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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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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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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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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Which denominations would say that Jesus weeps for the souls in Hell?

I was reading about a girl named Angelica, who claimed to have visited Heaven and Hell. I am touched from her testimony that Jesus was weeping when they were visiting Hell. When the Lord weeps, it’s ...
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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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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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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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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 "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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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According to Catholicism, did God create humans to directly perform His Will in the physical world?

I am wondering if the following ideas/questions would be considered compatible with orthodox Catholic theology: If God is Love, if humans are made in His image, and if humans are made by Love and For ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...