Love is the fundamental difference between heaven and hell. What does the conflict over love show about God and Satan?  

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4 thoughts on “The Screwtape Letters | Letter Nineteen

  1. It shows that God loves us and wants our relationship with him to be for eternity. Satan uses love for his own gain and when done, we are just thrown away.

  2. The love of God is all encompassing and is the attribute that gives us the ability to know that we can come to him and be forgiven of our transgressions when we ask of forgiveness. Satan on the other hand has no love for us and is only interested in us to lead us away from God and forgiveness by making us believe that what we have done can not be forgiven by God.

  3. Love is a contradiction to Satan. He feels it’s completing opposite of God’s definition of love (like in 1 Corinthians 13:4). “Nobody can love…it doesn’t make sense.” Screwtape thinks love isn’t sustainable. God believes love endures all things. Screwtape’s attempt is to make man think love is not real.

  4. According to John, “God is love” (1John 4:16) that is what he is not simply what he does. It is also important to note from 1 Corinthians 13 love is directed outward. Satan promotes selfishness above all. From this one perspective you can quickly see the magnitude of this conflict.

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