Presentation on theme: "Prime Motivation of the Universe is Love Assumptions –God is love 1 John 4:8 –love requires another –love is a choice and requires free will John 3:16."— Presentation transcript:
Prime Motivation of the Universe is Love Assumptions –God is love 1 John 4:8 –love requires another –love is a choice and requires free will John 3:16 If these three assumptions are true, then the Pre- existing eternal Creator Love Being had a need to create love beings with the same capacity of love Love demanded that another type of Love Being be created with the same: capacity legitimacy tenacity intensity expression
Jer 31:3 I have loved you with an everlasting (eternal that is not limited to temporal time): Therefore, with lovingkindness have I drawn you LOVE Eternity past Eternity future Love is Eternal
Rev 4:11 for you (God) have created all things for your (Gods) pleasure Point 1: It was enjoyable for Him Point 2: Love was a good reason/motivation for Him to create LOVE Eternal past Creates space, time (temporal not eternal), matter Eternal future Why were we created?
Rev 4:11 for you (God) have created all things for your (Gods) pleasure (we were created for His pleasure) Gen 1:26 and God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness…. image and likeness: the created love being had to have the same capacity for love as the Creator love being Love has to have the ability to be rejected for it to exist It is a choice => free choice LOVE Eternal past (no other love beings exist) Creator Love Being creates first created love being Eternal future
John 14:15 if you love me you will obey my commands (love is tied to disobedience); if you disobey, you do not love: Adam, first Love Being, disobeyed and hence rejected love for the first time God made a plan though that if a Created Love Being would reject love, He would come into the creation and forge a path for reunification of love. Love was that important. If you were the only Created Love Being who rejected love, He still would have come. It was planned from the foundation of earth Eph 1:4 He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world. LOVE Eternal past First created love being disobeys and therefore rejects love Eternal future Loss of Love Relationship
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have everlasting life The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ was the means to restore to original design of the love relationship between two entities that had the capacity to love LOVE Eternal past Creator Love Being interjects himself into the creation for loves sake to restore the path of a love relationship Eternal future Restoration of Love Relationship
In eternity past, the Creator Love Being was alone. For love to be truly exercised/fulfilled, He created love beings with the same capacity to reciprocate love in the same dimensions and attributes that love demands, whether it is exhibited from the Creator Love Being or from a Created Love Being The created love beings existed in the space, time, matter continuum as an experiment for love to be fulfilled: some rejected and some received the love In eternity future, love is fulfilled as those created love beings how received love will be with the Creator Love Being forever LOVE Eternal pastEternal future Love History
Summary LOVE Eternal pastEternal future Love is the Prime Motivation of Universe This is why Christianity is the best philosophical belief system one could have: it is purely motivated out of love. Ramifications exist if love is rejected=>sin and death space, time, matter continuum
Ramifications of Rejection of Love Why does abuse, evil, wickedness, pain, torture, etc. exist if God is a God of love? (Question raised by an atheist) Why do bad things happen? Epicurus: God either wishes to take away evils and is unable; or he is able, and is unwilling; or he is neither willing nor able; or he is both willing and able. If he is willing and unable, he is feeble, which does not agree with the character of God; if he able and unwilling, he is malacious, which is equally at odds with God; if he is neither willing nor able, he is both malicious and feeble and therefore not God; if he both willing and able, which is alone suitable to God, from what source then come evils? Or why does he not remove them?
Lack of undestanding of Love Liebniz: God has created the best of all possible worlds. Liebniz: We cannot see such an order so long as we do not enjoy the correct point of view, just as a picture in perspective is best appreciated only from certain standpoints and cannot be seen properly from another angle. The correct point of views is obviously Gods view and it is motivated by love, which requires free will. Free will is crucial to the definition of love; for love to exist, it has to have the capability for it to be rejected. There is cause-effect designed into the universe: there are bad effects that arise when love is rejected. There are consequences for actions, both when love is received and rejected. The free will aspect of love is so important that God will allow this evil for love to be fulfilled.
