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We are told that God so loved the world. We are also told not to love the world. How can we do both?

Is God contradicting Himself?

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John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
God made the world and all that is therein.
Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Adam, by his disobedience, brought sin and death into the world.
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
God intends to fill the world with his glory in the form of men and women raised from the dead and given the divine nature.
Numbers 14:21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.
Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
They will be made equal to the angels and God will dwell in them.
Luke 20:34-36 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: 35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: 36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
This present world is not the world that God intends it to be. The world that God loves is being put together with men and women from each generation who love and obey him. When the number is made up God will send Jesus Christ back to establish the kingdom of God upon earth and judge the world in righteousness.
Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
The world that God created has gone astray from him. The people in this world are dead in trespasses and sin and in need of saving; unless they obtain forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ they die and perish forever.
Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death...
God’s love for the world as he intends it to be is manifested in that through the sacrifice of his son he has provided a way of redemption for those in the world who will believe and obey the gospel.
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened (made alive), who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Jesus’ first coming was not to judge the world but to save it.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
Salvation is preached in the gospel.
1 Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
Jesus’ second coming will be to judge the world.
2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick (living) and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
If we love the world as it is and participate in its evil ways we will die; but if we forsake this world and seek the world that is to come; when Christ returns we will be raised from the dead to eternal life.
James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
It is a matter of life or death for those in this world to hear and obey the gospel.
Mark 16:15-16And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned (condemned).
I hope you have found this helpful.
God bless,
Glenn
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