20 August 2015

"Summarise your Faith in one word"

I've often thought about this one, what's "Word One" in our Faith? Is it possible to summarise Christianity in one word? I'd say no, but we can come close to finding the core concept and putting that in one word by looking at Holy Scripture.

37 Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” - Matthew 22:37-40
The same event is also shown in Mark 12:28-34. A similar event is also described in Luke 10:25-28, though in Luke's description Jesus asks the expert in the law what the most important law is and the expert answers, then Jesus tells him that he is right. In the event described in Luke 10, Jesus then goes on to tell the well-known parable of the Good Samaritan to illustrate who our neighbour is.

I think this parable is important because it makes it clear to us that we can't just call people we like, our friends, neighbours and ignore everyone else. When God tells us "love your neighbour as yourself" He means everyone, not just the ones we happen to like already.

So "Word One" if Christianity, to me, is Love. Once you think about it, it's everywhere in Holy Scripture.

Prayer thought: "But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you," - Matthew 5:44. Let's pray not only for the millions of persecuted Christians, but also for the persecutors.