How much would you pay for something valued at a hundred dollars?
Most people might say, "A hundred dollars or less."
Sounds rational, doesn't it?
But, what if it were--say ummmm...your family album with all the pictures of your grandparents, parents, babies, old friends, etc?
Let's say it was stolen and being held for ransom (I know, it's silly--just go along with me on this..) and the album-nappers wanted
two hundred or five hundred for it?
You get the idea.
The VALUE of something is really what we are willing to exchange in order to possess or protect or preserve.
Does that sound about right? Think about it for a minutre. I'll wait...................
You might love your old family dog so much that if it needed an expensive operation you'd pay whatever it took.
You might love your daughter so much you'll pay for an extravagent wedding that throws you into debt.
And so on...
I'm trying to establish that what we VALUE most highly is really the thing(s) or person(s) we LOVE.
It is a personal and subjective sort of evaluation isn't it?
Your best friend might tell you how crazy you are to spend so much on that engagement ring.
Your wife might want you to go to a psychiatrist to determine why you paid forty-thousand dollars for that sports car.
Our emotions are really just an involuntary REACTION to our deepest values, aren't they/
If we love life we might fear death. That's two emotions right there! Value=emotion.
How strong is the particular emotion you feel? It is as strong as the value connected to it!
Criminals are persons whose values are tilted out of the normative. A religious nut might kill an abortionist, for example. The VALUATION
that criminal places on the life of an unborn gets distorted into a total disregard for the life of the abortion doctor. The EMOTION goes awry and
chaos ensues. Hard to explain unless you realize emotions can be overwhelming.
But why are emotions so hard to understand?
We all have values of some kind or other. But, maybe we didn't consciously CHOOSE those values directly.
We absorb alot of values when we are small and less than rational.
We absorb values from our family, friends, what we read.....etc. the list is endless.
If our VALUES are not consciously selected our EMOTIONS are confusing when they arise.
What about a fetish? An unusual subconscious valuation of.....oh...let's say FEET!
A man might engage in FOOT worship! He doesn't know why, but, the compulsion is overwhelming.
Since it is outside the societal norm it is seen as aberrated. But, is it any more rational than obsessing over large pockets of fat on a woman's chest? I'm being funny on purpose.
VERY FEW of our Emotions are rational because we don't really know where our VALUES came from in the first place.
Now, having said all that I say this.
IF LOVE ISN'T BASED ON VALUE what good is it?
God so LOVED the world (of mankind) He gave His only-begotten son.......etc etc
What VALUE does God place on sinners so that they should be LOVABLE to such an extent.......that......(read carefully)
although disobedient wretched sinners who murder, lie, cheat, steal and blaspheme Him.....God is compelled to emotionally respond positively?
Can anybody clearly spell that out?
A wretch is worthless. Man is wretched. God loves what is worthless?? See? It doesn't compute.
God is Just. Saving a worthless sinner is not Just. See? It doesn't make sense.
God provided perfect laws which He then ignored by punishing the perfect Jesus and saving the sinful humans. See? The VALUES are ridiculous.
It isn't an answer to say: "Well God can do anything He wants." Duh. Sure. But He exposes His VALUES in so doing, doesn't He?
Is such absurd demonstration of VALUE really something noble and pure if it is irrational and outside of what is Just and Fair/
If LOVE isn't based on VALUE..........(and UNdeserved grace ISN'T)
what good is it?
I leave it to you to explain.