Chad

The OT is ancient writing. You can't take it literally. What did the early Jews want?

LouThe early Jews, the Hebrews wanted Canaan which they considered their Promised Land. Heathen nations were to be wiped out to the last head of cattle. They had no concept of an afterlife.
Chad

I agree Lou. This idea Gary posted condones the exploitation of Canaan by the Jews. Jews felt justified in their actions because God willed it, after all, someone other than God documented it as such. This is an example of men using God as a political socioeconomic tool to justify military intervention and the occupation of a foreign territory. It has been and still is a common practice. This is not the revised vision of God the NT is concerned with.

LouGive and ask nothing in return. Live and Love! Love and live! Love is mother of both joy and peace; From that heart where love always lives, peace and joy will never part. Matt 22:37-40“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
Chad

Lou, you and I agree that the main focus of the NT is love. It is expressed in many ways and often. It is the antidote for evil thoughts and deeds. It is the underpinning of any caring relationship. It is a superior emotion over fear insecurity and all other negative life-draining emotions.

 

Chad

Having posted that, and not be negative but a more than a little puzzled why so many people that consider themselves Christians have so much trouble with understanding and incorporating this ideal. Are Christians just people going through routine motions of living their lives giving lip service to the prime directive of their doctrine? It seems so.  I get the impression that they continually hear the message but they are hesitant to believe it. In their defence it is a simple concept to understand, but difficult to put into practice. It sits in sharp contrast to our deep-seated natural negativity. It requires effort sometimes a great effort for us to subdue our natural instincts. Christ said it isn't easy but he also told us love was of primary importance and worth our effort.

Chad

I see Bishop Curry has a new book based on Love. I'm not surprised by his choice of subjects. He sees, and I agree with him, that a great number of Christians are shying away from or dismissing completely the primary message that the Gospels reveal.  

Lou

Love is the Way is available for $19.20 on Kindle.

Lou

John the Baptist prepares the coming of the Messiah by showing the tie to the Old Testament and the need for people to change their ways and repent.

Lou

John 1:19-23

19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ 20He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’* 21And they asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ 22Then they said to him, ‘Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’ 23He said,
‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
“Make straight the way of the Lord” ’,
as the prophet Isaiah said.

Lou

Nowadays John's voice speaks to the ones caught in sinful situations often not of their own doing but impossible to get out of unless they open up and accept what Jesus has to offer.

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