In loving God, is one loving an idea (or concept)? Or is one loving a certain experience (i.e., love whose object is undefined)? Or…and here is where it gets really interesting…is one having faith that love itself has a metaphysical quality–being of the nature of reality? How can that which “is” be love itself? Isn’t love inherently relational? If reality or “that which is” is unitary, how can a relation be innate in it?
I am resisting the anthropomorphism “God loves the world” here, treating this as an easy out. I am also resisting the temptation to reduce “God is love” to referring to the relations within the Trinity. I want to go beyond these easy answers–or answers we have made easy. I suspect that “reality” is not so easy.
So, what is love, metaphysically speaking? Is this question essentially asks, “what does it mean that existence itself is love?”, then we can go further to ask: What does it mean to say that the source, or basis, of that which exists is love? If you already have a headache, here is another for extra credit: If love is the essence of that which creates all that exists, does this means that love goes beyond existence? Love as the essence of the source, or Creator, not only means that love exists always, backwards and forward in time, but also that love transcends existence. What does it mean to say that something is the source of existence? What I am getting at here goes beyond “is not itself created.”