This is the Greek word for sexual love. Because this word never appears in the New Testament, The Greenhouse staff summarily dismissed this word. What a great breadth of knowledge they displayed! They not only taught about love from the New Testament record inits original language,
but they even knew Koine Greek that did not make it into the New Testament!
Wow! Impressive!Boy, this sounds great! Especially the part that, as a Christian, we enter into the
, of God that the world does not know! But, just as exciting,
we can become a funnel for this divine material to flow though us
- as we spontaneously, unconditionally,divinely love those around us! What a rush! When a new person came to The Greenhouse, thestaffers were convinced they were functioning in the
of God. They were givingunconditionally - expecting nothing in return. And the feelings were so warm and genuine.
to have this divine love falling from the Throne of Grace through meto the unsaved world! How great it is to be used by God in such a manner!”
Unfortunately, I may have taught all this in my early days. After all,
I was being pointedto the original language!
And all the learned teachers and preachers around me were speaking
with one voice
on this subject. Some not only had Seminary degrees, but one even headed achurch
with thousands of members!
So, how do I now know this is error? What makes me
this teaching about “Love”
indeed even false teaching?
Well, before laying outthe case for your examination, I want to relate a puzzle that made me begin to wonder if something was amiss about this teaching. See if you can relate to this experience in some way.
But, Before the Puzzle ....
When I was a student in one of the seminaries I attended, I shared the forthcominginformation with one of my professors after he had presented this
agapao, phileo, eros
teachingto the class. When I pointed out the fabulous truth you will soon be privy to, he was taken aback and visibly shook. His theology on
was shattered. But, by the next class period,he was back in the saddle! He had run to a resident Greek “scholar” and came back with a half- baked presentation that was an obvious tortured attempt to keep this erroneous teaching alive.When he presented his lame rationalization to the class, it was obvious to all that he was not even buying his own presentation. I didn’t have to say a word and he concluded by saying he wouldhave to look into it more. I do not know if he ever did, or if he is still teaching this heresy about- Love! And I ask you again,
“Is love an important subject area for Christianity?”
Is it? Love!Love! Love! Everybody talks about it! The world sings about it! Movies are laced with it!Multitudes of novels revolve around it! Poetry drips with its theme! Love! Love! Love! Theworld cries out for this stuff! Young and old, male and female - Asian, Caucasian, African,Indian, Hispanic, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist - all languages, all cultures, all ages (and all futureages as well) - they all write about, and cry out for, this stuff called -
But, what is it?
What is it?!
I guess you have noticed my accusatory language is getting stronger. I just usedthe word, “heresy” for this teaching! Can I back up such a charge? Or
am I the heretic?
In reality, my first mission is to take
to the place of accurate information. If I cangain understanding on the Biblical definition of love, it will help me understand God’s activities
- and events in my life may make more sense. Moreover, an accurate understandingof Christian love will help me understand
toward God - and man.
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