Relating to the biblical concept of love, usually translated from the Greek words - Agape (God's love), Philos (Brotherly love), or Eros (Romantic Love).

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Should we love Satan since he is our greatest enemy?

Jesus asked us to love our enemy Mat 5:43-44: 43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,...
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What is the scriptural basis for “Love God and do whatever you please”?

This quote has been attributed to St. Augustine, referring to what he said in a sermon on 1 John 4:4-12: See what we are insisting upon; that the deeds of men are only discerned by the root of ...
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Does God hate Sinners like he hates Sin? [closed]

I've heard it a thousand times, God loves the sinner but hates the sin. Recently I came across a verse in Psalms 5:5 Psalm 5:5 (KJV) The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all ...
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The Greatest Commandment - Loving God with all our 1) heart, 2) soul, and 3) strength [closed]

Jesus highlights Deuteronomy 6:5 as the greatest commandment in the law. This commandment highlights three aspects of loving God, specifically with our hearts, our souls, and our strengths. Love ...
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What does Paul mean by “Love believes all things?” [closed]

In 1 Corinthians Paul says Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:7, ESV) This has long puzzled me from a couple of angles. First,...
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Biblical basis for God's egalitarian love

What is the biblical basis for the idea that God loves everyone equally? Equally meaning he doesn't love someone more or less than anyone else?
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Is this distinction of biblical “love” terminology compatible with scripture?

I very frequently hear repeated that there are three Greek words (or word-groups, more precisely) that are translated into the same English word "love"; the words being ἀγάπη, φιλíα, and ἔρως. ἔρως is ...
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Does the Bible make a distinction between Christian and secular love?

John makes this startling claim in his first epistle. 1 John 4:7-8 (NIV) 7  Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows ...
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Does God love unconditionally? [closed]

Like the title, does God love forever, unconditionally? I can't think of a being who is supposed to be more loving than God, so this is kind of a big question for me.
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What is the Biblical basis for “hate the sin, love the sinner”?

The expression "hate the sin, love the sinner" gets thrown about in both Christian and non-Christian circles, but it does not seem to be a bible verse. What Biblical concepts support this popular ...
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How is love greater than faith? [closed]

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV) 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Sola-fide states that faith alone brings salvation. In this oft-quoted verse,...
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Does the Catholic Church rank the cardinal virtues?

The three theological virtues which serve as the basic foundation for all others are faith, hope, and love. The cardinal virtues which build upon them are temperance, justice, wisdom, and courage. ...
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What is the non-abstract definition of love according to the Bible? [closed]

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)  4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,...
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Do Calvinists believe that God does not love the world, but only the elect?

I seem to remember hearing somewhere that at least some Calvinists believe that, contrary to what seems to be a literal reading of John 3:16 and other verses, that God, in fact, does not love the ...
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Did Hosea love Gomer the prostitute?

Hosea (NLT) 1:2-3 When the LORD first began speaking to Israel through Hosea, he said to him, "Go and marry a prostitute, so that some of her children will be conceived in prostitution. This ...
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What is meant by “love covers over a multitude of sins”?

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” (1 Pet 4:8, NKJV) Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins. (Prov 10:12, NKJV) What ...
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Do people have the ability to truly love God, without God guiding them into loving him? [closed]

From this answer: Secondly, men do not hate God because of the world he created, they hate God because he is good and they are not. However consciously or unconsciously, they hate him because he ...
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What does Love Mean? [closed]

1 John 4:7 NIV Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever loves has been born of God? I'm pretty confident that the ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that God likes or feels affection toward us?

To some people, and even to Christians at times, it seems difficult to believe that the all-powerful Creator of the Cosmos likes or feels affection for humans personally. This was the topic of a ...
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According to Catholicism, does saying “God loves everyone equally” mean that God *likes* everyone equally?

I have question about God's love: When, in the Catholic Church, we say "God loves everyone equally", is it same as "God likes each of us to the same extent, and He loves us equally by His action"? or ...
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How does Jesus show love by suffering?

I wonder, how does the suffering of Jesus/God show love? I do not believe that Jesus suffered to forgive our sins. If God is love, God doesn't need to make a terrible sacrifice to forgive our sins. ...
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Can humans fall in love with each other in heaven? [closed]

How does falling in love work in heaven? Do we still fall in love? Is it possible to fall in love with more than one person? Or are we set to love just one person or none at all? Are intimate ...
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From a non-Trinitarian perspective, how is love explained as an attribute of God?

The Scriptures seem to assert that love is an attribute of God--that it is part of His essence that has existed from all eternity, even before there were any other creatures. Anyone who does not ...
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Does God hate unborn children?

Did God hate unborn Esau? Romans 9:11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad ... 13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” How does this square ...
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Why is the Bible seemingly silent on the love which the God the Son has for God the Father? [closed]

I assume that each member of the Godhead loves each other member of the Godhead. God is, after all, love (1 John 4:8 and 16). The Gospels are quite explicit regarding the love which God the Father ...
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Will we still feel affection towards others when we are in heaven?

