little words, “I love you.” The next day Josh was at a basketball game. His reply to a friend’s offer of cheesy nachos was, “yeah man, I love nachos!” Later that evening he was pulled over for speeding on the way home. After getting off with a warning he remarked, “God must love me.” How can Josh...
What is Love?
An Examination on Love
In Canto 26 of Paradiso, blind Dante is confronted by St. John about love. Dante tells St. John that he wants God’s love. John asks Dante to be more specific in why he wants God’s love. Dante’s desire is significant because everyone desires to love and be loved...
way that leads us to be in peace not only with God but also with our neighbors. Jesus starts the Sermon on the Mount by teaching that those marginalized or persecuted for the sake of God would be redeemed Matt. (5:1-11). Jesus said that those who follow God are the ones who give taste to the world so,...
For God So Loved The World.
If you have been around the church for a while, this is a familiar text…. In fact it is the most well known text in whole entire world out of the Bible.
* I want to give you and adaptation of that verse tonight, and it goes something like this:
* For God so loved...
contrast to gods of heathen religions who are often presented as vindictive and angry beings in need of appeasement, the God of the Bible is characterized as the essence of love. “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16). Since God is love and since God is eternal, then God’s love is eternal. Moreover, since love requires...
I believe getting to know God through a personal relationship with him is the most fulfilling thing a person can do. God presents his friendship generously to all, but many people reject this because they think it lead to "religion". Having a relationship with God is simple, just as any friendship...
the church that is conducted for, with, and by young people.
The Advent message to all the world in my generation.
The love of Christ constrains me.
Loving the Lord Jesus, I promise to take an active part in the youth ministry of the church, doing what I...
the form of a long conversion with God. Through this conversion to Catholic Christianity, Augustine encounters many aspects of love. These forms of love help guide him towards an ultimate relationship with God. His restless heart finally finds peace and rest in God at the end of The Confessions. Augustine...
girl, will take something so seriously. God has made his way into my heart. And now, I can say that I live and breathe serving God. With every YFC activity, I attended with gusto. My heart fueled more every time I raise my hands up and give my thanks to God.
Before, I thought that I will just be...
Islam and Love Love is an important aspect of Islam. In the Sufi Path of Love, written by Rumi, Love is the central theme. Rumi speaks a lot
about love and its branches and ramifications. According to Rumi, Love ddominateds most of the Sufi way of life. In a translation of Sufi Path of Love written by...
Love: God’s All-Pervasive Attribute
Beyond the theist-non-theist debate is the stalemate. Little development has been made over the years in this important struggle of the philosophers of religion, who are divided into two major legions: the theists and the non-theists (also known as...
God is responsible for everything that happens in the universe – discuss
St. Augustine was walking on the seashore thinking about God’s nature when he noticed a boy doing something strange. After filling his bucket with water, the boy then poured it into a hole in the sand. He did this several times...
Since Augustine has a firm belief that human beings, born sinful, and “glued” to pleasures, are unable to reach true happiness unless they pursue God (or a better understanding of God). Writing Confessions, he tries and hopes to enlighten humanity by providing aids to find God. However...
The Theme of Love in Books VIII – XV of Augustine’s De Trinitate
The structure of Augustine’s De Trinitate conforms to the rule that “authority takes precedence over reason.” Having expounded upon the scriptural revelation of God, in the latter half of his grand exposition on the Trinity the Church...
Nirguna Bhakti, God or the Supreme power was a formless energy or force that had to be deeply felt and realized. These poets spoke of everyday activities as a service to God. They believed in love, surrender and in a universal religion.
The Saguna Bhakti tradition believed in a God who had a human...
The most wonderful expression of God in the Bible is wonderfully, correctly expressed in three beautiful words. We can find this incredible and wonderful expression in 1 John 4:8, which reads, “God is love”. It does not say that God have love for us or God loves us but He, as a person is love...
The Greatest Text in the Bible - By Dr. Harry IronsideThe Greatest Text in the
By Dr. Harry Ironside
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life"
know the love of Christ
Eph 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
• Our human minds cannot comprehend the love of God.
• It passeth knowledge and understanding.
• To be filled with all the fullness of God, you have...
Euthyphro’s thinks that his action was pious, and his definition of piety is doing what the God(s) approve of. Socrates questioned Euthyphro’s definition of action being pious and quickly asks: “is the holy loved by the gods because it is holy? Or is it holy because it is loved?” Socrates presents this premise...
question of who, what, and where God is has been addressed by numerous theologians, religious and philosophers through the centuries. This essay looks at the writings of one these thinkers, Julian of Norwich and outlines and discusses some of her central ideas on the mystery of God.
Julian of Norwich was...
1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and...
God knows, God knows I _______ to break free.
I've fallen in love
I've fallen in love for the _______ time
And this time I know it's for real
I've __________ in love, yeah
God knows, God knows I've fallen in love.
It's strange but it's true
I can't get over the way you love me like...
Without love, all other gifts is without value.
~ 1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God, and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. ~
It is God who puts desires to know Him within us. He created...
to have no value according to dominant culture are celebrated in the reign of God.
* Jesus’ commandment of love
Jesus’ commandment of love can be condensed into the primary covenantal beliefs of love of God and love of neighbour. It essentially tells us to treat others the way we wish to be treated...
relationship with God.
Faith – The supernatural virtue that we receive from God which helps us to believe in all that he has revealed through the Bible, Jesus, and the Church. Faith is necessary for salvation.
Hope – The supernatural virtue we receive that helps us to trust in God. Hope gives us confidence...
The Role of Desire/Beauty in Dante and Augustine’s Journey Into God
In both Confessions and The Divine Comedy, Augustine and Dante are depicted as very creative and intelligent men. Both of them have a love for the beauty in life. These beautiful things that are put in front of them cause both men...
death. In this paper I will explore the nature of love. More specifically, I will explore the concept of love as it relates to the writings of St. Maximos the Confessor and Sufism. The heart of spiritual life is love and spiritual life is about how we love. The spiritual teachings of both Sufism and St...
God gave us two gifts, life and love. God has given us the ultimate gift of love, by sacrificing his only son to give us eternal life. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." God has endless...
It mirrors the relationship of Jesus and his church and represents this relationship of love and sacrifice. For the Christian church it is an acknowledgement of a commitment between two people in the eyes of God. In the practices in Catholic and Orthodox churches, marriage is one of the sacraments and...
"Who is God?", this becomes as impossible a question to answer as the question "Who am I?". Michael Himes, the author of this book which is called, Doing the Truth In Love, expresses his ideas and thoughts on how we are supposed to think about God, feel about God, and understand who and what God is. Mr...