Agape Love: A Tradition Found in Eight World Religions by Sir John Templeton

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By Sir John Templeton

The culture of agape, or unconditional love, isn't really particular to anyone faith. really, it's a significant underlying precept present in religions around the world. the concept that of altruistic love is one who demanding situations the non secular individual to like your enemies, or to like with out considered go back. it's a love that flows out to others within the type of compassion, kindness, tenderness, and charitable giving.

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If you give your life in a cause, that is the greatest gift you can give. If you give yourself, that is, your personal efforts, your talents, your skill, your learning, that comes next in degree. If you give your earnings, your property, your possessions, that is also a great gift; for many people love them even more than other things. And there are less tangible things, such as positions, reputation, the wellbeing of those we love, the regard of those who can help us, etc. It is unselfishness that God demands, and there is no act of unselfishness, however small or tangible, but is well within the knowledge of God.

Jesus taught that those who feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the outcast, care for the sick, and visit the prisoner are in a very real way serving and loving God. Jesus further illustrates the priority of agape by healing on the Sabbath. When he did so, lawyers and Pharisees accused him of violating religious law. But Jesus responded in essence that agape trumps religious custom. No time is a wrong time to heal, to love. Christian love is not an isolated action. Rather, it is a way of life, a habit in search of constant expression.

K A S H M I R I P ROV E R B Love can’t be hid by hiding. —I N D I A N 52 P ROV E R B reflects the Hindu philosophy that all people, even our enemies, are a part of the same ultimate reality. Gandhi’s peaceful, agapelike leadership led India to political freedom. When Gandhi died early in 1948 from an assassin’s bullet, this man of less than one hundred pounds had a mere two dollars to his name. The utility of satyagraha makes sense in light of the sociological research that many victimizers in society—those who steal or kill, who abuse emotionally or physically—were once themselves victims of physical or emotional abuse or neglect.

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