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What is meant by christianity, christian, and christianly
Referring to the command from God to love my neighbor as myself
What is meant by the eternal?
Referring to God, the infinite, the inexhaustible, the immeasurable
How can love be a command and or a duty?
Specifically, it is neighbor-love, not preferential love, that can be commanded.'
I can be commanded to love because
I am always capable of loving
It does not require reciprocity,
I cannot lose the neighbor because there is always a neighbor
What does it mean to love the neighbor?
Loving the neighbor means
I have 'true love' ie. love that is guaranteed and not contingent upon the other returning affection;
Loving the one I see as he/she is and according to his/her need
and when I feel I can't, I close my eyes to the distinctions that block loving and recognition of equality;
loving myself rightly so that in loving the neighbor in the relation between myself, the eternal, and the neighbor, my need for love is satisfied
What is the issue with preferential love (of another, of self)?
Preferential love is just that-preferential, based on what I prefer which requires experience, interest, and the other person to love me; it can end because I can love the beloved or it changes into hate, and it is limited to the object of my interest and affection.
Who is the neighbor?
Literally any and every person, "other-you"
There are no restrictions or requirements for being a neighbor
What is the most dangerous way that I could be deceived?
To be self-deceived concerning love, specifically concerning the possibility of love being real, always possible, infinite, commanded as a duty, secure, free, perfect, consoling, and conciliatory
What is need and abundance/need and the highest riches?
Every person has a need for love; I must satisy this need or I will be lacking something necessary
If I only love preferentially, then this need is only satisfied by the beloved loving me back which causes anxiety and potentially despair
But if the need for love is satisfied by loving, then the need itself shows that I have love already and have it inexhaustibly, infinitely, and securely,
What does it mean to love myself properly, as commanded?
I should love myself in the way that enables me to love the neighbor which secures me against selfishness, anxiety, despair, and all other dangers that I may bring on myself when I love based in bias and preference
How should I love the neighbor?
Infinitely, inexhaustibly, and immeasurably
Meaning, without end, without anxiety or despair, and without comparison
What does it mean that I am the neighbor, being a neighbor?
I am a neighbor when I love myself rightly and this love needs to be shown or expressed, so it will, by virtue of its abundance, extend out to the neighbor, the other-you
What is anxiety?
Fearing, expecting and only anticipating the worst-case scenario of losing the beloved or never having love in my life
What is despair?
Loss of hope for the possibility of love that comes from losing a particular beloved or missing out on love
What is the danger in habit?
That I become comfortable in the one way that I love, failing to see how to rightly love myself, how I am not identifying and loving the neighbor, and allowing my preferential love to become stale
What is self-renunciation?
Proper self-love, renouncing selfish self-love based in preference, so that love can be eternally secure
What is equality?
To not make distinctions, specifically with regard to who is the neighbor because everyone is because everyone is the other-you
What is there in Christianity thus discussed that offends, is offensive?
The command to love my neighbor as myself insults or offends my ego by:
pointing out that I am not the most important priority
Revealing that my beloved education is not what makes me good
and showing the hope and joy that exists when love is a command and an infinite debt
These paradoxes can only be understood if I set aside my ego in order to truly understand loving my neighbor, loving myself and the relation with the eternal
What does the command to love the enemy mean?
Simply to love the neighbor
When I do not pick and choose who my neighbor is based on his/her distinctions, then friend, enemy, or stranger-each is my neighbor in equality
What is the mark of maturity?
Not me-me-me, I-I-I
Understanding that I am the you in the you shall, in the command to love the neighbor
Understanding that the argument presented is not vaguely about human nature, but specifically about me
What does it mean to be sober?
To be clear-headed and thinking seriously concerning the duty to love which requires self-renunciation and that I avoid being intoxicated by selfish self-love
What is the danger in fastidiousness?
The danger to love when I deceive myself concerning how the object of love must be,
Nitpicking about every detail until I talk myself out of loving
Why is it a duty to be in the debt of love?
Because a debt is simply what is owed, so when I ask What do I owe the neighbor, the answer is simply love
because it is a need to keep love in its element so that I keep being able to love
Because if I consider only the debt as payable, then love is not love because it has an end, a limit, a measure
What is the danger in comparison?
The danger lies in
Thinking that I have finished with loving my neighbor since I have loved so much more than someone else (or at least more than some horribly selfish person)
thinking that I cannot even begin loving the neighbor since there are so many selfless people who will always have done so much more than I ever could both of which focus on me only
What is earnestness and truth?
Earnestness means being concerned seriously and sincerely with understanding the paradoxes in the command ,duty and need to love
Truth is the reality of the command and its possibility, as opposed to the self-deception that sees only limits and specifics
These must always be kept together
What is reconciliation in love?
When I love another who is unloving, overcoming evil with good, my goal is to win over the enemy, then I can resolve our differences and restore the relation because that vanquished enemy is simply my neighbor, another you
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