John Shore is, according to John Shore, the most popular Christian blogger writing in English. Here's what he has to say:
It goes on from there, and it's pretty good ... but I'm seeing more and more of the "greatest commandment" formulation being applied to resolve every theological question imaginable, as if it mattered more than anything else Jesus said.
One of the teachers of the law came and heard [Jesus and some of his critics] debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
So there is Jesus flat-out telling us that this is the most important thing he ever has said or will say.
Seems like a good thing to pay attention to, no?
If Jesus says that something is the greatest commandment of all, then we can be certain that we have found ground upon which we can stand for the rest of our life, without once having to wonder whether or not we’re in the right place.
I am opposed to the practice of "boiling down" the teachings of Jesus any further than they've already been condensed in the Gospels. The amount of red-letter material there is actually quite small to begin with. And I am fairly certain that Shore is making a grand logical leap from "greatest commandment" to "the most important thing he ever has said or will say." If the most important statement Jesus could give us was a bit of debate-trick commentary on the Torah that amounts to a formulation of the Golden Rule ... well, we don't really need Jesus for that, do we? There are other rabbis we could have gotten it from. Heck, we don't even need a rabbi; teachers from half a dozen other great world religions could have told us the same thing.
To read Shore, though, you'd think this single sound bite is the future of Christianity.
Edited by mrmando, 03 November 2011 - 08:24 PM.