Belief without love is idolatry.

They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” -2 Thessalonians 2:10b-12

Belief requires love.

I probably wouldn’t have admitted this before. I used to think that if love motivated belief, it would make the belief insincere. But belief, which I think often translates well as trust, in fact requires love. It is more than just acknowledgement of something as true. It is acknowledgement as well as commitment to it.

That’s why James writes about faith without works being dead. It’s acknowledgement of an idea without entrusting yourself to that idea. A very definition of idolatry.

But trust requires love. Why? Because even if you know something is real, if you don’t love it, you won’t trust yourself to it because you don’t think it will be good for you. You’ll actually fight against it.

Sometimes people might claim your belief to be illogical because you’re biased. You want it to be true. But that only holds as far as we’re trying to prove God’s existence scientifically. The moment we bring belief, or trust, into the equation, love is a perfectly acceptable part of the puzzle of faith. We can’t believe without it.