One Commandment


Never mind fighting battles over posting the Ten Commandments in public places. There is one commandment that will take up a lot less space, makes no overtly religious statement, yet calls for an even more radical change in priorities, is common but not exclusive to all Abrahamic religions, yet especially revered in the founding documents of Christianity, and still promotes no sect of organized religion.

I’d like to see it on billboards all across the country, but I’d even more like to see it taken to heart by those who want to honor God.

How about the one thing that is agreed upon by Jesus and those who opposed him, as well as by the apostles Peter, Paul and James in their writings (not to mention John, who takes it even further)?

How about the only passage from the book of Leviticus that is quoted multiple times in the New Testament?

Jesus says it is “like” the Great Commandment, the one about loving God with all one’s heart, strength, soul and mind.

John agrees, when he suggests that a person who does not love a fellow human, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.

Paul says that all of the commandments are summed up in this one saying. Elsewhere he says that it fulfills the law.

James calls it the Royal Law, and refers to it as the perfect law that gives liberty.

Love your neighbor as yourself. A greater commandment than all the Ten put together; and you know, it doesn’t even mention God.

Just God’s image.

Bless God, America!

What Jesus said: see Matthew 22:34-40, Matthew 19:17-18, Mark 12:28-34, Luke 10:25-37.

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
— Paul (Romans 13:8-10)

Do not seek revenge, or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:18)

When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:33-34)

The entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself. Galatians 5:14 (Paul)

If you really keep the royal law found in scripture, Love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing right. — James 2:8


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