Agape Love: Tradition In Eight World Religions by Sir John Templeton

By Sir John Templeton

The culture of agape, or unconditional love, isn't unique to anybody faith. really, it's a significant underlying precept present in religions all over the world. the concept that of altruistic love is person who demanding situations the non secular individual to like your enemies, or to like with no 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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The moral law contained within the Mahabharata emphasizes kindness to all creatures. Thus, agape can be viewed as a natural course of action for those operating at a high level of spirituality. The Hindu holy text, the Bhagavad-Gita, teaches that those seeking ultimate spiritual freedom are characterized by such qualities as compassion and generosity. Liberation requires fleeing immorality. ” This holy book, although a treatise on war, encourages striving for a higher level of spirituality with such qualities as compassion, generosity, and nonviolence.

T A M I L P ROV E R B 54 becomes more like God, and agape follows as a natural consequence. We can learn from Hinduism that spirituality is a two-way path. The desire to look inward inevitably produces an outward manifestation of selfless love for all creation—agape. 55 Buddhism However innumerable beings are, I vow to save them. —ONE O F T H E F O U R VOW S O F T H E B O D H I S AT T VA In Buddhism, the source of moral authority is the causal law. Be kind, be just, be humane, be honest if you desire to crown your future.

Many people cannot escape images of God as a demanding and vengeful judge eager to punish all who fail to live as they should. But through his actions and through his teachings, Jesus Christ portrayed a different kind of God. ” Then Jesus added, “The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself ’” (Mark 12:28–34). When self-righteous religious leaders of Jesus’ day sought to 23 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. —1 C O R I N T H I A N S 13:13 Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.

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