Originally posted by Larry Hughes
I think the point is that love cannot be commanded and "œbe" love if then obeyed out of fear of punishment or hope of reward.
Great question, ah, worm. I don't think you are abnormal; in fact I think the thought life is the main battleground for every Christian, and things like this are evidence of it. I would highly recommend a treatise called "The Vanity of Thoughts" by Thomas Goodwin. Here are just a couple relevant excerpts that should help you; but if at all possible, read the whole thing!
[Edited on 8-27-2006 by Laura]
It's interesting to see the comments on the inability to control thoughts. The world would label this as a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Clearly they are completely neglecting the spiritual aspects of these thoughts that plague our minds. I've read about John Bunyan recently where he was pinpointed as having a form of OCD as well. It's intriguing to see the world's interpretation of this compared to a Christian's perspective. Has anyone ever considered this?