The Greeks believed that Eros was the innocently mischievous offspring of [[Aphrodite]] the goddess of beauty and venereal love who pierced mortals with love or hate. In this latter sense it is possible to be consumed with a love of hating someone or something for the love of hating for its own sake. The Roman equivalent of [[Roman mythology|Eros was Cupid]], the root of cupidity, the love of the good life, and in particular love of things one would like to have and enjoy for their own sake and sometimes to display proudly.
The word “eros” simply refers to passionate
, carnal , -type love. Neither this word, nor any other form of it, is used in the [[New Testament]]. It is, however, used in the [[Septuagint]] in Proverbs 7:18 and 30:16. (The translation in the Hebrew is different in Proverbs 30:16. A comparison of a translation of the Septuagint passage provides the meaning.) Both of the 7:18 and 30:16 passages indicate carnal/fleshly appetites.
Modern [[secular]] culture has debased the classic idea of erotic love and appreciation of pleasant things into the narrow sensual depravity of erotic bodily lust alone and the debased addictive cravings generated by ''porneia'' (pornographic pleasure) and "recreational" drugs; not only lust but other things—overeating, gambling, violence, speed, personal indulgence in any one of the [[Seven Deadly Sins]]. Willingness to sacrifice and die for such things is not agape-love but [[perversion]] of the good into a form of [[idolatry]].