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How is it possible that God is 'Love'?

Everything in the natural world, or even the known universe, is competitive. Kill or be killed. Eat or be eaten. Human's most successful means of progress is competition. Win or lose. Succeed or get left behind. Do or die. Even stars and planets are created by violent fusion. Only the strong and competent - in any system - survive. Yet, we 'believe' that God is 'Love'. But where in the natural world is 'love'? Where in the universe is this love? Since we cannot 'see' it or identify it outside of human experience, and if it exists, where is it? Surely if God is Love, then His/Her creation should reflect it, shouldn't it? But all I see is violence. The wolf kills the deer. The bear kills the fish. The croc eats the human. The virus attacks the cell. The star explodes. Why have all of the major religions concluded that God is love? It seems obvious that God is not love, but God is 'Survival', or God is 'Violence', or God is 'Victory'. Because if God were love, then everything would be lovers, and the animals would commune, and the planets would 'birth', and our human problems would be centered around getting something done and getting out of bed because we'd be too busy loving each other - not killing each other. So, how is it possible that God is 'Love'?

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    Oct 11 2013: Why do you say all major religions conclude this? Which faiths other than Christianity include this belief?
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      Oct 12 2013: Hello again Fritzie. I would say that Buddhists 'love' creation in their respect for all living things. Moslems 'love' God and those who love God. Jews find love through God's magnificence. They all promote love of one another in various fashions as a basic tenet. This is (very clumsily) how I attribute it.
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        Oct 12 2013: I understand that religions talk about love and that those who practice these faiths, as well as those that don't, feel and express love- most for nature, some for God, for neighbors, and so forth. I had misunderstood your claim and thank you for clarifying.
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          Oct 13 2013: I am working through it myself. Thnx again.

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