An atheist, blaspheming in a certain market-place, challenged God to show His power by striking him dead within 5 minutes.
The 5 minutes elapsed & following the tense delay, the man spoke to his audience, saying, "What did I tell you?"
An old lady standing by said, "Sir, have you any children?"
"Well," said the lady, "If one of your children handed you a knife & said, `Kill me, Daddy,' would you do it?"
"Why, no," replied the astonished man, "I love them too much."
"That is exactly why God did not strike you dead," said the lady, "He loves you too much."
- Moody Monthly. (moreillustrations.com)
Rom 5:8 (NET): "But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
"God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us." - Augustine.