What is TRUE love? Answering the Eternal Question
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What is TRUE love? Answering the Eternal Question

Manila : Philippines | Apr 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM PDT
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Elvis Presley “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” John Lennon says, “All you need is love.” Everyone desires to love and longs to be loved, regardless of social status, race, and culture. But how do we define love? And what exactly is TRUE love? Even Albert Einstein can’t fully explicate with all his knowledge in Chemistry and Physics the biological phenomenon of love. Aristotle classifies love as “the greatest external good; consequently, it has the greatest propensity to spark unbridled desire.” Is this the reason why people say love conquers all? People will and can do anything for love. Love is so powerful that it can also make the world go round.

Wikipedia defines love as “an emotion of a strong affection and personal attachment.” In addition, Wikipedia describes love as “a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection.” Neuroscience may disagree on this. Scientifically speaking, there is a consistent number of chemicals that are present in the brain resulting to the feeling of love. These chemicals are; Testosterone, Oestrogen, Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, and Vasopressin. They are responsible for feeling lust, attraction, and strong attachment to someone. In other words, love is the result of a surge of chemicals into the brain.

With the involvement of chemicals or not, for William Shakespeare, “love is a spirit of all compact of fire.” And for him, it comforts like sunshine after rain. Do all of these truly define the meaning of love? To know the real sense of love, let’s find out directly from the source of love – God. In the Bible, the book of Corinthians states, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”

What?! Giving all your possessions to the poor is not love?! Surrendering your body to the flames for someone is also not love?! What is true love then???

Jesus, God – the source of love said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” He loved us by giving us the promise of eternal life through His flesh and blood of the Passover. In other words, to love one another is to share the gift of eternal life through the Passover of the New Covenant. This is TRUE love… In this world, no other love can make us live forever except for the love of God. Most people search for love in wrong places. Human love can be extinguished through time, but God’s love is for eternity.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s start loving!

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What is TRUE love? Answering the Eternal Question
Elvis Presley "Can't Help Falling In Love." John Lennon says, "All you need is love." Everyone desires to love and longs to be loved, regardless of social status, race, and culture. But how do we define love? And what exactly is TRUE love? Even Albert Einstein can't fully explicate with all his knowledge in Chemistry and Physics the biological phenomenon of love. Aristotle classifies love as "the greatest external good; consequently, it has the greatest propensity to spark unbridled desire." Is this the reason why people say love conquers all? People will and can do anything for love. Love is so powerful that it can also make the world go round. Wikipedia defines love as "an emotion of a strong affection and personal attachment." In addition, Wikipedia describes love as "a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection." Neuroscience may disagree on this. Scientifically speaking, there is a consistent number of chemicals that are present in the brain resulting to the feeling of love. These chemicals are; Testosterone, Oestrogen, Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, and Vasopressin. They are responsible for feeling lust, attraction, and strong attachment to someone. In other words, love is the result of a surge of chemicals into the brain. With the involvement of chemicals or not, for William Shakespeare, "love is a spirit of all compact of fire." And for him, it comforts like sunshine after rain. Do all of these truly define the meaning of love? To know the real sense of love, let's find out directly from the source of love -; God. In the Bible, the book of Corinthians states, "If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." What?! Giving all your possessions to the poor is not love?! Surrendering your body to the flames for someone is also not love?! What is true love then??? Jesus, God -; the source of love said, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." He loved us by giving us the promise of eternal life through His flesh and blood of the Passover. In other words, to love one another is to share the gift of eternal life through the Passover of the New Covenant. This is TRUE love... In this world, no other love can make us live forever except for the love of God. Most people search for love in wrong places. Human love can be extinguished through time, but God's love is for eternity. So what are you waiting for? Let's start loving!
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