Can there be love amongst equals who have no recognition of authority over them?
To who is mans love demonstrated most?
I will like to draw from some examples from the words of Jesus for our consideration. All emphasis supplied.
(43) Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, (one who you regard as some kind of equal) and hate thine enemy. (one who you do not regard as equal to who you are)
(44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, (is this a channel?, love amongst 'unequals'?) bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (45) That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust
(46) For if ye love them which love you, (love of equals) what reward have ye? (a 'love' of no love) do not even the publicans the same? (47) And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? (48) Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (this obviously is not a 'man' thing, because the Father is represented in this whole equation, it seems to run down as who He is that we must work in also, that we might be His children, seeing Him as the source and authority which breaks our every form of human equality in which our kind of love is given or received)
Can I offer this answer that equals can love only if they all recognize that they also are under one authority, the authority who was identified by Jesus’ as the Father?
Mans love (perverted love) loves only them that love him, its a kind of love shared amongst people who regard themselves as some kind of equals, be it in title or possession. Its the kind of 'love' that men demonstrate to each other for praise and value.
There is no man good but God.
Thoughts are welcome