Ramifications of Rejection of Love We were designed to give/receive love Rejecting love=>consequence of going against design Rejection of love/God is a rejection of His protection, promises, and intimacy Hosea 4:6 my people have rejected knowledge (intimacy); because you have rejected knowledge, I will reject you…. Gen 4:1 Adam knew Eve (to know was sexual intimacy) Context: Husband (Hosea)-wife (Gomer) relationship and the parallel of God-Israelite relationship and Christ-New Testament Church Eph 5: 25, 28, 33 Husbands love your wives even as Christ loves the church…so even husbands need to love their wives even as their own bodies…this is a great mystery, but I speak as concerning Christ and the church
LOVE Eternal past Created love being born in Adam (rejection of love; sin) Eternal future Ramifications of Receiving of Love Death (separation from God and love) 1 Cor 15:22 For in Adam we all die John 3:17-18 For God did not send his son to condemn the world; but that it might be saved (delivered). He that believes in Him is not condemned, but he that does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name (character) of the only Son of God 1 Cor 15:47 first man (Adam) second man (Jesus) 1 Cor 15:45 first Adam, last Adam (Jesus) a quickening spirit In Christ
LOVE Eternal past any created love being in Adam (rejection of love; sin) Eternal future Ramifications of Receiving of Love Death (separation from God and love) In Christ 2 Cor 7:2 we have wronged no man (Paul said this) Acts 7:58-60 Stephen was stoned and died at Pauls feet (Saul at that time) Did Paul lie? He had wronged Stephen……and others. No…..Acts 7:58-60 he was in Adam, 2 Cor 7:2 he was in Christ 2 Cor 5:17 All things are new: we not only have a new future, we have a new past Psalm 103:12 as far as the east is from the west, so are our sins away from us
Jesus spoke of the prime motivation of the universe Matt 22:36-40 you shall the love your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and Strength and love your neighbors as yourself (2 greatest laws of which the whole law and prophets submit) Vertical love: relation of Created Love Beings with Creator Love Being Horizontal love: relations between Created Love Beings 10 Commandments communicated by Moses: first 4 were related to vertical relationships and second 6 were related to horizontal relationships Hundreds of commandments communicated in the Pentateuch
Matt 22:36-40 you shall the love your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and love your neighbors as yourself (2 greatest laws of which the whole law and prophets submit) Deut 6:5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and might Lev 19:18 Love your neighbor as yourself Old Testament References to 2 Most Important Laws New Testament References to 2 Most Important Laws Greek=agape Hebrew=ahevet
Different Kinds of Love 1. agape: unconditional love: parents love for their children Matt 22:36-40 2. phileo: brotherly love Heb 13:1 Let brotherly love continue 3. eros: sexual, romantic love Song of Solomon 8:6 love is as strong as death…many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods quench it 4. like: C.S. Lewis discussed that this might be the lowest form of love: eg. I love eggs. In fact, it is probably not love because it does not require another love being.
Aspects of Agape Love Mat 5:43-46 you have heard that it has been said that you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemies, but I say to you, love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you; and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you. 1 John 4:20 if a man say I love God and hate his brother, he is a liar; for he that does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen. The most you love God is the least you love your worst enemy
John 15:9-17 As my father has loved me, so have I loved you; continue in my love. If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my fathers commandments, and abide in his love…..this is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. ……these things I command you that you love one another Romans 8: 35, 37-39 who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or sword? …No, but in these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us fromthe love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. The Love of God is always in operation focused on every Created Love Being, even if it is rejected, even if the most important needs of the created love being are not met: food clothing, and shelter. Aspects of Agape Love
Attributes of Love (Agape) Reciprocated from one Love Being to Another I Cor 13:4-13 –Patient –Kind –Does not envy –Not prideful nor arrogant –Proper behavior, respects others –Selfless –Not easily provoked –Thinks no evil of others and gives others benefit of the doubt –Does not rejoice in sinful activities –Rejoices in truth –Bears all things –Believes all things –Hopes all things –Endures all things; it doesnt fail; it outlasts everything –Of the 3 most fundamental quantities: faith, hope, and love, love is the greatest (most important) –Why? Because it is the Prime Motivation of the Universe