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Editor, The News:
It has become fashionable to speak of unconditional love; such is testimony to moral decadence and oft companion intellectual torpidity (dullness/sloth).
The espousal begs definition of both “love” and the term “unconditioned,” but certainly, and refreshingly such definitions preclude emotion since all emotions are conditional. Which leaves one asking: What things may be unconditioned? Answer: God.
Now sadly, some in the Catholic Church — other Christian churches as well — assert God is “love,” occasionally asserting “unconditional love.” It’d be interesting to Adam and Eve’s opinion on the matter. It seems they violated a condition of Paradise.
Of course it seems Jesus intimates conditions all over the New Testament, many times in parables e.g., “… And then the king said to those on his left: ‘Out of my sight you evildoers, into pit of unquenchable flame; For I was hungry and you gave me no food …” Matthew 25:31-46.
It seems that many confuse the “banquet to which all are invited” — not all accept the invitation — which intimate mercy and forgiveness; forgetting the fate of the improperly attired — “… bind him hand and foot, throw him into the night where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth …”
1. Love is truth realized.
2. Truth is the will of God.
3. Conformity (obedience) to God’s will is accomplished by denying one’s self, picking up one’s cross.
4. Society’s moral decadence is prima facie evidence that few are aware of cross may be the condition of love, something the church incessantly — formerly — intoned.
5. Unconditional love (oxymoronic) is a plea for tolerating evil; conceptually it renders the cross absurd.
Thomas J. Donegan
NEW CASTLE —
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