February 7th, 2016 Service

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tim
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February 7th, 2016 Service

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Our service on February 7th focused on the the subject of love.

Not only does love mean different things to different people but the ancients recognized several different kinds of love, separating, for example, erotic love from the love of friendship, love of self, and "agape," or selfless love that is often claimed by Christianity.

The alleged love of "God" for human beings, though, is anything but agapeic love since it depends on meeting "God's" demands. When someone talks of love that involves someone getting something out of the loved one, that's not really love. There may be nothing wrong in that, of course, but it's not agapeic love.

We discussed the fact that this sort of unconditional and unconditioned love seems all too much neglected and even not understood in our society and culture. Listen to popular songs about love and one quickly finds that what most people consider love is more in the nature of a transaction. Or infatuation and hormones.
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