THE WAY I SEE IT.
We are told that God is a Love, and it has taken me a long time to wrap my tiny little brain around the idea that God is a verb.
Generally speaking, our perception of “God” is some sort of a super human being that is someone we can talk to and pray to.
And so it has become clear to me that “God” is the personification of Love.
We are told to love Love, and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. This presumes and requires that we love ourselves first, because we are first loved by Love.
We are also told to Love our enemies. (Another tall order).
Love is the light of our souls, and just as darkness is the absence of light, so evil is the absence of love, and “Satan” is the personification of that darkness.
When we enter a dark room we search for the light switch, or turn on a lantern. Without the light, we stumble into obstacles, chairs, tables, boxes…, and get angry when we hurt ourselves.
When we read the Old Testament, without the light of the New Testament, again we stumble.
We are told that we cannot serve two masters. We must choose between greed for money, and love for others.
We are spiritual people, whether we know it or not; believe it or not, or we are very convinced that the spirit is a figment of our imagination.
Well, I know that I have a soul that can exist outside my body, and therefore I know that each of us has a soul. I also know that the pain that we feel is of this body, because outside this body I felt no pain.
Learning to love is like learning to swim. We have a great fear of water until we learn to swim. Taking lessons is not good enough. We must practice until we actually learn and develop faith in our buoyancy.
And so it is with learning to love. The more hateful a person is, the more that person needs to learn the art of loving, and the more faith we need to have in the almighty Love.