At the beginning of Eclipse, Bella and Edward have an interesting and foreshadowing discussion about Catherin and Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights. Edward can’t understand Bella’s love of the tale of two lovers who tear each other’s lives apart. Two characters who seem, in his eyes, to have not one redeeming quality between them. But then Bella says,
“I think that may be the point,” I disagreed. “Their love is their only redeeming quality.”
Re-reading this line, knowing that Meyer is using the conversation at a deeper level than two characters analyzing literature, it struck me that Bella’s statement is quite profound in the Christian context of the book. Because, really, the only redeeming quality any of us has is love. Actually, when looking at the Bible as a whole, there is no redemption without love and no love without redemption. They go hand in hand.
God love us, so he redeemed us. We love God because God loved us and redeemed us so that we can love him and love others as he loved us. Love lives in us when we live in Him and therefore, by living in Him (love), are redeemed. It’s one big webbed sphere of love and redemption clinging to each other, supporting each other, and making the sphere possible.
Sorry, I hope that made sense. It is quite a confusing and profound concept. That we are all, in essence, Catherins and Heathcliffs with only one shred of hope in us — love.
Here’s a snippet of what the Bible says on this topic:
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. ~ 1 John 4:7-21 NIV