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I tell people this so often. His main point is that if you Love God, and Love people all your theology and doctrine will align and becomes almost secondary. What’s interesting is that a scribe challenges him afterwards and asks “Well then, who’s my neighbor??” And Jesus response is the parable of the Good Samaritan. And that’s where people really miss out on how important the Greatest Commandment is because they misinterpret the parable as being a good person as opposed to what was going on culturally during the day.

The Samaritans were hated by the Jews. They believed them half-breeds who had perverted the Torah and created their own false forms of worship mixed in with pagan practices. Pile on top of that ethnic hate rivaling the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement and you start to get close to how much they hated Samaritans. So when the Samaritan stops to help the injured Jew in the road in the middle of the parable, I imagine it caused gasps in the crowd. Jesus’s point is “Your neighbor is the person you despise. The one that takes your religion and spits on it. It’s your enemy. You love them. You serve them. You die for them if necessary.” It’s when you begin to let that truth transform you and truly love God and people, that you get humble Christians instead of haughty ones.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts brother. Good stuff.

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