The more advanced portion, the neocortex was not associated with what we consider love. That is like asking if God can be found through science. Scientists have found evidence indicating areas possibly linked to spirituality and faith. But spirituality and faith is a branch wholly separate from science. It is a freely given gift, soft yet firm, an action borne of choice, and devoid of the uncontrolled and chaotic energies of emotion.
Such actions enable poor and abusive choices and behaviors. Love through your compassion. If you were an outside observer rather than an inside observer, how would your feelings differ? For some it is easier when personal and for others such closeness creates a barrier of cloud. We find it easy to hate the sociopath who is without guilt or conscious when committing vicious crimes, but how do you feel when the person committing the crimes is not a sociopath but a schizophrenic?
How does this difference in the state of the mind change your level of compassion? In the Sermon on the Mount , Jesus said:. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Tertullian remarks in his 2nd century defense of Christians that Christian love attracted pagan notice: "What marks us in the eyes of our enemies is our loving kindness.
Anglican theologian O. Quick writes that this agape within human experience is "a very partial and rudimentary realization," and that "in its pure form it is essentially divine. If we could imagine the love of one who loves men purely for their own sake, and not because of any need or desire of his own, purely desires their good, and yet loves them wholly, not for what at this moment they are, but for what he knows he can make of them because he made them, then we should have in our minds some true image of the love of the Father and Creator of mankind.
In the New Testament , the word agape is often used to describe God's love. Examples include:. Karl Barth distinguishes agape from eros on the basis of its origin and unconditional character.
In agape , humanity does not merely express its nature, but transcends it. Agape identifies with the interests of the neighbor "in utter independence of the question of his attractiveness" and with no expectation of reciprocity. The word agape is used in its plural form agapai in the New Testament to describe a meal or feast eaten by early Christians, as in Jude and 2nd Peter The agape love feast is still observed by many Christian denominations today, especially among Brethren and other Plain, Anabaptist churches.
For example, among the Old Order River Brethren and Old Brethren , a weekend is still set aside twice a year for special meetings, self examination and a communal Love Feast as part of their 3-part Communion observance.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Greco-Christian term referring to a type of love. For other uses, see Agape disambiguation. For the album by Leo Smith, see Divine Love album. What is it called? Words related to agape open , yawning , ajar , confounded , overwhelmed , shocked , astonished , awestruck , staring.
Example sentences from the Web for agape It lay there facing us, talons extended and agape , ready to shred any flesh within striking distance. Edit Close.
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