“…And God separated the light from the darkness.” ~Genesis 1:4
From the very beginning of the Bible, God is a God who makes distinctions and separations. The Bible presents a binary view of reality: there is truth, falsehood; good, evil; righteousness, unrighteousness; light, darkness.
This binary view of reality is not something unique to the Old Testament. God in the New Testament makes distinctions as well:
“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality…” (Galatians 5:19).
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love…” (Galatians 5:22).
According to the Bible, love is not sexual immorality; love is not lust; and lust is not the deep erotic passion between a husband and wife celebrated in Song of Solomon. Love and red-hot sexual attraction in marriage are good and lovely. Lust and sexual immorality are evil.
As Western culture becomes more influenced by pagan One-ism, we will see these boundaries blurred, melded, and obscured:
According to pagan One-ism, lust is love. The biblical separation between love and lust has been melded and obscured.
The average person objects at this point: lust isn’t a big deal. But let me explain it this way: if adultery is the lie that God cheats on people He loves, lust is the lie that God would even think about it. Lust is something horrifying and evil that strikes at the very heart of God’s character: His love, purity, holiness, covenant faithfulness, and His commitment to keep His promises in thought and in action.
Love is not lust.