One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest? 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.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40
Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” Luke 10:25-28
“… I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
With these passages, dear surfers, I will ask you to decide. Did Jesus say these words, or was it a lawyer? C’mon, make up your minds already. Okay, try this one; did Jesus say that we should love everybody as we love ourselves, or did he only tell the small group of disciples that they should love each other as Jesus, himself, loves them? Decide yet?
Let me help you out. Surf on over to review the blog Grand Panorama. The writer of the blog says you have to take it all, or nothing. No cherry-picking, now.
Not much help? Here we have another defense of the Bible, as the complete understanding of God. Surf over and check it out. Does this help you decide which of the answers to my questions are the correct answers?
We do not have Christianity without some type of scriptures. I honestly do not want a fight with those stalwart defenders of the current Bible cannon. I am not trying to say that those bloggers are wrong. I am simply pointing out that in the future Chirstians will look back at our Bible cannon and think we were silly for only counting those writings. There are a lot more written works, that date back to the same period as the books of the New Testament, written about Christ. That is for another blog.
I also beleive that in the future Christians will think we were silly for following the letter of the word, and not the spirit of the word in our scriptures. I won’t tell you what you should think, or believe, but I answer those same questions I put to you this way: Who cares if Jesus spoke those words or what the words meant. If in the course of your day you encounter another person, and who doesn’t, and you are moved by God to act in that moment, you must represent God to that other person. That is living in the present moment. That is the spirit of the word.