I’ve recently outed myself as some kind of weird not quite deist/gnostic, read: believer in God, just very differently, so I find it a little peculiar that with all the allegedly Christian ministers and pundits spreading hate and fear, I feel called to remind people of this:
Matthew 25: 36-40
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and [a]foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Logically, if there is one creation and one creator, and we both believe in and revere the one creator we both, necessarily, believe in and revere the same one creator, just differently. Perhaps very differently.
I’m not here to tell anyone they’re wrong about their faith. I will be quick to point out that there are a great many who wouldn’t return that favor. What I set out to do is to simply remind people of the best of their faith. That Scripture up there? That is it. In a nutshell. It doesn’t get simpler. Whether you believe in ten commandments, or all 613, or four, or everything Paul says or not, those two are the most important. Simply put, if you try to obey #8 while goofing up these two, it’s being done wrong. If you try to do #3 while not doing these? Doing it wrong. #433? Doing it wrong.
Love. The two most important are to LOVE.
If there’s a hell, that’s someone else’s problem. If you’re compelled to witness by faith, you’ve got John 3:16. LOVE.
And wherever you find tough love in the red letters, note he directs it to oneself. Better to pluck out one’s own eye, right? Not someone else’s. Tend not to the motes in other’s eyes, but to beams in one’s own. Pray in closets, not on street corners for the glory of men, because the praise of men is it’s own reward. Give, but not ostentatiously so others will think highly of you. Over and over and over again.
LOVE, and get oneself right. What is so hard about that? Note: he doesn’t say, “read Paul.” It hadn’t been written yet. Note: Paul never references the Gospels. Weird, huh? Nope. He wrote before the Gospels existed. When in doubt, go back to the Gospels. How could that possibly be in error?
Enough with the hate and the fear. That is not part of the faith. And if isn’t part of the faith, then what IS it part of? Don’t follow my lead. Read. Pray. Love.