Love and Bliss
by Terrell Perkins
There are those who claim they know “the secret key” to understanding the scriptures. There is indeed a key that unlocks the scriptures and in some respects it is a secret…at least to some people. Do you want to know the key to understanding the scriptures? It’s love. Every page, every paragraph, every word, every punctuation flows with Gods love for His children. That the scriptures exist is proof of Gods love. He created us out of love. He gave us His law out of love for us. He allowed His only begotten son to become one of us, to suffer pain, humiliation and death at the hands of human beings out of His love for mankind.
The problem arises when we misunderstand what love is and what it is not. Love is NOT just what we feel…love is what we DO. Scriptures tell us the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness. The fruits of the spirit are all qualities about dealing with someone else. Bliss is most commonly confused with love because bliss feels good. Bliss isn’t bad as long as it is not mistaken for spiritual growth. We can experience bliss while looking at a beautiful sunset or experiencing a “perfect moment.” Just like there are counterfeit gospels, there are also counterfeits for love. Bliss can also be a counterfeit for love. In Eastern and New Age religions bliss is often mistaken for love.
Bliss can be a counterfeit love for “spiritual” people. Bliss is what those who are…”
(This is an excerpt from the Jan-Feb 2015 edition of The Sabbath Sentinel)
To read the rest of this article, which starts on page 11, click this link: http://biblesabbath.org/media/TSS_2015_Jan-Feb.pdf