Traditional Christian theology embraces the concept that God “is love.” However, traditional doctrine holds that the converse is not true, that love is God.
The reason for this is that love is seen as an outcome or predicate of mental thought. So it is assumed that God, as well as finite humans, love objects and people from intellectual discernment.
Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg made the amazing claim that love was more primary than thought. In fact, all thought was generated first by some appetite, intention, goal or disposition (derivatives of love). Since our thoughts are the first things that we become conscious of, we fail to recognize that what we love or will is sitting in the cockpit of our cognitive function.
Swedenborg points out that if one removed affection from thought, the thought immediately dissipates. This is why when we lose our interest (affection) in a topic we change focus and move our thoughts in another direction.
This means that love is the very life and fabric of a man or a woman (what we love is the very essence of our subjective consciousness and spirit). In other words, life is love. Stated in another way, love is life and the deepest essence of “being.” This has theological implications for God, since humans are an image and likeness of the Creator.
God is Infinite Life. God’s love is that infinite life, essence and substance. God’s wisdom is the form which love takes to define its existence (just as human thoughts are the means by which our intentions start to gain detectable form).
Those of you who have been following my blog posts know that I have written a new book, Proving God. It is the result of my seven-year attempt to unify science and God. If God is love and love is God, then we can begin to understand the nature of God from rational first principles (and not just as a holy mystery).
The challenge then remains to show how love generates the forces and laws of the universe from a scientifically plausible theory. One of the big mysteries in science is nature’s incessant endeavor towards self-organization and complexity that brings about a unified universe.
Clue: the essence of love is to unite.