Originally posted by smithjustinb
Knowledge, according to many humans, is the purpose for existence. Take a look around and you see that we're the only beings who need large amounts
of thorough knowledge in order to survive. Other animals don't need it as much and they never will. So intelligence is not the epitome or purpose for
life. Therefore, the world cannot be justly judged by it. We determine status according to knowledge so we think we are the most superior species on
the planet, but by the universes standards, it seems to me that greatness isn't determined by how much you know, but by how well you can love and
appreciate because through that, you actually determine your own greatness and the greatness of others in your mind. So, according to that logic, it
may be that humans are actually among the most inferior species on the planet.
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Do tigers love well and appreciate more than mankind? Do rats? Do cats? Do bats? They must according to your last two statements. You conclude that
mankind may be the most inferior species on the planet, which makes your unspoken statement "animals love and appreciate more and better".
Your first statement is partially correct, I would just add that many humans determine their status by knowledge, not all as you sweepingly brush
everyone. To Our Creator, the worldly knowledge of mankind is foolishness because in the scheme of things, we are spirit whose fleshly body will
eventually go back into the dust from which we were created. That worldly knowledge means nothing at the end of the day for our spirits, so therefore
what type of knowledge is it that is truly worthwhile? How about knowledge and understanding from Our Creator? Would that not be the single greatest
understanding, knowledge that prepares us for an eternity instead of the mere decades that we live in the flesh body?
But instead, you write "how well you can love and appreciate because through that, you actually determine your own greatness and the greatness of
others in your mind."
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
No one is good except God. What if your definition of love doesn't match your Creator's? What if your definition of love is nothing more than
defined by MAN'S knowledge. Love today is being redefined as tolerance, yet we are commanded to "Tolerate no evil". Love today includes allowing
the murder of infants to be legalised. So, in reality, if you are not one with your Creator's will, your love is merely a construct of that human
knowledge which you yourself say that humanity is wrongly using to benchmark their "greatness". Furthermore, I can prove that this is what you are
doing, for your wrote above
"it seems to me that greatness isn't determined by how much you know, but by how well you can love and appreciate because through that,
you actually determine your own greatness and the greatness of others in your mind
Your conclusion is based off of hypocrisy. You conclude that the benchmark of human greatness is love and appreciation, but you can't see that your
benchmark is given to you by the minds of man. Jesus said that only One is good. Should that not be the benchmark for how to define love? And I can
assure you that if you come to understand that all good comes from Him, you wouldn't be determining "your own greatness and the greatness of
others" but rather understanding just how truly wicked and evil the thoughts of men are -
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily
angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes,
always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
The definition of love and charity today no longer reflects the above. Today, the "pillars of society" boast of their great works, they define their
status by them. Why? Because they falsely conclude as you do, they "actually determine their own greatness and the greatness of others in their
mind." it is nothing more than seeking gratification and approval from man, not from Above.
Love and good, not defined by God, is but from MAN'S knowledge.