Several years ago, there was a popular song by Tina Turner that asked that question. It is still in play today by many music outlets. It is a song that essentially pays homage to the physical side of having a relationship with another person, asking the question “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” The Greeks had a name for this kind of thinking, Hedonism. These people believe in the ‘pleasure of the moment’ and can be summed up in this definition. “the ethical theory that pleasure (in the sense of the satisfaction of desires) is the highest good and proper aim of human life.”
Hedonism has no room for God. They are constantly seeking pleasure and whatever gives you pleasure is good. You will find some hedonistic societies in the world today. They regularly eat to excess, not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas, they tend to drink to excess and they endulge in behavior, especially sexual, that society sees as perversion.
Now before you go around judging people, let’s be reminded that not all overweight people are Hedonists and not all Hedonists are overweight. Some of us think about looking at a picture of a piece of Pecan Pie and gain weight. Others can eat the whole pie and never gain weight. So, just looking at appearances is no real measure of what kind of person you are dealing with. That lesson applies in a lot of instances.
Hedonism is true paganism taken to its extremes in many instances. The phrase that many use today is “If it feels good, do it” is the modern day embodiment of Hedonism. This also leads to the thinking “The end justifies the means” which is prominent in Socialist/Communist philosophy. Once again, in this thought there is no room for God.
This is the introduction to our study of the word ‘love’ and what it says to us today. We will be opening the Bible and see what God says about love as its meaning.
Love is talked about in many passages and is an important part of the Christian life. May we find out, through our studies, what God would have us glean from this study. If this has been helpful, please share it with others. Thank you for taking time to read.
Introduction to Love.