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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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Elen

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I've had lots of different experiences, and seen humans at their worst and best. Not interested in anyone's denomination, though I love God, and work very hard to love others as myself. Don't really want to talk about my denomination. It is not perfect, but I attend there and won't criticise anyone else's.

 

My late life avocation is the study of belief systems, their origins, I'm more scientific than religious, and find the basics in religion to be fairly solid. I have been in Catholic Churches, Baptist Churches, AG Churches, Shia and Sunni Mosques, Jewish Synagogues and lots of others I can't remember. Did missionary work in Honduras and Kenya, have been to Israel, but not in Al Aqsa mosque.

 

I don't drink or smoke but don't condemn anyone who does and am completely celibate.

 

I'm studied in the Bible, and familiar with the Quran, the Book of Mormon and several non-canonical old books. I'm non-trinitarian but have friends who are.

 

My favorite quote about religion is:"Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get".

 

We can talk in civil tones. If you get all dominant and finger pointy, I'll go away.

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Hi Elen, WELCOME TO CF :) I think you'll like it here. We have some pretty good conversations going with very little "finger pointing"

 

See you out on the boards.

 

Yours in Christ,

David

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Thank you. I've been both burned and blessed. I'll try not to cause trouble. Denominational purists will probably be driven to distraction by me. I want to be a friend of God, like Abraham, but don't know if that can happen. Trying to become more tolerant. That's real hard.

 

When I first read the Bible in 1974, I got done with the OT and wondered how God had so much patience. When I got done with the 4 gospels, it felt like I knew Jesus, but it felt like the disciples weren't as conformed to Jesus's will as they could be. In fact I did not even like some of them.

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