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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 Christians repent for the failures of Christianity to live up to Christ's commands in Church history? [closed]

Looking back at church history, the Universal Church has failed miserably at keeping Christ’s command when it comes to all Christians. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just ...
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Why don’t I feel anything (gratefulness etc.) when people talk about how great God’s love for us is? [closed]

During a sermon, the pastor said something about how grateful we should be that God’s love is so great that he would die for us. He talked more about how much God loved us to even come back for us (in ...
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Should we gloat at the people that God does not love? [closed]

Should we gloat at the people that God does not love, given that we do not love those people, especially if God does not love them because we do not (which may sound a little presumptuous)? Is that a ...
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Why do bad things happen to the innocent?

OK, so to start, I searched this topic on the exchange and found no answers that were satisfying. I am not questioning God, I just have a hard time coming to terms with why bad things happen to the ...
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Will God love those whom He'll punish eternally? [closed]

According to the hymn The Love of God, God's love "reaches to the lowest hell": The love of God is greater far Than tongue or pen can ever tell; It goes beyond the highest star, And reaches ...
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Did Jesus believe and teach that God loved all people?

Jesus was raised as a Jew in a Jewish culture. All Jewish male children, starting at age 5, were taught the Torah and were required to memorized parts of Torah, along with how to read and write. ...
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Are all Christians expected to have a "positively meaningful and reciprocal conscious relationship" with God?

For context, I'd recommend reading first the answers to What exactly would count as a "positively meaningful and reciprocal conscious relationship" between a person and a God? on Philosophy ...
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Why is it rational to love my enemies?

Matthew 5:44 KJV But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; In Buddhism, it is ...
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Loving my neighbour's enemy

The New Testament is very clear that Christians should love their enemy and turn the other cheek. Similarly, Christians should defend others and stand up against injustice. These things are somewhat ...
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Where else is anything to be prized above life to be found in the Old Testament?

According to Psalms 63:4 in the NAB: For your love is better than life; my lips shall ever praise you! Now, according to the commentary contained therein: For your love is better than life: only ...
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St. Faustina on the measure of the love of God in the soul

In entry (774) of her Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, St. Faustina writes: "... in the spiritual life, suffering is the thermometer which measures the love of God in a soul." The complete ...
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Why is there no cross-reference to Deut 5:9-10 on the loving nature of God the Father , in the New Testament?

We read in Deut 5:9-10 : ..for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to ...
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What is the Catholic understanding of what "God is Love" means according to the four senses of scripture?

Until reading Dr. Peter Kreeft's Socratic Logic chapter on definitions, I had no idea that "God is Love" (1 John 4:16) is a metaphor. Quote from Section 4 (The limits of definition) page ...
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It is possible to understand the love of God by logical implications?

I think the love of God can just be felt by the Holy Spirit, but am I able to verify His love by reading the Bible and studying His personality using basic logic (implications and equivalences)? I get ...
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What is an overview of Christian spiritual practices for cultivating and increasing love over time?

Love is, without question, the most fundamental virtue and principle of Christianity. The Apostle John makes this very clear: 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever ...
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Scriptural support - Measuring our salvation, God's love and blessings

Please help me with scriptural support for the following: “Be careful not to measure your holiness "salvation" by other people's sins.” - Martin Luther In the same way, if we measure God's ...
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Would it be possible to get married in church and in a mosque if I am Catholic and my girlfriend is Muslim? (have two weddings) [duplicate]

Would it be an invalid marriage or is there a possibility that we can both show and make our marriage legal before God?
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Do we love the world in the same way that Jesus loved the world?

John 3:16 says, For God So Loved the world... My question is, is it appropriate to say we should love the world as He did? When researching this question all I get back are articles about NOT loving ...
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Exactly what does “to love” mean for the Catholic Church?

God is Love. Where there is Love, there God is for sure. When we love, we make God present. Where there is no love, there is hatred. True Love is always of the same nature, whether it is for your ...
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Is Satan capable of love?

Is Satan capable of love? It does not matter what name we give to the leader of the fallen angels: Satan, Lucifer or the Devil. What I desire to know is if the leader of the fallen angels, commonly ...
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How do Trinitarians deal with imbalances in their relationship with each Person of the Trinity?

This is a practical question. According to Trinitarianism, three distinct Persons form the Godhead: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In principle, they are all just one God, but in practice ...
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Why is "Fearing the Lord" equated to loving Him?

This question is probably more directed an Old Testament pattern of a description of our attitude towards the Lord. I equate "fear" more closely with "hate". For example today ...
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Are there philosophical explanations for why God would allow animals to suffer due to non-human causes?

