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God is love. Love is the starting point of apologetics. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. As C.S. Lewis taught, there are three Greek words for love: storge - family affection, philos - friendship, and eros - romantic love. All of these are "need-loves." But God's love is agape - and it is "gift-love." Christians are to love God with all their hearts and souls and minds, love their neighbors as themselves, and love one another. They are not to love the world or its attractions.




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God is love
1 John 4:8 Further Study
God so loved the world...
John 3:16 Further Study
Love God with all your heart
Matthew 22:36-38 Further Study
Love your neighbor as yourself
Matthew 22:39 Further Study
The New Commandment - Love one another
John 13:34-35 Further Study
The Love Chapter
1 Corinthians 13 Further Study
Do not love the world
1 John 2:15-17 Further Study

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Valentine's Dynamic Love

Feb. 13, 2009 - Charles Colson notes that modern romantic ideas about Valentines' Day has little to do with either the story of St. Valentine or of the Bible's supreme view of love. About Valentine, a 3rd-century priest, he writes,
The Roman Emperor Claudius II personally interrogated him and tried to persuade him to convert to Roman paganism (or die). Valentine refused and tried to convert the emperor to Christianity instead, eventually dying a martyr's death.
Colson remarks that most prominent modern-day apologist have written at least one book about love. Some examples are C. S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Norman Geisler, Ravi Zacharias, Art Lindsley, and Peter Kreeft. [One of Colson's own best-sellers was "Loving God".]

He says that Love is the true apologist's motive, and it is also the telos, or end goal. Since God is Love, understanding the true nature of love means helping people understand the true nature of God. In addition, the aim of real love is helping others know God.

Source: Charles Colson - Christianity Today

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Questions And Links For Love

These are some of the questions that are asked about this topic. Search the links section to find helpful teaching and resources from Christian apologists.

Why would a loving and all-powerful God allow suffering? - "What If We're Right" Radio series



Love Links


4Truth.net: A Reasoned Defense of Christianity
Southern Baptist North American Mission Board

Apologetics.com
"Challenging believers to think and thinkers to believe."
Harry Edwards - Founder

The Bereans Apologetics Research Ministry*

Biola University - Christian Apologetics Program
Biola offers a Master of Arts degree in Apologetics. They also conduct certificate programs for their popular "Defending The Faith" lecture series, and support the peer reviewed journal, Philosophia Christi. Dr. Craig Hazen leads the outstanding faculty of this department.

Center for Christ and Culture
The teaching ministry of S. Michael Craven, a Christian cultural apologist.

ChristianAnswers.Net
A mega-site providing biblical answers to contemporary questions for all ages and nationalities with over 45-thousand files.
Menu - Bible and Theology Questions
Eden Communications / Films For Christ - Lowell Wallen, President, Executive Director, Paul S. Taylor

Christian Research Institute (CRI)
Home of the "Bible Answer Man" radio program with Hank Hanegraaff. Publisher of the "Christian Research Journal." They have a large searchable database with helpful articles on all aspects of apologetics.

A Christian Thinktank
Glen Miller

Dinesh D'Souza Website
Author of best-seller, What's So Great About Christianity

Evangelical Philosophical Society
Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS) is an organization of professional scholars devoted to pursuing philosophical excellence in both the church and the academy. Interested laypersons can join as full, associate, or student members.

Dr. Gary R. Habermas
History, Philosophy, and Christian Apologetics: Specializing in Resurrection-of-Jesus Research

GodSaid/ Man Said
Answers to current questions

God Speaks
Fascinating site of the famous billboards.

GotQuestions?org
183,234 Bible Questions Answered!

Holman Quick Source Guide for Apologetics

C.S. Lewis Society Tom Woodward

C.S. Lewis Foundation

Leadership U
"Telling the truth at the speed of life." Leadership U. is a project of Christian Leadership Ministries, part of Campus Crusade for Christ, International.
Apologia Report
A weekly overview of spiritual trends noted in the global media. Editor: Rich Poll

The National Conference On Christian Apologetics
Nov. 13-14, 2009 - Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Charlotte NC

Reasonable Faith - With William Lane Craig
...providing an articulate, intelligent voice in defense of biblical Christianity in the public square

Reasons To Believe
Biblical creation teaching from the perspective that astronomy and other scientific disciplines prove that the earth and Universe are billions of years old. Dr. Hugh Ross is President and Director of Research.

Stand To Reason
This is the website for "Stand To Reason" radio show and host Greg Koukl. Koukl and other faculty members offer lectures and seminars geared towards helping Christians gain practical tools they need to make a difference in their world.

To Every Man An Answer
This is a live call-in radio program that answers your questions about the Bible and the Christian faith.

The Truth Project
From Focus on the Family - Dr. Del Tackett

What If We're Right?
Weekly radio program answering skeptics' questions. Hosted by Brian Hoerning and Ron Graff

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
A global ministry that seeks to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cultural influencers throughout the world.





Multimedia

Love on YouTube






Wikis

There are a number of user-edited Internet encyclopedias, known as "wikis." These may be very helpful, but because of the input of multiple editors, they may be incorrect. Go to any of these wikis and do a search for "Love" or any other topic.

Wikipedia - General interest - May have non-Biblical point of view.
Theopedia - Traditional, evangelical, Protestant point of view.
Conservapedia
CreationWiki
WikiChristian

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