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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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Rain Water Versus a Heavenly Sea in Genesis 1:6–8

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It has become commonplace among some scholars to say that ancient Near

Eastern people believed that the sky was a strong solid dome, holding

up heavenly waters above it.1 In support of the theory of a heavenly sea,

scholars cite texts, not only from ancient Near Eastern myths2 but from the

Bible itself. Genesis 1:6–8, it is said, is one such text.

I maintain that, instead of a heavenly sea, we should be thinking about rain

water in clouds.3

 

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