Thursday, August 21, 2003
Alabama, Ten Commandments, the Two Great Commandments, and a Trivia QuestionQ: According to the Gospels, when Jesus was asked which was the greatest of all the ten commandments, which one did he answer with?
A: The answer is, none of the above.
The conversation starts at Matthew 22:36: "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?" To which, the reply came: " Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
And to Jesus, these two commandments trump the ten in Deuteronomy, and those ten must be understood and be informed in terms of these two. How do we know this? Because He said so, at Matthew 22:40: "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. "
Which forces one to ask to those Christians down in Alabama who are supporting the non-removal of the Ten Commandments statue from the Supreme Court building... why the Ten Commandments? Why not the Two Great Commandments?
Is loving thy neighbor as yourself too touchy-feely, too P.C., for 2003?
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