26 August 2008

The Greatest Commandment

I would like to take a week or two off from the World View discussion to go deeper into the topic of love and the Greatest Commandment. In reality, this won't be so much of a week off as an opportunity to cover one of the major aspects of God's World View. Thanks to James for a well directed post.

The Great Commandment

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And 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.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

~Mark 12:28-34~

This week I'm soliciting your thoughts and reaction to this passage. Take a minute or two to read through the passage and type that, adding any comments you may have. Additional scripture is always welcome. Here is the rest of the chapter for context.