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Loving the unknown neighbor

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Darwin said...
April 10, 2008 at 9:58 PM  

Good point.

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Rick Lugari said...
April 11, 2008 at 10:18 AM  

I agree, good point. I answer yes using a different method though. If one views 'love' as desiring good for another for their own sake it's pretty easy to love people you don't know exist. Really the only impediment to loving everyone is our own selfishness or tendency toward envy, vengeance or unforgiveness - things that we might embrace that make us desire ill for another.

It's in this context where we can see that there isn't necessarily a contradiction between having to resort to force to defend oneself from an injustice and loving thy enemy. I can want good for my assailant, and desire for his own sake that he change his will and actions, but can still physically harm him in defense of myself and family.

Likewise, I can dislike someone like Hillary Clinton and not want her to be president, yet still love her. I detest her vices and evil desires like a "right to abortion", yet for her own sake, for God's sake (for He created her, loves her and desires her to be with Him for eternity too), and for the sake of the innocent who are victims of what she espouses and facilitates, I wish she would abandon them.

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Milehimama said...
April 11, 2008 at 11:09 AM  

Any time anyone does something with the intent of making the world a better place for future generation, they are loving people who they don't know exist.

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