Uncovering the Truth: Logic Is Not of God Because He Wants Us to Be Proud to Love in Humility
Recently, I accused Giovanni of only loving me because he is a devotee – he has a fetish for disabled women. Like the Disabled Students’ Program at UC Berkeley taught me, I thought that people had to have a logical reason of utility for loving me. However, logic does not reflect God’s love or the love of humility that He calls humans to practice.
The West is obsessed with reason (Amadae, p. 6). Weber (p. 181-182) argues that this obsession comes from Protestant teaching of Romans 9 particularly verse 3 where Paul tells the Romans that the flesh is contrary to God’s will. According to Weber (p. 181), the Protestants interpreted this passage to means that God must have a logical reason for everything He does and not be excessive to gratify His selfish, fleshly desires.
To prevent humans from continuing the corruption of Catholic priests in receiving bribes in sacraments (Tucker), Protestants argued that sacraments let in magical practices that deterred Christians from focusing on salvation through faith (Weber, p. 181). All fleshly practices were forbidden, including love without utility (Weber, p. 181).
But when God was talking about fleshly sins in Romans 9, He was referring to rebellion. In verse 8, God says that the flesh are people who are not Him. In John 15, Jesus says that people that do not abide in Him hate Him. Fleshly sins must be those that do not follow God’s commandment to love one another (John 15:17); fleshly sins do not mean that love must be for utilitarian purposes. In fact, God says that love is giving, not getting (John 15:13).
To make Jesus my Lord, I need to stop listening to philosophic logic like Colossians 2:8 says and live proudly in humility (Colossians 2:18). Many friends and family criticize me because I love Giovanni more than he loves me, but God only says that people must administer the law equally without prejudice (James 2:9). In fact, God commands us to think of others more highly than ourselves in humility (Philippians 2:3-4).
In this case, it is not a sin to love Giovanni more than he loves me. Demanding equal romantic love from someone is a man-made concept to make people feel better when a person’s love interest rejects that person. The truth is unrequited love is simply a preference because romantic love is the person one prefers to commit to above all.