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Although "charity" has come to mean "help to the needy," it originally meant love i.e. care, caress, cherish and charity all originated from the same word which meant to love. Hence the reason that some translations of the Holy Bible use "charity" where others use "love" e.g.
"1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned" (1 Timothy 1:5 KJV)
Acts of "charity" without love are not true charity:
"13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity [i.e. love], it profiteth me nothing." (1 Corinthians 13:3 KJV)
"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity"
Interestingly, the apostle Paul included in this teaching on charity / love his humble admission that he was not perfect in knowledge - an act of "charity" toward others.
"13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels [see Do You Speak In Tongues?], and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
Fact Finder: Is love / charity the basis of all that is good?