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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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Marie

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Good Morning Everyone,

 

I'm happy to have found this forum and look forward to learning from all of you. A little about myself - I was loosely raised in Catholicism by one non-practising parent and one atheist parent. Being they were witness the holocaust and its fallout, I can understand how their views evolved and do not fault them. Through my life I had always felt separated from God and went a 15 year journey searching for him, and read about most every religion under the sun (except Christianity). I never understood how Christianity could be taken literally and thought it was made up of fables. Despite all my academic style searching, it was just completely illogical and subjective spiritual experiences that brought me to Jesus, and have since been deepening my knowledge and understanding of not only Christianity but also Catholicism. If I were to identify myself it would be as a Christian first, then a partial Catholic. Partial only because as I am still a young Christian, I still hold my knowledge and understanding close to my heart, and want my relationship to evolve quietly and personally, and not be taken off track by views I do not yet believe or understand by any denomination, not just Catholicism.

 

Whew! Maybe that was TMI but that is my truth. God Bless you all :)

 

 

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Welcome to the forum Marie

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