Does It Mean God No Longer Love Us?

In Romans 8:35, Paul asks several questions:

Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?

Romans 8:35 (NLT)

These are questions that I have asked myself at times. Perhaps you have as well when your life seems to be moving from one crisis to another or perhaps it just seems to be one big ongoing issue. You go up for prayer, people quote scripture to you and tell you that if you believe, the problem will go away. The problem is... sometimes it doesn't. This is when everyone, including you seems to start looking for a reason.

We decide it must be one of two things:

  1. God's Word is wrong.
  2. Something is wrong with you.

Since we're Christians, we hopefully reject the first one immediately so in our minds, that must mean number two is correct, never recollecting Paul's answer to question number two which is found in Romans 8:37.

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

So why do we tell ourselves and/or people otherwise?

Blessings!

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Joyce Bethy Ferguson @bethy ·

I was reading a book yesterday and the author said this "Christ defends the Christian whereas satan accuses.

Seems at times we can't help accusing ourselves and others.


John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

Good blog K but the verse chosen in the translation is wrong for the Greek never suggests that God stops loving us. The thrust of Paul's writing is asking can anything or someone separate us from Gods love. Unfortunately Paul is not suggesting that God stops loving us ever.

The KJV and NASB and NIV translate the original Greek correctly as Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?.

The NLT version bothers me for it is conveying the possibility that God can stop loving us.

wmj

John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

I agree with all that you wrote and no your American english is fine and you did not write poorly. My gripe is that the NLT version is not the best translation of the Greek. Love reading your blogs as always.

wmj