God is love, and to know Him is to love Him. For “we love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).1 This knowledge is crucial to our salvation. As Jesus says, life eternal is knowing the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom He sent (John 17:3). Tragically most humans do not know Him and therefore do not know that He is love. They have accepted the picture of Him painted and presented by Satan, a picture of one “whose chief attribute is stern justice—one who is a severe judge, a harsh, exacting creditor” “watching with jealous eye to discern the errors and mistakes of men, that He may visit judgments upon them.”2

Ellen White equates this misunderstanding of God’s character to darkness: “It is the darkness of misapprehension of God that is ... »
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