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Old Mar 5, '12, 4:45 pm
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Is it possible for anyone to love God IF they don't really [actually] have an understanding of the Devine Nature of God?

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That's what faith is all about.
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Of course! And, if you think about it, we don't even understand our spouses - and they're fellow human beings!
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Of course! And, if you think about it, we don't even understand our spouses - and they're fellow human beings!
It's hard enough to understand ourselves at times!
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Of course! And, if you think about it, we don't even understand our spouses - and they're fellow human beings!
This is what I was going to say but you beat me to it!
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If you have to have somebody all figured out before you can love them, then I question the sincerity of the relationship. Part of the joy of falling in love with God is not knowing what great mystery He will reveal to you next time you meet. Enjoy the endless revelations!
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Is it possible for anyone to love God IF they don't really [actually] have an understanding of the Divine Nature of God?

God Bless you,
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Maybe this will answer your question:

1John 4:7-8
7 Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.

So - in order for someone to be incapable of loving God they would have to be incapable of Love, for the divine nature of God IS Love.

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Is it possible for anyone to love God IF they don't really [actually] have an understanding of the Devine Nature of God?

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Sure. This is why God become Man. We are made to know, love, and serve Him.
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=JRKH;9040893]Maybe this will answer your question:

1John 4:7-8
7 Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.

So - in order for someone to be incapable of loving God they would have to be incapable of Love, for the divine nature of God IS Love.

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Just some thoughts on this....

When Jesus spent his time on Earth, he would have lived by the greatest commandments, this would have been the greatest way he could respond to each and every situation in his life. But how did Jesus love all his neighbours as he loved himself, the ones who condemned him to death, the soldiers who crowned him with thorns and nailed him to the cross?

It seems that nothing, and no one should stand in the way of Jesus living by the greatest commandments, and we know that he prayed on the cross, ‘ forgive them Father’
It seems that every time Jesus suffered injustice here on Earth, he forgave, in order that he should continue to love the sinners as he loved himself. If Jesus can forgive the people who had him killed, then it should give us hope that we can be forgiven also. What kind of a burden do we place on Jesus with our sins?

After his resurrection does the divine nature of Jesus, follow his human nature? When Jesus ascended into heaven, does Jesus still forgive us, in order that he should continue to love each and every one of us as he loves himself?
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Is it possible for anyone to love God IF they don't really [actually] have an understanding of the Devine Nature of God?

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I doubt there is a human alive who fully understands God's divine nature, however there is plenty of love out there for him if you look in the right place.
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St Augustine said something to the effect that if you think you understand God, what you understand is not God.
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=Joannm;9051878]St Augustine said something to the effect that if you think you understand God, what you understand is not God.
Allow me to be a bit more precise.

Can we Love a God" without understanding His Divine Nature?

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Man cannot Love God as he deserves to be Loved.
That is why we are to Love our neighbor as ourselves...

From the dialogues of St Catherine of Sienna:
...."And it cannot be otherwise, because (the soul's) love of (God) and of her neighbor are one and the same thing, and, so far as the soul loves (God), she loves her neighbor, because love towards him issues from (God). This is the means which (God) have given you, that you may exercise and prove your virtue therewith; because, inasmuch as you can do (God) no profit, you should do it to your neighbor. This proves that you possess (God) by grace in your soul, producing much fruit for your neighbor and making prayers to (God), seeking with sweet and amorous desire (God's) honor and the salvation of souls.

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