Love is Love

Love is a word. Love is a verb. Love is a thought. Love is an emotion. Love has shown itself to be many things in life, including a deity. If God is love[1], love can also be an entity or being. If love is a being, who are we to define who it is? What do we really mean when we say, “Love is love.”?

I despise the phrase “love is love” because of the community it is used to justify. It is the projecting of ideals onto an individual who has already defined Himself, not the definition of a concept. If someone said, “Dario is Dario,” I would be irritated within a second, because what does that mean? I am here. I can define who I am. It does not help to try and define who I am. Who I am must be accurately conceptualized, defined, and expressed by myself.

If you didn’t know, love is love, in the eyes of a pedophile also. Love is love, in the eyes of a zoophile. Such ideals attempt to latch themselves onto the concept “love is love”, but they are perversions, not love. Where some would say only those are not love, I would say homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism, queerness, and all sexualities associated with the LGBTQI community are not love either, even ally. Love has already defined Himself, and it has decided to not include that community.

“…Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends…”[2]

For those of you who do not understand how God is actively present in every living thing in existence, the concept of God speaking through a man writing a letter escapes your comprehension, so using scripture will not be easily understood by you, and that is fine. However, love is a being, and that being is God. To understand love, we must first understand the original version, who is God, being that God (and the concept of God) came before we did. Knowing God begins with understanding He is everything and He is in everything. This statement does not rely upon your belief or acknowledgment to be true.

It is arrogant and naïve to believe that our society can adjust every rule established before our existence. We cannot redefine love any more than we can change the fact that we need oxygen to survive. Certain rules are set in nature, and your feelings on the matter are trivial, but they can lead you down destructive paths. It is best to let your preconceived notions depart so that you can understand how life is meant to work for you.

That being said, here is what we know about God, or love. Love creates[3]. Love gives[4]. Loves gives free will. Love sets boundaries[5]. Love enforces consequences[6]. Love tells the truth. Love requires sacrifice[7]. Love protects. Love judges[8]. All of this can be found in the first four chapters of the Bible. Imagine how many more characteristics are found throughout the book?

For those of you who are saying, “Well Christianity isn’t the first religion,” please understand that the first time someone said, “I am a Christian” is not the beginning of Christianity. Christianity starts with the birth of Christ, and no, not the human embodiment. John 1:1-3 and 14-18 state, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being… And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.” “In the beginning” is an uncommon phrase throughout the Bible, and each time it is used, it points to Genesis 1, which is the creation of life as we know it. Therefore, my use of scripture from the New Testament is in fact relating to the entirety of the Bible, and theoretically (for now) all of life, regardless of belief. Again, that is if the Bible is true (which it is).

Without the Bible, Love still has a way of defining Himself in the course of nature. For instance, considering the level of anxiety, grief, trauma, and injury that war causes, we know murder, unjustified imprisonment, and death are not of love. We know that stealing is not love because of the sadness developed by what was lost. We know lying is not love because of the sadness brought on by deception. We know that many things: rape, extortion, betrayal, manipulation, abortion, slavery, injustice, jealousy, envy, infidelity, oppression, abandonment, racism, and more are not actions that come from a place of love.

However, different subjects blur the lines between love and lie for all of us. In fact, love, in its purest sense, is too difficult for humans to maintain consistently throughout life. Sometimes, your spouse makes you mad. Sometimes, your children disappoint you. Sometimes your government and friends betray you. Sometimes, the events in life take away the desire to love. Love is a hard thing to do for us. As previously stated, love requires sacrifice, and most of us are not always capable of selfless sacrifice. We are unable to love unconditionally. This is why we allow perversions of love to exist.

When we base our love on emotion alone, we find our ability to love fluctuates, because our emotions fluctuate. When we base our love on action alone, we tend to allow and accept things not of love simply because we only want to express love, and thus confuse ourselves with passivity. When we base our love on thought and knowledge alone, we don’t act in love, which acting in love is arguably the most important. Love acts in truth. There is no way around it.

If love acts in truth, then there is a God. Why? Because how can love never end but the essence of who we are does? If humans are only given life to perish, what is the point of existence? It is not love to create in order to destroy, that is why God created what we define to be an afterlife[9]. That is why it is my belief that abortion and nonreproductive relationships are not love.

