Love seems to be quite the unusual issue for debate. However, it seems to be the core issue of so much of how we treat theological issues. From Rob Bell’s Love Wins to evangelistic methods of Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron, the way we are called to love one another as Christians has many manifestations and implications.
In his book Jesus: The Only Way to God, John Piper begins with this assumption: we must define the way we love as Christians by how the Bible defines it. Afterall, if we are to believe that “God is love,” it would stand to reason that the testimony of Scripture would tell us how God’s actions spell out that love to the world.
Admittedly, this perspective is offensive, even to many who consider themselves Christian. At the heart of the way the Bible exhorts us to love is the exclusivity of Christ as the only way to become reconciled to God both now and for eternity. To teach otherwise, Piper exclaims, is to not love at all.
This is a great book to read no matter where you are on the debate. It is a short book, but it is very thorough in addressing passages of Scripture that are often used in this conversation.