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LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART: THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT by Dave Daubenmire

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“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Jesus Christ as quoted in Matthew 22:36

The purpose of this commentary is not to anger you, although I am sure some of you will get angry. I have contended for quite some time that one of the greatest dangers of Christianity comes not from what the Bible teaches, but rather from what we believe and the Bible doesn’t actually teach.

So many Christians simply talk in platitudes…repeating a meaningless statement that they heard their pastor, or some other well meaning friend repeat to them. You know how they go…Christians shouldn’t judge…we are all God’s children…God helps those who help themselves…love the sinner and hate the sinner…those non-Biblical statements that makes us feel so loving and caring to repeat.

I am sorry to break the news to you, but so much of what Christians believe simply is not true. Is it any wonder we are so ineffectual in sharing the Truth of the Gospel of the Kingdom with others?

The Bible repeatedly warns us about “another Gospel” and those who would come in His name proclaiming it. The lack of Biblical knowledge of professing Christians borders on the scandalous. We have permitted pop culture to dictate how “Christians” are to behave.

I am sick and tired of having non-believers lecture me on how a Christian is supposed to act. You see, that is part of the problem. We are not to “act” like a Christian…we are to BE Christian. My Christianity is not an act.

So I would like to take this opportunity to point out another fallacy that the culture has taught us. LOVE THY NEIGHBOR is not the first and greatest commandment. In fact, it is merely a mirror reflection of the first. In this age of “new math” we have juxtaposed the numbers and now live a Christianity where the numbers have been inverted.

Open up any package and turn to the instructions and you will find a list of steps required in order to properly assemble what is inside. The “instructions” will tell you to do step 1…then step 2…then step 3. You will never properly assemble the package if you get the steps out of order.

Keeping that in mind it might be necessary for us to spell out what Jesus taught in Matthew 22:36.

  • Step 1. Love God with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your mind.
  • Step 2 Love your neighbor as yourself.

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