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what does the bible describe love as?

Discussion in 'Biblical Debates' started by bradleykavin, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. bradleykavin

    bradleykavin Member

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    does the bible have any definitions of the meaning love? when i say love, im referring to man and women love, like marriage
     
  2. angellous_evangellous

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    Not really. The closest thing is Ephesians 5:

    22(AR) Wives,(AS) submit to your own husbands,(AT) as to the Lord. 23For(AU) the husband is the head of the wife even as(AV) Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is(AW) himself its Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit(AX) in everything to their husbands.
    25(AY) Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and(AZ) gave himself up for her, 26that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by(BA) the washing of water(BB) with the word, 27so(BC) that he might present the church to himself in splendor,(BD) without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.[a] 28In the same way(BE) husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30because(BF) we are members of his body. 31(BG) "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and(BH) the two shall become one flesh." 32This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33However,(BI) let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she(BJ) respects her husband.
     
  3. angellous_evangellous

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    I don't think that there is any evidence in the New Testament of women "loving." The Greek philosophers for the most part did not think that women could interact with men on an emotional or intellectual level that we or they can describe as "love" - be it eros, agape, or phileo.

    I have found three or four instances of philosophers saying that women can love (agape) but they are all written in the third century CE.
     
  4. Darkness

    Darkness Psychoanalyst/Marxist

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    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
     
  5. angellous_evangellous

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    Yes.. but I don't think that 1 Cor 13 is specifically in the context of

     
  6. sandy whitelinger

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    Doen't say much for Greek philosophy does it?
     
  7. Darkness

    Darkness Psychoanalyst/Marxist

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    While that is true, the qualities mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13 are good qualities to have in a relationship, wouldn't you say?
     
  8. Hema

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    Then there's that part about Eve being made from the rib of man to be equal to him and close to his heart? :)
     
  9. sandy whitelinger

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    The Bible states that the first human was created both male and female. Eve emerged out of the first human creating a plurality in man. This is a picture of Christ emerging out of and being the same substance as God the Father. It is also a picture of the plurality of God. Adam and Eve were one flesh and God and the Son are one in being.
     
  10. Mister Emu

    Mister Emu Emu Extraordinaire
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    Where?

    As for the OP I think the closest you can come are the two already quoted...
     
  11. sandy whitelinger

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    "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Genesis 1:27
    " In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created." Genesis 5:1b-2
     
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