Disregard what others do and say. How does a human love an Ultimate Reality?
How do you love God?
Jesus clearly states in the Gospel of John, chapters 14 and 15, how to Love God, how to be His friend.
But how do you love God?
Jesus said, "If you love Me, you will keep my commandments" (John 14:15). We cannot love God or love the brethren until the Lord brings us into His spiritual family. We can only enter God's family through Christ; He (as God the Son) said that He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Him. So, do not believe anyone who says that you can become a member of God's family through any other religion or philosophy. Once we are in His family, He enables us by His grace to love Him and His children.
What are some of His commandments? Love one another as I have loved you. Preach the word in season and out of season. Flee immorality. We cannot obey His word in our own strength; we must rely upon Him as our Master and Savior to live His life through us.
The Big 5:
1. Love God with all your heart and soul.
2. Treat your neighbor as you would be treated.
3. Carry the message to the still suffering sinner.
4. Pray a blessing over every meal .
5. Baptize in the name of the Father, Son , and Holy Ghost.
You have some overlap in your "Big 5"--you can do #2 by doing #3. As important as it is to thank God for your food, I would not place #4 in the same category as the first three. Number 5 comes somewhere between the first three and number four.
What do you mean by "ultimate reality"? it's a new phrase to my ears, well, eyes
I think you know and love God through the Holy Spirit. God tells us many things but we have to come to know Him through His spirit. The Holy Spirit pulls us and we can accept or deny. Denying to me is blaspheming the Holy Spirit which is the unforgivable sin, to not accept Christ Jesus who died for our sin and left the Holy Spirit for us here until His return.
Yes i totally agree with you.
Some unbelievers would ask me to show them proof of God,s existence through science. Only the spirit of God can help them see God.
I believe that if the Holy Spirit "pulls us," His intention is to save us. We choose Him because He first chooses us. Unless He "drags" us to Himself, we would all go our own way like dumb sheep. It is all sovereign grace, not our acceptance.
We should love God with all our hearts, minds, strength and souls. That love causes us to want to obey Him. When we disobey Him, we are convicted by His Holy Spirit. If we are not convicted on a regular basis, that is a possible sign that we do not love Him and are not in fellowship with Him.
I know this isn't a complete answer to your question, but I know that God appreciates greatly when a certain level of trust is placed in him.
Storing up Earthly things and possessions and belongings to guard yourself against the dangers of the world shows a certain lack of faith in the being who created all life.
This isn't saying that the values of thrift and patience and far-sightedness aren't well...valuable. It's just to say that a certain quality of life should be out of your hands, and I'd even go as far as to say that the majority or entirety of life should be placed in God's hands if we are truly believing in his power and purity.
Easier said than done though...of course...
Love is the wish to possess or be one with someone or something. To love an ultimate reality, you should wish to possess or be one with that reality. If that reality is God, you should wish to possess God or be one with Him. When you realize that God is in you and your brethren, you love that Ultimate Reality by loving yourself and your brethren. Since love means to wish to be possess or be with, love should be free from selfishness. When you love yourself and your brethren to the level of being one with the God in you and your brethren, you love God. Thus, to love God love yourself and your fellow-beings.
Love God without the inhibitions that come with experiences and knowledge of anything but who you truly want and work toward being in his sight..strive to believe as if you have no experience or knowledge other than what is right and just....strive to truly love and be just to each other in the same way...forget what they do..forget what they have done..you, yourself, make your own choices...and you will truly show through your actions and words everyday that you love God if you put what is right and just in the forefront.
The basis of love is emotion. You should be essentially an emotional person, a person who wants love, who wants to be loved, who wants to express love, derive joy in giving love, shed tears when you receive unconditional love etc.
Then you should have faith in God; his omnipotence, a faith that he loves you and he hears your prayers and he he would extend a helping hand at the hour of need.
Then you should have experienced his love in some way. A timely help, an unexpected solution to a crisis, an inexplicable turning point in your life for better etc. Those experiences strengthen your faith. That strong faith, combined with emotions can make you love god.
Even if all these exist and still you find it difficult to love God as an Ultimate Reality, then you can love God in human form -- the Avatars. It is far more easier, practical and rewarding.
If you are a Christian, Jesus is the Avatar. By reading his life, by grasping his love of humanity, his teachings etc. -- not once but by reading again and again, you will find your faith getting stronger and stronger on him. If you are an emotional person, you will start loving Jesus. Loving Jesus is same as loving God.
If you are not an emotional person (say, you are more of an intellectual person), perhaps you may not have that sort of "love feel" . Then your relationship with Jesus/ God could be more like an old couple, who have no joy of sex between them, but an undercurrent of a liking for each other's company and a sense of feeling of comfort between them is always existing!
