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Illustration by Larry Torres

Most of us simply define love as a deep affection that we have for someone or something. The ancient Greeks, who considered themselves masters of love defined it in various ways: Agape love was unconditional, selfless love. Eros love was romantic, carnal Love. Philios is fraternal love and False love is love of self or platonic.

The greatest promoters of love that the world has ever known were not named Anthony and Cleopatra, Paris and Helen, Lancelot and Guinevere, Romeo and Juliet, King Pepin and Queen Bertha, or even Yuri Zhivago and his girlfriend Lara. Love’s greatest promoter was a man who was not known for his amorous exploits or for his sexual expertise. He considered his celibacy as much as a gift from God as was marriage to other people.

He was a  scholar who was born in a little town in ancient Turkey, named “Tarsus." His name was Saul. He was one of the early persecutors of Christian followers of Jesus, who, according to Biblical tradition, was on the road to Damascus one day, to continue his persecutions. Suddenly he was engulfed by a bright light, and he heard a voice speaking to him and asking him: “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me…I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.” 

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