If God creates salvation for those whose sins warrant death[10], who are we to create life in the womb and destroy it? Who are we to take on relationships that do not produce offspring, which is the very first commandment Love (God) gave us[11]? God established a future for us. Homosexuality, and all associations to such relationships, do not naturally produce offspring, and so do not create a future. Nature itself decided such relationships should not reproduce. For those of you who will ask about sterility, please understand that one being unable to choose sterility is different than one being able to choose it. The subject of condoms, tube-tying, vasectomies, surrogacy, and IVFs is for another time. I would only ask that you really ask yourself is it love to choose to not reproduce? Do you care about the future of humanity if you refuse to give birth? If you don’t care about humanity, do you care about yourself, being that you are a part of humanity? Just be honest with yourself.

Am I saying that the LGBTQI community is not worthy of love? Surely not. As stated, God created salvation for those whose sins warrant death. They have a future, should they choose to accept it. They were created by God just as anyone else, and therefore are worthy of love. However, everyone has the free will to choose, and no one is above the consequences of their decisions. Let us not forget that Love is also vengeful and full of wrath[12].

If you’ve read through the Bible, you know about the plethora of times the Lord brought down His wrath upon disobedient and sadistic nations. He caused people to drop dead, firstborns to be killed, fire and brimstone to reduces cities to ash, lack of pregnancy, flooded the earth, and promises to do worse in our coming future (Revelation 5-9). To live a life opposed to love is to invite a life of hate, and you will reap those benefits if you continue to reject Love and the truth He carries[13].

All Love asks of any of us is to be honest with yourself. The concept of God did not just sprout out of thin air. People are paying attention to the spiritual aspect of our existence. There are things hidden from us that are waiting for our maturity to grow so that we can understand them when they reveal themselves. There is a judgment day coming that will inspect the decisions you’ve made in this life. Have you been living in love (which includes the truth), or have you invited hate to produce wrath against you?

This is a question for every man and woman, husband and wife, officer and civilian, judge and defendant, politician and voter, ruler and subject, commander and soldier, boss and employee, parent and child, church community and LGBTQI community, country and city, friend and stranger, and all other relational aspects. How we treat each other, how we treat God, and how we handle the truth are all going to be judged one day. It will not be by someone who will not be able to render accurate judgement or an appropriate sentence. We will get what we deserve, because love does not like evil, and it does not like hate. Have you been living out love?

Next time you think it is appropriate to speak, “Love is love,” please recognize that “God is love” came thousands of years before it. There is a reason this ideology wishes to remove “God” from the concept of what love is. Don’t be fooled. Learn who He is. Don’t be the people who mutilate the words of past historical figures. Don’t try to change Love’s words and actions to fit your agenda. Allow Love to be who He has always been. Get to know Him.

I could continue writing on the subject of who Love is, but I am not 100% certain. That is the condition of growth. You are not fed steak out of the womb. You can’t even handle oatmeal. The same can be said for knowledge and wisdom. If you consume something above your capacity to comprehend, you will damage yourself or miss the point of the gift given to you.

I ask that you continue to research what love truly is. It does not accept as much as you think it does. I had to find that out the hard way. Don’t learn the hard way. If you are a part of the Church, the Body of Christ, you are to immediately figure this out. We are supposed to be the first example of true love anyone sees. That burden, and the consequences of obedience or disobedience, are on you. I pray for everyone’s continued growth, understanding of love, and ability to express said love. For the sake of us all, please love appropriately.

Sincerely,

Dario Augustus

[1] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+john+4%3A+8%2C+16&version=NKJV [2] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+13%3A4-8&version=NRSV [3] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+1%3A1&version=NRSV [4] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+1%3A29-30&version=NRSV [5] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+2%3A15-17&version=NRSV [6] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+3%3A+9+-19&version=NRSV [7] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+4%3A3-7&version=NRSV [8] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+4%3A8-16&version=NRSV [9] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=revelation+21&version=NRSV [10] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%206%3A23&version=NRSV [11] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%201%3A22&version=NRSV [12] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+1%3A18-31%3B+12%3A17-19&version=NRSV [13] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+14%3A14-20&version=NRSV

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