Questions tagged [love]

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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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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Should we love Satan since he is our greatest enemy? [closed]

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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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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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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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? [closed]

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 does it ...
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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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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 love ...
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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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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 is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Christian description of “self-love” (from Matthew 22) [closed]

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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In Reformed theology, what exactly does the doctrine of “limited atonement” actually assert?

I have found it quite confusing to try and understand what traditional Reformed circles mean precisely in their doctrine of "limited/definite atonement"/"particular redemption", especially as not all ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...