Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one wanting to know the answer to life’s biggest theological questions? Who is God? Was Jesus a real person? What happens when I die? Is it free-will or is it predestination? The list goes on and on of questions that we all want the answers to. Consequently, that means that there will be one question that tops these unknowns that want to be known and of course my interest was piqued.
The Most Searched Theological Question Revealed
Now don’t worry, I won’t leave you hanging on the edge of your seat and scrolling down to the bottom of this article to see what the most searched question was, because who enjoys that?!
The most searched theological question Googled according to both the 2018 and 2019 studies done is… “What is love?”
No, the most searched theological question was not the hit 1990s song “What is Love” but don’t worry I started singing it too when I came across it. Before uncovering that this was the #1 question, I asked my coworkers what they assumed was the most searched theological question, and including myself, we all thought it would be “Is God real?” but actually the closest question to that on the list said “Who is God?” at #5.
I don’t know about you, but I am genuinely shocked that this was the most searched question 2 years in a row. It showed me very clearly what is at the forefront of people’s minds. Before we go too far into it, let me try my best to answer the question we’re all apparently wanting to know.
Recurring Christian Answers to “What is love?”
I want to first go over what would be some typical “Christian answers” before giving out my own opinion on what love is. Most Christians would respond by saying that God is love. I don’t disagree with that at all, but what’s also something to add is that God is also justice, He’s also fierce, He’s also jealous of us, He’s also completely holy. God is all of those things and so much more. So to simply say “God is love” I feel really takes away from all of the other things that He is just for a quick, general answer.
Now, there’s another huge thing I feel Christians, specifically, say that I would also agree with and that is the answer that “Love is a choice.” Yes, I absolutely feel that in the same way that God is love, that love is also a choice. There’s only a small hiccup with just that statement and I’ll explain why.
For just some quick backstory, I have been married to my husband Connor for a little over 3 years. Things have not always been 100% amazing as married life, or really life in general goes, but especially when we were dating we were unbelievably in love. In that season of life, and even now we have seasons of this, love is not a choice. It is something that overwhelms me and is more in charge of my heart than I have control over it.
Is this all the time? Absolutely not. Even right now in this season of life, I can say love isn’t a choice. Have we been in a season where love was the only choice or we would have walked away from one another indefinitely? Absolutely yes. So I suppose that is my hesitation with another Christian statement that love is a choice. I actually could go so far as to ask the question what if God’s love for us isn’t a choice? He’s so in love with us that the thought of having to choose to not love us doesn’t even cross His mind. I want that kind of love.
Therefore, saying that love is a choice, in my mind discounts how amazing love is when you feel like it’s not a choice. That it’s just an extension of who you are, not to say it’s never felt a million miles away from you.
What Is Love?
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, and it does not boast. It is not proud. It is not rude and it is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always preserves.”
With that verse fresh in mind, I would like to sum it up with love is freedom.
It’s freedom in every sense of the word because freedom can look like so many different things. It can look like feeling the freedom to choose to love someone, or when we are made free because God loves us that much, or when things are that bad that we have to acknowledge the fact that we are free to choose to love someone despite wrong-doings or conflict. It can even look like feeling so free to love someone just because you can, which is my favorite part.
I might as well add here, my opinion is just that, an opinion. I don’t claim to know the true meaning of love or life for that matter. But the very fact alone that hoards and hoards of people have thought long enough to search online for what love is, speaks volumes that I would like to throw my answer into for those to find.
So whether you agree with my answer, you have one of your own or you have yet to think about it at all, I feel it’s important to take the time to search and think about these deep questions in life. You’ll be surprised what comes of it.