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God is Love
In these chapters we discuss the following topics:
The New TestamentThe New Testament is comprised of 27 books:
God is LOVEBy now, Jesus' apostles well understood the importance of love and taught that God is love. Often times they reflected on love somewhere in their catholic letters. Ex. 1 Corinthians, 1 John, etc. The virtue of love gives us the power to return to God the love He shares with us. But, what is this love?
Hence, a true LOVE is devoid of any form of egocentrism and selfishness. According to John Macquarrie essential component of love is "letting-be". A parent for example, loves his/her child by letting the child to attain their potentialities for their independent living rather than keeping them close. By the same token, a friend loves their friend not by possessing them, manipulatiing them, dominating them, and using them for their own satisfaction, but doing everything to help them growing in freedom, empowering them, encouraging them to be the best, most free person and happiest person they can be.
John Macquarrie, Principles of Christian Theology, London : SCM Press, 1966.
Love in the above definition is comprised of three different types of love, or perhaps, three different applications of the same affection:
1) Erotic love - the physical love between husband and his wife. It further contains:
Once after her complicated surgery, a woman was thought to have died
as she fell into a deep coma. Doctors were able to save her life however,
and after she recovered a few weeks later, she described her experience
to her doctors and friends. Such experiences are clinically termed "Near
Death Experience". As she described it, one of her experiences during her
comatose state was an extremely intensive sensation of love for all beings.
Perhaps, for a moment God allowed this patient to experience the same love
He Himself feels towards us.
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