One cannot get from it a scientific explanation of how the world arose; one can only glean religious experience from it.Thus Scripture would not wish to inform us about how the different species of plant life gradually appeared or how the sun and the moon and the stars were established.
The world is not a chaos of mutually opposed forces; nor is it the dwelling of demonic powers from which human beings must protect themselves.Saint John's Gospel describes that event in these words: "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should … In acknowledging the centrality of love, Christian faith has retained the core of Israel's faith, while at the same time giving it new depth and breadth.The pious Jew prayed daily the words of the Book of Deuteronomy which expressed the heart of his existence: "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord, and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might" (6:4–5). 1 Jn ), love is now no longer a mere "command"; it is the response to the gift of love with which God draws near to us.Jesus united into a single precept this commandment of love for God and the commandment of love for neighbour found in the Book of Leviticus: "You shall love your neighbour as yourself" (; cf. Benedict develops a positive view of sex and Eros in his first encyclical, which finally does away with the traditional Victorian view of the human body.Love between men and women is a gift of God, which should not be exploited: ... Eros, reduced to pure "sex", has become a commodity, a mere "thing" to be bought and sold, or rather, man himself becomes a commodity. On the contrary, he now considers his body and his sexuality as the purely material part of himself, to be used and exploited at will.