Christian Love is compassion not only for another person's feelings and physical well-being, but concern for their souls.
Umm.... I am a Christian, yes (different sometimes from claiming simply the Christian "religion"...)
Very tempting, alternate poet, but one attribute of Christians is a good measure of self-control, so I will refrain from answering you in like manner as your post.
If I didn't have concern for those things listed, my response here would be quite a different one.
haj....why categorize this question as 'christian' love?
what about 'what is love'?....
It's a love towards everyone. Being or not being christian is less important. True Christian is the one who help those in need, christianity today is unfortunately only a title which many people have. Helping others makes us all christians inside our heart.
having compassion for other people, Like the man in New York, that jumped down on the tracks in the subway to hold down another person to keep them still while the train went over them
Love peace free. Be love be peace be free. This is who you are.
Love everyone as you would want to be loved! Love even your enemies and bless them! Jesus gave us all the greatest example of true love!
from what I have read in the Bible, (I do not have the passage memorised) but I believe it is described as "AGAPE" love. An absolute love for all makind, ire-reguardless of their acts, words or deeds. Suposidly like Jesus demonstrated for all he encounterd.
I beleve there is a passage that says do these two things; believe in him, and have agape love for your fellow man. Not exactly in those words, but I do remember reading it.
somewone who is more versed could probly quote it.
I kinda agree with the general thrust of your post.
But it may not be entirely erroneous to point out that AGAPE also means standing there dumbfouded with your mouth hanging open, also applicable to religionist behaviour.
Well, indeed my jaw just dropped at your lack of knowledge of the two usages of the word "agape"..........
Poet, there are several definitions of the word love in Hebrew, meaning different usages of it. I do not know all of them, but there are three used interchanably in the bible. Love for your wife, love for your children, love for your fellow man etc...
as I was taught it, Agape was one type of way to love a person, unconditional- like a brother or family member or love as in Love for a Friend, a neighbor, relative etc, not like love for your wife or Children. All of the three have different pronunciations, for a different emphasis of the word.
Brenda, maybe I am wrong, but below is a definition as I understand it;
Agape is one of several Greek words translated into English as love, one which became particularly appropriated in Christian theology as the love of God or Christ for mankind. (pronounced /ˈæɡəpiː/ and sometimes /əˈɡɑːpeɪ/ after the Classical Greek agápē; Modern Greek: αγάπη /aˈɣapi/). Many have thought that this word represents divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing, active, volitional, and thoughtful love. Although the word does not have specific religious connotation, the word has been used by a variety of contemporary and ancient sources, including Biblical authors and Christian authors. Thomas Jay Oord has defined agape as "an intentional response to promote well-being when responding to that which has generated ill-being." In his book, The Pilgrimage, author Paulo Coelho defines it as "the love that consumes," i.e., the highest and purest form of love, one that surpasses all other types of love
thats all I know about it
I was referring to alternate poet's (sarcastic?)mention of a mouth that gapes open!
But yes I think "agape" Love may be what you said Thomas Jay Oord described...
oh, dont mind that, its all civil discussion, you know the saying
Politics and Religion are contact sports,
Poet is ok. Keeps us honest at least.
and I can not say much about folks comments,comming from Wicca, back to God, after being mad at Catholisism, I am no saint either! sooo..!
Christians who truly are trying to follow Christ are considered "saints" in His eyes! Our past sins are removed from His judgment as far as the east is from the west!
But I know I'm not really a saint either.
I agree that I recognize it's sometimes hard for people to get into a simply-Christian mode when they've come out of things like Wicca and Catholicism......and almost impossible for those who're still stuck there.
But with God all things are possible.
I got mad at the catholic Church as a kid, left New England for Viet Nam and never looked back so to speak.
I just know the dead ends; Wicca, Tao, Buda, and some religionist sects, But so far God is truth. I traveled all my work life after my College days, so if it was out there I tried it!
I am semi-retired now and back at Vanderbilt Univ in Ancient Archeology and History, for my own interests, and the thing about it is I am finding God in the search, but not necessarily as told in some of the Churches here, but in truth non-the-less. Still adjusting though.
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