Many see the Word of God. . .few perceive!
Proverbs 7:18 (NIV)
18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love!m
Love has been twisted and distorted around the world today. That which God designed and gave as a gift in the sacred boundaries of marriage has become warped beyond recognition. But the truth is that Greek has four words for love. Storge, philia, eros and agape are all part of the love described in the Bible. Today we focus on the word for love called Eros.
Definition: Love and passionate desire, romance and sexual desire of couples.
(The previous notes are from C.S. Lewis’ book The Four Loves)
C.S. Lewis wrote his book The four loves after the death of his beloved wife. His sensitive description and inter-locking dependence that each of the words has on one another is fascinating. Hollywood has attempted to distill all love into the mold of Eros. Yet it is the most volatile of all loves.
The Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament, is where we find the use of the word Eros. It is describing the direct proposition from a prostitute to a man on a journey. The adulteress has a disarming reassurance about being perfectly safe in their escapade. It would take someone like Joseph to resist such an appeal. His wisdom and integrity surfaced and he rejected the appeal of Potipher’s wife in Genesis 39.
We hope this short treatment on Eros will prompt you to read The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
m See Ge 39:7
The New International Version. (2011). (Pr 7:18). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Van der Horst, P. W. (1999). Eros. In K. van der Toorn & B. Becking (Eds.), Dictionary of deities and demons in the Bible (2nd extensively rev. ed., p. 304). Leiden; Boston; Köln; Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge: Brill; Eerdmans.
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.