Oh, to Know Jesus!
I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord (Philippians 3:8).
One thing is for sure: Christianity is not for stoics. The Bible is the most wild, romantic book ever written. The New Testament is no cool, reasoned analysis of Jesus's system of thought. It is a passionate book written by people who were ravished by Jesus, who felt and said ardent things like Philippians 3:8.
You know what the world calls statements like Paul's? Religious extremism. Fanaticism. You "count everything as loss"? Sounds dangerous. Have you thought about seeing a therapist?
But the world is full of such talk when it comes to romantic love. We expect lovers' language to be obsessive and imbalanced. Listen to the way the poet John Keats speaks to his beloved Fanny Brawne:
You have ravish'd me away by a Power I cannot resist: and yet I…