Envoy Magazine The Envoy Institute of Belmont Abbey College, Summer 2010 NO SUBJECT IS MORE IMPORTANT, IN any day. Most mature people, if asked to choose just one word for the meaning of life, life's greatest value, the most important gift one can give or receive, the thing that makes us the happiest, the thing that makes one a saint, the supreme wisdom, and even the eternal inner life of God, would say that it is "love." And they are right.Without qualification, without any ifs, ands, or buts, God's Word tells us, straight as a left jab, that "love is the greatest thing there is" (1 Cor 13: 13).When the nails pierced His hands, the blood spelled out "John" and "Peter" and "Mary," not "humanity." When Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd, He said He "calls His own sheep by name" (John 10:3). We are merely kind to pets, and therefore we consent that our pets be put to death "to put them out of their misery" when they are suffering.The Gospel comes to you not in a newspaper with a Xeroxed label that reads, "Dear Occupant," but in a handwritten envelope personally addressed to you, as a love letter from God. One of the saints says that Jesus would have done everything He did and suffered everything He suffered even if you were the only person who had sinned. There is increasing pressure in America to legalize euthanasia.
Paul identifies "the justice of God" in Romans with the most apparently unjust event in all history: deicide, or the murder of God, the crucifixion; for that was God's great act of love. Lewis's unpretentious little masterpiece is the greatest thing in the world.
God is thought of as a force or energy rather than as a person.
Second, it divinizes the love we already know, instead of showing us a love we don't know.
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[Close this notice.] Philosopher Peter Kreeft considers what love really is (and what it's really not) showing why what many people commonly think of as love falls short of the shining reality of this great gift of God to human beings.