Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Opus 2014-189: Monday Pulpit: Diagrams of Love

The pastor was working through Ephesians 5 in a discussion of marriage.  In his remarks about agape love he said it “comes from the will and expects nothing in return.”  I would assume that agape love is offered because God mandates it and it is not based on response.

My mind went into tangent mode and I began to think of diagrams of the different words translated “love” in the NT.

Agape love would be one way love.  There is no demand from the receiver, no pay-off to the giver, rewards the receiver and is offered with no conditions.

This could be represented by an arrow going away.  

A second type of love, eros, is the sensual aspect of our lives.  It is the source of our English word erotic.  This would be a love based on getting.  It demands from another and rewards the lover.

This could be an arrow coming toward. 

Brotherly love, philios, is the love of comrades and friends.  It is a two-way love and is dependent on common interests and experience.  It demands from both and rewards both.

This is an arrow going both ways. 

There is at least one more type of love that might apply here.  It is not used in the Bible but is in Greek literature.  This is family love.  It is a closed circle based on relationships that are permanent and by chance.  It rewards the group and often the individual. 

This might be represented by a closed circle.

All love is not the same.  English can be a rich language sometimes and poverty stricken at others.

homo unius libri

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