One interpretation of this verse that has been making the rounds for years turns this grand idea on its head: The claim is that the verse means to love only one’s fellow Israelites as oneself. Impossible! Jesus brought the sword into the world and his religion is religion of hate…hating all non-jews. Jesus identified this as the 2nd greatest command. […] [3]  Richard Elliott Friedman, The Exodus (Harper Collins, 2017), p. 82. It s really funny how people talk so much and cannot even understand the true words. You can accept or challenge it. Here’s the pericope: You become like the God you worship, you know. More than 3,5 mio had been killed by the Hebrews. If they don’t, life on this planet will be increasingly difficult. 6. Not all Jews do that but a significant number do. But the evidence of a real but smaller exodus is a different matter. 600.000 slaves worked for him in the stoneworks. Hector Avalos, Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2005), p. 140. If you want to feel good will to everyone, better avoid affiliating with any and all religions. Do this and you shall live. Love never wrongs the neighbor, hence love is the fulfillment of the law. That is, the term refers to every human, without any distinctions by group. What happened to the separation of church and state? 10.34. This was a great example of a well reasoned and documented contribution to a controversial subject. The very fact that the Bible’s sources start off with the creation of the earth and all of humankind instead of starting with Israel itself is relevant here. Of the four sources of the Torah or Pentateuch that critical scholars refer to as J, E, P and D,a three—E, P (the Priestly source) and D (the Deuteronomistic source)—are Levite sources. Harry Orlinsky, Essays in Biblical Culture and Bible Translation (New York: Ktav, 1974), p. 83. Is this the way of loving your neighbors? The international conference was hosted by Calit2’s Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego in San Diego, CA. Robert Wright cited him in The Evolution of God.6 Wright had consulted with me on the matter of loving the alien, but unfortunately we didn’t discuss the “neighbor” verse; if we had, I would have cautioned him. Part Two of a Review of Andy Stanley’s “Irresistible” | Christian Civilization,…, Did he bring world peace? Well see Mt 10.34…. © 2013-2020 Reverso Technologies Inc. All rights reserved. Did he built up the temple? 3 When I give, I become more embracing and inclusive of the world. They had been slaves themselves but keeping their own slaves?! If any of us were asked to write a history of the United States, would we start by saying, “Well, first there was the Big Bang, and then …”? 111–115. There are Muslims who believe that Jesus Christ was a prophet or imam who will usher in the rule of Mohammed upon the Earth. Scripture has it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”, But Jesus increased and expanded the Commandments. “What is written in the law? – Loving the neighbors? However, one wonders if Samuelsson (et al) was’t making a distinction without a difference. “Love your neighbor as yourself” remains: Famous. I am pity for people believing on those writings and not understanding the truth. They had been the neighbors of the Hebrews living in Kanaan and neighborhood. He claims the Bible has been misinterpreted as there are no explicit references the use of nails or to crucifixion – only that Jesus bore a “staurus” towards Calvary which is not necessarily a cross but can also mean a “pole”. There are Jews who believe that the ancient texts were corrupted and of no value. It appears in God’s first words to Abraham, in God’s first words to Isaac, and in God’s first words to Jacob: Your descendants’ purpose is to be that “all the nations/families of the earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:3; 26:2–4; 28:10–14).