Is God is love dogma?
CCC 221 But St. John goes even further when he affirms that “God is love”: God’s very being is love. By sending his only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed his innermost secret: God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange.
CCC 257 “O blessed light, O Trinity and first Unity!” God is eternal blessedness, undying life, unfading light.** God is love: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.** God freely wills to communicate the glory of his blessed life. Such is the “plan of his loving kindness”, conceived by the Father before the foundation of the world, in his beloved Son: “He destined us in love to be his sons” and “to be conformed to the image of his Son”, through “the spirit of sonship”. This plan is a “grace [which] was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began”, stemming immediately from Trinitarian love. It unfolds in the work of creation, the whole history of salvation after the fall, and the missions of the Son and the Spirit, which are continued in the mission of the Church.
CCC 733 “God is Love” and love is his first gift, containing all others. “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
CCC 2331 "God is love and in himself he lives a mystery of personal loving communion. Creating the human race in his own image . . … God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the vocation, and thus the capacity and responsibility, of love and communion."
“God created man in his own image . . . male and female he created them”; He blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply”; “When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created.”
Seems like that would be a yes.
The phrase “God is love” appears in Sacred Scripture in 1 John 4:8, 16.
It is also the title of an encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI. link
God does not HAVE anything. You and I HAVE love (to a greater or lesser extent), but whatever God has, he IS. God IS love.
In philosophical mumbo-jumbo, God is substantial while having no potential.
Dogmas are truths revealed by God. He revealed this directly and explicitly word-for-word in Sacred Scripture, so the answer is yes.
The following is from “Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma” by Ludwig Van Ott
4. Concept and Classification of Dogma
By dogma in the strict sense is understood a truth immediately (formally) revealed by God which has been proposed by the Teaching Authority of the Church to be believed as such.
a) According to their content as: General Dogmas (dogmata generalia) and Special Dogmas (dogmata specialia). To the former belong the fundamental truths of Christianity, to the latter the individual truths contained therein.
c) According to the mode by which the Church proposes them, as: Formal Dogmas (dogmata formalia) and Material Dogmas (dogmata materialia). The former are proposed for belief by the Teaching Authority of the Church as truths of Revelation; the latter are not so proposed, for which reason they are not Dogmas in the strict sense.
To repeat other posters St. John says, “God is love”. This would be a material dogma as the teaching authority has never had to officially define it because this was revealed plainly in scripture and has always been held by the faithful.
Most formal dogmas are pronounced because members of the church started to doubt a particular teaching like Helvidious in regards to Mary’s perpetual virginity in the fourth century.
Thank you, very insightful.
You cant know God by any other way, than by His Love.