Unconditional love is a spiritual/philosophical ideal that humans cannot fully give or receive
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Since unconditional love represents the highest level of loving and being loved, we can see why many times psychological anguish occurs when someone does not feel unconditionally loved and/or someone, who wishes to love unconditionally, finds it challenging or impossible to do so.
For example, one of the highest levels of human love is expressed within a parent/child love relationship. Even if one or both parties in this relationship have a high level of love and devotion, harmful or hurtful behaviors from either or both parties will generally impact either party's ability to express unconditional love fully. This not does mean that either party cannot care or love the other party, but that the unconditional aspect may be difficult or impossible to give and/or to receive.
Higher level friendships based on mutual caring and emotional connection also face challenges of varying conditions imposed by each party, which if not met within varying degrees will challenge the unconditional aspect of the relationship.
Highly revered romantic love, which is the basis of the nuclear family, is based on various conditions, which would explain why couples break up so frequently and why divorce rates are high. Various conditions that begin a romantic love relationship can include sexual, personality, intellectual and emotional attractions. For many, these attractions include other subsets of conditions. Because this type of relationship is highly conditional, where each party expects certain conditions to be met within varying degrees, it is subject to pitfalls and failure with respect to unconditional love.
Ultimately, it is important to understand that unconditional love is the highest level of love within a spiritual or philosophical context that is worthy of pursuit, but that in practice it is challenging to receive and to give on a daily basis, because of human imposed conditions. This reality would allow for a more authentic assessment of each person's role and contribution within a relationship. The realization of such truth, would allow each person to examine and acknowledge what conditions they have within all of their relationships, and what conditions other people have of them with respect to the same relationships.
This allows us to choose to maintain, change or modify our conditions for others within our relationships. It also allows us to choose to accept or attempt to change/modify others conditions of us within our relationships. The roles of negotiation, acceptance and letting go are critical in this assessment.
Finally, it would allow us to understand why various loving relationships from childhood to adulthood caused us to feel loved and/or unloved or how we may have made others feel loved or unloved. It then becomes obvious that it was not based on our worth as a person, but because we may not have met the conditions of the love we were receiving or others did not meet our conditions of the love we were giving.
2) Jesus Christ is 100% God and 100% man. He is not 50/50, but 100/100. Ergo, since Jesus is true man, but also true God, humans CAN love one another unconditionally, because He did, and he was human, it is just a matter of finding the right human.
With that, I am open for Cross-Examination.
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Although this response is based on religious beliefs, I will respond briefly within the Christian belief framework.
From the Christian spiritual or philosophical viewpoint, Jesus was supposed to be the spiritual expression of God within a human vessel. Within this religious context, he was not born as others "human," because he was perceived to be "born without sin" and not through the usual human manner of conception.
From this specific religious viewpoint, he was not truly human, but a spiritual vessel sent by God to demonstrate God's unconditional love of humankind through his death. Within a Christian framework, Jesus would have been above the human condition and, therefore, not subject to the "flaws" of humankind, which includes the limitations of loving unconditionally.
In reality, many of the major religions have various "conditions" that are supposed to be met by true adherents. Within this framework, religions are conditional organizations, because of their practices and restrictions.
1) You are incorrect about Jesus being the, quote "spiritual expression of God within a human vessel," and "he was not truly human." Since, we are arguing within the context of Catholic spiritual belief, as my argument was made in, you should consult the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It clearly states that, "The unique and altogether singular event of the Incarnation of the Son of God does not mean that Jesus Christ is part God and part man, nor does it imply that he is the result of a confused mixture of the divine and the human. He became truly man while remaining truly God. Jesus Christ is true God and true man. During the first centuries, the Church had to defend and clarify this truth of faith against the heresies that falsified it." C.C.C. 464. In this debate thus far, we have assumed all Catholic Teaching to be true. Since the above passage from the Catechism of the Catholic Church is Catholic Teaching, it must be presumed to be true.
2) As for your other argument, quote, "In reality, many of the major religions have various "conditions" that are supposed to be met by true adherents. Within this framework, religions are conditional organizations, because of their practices and restrictions." The Catholic Church does not even have restrictions for being a part of it, much less for loving God. The Catholic Church especially does not presume to dictate who can and can't love God! Which defeats your argument that the Church has "conditions" for unconditional love. Also, there are no restrictions on who can be Catholic, even those Catholics who are excommunicated, contrary to popular belief are still members of the Catholic Church, they are just not entitled to the ordinary privileges of being a member of the faith community. The Catechism says the following on the matter, "Certain particularly grave sins incur excommunication, the most severe ecclesiastical penalty, which impedes the reception of the sacraments and the exercise of certain ecclesiastical acts, and for which absolution consequently cannot be granted, according to canon law, except by the Pope, the bishop of the place or priests authorized by them." C.C.C. 1463. Ergo, none of your alleged "conditions" have anything to do with unconditional love.
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