In a paper I am writing I am trying to find a good word to describe that love (and compassion?) are inherent in every human being, and preferably that it comes from The Divine. According to Catholic doctrine can one state

which in itself demonstrates the immanence of love and compassion in the human soul

is this an accurate description? Or is immanence an attribute that can only belong to God, or in this or some other way, is this heresy or too bold?

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    I don't understand what you're talk about. Also, Christians generally reject the idea that everyone is basically good. – curiousdannii Oct 17 '14 at 4:50
  • @curiousdannii The question is not if love comes from God, it is, is immanence a proper word to describe its presence in humans. – The Floating Brain Oct 17 '14 at 4:51
  • Maybe you should ask on English Language & Usage instead. – curiousdannii Oct 17 '14 at 4:52
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    @curiousdannii It is a theological question of the word's proper use with respect to Christianity. In other words can we say a human has a immanent attribute from God, or can we only say God has immanent attributes, in which case is it to bold to say that humans have such attributes. We know love comes from God, but is this the right word theologically? – The Floating Brain Oct 17 '14 at 4:53
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    I think you want to say, "..demonstrates the innate love and compassion...", or perhaps "inherent". Whether that's actually an accurate statement is a different question (though I think it is; I think the fall marred but didn't erase the image of God). As Jesus said, even those "who are evil, know how to give good gifts to [their] children"). – user32 Oct 17 '14 at 6:50

IMMANENCE Presence or operation within someone or something. Total "within-ness." As an operation, an immanent act begins within and remains within the person whom it perfects in the process. Thus acts of reflection and love are immanent acts of a human being. They may, of course, have effects outside the mind and will, but essentially they arise within and stay within the faculties by which they are produced. (Etym. Latin immanere, to remain in, hold to.)
Source: Dictionary: IMMANENCE | Catholic Culture

For a detailed treatment on immanence, please see Immanence | New Advent.

Can one say , 'that love (and compassion?) are inherent in every human being?'

From the definition above, love ( = to will good to someone1), as an immanent act, is an operation [of the will], one must want to do that immanent act, therefore to say it is inherent in every human being would not be correct.

1. cf. LOVE | Catholic Culture.

Note: Heresy does not factor.

Perhaps for your paper you meant to state, 'everyone has the capacity of ...', which is a different topic altogether.

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