It’s Not Tolerance. It’s Obedience!

Except for the times when Jesus spoke in parables, he was very clear in his speaking.  He said what he meant, and he meant what he said.  Especially when it came to explaining the law.

Consider these words, spoken by Jesus in Matthew 22:

35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 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.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Sounds pretty clear, right?

Look at verse 40 again.  Take all the law and all the prophets– every commandment, every rule, every regulation and every prophetic utterance–  squeeze them together and what wrings out are just two simple commands: to love God with every fiber of your being, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself.

Out of these commands come the Golden Rule: to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

To explain what he meant by loving your neighbor, Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan.  It is found in Luke 10:25–37.  You must be willing to give of yourself to even those persons with whom you otherwise have no dealings.  Love impels.  And God will judge us all.