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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 13 2013: God is DOG looking in the mirror, laughing at the stupidity of humans...who got it all backwards. Heaven isn't in the clouds, it was here on Earth, until we got it confused with hell. That disconnect has allows us to turn heaven (Earth) into hell by destroying nature and thus ourselves.... A Rod Sterling story of unparalleled consequence.
    • Oct 13 2013: what is to be done about the madness?
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      Oct 13 2013: Hello Craig,
      I don't think a God of Love would be "laughing at the stupidity of humans", although I'm sure God laughs.
      However, God probably rests assured that the divine laws set in motion provide a way for humans to wake up in consciousness and find the way back - perhaps particularly since The Way of Christ Consciousness has been so well demonstrated. Of course, this includes the possibility of things getting a lot worse before humans 'reach their point of enoughness' and use a crisis as a catalyst for evolution in consciousness.
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        Oct 14 2013: Hi Joshua,
        May I ask you where the "way of Christ consciousness' Manifests?

        Seems to me there has been far more domination and control emphasized than love thy neighbor....Certainly far more evidence of it....
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          Oct 14 2013: I would say the 'way of Christ Consciousness manifests' in principally two ways.
          1). Through people doing their best to compassionately help others in need
          2). Through people doing their best to keep their own minds open and free (from ideological control-and-domination thinking).

          Part of the problem might also stem from the mis-translation of "Love thy neighbour as thyself" which I think (according to the Gospel of Thomas) is more correctly translated as "Love thy neighbour as part of thyself", thereby emphasising unity, rather than separation.

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