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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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Leibniz’ Contingency Argument

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The argument from contingency is another argument often misunderstood.

 

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Atheists like to demand where God came from whenever God is offered as the cause of the universe. But, here's three reasons why their demand doesn't mean much:

 

1. The video nicely addresses why it's invalid to ask "Where God came from?". Being eternal, God's existence is not contingent on anything. But, the universe is contingent upon a cause.

 

2. Even if one still demands an explanation for God's existence, an explanation for God's existence is irrelevant to the proof of God's existence. You wouldn't deny the universe exists just because you didn't know where it came from.

 

3. Even if one yet still demands an explanation for God's existence, just consider Him to be infinitely recursive.

 

 

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Atheists like to demand where God came from whenever God is offered as the cause of the universe. But, here's three reasons why their demand doesn't mean much:

 

1. The video nicely addresses why it's invalid to ask "Where God came from?". Being eternal, God's existence is not contingent on anything. But, the universe is contingent upon a cause.

 

2. Even if one still demands an explanation for God's existence, an explanation for God's existence is irrelevant to the proof of God's existence. You wouldn't deny the universe exists just because you didn't know where it came from.

 

3. Even if one yet still demands an explanation for God's existence, just consider Him to be infinitely recursive.

Nicely put.

 

 

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I think that God is both cause and effect. It is as true to say that God creates the universe, as that the universe creates God. God has existed eternally, true. However, God is sensitive, responsive to the universe. I view God as a social-relational being, who then arises out of God's relationship to creation, just as we arise out of our relationships.

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It's impossible for humans to comprehend God. Our cognitive abilities are limited. If we can't wrap our heads around infinity then it's beyond our ken to understand how God interacts with the universe and humans + what having no beginning really means.

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