I just finished watching CosmicSkeptic's video titled Christianity's Biggest Problem, in which Alex O'Connor, the owner of the channel, presents the problem of animal suffering as the biggest ...
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What is the difference between "love" and "worship"? Do "love God" and "worship God" mean the same thing?

I've never quite understood the concept of worship and how it differs from the concept of love. Are worship and love the same thing? Or is worship = love + something else? If someone loves God, does ...
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Did God change from a wrathful God to a loving God between Old Testament and New Testament?

This question is mainly to the evangelical Christians and Bible believing Christians, who believe that God doesn't change and His nature is Love. The Old Testament is filled with accounts that ...
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Can someone look into a mirror and not liking what he or she sees be capable of loving his neighbour?

The greatest command is to love your neighbor as yourself... ??
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Do you think Satan needs Jesus’ love and forgiveness as much we do? [closed]

Would the devil’s acceptance of Jesus as the Sovereign will accelerate the return of His coming?
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According to Catholicism, are we deserving or worthy of God's love in any way?

We are just dust in this infinite universe. We are sinners. We do crimes against humanity. God even sent his only begotten son for us to look over the vineyard. We scourged Him, judged Him and ...
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Why does God not love Satan if He tell us to love our enemies to be as His Children (Luke 6:35-36)? [closed]

If we have to be forgiving and love our enemies to follow The Nature of God The Father and be as His Children, then why doesn't He love His own enemy, Satan? Matthew 5:44-45 King James Version (KJV) ...
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John 3:16 vs 1 John 2:15

Why does the bible say in John 3:16 that "For God so loved the world" but 1 John 2:15 says "Love not the world". If God Himself loved the world, why shouldn't we love the world?
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According to Calvin, how can God be loving if he created people to go to hell?

I struggle with John Calvin writing that God created people to go to the lake of fire (Institues, Volume 3, Chapter 21, Section 5). How could a loving, merciful, and gracious God create people so that ...
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In Reformed theology, what exactly does the doctrine of "limited atonement" actually assert?

I have found it difficult to understand precisely what Reformed circles mean in the "doctrine of Limited/Definite Atonement / Particular Redemption". Descriptions or statements of the ...
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Has anybody heard the word "beatified love"? Is there a biblical passages or traditions to support this word?

I encounter the word "beatified love" in a comment in other channels and it said that beatified love is higher than beatific vision which a soul can experience in the heavenly kingdom. What am I ...
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How can I know that GOD really loves me? [duplicate]

How can I know that GOD really loves me? Where in the Bible does it say that? I hear preachers always saying this but where can I go and read this and get a full understand that HE loves me and wants ...
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Can we better love others by loving God? Catholicism

Background Jn 13:34 has higher standard of love than Lev 19:18, but that's fine because Jesus quoted Lev 19:18 along with Dt 6:5. Indeed, when asked for the greatest commandment, Jesus gave two ...
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How does Catholicism contradict Brene Brown? (Lev 19:18) Practical implications?

My background: 4 years undergraduate in Catholic university including 3 unit Theology course on sex, love and marriage with M Scott Peck readings. Recently been following Brene Brown who says 'We can ...
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What does "one another" mean in John 13:35?

In John 13:35 it states: By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. which is very commonly put in sing-song format as: They will know we are ...
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Is God more just than he is love? (Catholic perspective)

I am wondering how Christians see God. I hear many Christians say God is love, but is also just. But I ask them, how can he be love if he is also just? So two attributes God has given himself are ...
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How do Catholics understand Matthew 10:37?

Matthew 10:37 Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me Suppose there is someone (Mr.X, ...
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Does the love of God fulfil the Law, or keep the Law, or both? (Reformed view)

"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." (John 14:15, ESV / NASB) There seem to be at least two opposing interpretations of Jesus' above statement, and similar Scripture, namely the following:...
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According to Reformed theology, does God show special favor to some believers?

I am looking for answer from a reformed theology perspective. I know that there are verses in the Bible that God does not show favor. But at the same time there has been many instances where the son ...
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What is the Calvinist view of Christians with different levels of loving God?

A) Scripture says no force or power can separate us from the Love of God. "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that God loves individuals? [duplicate]

I need to find a Bible verse that states that God loves me as a person, as an individual. Many verses refer to God's love for the world, for the church, for the nation. No verse specifically says that ...
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How does scripture suggest "How Can I Love God More"? [closed]

One of the key concepts of Christianity is loving God. How does the bible define "loving God", and importantly, how to develop a deep love for God?
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Nature of Agape (Catholic)

Agape is usually defined as the love that Jesus had for us from the cross. Does agape contain affection for others whom the agape is directed to? Please answer according to Catholic understanding.
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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