I know that heaven is all about love. But in Catholic church, we distinguish love (will) and affection (emotion). In our day to day lives, love is often accompanied by affection - but will this be the ...
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How is a Christian supposed to fear God when “there is no fear in love” (1 John 4:18)? [closed]

In both the Old and New Testaments, we are commanded to "fear the Lord". Fear the Lord your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. Deuteronomy 10:20 ESV Honor ...
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What's the big deal about God's love by allowing Jesus to die and resurrect? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is Christ's death so significant? I actually expect lots of downvotes for this question as it's close to blasphemy and fear it will be closed. But with a purely ...
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Christian description of “self-love” (from Matthew 22)

Matthew 22: 39 And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself. Self love, esteem, worth, etc are matters of the spirit and personality - that are ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, do our fallen, finite nature and our relationship with God set us up for abusive relationships in this life?

We are created in the image and likeness of God, and are therefore acting in accordance with our true nature when we strive for self-emptying love, as we imitate God and Christ in so striving. ...
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Is there a commandment to love your parents?

In Exodus 20:12 or Deuteronomy 5:16 (i.e. in the ten commandments), it states that you should honour your father and mother. I have often heard that we are commanded to love our parents: is this just ...
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What is the difference between Lust and Love in the heart?

How does one know the difference between Lust and Love? For example (Hypothetically speaking, of course):•if someone has sex before marriage but they have true love only God knows if it's sin or not. ...
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What is so appealing about Christianity? [closed]

Early Christianity soon after Jesus’ death, in spite of the whole powerful world being against the first believers, kept spreading rapidly in that region. More so because up to the point of Jesus' ...
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Love your Neighbor as Yourself vs Love Your Pet as Yourself [closed]

How do Christians justify: spending money on pet food while homeless people starve In the Bible, the two greatest commandments are Matthew 22:36-40 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest ...
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Why do Mark's and Luke's quotations of the Greatest Commandment have four different words instead of three? [closed]

In both Mark's and Luke's accounts of Jesus identification of the Greatest Commandment, they lists four different words rather than three, which Matthew lists and the Deuteronomy passage which they ...
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Is Christ's love for us greater than the Father's? [closed]

The Father's love for us: See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it ...
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What is the Old Testament basis for the position that God is a God of love, compassion, and mercy?

Love, compassion and mercy are typically associated with the God of the New Testament, while the God of the Old Testament is typically associated with judgment and vengeance. However, the Bible also ...
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When we forgive our offenders, does it mean we do not want God to punish them anymore?

On of the biggest issues i have had with easily forgiving is because of some (ill advised?) thought that doing so automatically exempts the person from punishment, i know its naive, but when one is ...
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Does anyone know where CS Lewis said (or maybe implied) the following…?

"Several times, then, Lewis suggests that heaven will be a place where thinking and experiencing come together. On earth we think about what love is; in heaven Love is a Person we can experience. On ...
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Can these three “2nd greatest commandments” be put into one sentence? [closed]

I was playing my homemade Catholic Jeopardy with the Faith Formation class last night and I asked. "What is the 2nd greatest commandment". The kids were all like, "umm obey your parents", "Don't ...
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Aquinas' understanding of love - is it desire?

St. Thomas Aquinas' definition of love is "to will the good of another" - is it same as defining love as "to desire the good of another"? According to Aquinas, does "loving" always require "desire ...
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Phileo/Storge love in God and heaven?

My friend and I were talking about the four types of love the Greeks distinguished, and my friend said God's love is purely Agape. But doesn't God wants to be friend with each of us? And doesn't God ...
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What is the difference between “love one another” and “love your neighbour”?

How have “love one another” and “love your neighbour” been traditionally compared or harmonized? The former occurs in the Gospel and Epistles of John, which never say “love your neighbour”. The ...
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Who is an “enemy” in the context of this video?

In the video The Mission of CBI Japan and The Gospel Coalition at approximately 1:25, there's a reference to obeying Christ's call to "love your enemies." (Related question) I'm a bit confused as to ...
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Total Depravity vs the Rich Man

If I understand "Total Depravity" from Calvinism -- apart from God's grace, there is nothing good within us -- we are miserable, evil creatures. In light of this, I have some questions about the rich ...
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Does the nature of God's love for us include what we humans would call “constant, strong, and genuine affection”? (Catholic)

I know that God "loves" me, but does the nature of God's love include what we humans would call "a constant, strong, and genuine affection"? I am asking this because in Catholic church, God's love is ...
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According to Aquinas, does “love” towards something always bring “desire” towards that something?

According to Thomas Aquinas, does "love" towards something always bring "desire" towards that something?
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In what way does God derive pleasure from us? [closed]

Philippians 2:13: For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. I understand that this question deals with infinite concepts and it's impossible for us to ...
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Constructive ways to pursue a relationship (with a partner/spouse)? [closed]

As a single man I find it difficult to meet people, not only with good values, but who share my faith. I struggle with finding environments in which mingle with eligible people that may actually lead ...
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Where does the concept of “unconditional love toward others” come from?

What tradition or theology does the concept of "unconditional love toward others" derive from, and how is it reconciled with the need of repentance for absolution along with a similar process for ...