Love God & Love others…Seriously??

“Love God and love others.”  It is a modern english summary of the greatest commandment found in Mark Chapter 12.  But let’s take a quick look at exactly what the Scripture really says: One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”  Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord.30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’  The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”  When Jesus taught we should love God and love others, it was in response to the question “What is the greatest commandment?”  So in Jesus own words, this is a summary of the commandments, or the moral law of Moses.  So now the puzzling part; Why are so many American churches telling us that the Gospel message is “Love God and love others”?  Paul made it very clear in Romans Chapter 3 that “No one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are”  So if following the law doesn’t save us, why is it being taught as the Gospel that brings salvation?  It may sound good, it may sound loving, but all this message really teaches is salvation comes through your obedience to the law, and that is NOT the Gospel.  The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ suffered in our place on the Cross and lived the perfect life that we are unable to live ourselves.  Go ahead and try to fulfill the “Love God, love others” commandment.  You will fail, and fail big.  The law was designed by God to expose your sin and drive you to Christ.  To try earning salvation on your own is to rebel against God’s call of repentance, and to spit in the face of Jesus, the one who cared enough to die for you.  The only way to actually fill the commandment of “Love God, love others” is to be made into a new creature with a new heart and the indwelling spirit of Christ.  This comes only through the salvation offered by our savior.  Think about it.

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4 Comments on “Love God & Love others…Seriously??”

  1. sitanda immanuel Says:

    i wanna join this sites also

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  2. Rebecca LuElla Miller Says:

    Haha–yes, I actually did a post called The Na’vi, the Borg, and the Church”.

    I love being a fantasy writer because it allows me to say so much about this world in ways that those who love story (our present culture) might hear.

    Thanks so much for your participation. It’s been interesting, to say the least.

    Becky

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  3. ChurchSalt.com Says:

    Wow! That is one heck of a thread you have going there! Too much to catch up on in detail, but the thing that jumped out at me is idolatry. Everyone wants a God that they can feel right about deep down in their heart, but they are unwilling to admit that the heart is deceitfully wicked. In Emergent conversations, I am always struck by the amount of acceptance that is given to everyones views, except that of Scripture backed by sound hermaneutics. The fear of God is gone, and the psalmist is alone when he sings of his love of God’s law. But, ohhhhh do those idols feel good in my heart!
    By the way, I had never really done any SciFi/Theology before reading your blog, but the first thing that popped into my mind was a correlation between the Borg and Emergence. I laughed when I saw somebody else had already made that connection on your site. Funny stuff!

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  4. Rebecca LuElla Miller Says:

    Great post!

    Off topic again. If you have some time, I think you could add another voice of support for the gospel message over at my blog. Friday I responded to the emergent church post by writing one of my own, and it has generated a lot of conversation. I’m not keeping up with it ll, I’m afraid.

    Anyway, I thought you’d be interested, and from everything I’ve read here, I’d be happy to have you voice an opinion.

    Oh, the link: Attacks on God from Within.

    Becky

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