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The Meanings of love and the problem of good and evil

The meanings of Love
by Hearts and Minds Media
 

What has happened to a cultural value of love, its meanings and implications

According to Merriam-Webster dictionaries definition of love
1.      1a (1) :  strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties maternal love for a child (2) :  attraction based on sexual desire :  affection and tenderness felt by lovers After all these years, they are still very much in love. (3) :  affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests love for his old schoolmatesb :  an assurance of affection give her my love

2.      2 :  warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion love of the sea

3.      3a :  the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration baseball was his first loveb (1) :  a beloved person :  darling —often used as a term of endearment (2) British —used as an informal term of address

4.      4a :  unselfish loyal and benevolent (see benevolent 1a) concern for the good of another: such as (1) :  the fatherly concern of God for humankind (2) :  brotherly concern for othersb :  a person's adoration of God

5.      5 :  a god (such as Cupid or Eros) or personification of love

6.      6 :  an amorous episode :  love affair

7.      7 :  the sexual embrace :  copulation

8.      8 :  a score of zero (as in tennis)

9.      9 capitalized, Christian Science :  god

 

The Meanings of Love in the Bible

Article by  John Piper

Founder & Teacher, desiringGod.org

Love in the Bible, as in our everyday usage, can be directed from person to person or from a person to things. When directed toward things, love means enjoying or taking pleasure in those things. Love towards persons is more complex. As with things, loving persons may mean simply enjoying them and taking pleasure in their personalities, looks, achievements, etc. But there is another aspect of interpersonal love that is very important in the Bible. There is the aspect of love for persons who are not attractive or virtuous or productive. In this case, love is not a delight in what a person is, but a deeply felt commitment to helping him be what he ought to be. As we will see, the love for things and both dimensions of the love for persons are richly illustrated in the Bible.

As we examine the Old Testament and the New Testament in turn, our focus will be on God’s love, then on man’s love for God, man’s love for man and man’s love for things.

The problem of good and evil
by Hearts and Minds Media
 

Evil, pain, and suffering—three human experiences which countless authors have attempted to address

throughout history. Unlike other topics, books and articles on evil, pain, and suffering produce strong reac-

tions  toward  those  who  write  about  them  and  try  to explain them.

 

Goodness

the state or quality of being good; specif.,
virtue; excellence
kindness; generosity; benevolence
 

Goodness

In man is not a mere passive quality, but the deliberate preference of right to wrong, the firm and persistent resistance of all moral evil, and the choosing and following of all moral good.

Goodness is virtue and holiness in action. It results in a life characterized by deeds motivated by righteousness and a desire to be a blessing. It's a moral characteristic of a Spirit-filled person. The Greek word translated “goodness,” agathosune, is defined as "uprightness of heart and life." Agathosune is goodness for the benefit of others, not goodness simply for the sake of being virtuous.

Someone with agathosune will selflessly act on behalf of others. Confronting someone about a sin demonstrates goodness. So do giving to the poor, providing for one’s children, visiting the sick, volunteering to clean up after a storm, and praying for an enemy.

Evil definition

profoundly immoral and wicked.

"his evil deeds"

synonyms:
wicked, bad, wrong, morally wrong, wrongful, immoral, sinful, ungodly, unholy, foul, vile, base, ignoble, dishonourable, corrupt, iniquitous, depraved, degenerate, villainous, nefarious, sinister, vicious, malicious, malevolent, demonic, devilish, diabolic, diabolical, fiendish, dark, black-hearted; More

monstrous, shocking, despicable, atrocious, heinous, odious, contemptible, horrible, execrable;

informallow-down, stinking, dirty, shady, warped, bent, crooked;

archaicdastardly, black;

rareegregious, flagitious, peccable

"an evil deed"
antonyms:
good, virtuous
 
 
 
 
o  (of a force or spirit) embodying or associated with the forces of the devil.

"we were driven out of the house by an evil spirit"

o  harmful or tending to harm.

"the evil effects of high taxes"

synonyms:
harmful, hurtful, injurious, detrimental, deleterious, inimical, bad, mischievous, pernicious, malignant, malign, baleful, venomous, noxious, poisonous; More

corrupting, subversive;

calamitous, disastrous, destructive, ruinous;

literarymalefic, maleficent;

rareprejudicious

"the evil influence of society"

unlucky, unfortunate, unfavourable, adverse, unhappy, disastrous, catastrophic, ruinous, calamitous, unpropitious, inauspicious, dire, woeful

"she helped those who had fallen on evil times"
antonyms:
good, beneficial

 
 
 
 
 
2. 
(of a smell or sight) extremely unpleasant.

"a bathroom with an ineradicably evil smell"

synonyms:
unpleasant, disagreeable, nasty, horrible, foul, filthy, vile; More

inclement, wet, rainy, stormy, squally, blustery, cold, freezing, foggy

"his army suffered in the evil weather"
antonyms:
pleasant, fine
 
 
 
 
noun

noun: evil

1. 
profound immorality and wickedness, especially when regarded as a supernatural force.

"his struggle against the forces of evil"

synonyms:
wickedness, bad, badness, wrong, wrongdoing, sin, sinfulness, ungodliness, immorality, vice, iniquity, turpitude, degeneracy, vileness, baseness, perversion, corruption, depravity, villainy, nefariousness, atrocity, malevolence, devilishness; More

informalshadiness, crookedness;

rarepeccability, peccancy

"I sense the evil in our midst"
antonyms:
goodness
 
 
 
 
o  a manifestation of this, especially in people's actions.

plural noun: evils

"the evil that took place last Thursday"

synonyms:
abomination, atrocity, obscenity, outrage, enormity, crime, monstrosity, barbarity, barbarism; More

torment, curse, bane

"the evils of war"
antonyms:
blessing
 
 
 
 
o  something which is harmful or undesirable.

"sexism, racism, and all other unpleasant social evils"

synonyms:
harm, pain, hurt, misery, sorrow, suffering, trauma, trouble, disaster, detriment, destruction, loss, misfortune, catastrophe, calamity, affliction, woe, ruin, hardship;

ills "nothing but evil would come out of such a meeting"

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