I feel compelled to start a new thread about how I view the God of the Bible. I have come to the conclusion that the study of God, or at least for me, is really based upon the study of love. For example, the Bible makes some compelling statement for my view. The Bible says that God is love. It also says that love is the greatest commandment and if one keeps this commandment then one will keep all the commandments. Therefore, I would like to begin with how others define what love is.
I will begin with the Biblical definition in 1 Corinthians 13
Love suffers long, and is kind, love does not envy, it does not vaunt itself, is not puffed up, it does not behave itself unseemingly, it does not seek its own, is not easily provoked, it thinks no evil, it rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth, it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things......
Another translation says this.
Love is always patient and kind, it is never jealous, love is never boastful, or conceited, it is never rude or selfish, it does not take offense, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in others peoples sins but delights in the truth, it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.
Also, there are 5 different Greek words for love which are the following.
Agape: Means love in modern day Greek. It refers to a "pure", ideal love rather than the physical attraction suggested by eros. Agape is the NT verb used to describe God's love for humanity. However, there are also some examples of agape used to mean the same as eros. It has also been translated as "love of the soul".
Eros: I passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. The modern Greek word eros means romantic love. Plato refined his own definition. Although eros is initially felt for a person, or even becomes appreciation of beauty itself. Eros helps the soul recall knowledge as beauty, and contributes to an understanding of spiritual truth. Lovers and philosophers are all inspired to seek truth by eros. Some translators list it as "love of the body".
Philia: means friendship in modern Greek, a disspassionate virtuous love, was a concept developed by Aristotle. It includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality and familiarity.
Storge: means affection in modern Greek; it is natural affection, like that felt by parents for offsrpring.
Xenia: means hospitality in modern Greek and was extremely important practice in ancient Greece. It was an almost ritualized friendship formed between a host and their guest, who could previously be strangers. The host fed and provided quarters for the guest, who was only expected to repay with gratitude. The importance of this can be seen throughout Greek mythology, in particular Homer's Illiad and Odyssey.
I can see elements for all 5 kinds of Greek kinds of love displayed by the God of the Bible.
For me this is why my religion is meaningful and practicle in my life. It has little to do with science, it has little to do with religious dogma, etc. Really, love is what makes our lives worth while. It is what makes us tick. It is why we do what we do or don't do. In effect, it is what drives us.
Does anyone have any other definitions are objections for the definitions I have provided?