treat the instructions of the New Testament as a type of law. The new covenant preaches the grace of God (His ability to work in us by our submission to Him). He has made this lifestyle available to every single person on this earth “for God so loved the world…” And God has revealed this love through His son, Jesus whom he did create before the foundation of the whole world. So, again, does God love everyone? Yes. But, many are standing under the cup of His wrath because of their disobedience to Him. The gospel must be preached to everyone on this earth and if it is disallowed unto death, the person who refused Him will spend eternity with the one whom he did not oppose. Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them(the people) was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.