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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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2ndRateMind

Power, Money, and the Good Society.

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It has been said that all of political philosophy is about 'Who gets what? And says who?' So, I am interested in the forum's views concerning the good society. Is a good society about each contributing what they can, and some authority distributing that amongst everyone according to what they need, as Karl Marx thought, or is a good society fundamentally about an individual's freedom to realise the dream of his/her ambitions, irrespective of the needs of others? Is there a necessary conflict between these ideas, or can they be reconciled, and if so, how?

 

Best wishes, 2RM.

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It has been said that all of political philosophy is about 'Who gets what? And says who?' So, I am interested in the forum's views concerning the good society. Is a good society about each contributing what they can, and some authority distributing that amongst everyone according to what they need, as Karl Marx thought, or is a good society fundamentally about an individual's freedom to realise the dream of his/her ambitions, irrespective of the needs of others? Is there a necessary conflict between these ideas, or can they be reconciled, and if so, how?

 

Best wishes, 2RM.

 

Every society in some way has some form of ideal Utopia. "Is there a necessary conflict between these ideas, or can they be reconciled, and if so, how?" I believe God thinks so, and is why a Cherubim was placed between paradise and man with a flaming sword. I think, you know the answer to how these things may be reconciled? After all, you're amongst Christians!

 

God bless,

William

 

 

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