That is indeed a mature form of love with God, though the emotional swings would be absent.
I cannot agree. Love is not an emotion; it is an attitude, an act of the will, that sometimes results in emotion. Please do not put Jesus on the level of an "avatar" with other personalities. He is infinitely above Gandhi or the Buddha.
"He is infinitely above Gandhi or the Buddha."
How do you know? A staunch Gandhian will say Gandhi is above Jesus. A Buddhist would say Buddha is far above Jesus and Gandhi! 'For a crow, her little crow is golden' says a Tamil proverb!
Gandhi was a mere man who died and remains in the grave; the same with Siddhartha. The Hebrew Scriptures long foretold Jesus' coming. Christ is the infinite personal God-man who proved it by rising from the dead. "Jesus loves me, this I know . . ."
Your love for Jesus is quite right, acceptable. But it does not mean God-man like Jesus never existed anywhere. Many yogis in India can get themselves buried and come back to life after several days. It does not really make them God.
cjrajan--try crucifying them on a cross and piercing their side with a sword and i can guarantee they wont be back. what a foolish comparison you made.
Thanks everyone....The Christian Church is such a wonderful place. Everyone can enjoy their own concept of who God is and how best to love him.
That hugs, tears, and a lot of talk are either impossible or carry little weight, I go back to the scriptures to find a clear answer:
If you love me you'll obey me,
If you are my friend you'll obey my commandments.
Love one another so the world will see me thru you.
I love my Lord and savior with a grateful willing heart....but I need prayer to do it!
I love others by loving myself. I am a function of the world around me, and thus have a vested interest in its well being that fuels my care and passion for it.
I answered this question, even though I'm an atheist, because a lot of people don't think we can love, for some reason, as we don't believe in God. I'm just explaining how I do. I just had a friend get killed by suicide bombers in Iraq, and that intensifies my love for myself as long as I'm here and for others as long as they're here, because one day we will experience our last moment; for me, there is no "happy ever after." Every second may be my last chance to care and show I care. That's why I took a few seconds out of my limited life span to let you know that I love you and every person in this world and I hope that we can bridge the divide that religion builds between us.
You claim there is no "happy ever after" for you. If you stay in your current status, that will certainly be true. But what happens if there is an after-life? My! what a gamble on a whim! God gives common grace to all so that even atheists can love.
One things is for sure, eternity is what it is; what we choose to believe, not believe, boycott, befriend, or become God's enemy makes not a jot or tittle of difference once we have died. He and it has been there for eons regardless.
You have to be that 'Ultimate Reality" otherwise you're missing what is available.
since an ultimate reality is not a scriptural term and has nothing to do with Christianity, we serve a man. I would say that this is a meaningless and useless question on a Christian Board. WE serve the man Jesus the Christ, murdered, resurrected and living today. the Creator God.
The best way to love God is to love ourselves. We are his creatures, so why not love him by loving his creation.
From, WATERSTAR, MANY PEOPLE is asking That same Question,But are not Willing To Pray and Read The Bible With a Heart Of Love To Realy Beliving in What The Written Word is Truly Saying To Anyone Who is Willing To Accept The ONE TRUE GOD Of THE BIBLE, You Partly answer Your Own Question Unawere,If you Read The Gospel of ST. JOHN From Chapter 1,Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 and you Still do not KNOW WHO JESUS TRULY IS, Ask A Friend To Help You Pray And Read It Over A Few Times i believe By the fifth Time Of Reading You should Know How To Love GOD Take A Good Liscen To What Some Relogious Faith Quote Of Saying, HOLY MARY MOTHER OF GOD IF Your Eyes Is Still Close Go And Find A Pentecostal BIBLE BELIVING CHURCH And Go Pay Them A Visit On A Sunday You Will See What The Love Of GOD Is ALL About, JESUS LOVE YOU He gave His Life so as to Save Yours, and i Belive He is Coming Soon for People Just Like You Who Want To LOVE GOD,Keep on beliving, it give hope and hope give Life. BY WATERSTAR:
The answer is very simple. I try to keep myself free from all prejudices and conditionings either of society or religion and see all humanity as one,created by God. Not only humanity but other forms of existence like animals and plants are to me as one of us,sprang from the same source. Whenever I succeed in this venture in abundance, a very serene feeling of love arises in me and I attribute it to God. The more the such feeling is in me, the more I feel nearness of God. This feeling of nearness to me is like love of God. In fact, this is like worship of God to me and is like visiting church,synagogue, mosque and temple. This way I love God.
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