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Jesus -- the Guru #27

B. God’s True Religion of Love

Compare this religion of rules with the true religion of God. We see this in another confrontation with the Pharisees. Read Matthew 22:34-40.

34Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.35One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38This is the first and greatest commandment.39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”


Jesus replies to the Pharisees’ test by quoting to them their own authoritative Scriptures. Jesus points out that true religion is very simple. It’s not complicated, oppressive man-made rules. It is simply a call to respond to the love of God:

  • love God as He loves you

  • love others like God loves you.

Does this describe your religion? If not, how does it contrast? Would you want this to be your religion?

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