Monday, 12 September 2005

God is love

“The lover communicates himself. He is the one who communicates and the one communicated. In love he is both simultaneously. Love is the power of self-differentiation and self-identification, and it has its source in this process. The greater the self-differentiation of the lover, the more unselfish the self-communication. When we say ‘God loves the world,’ then we mean God’s self-communication to the world by virtue of his self-differentiation and his self-identification. When we say ‘God is love’, then we mean that he is in eternity this process of self-differentiation and self-identification; a process which contains the whole pain of the negative in itself. God loves the world with the very same love which he himself is in eternity. God affirms the world with the energy of his self-affirmation.”

—Jürgen Moltmann, The Trinity and the Kingdom (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1981), p. 57.

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