HOME   People do good because they are human, not because they are religious! 

Do not give God any credit for the good they do, they did it!

 

The Bible says that God commanded us to love neighbour as oneself but the commandment makes no sense if there is a God.  Is God commanding it to pressure us to accept it and is that pressure needed because it is stupid?

God in the Old Testament says you must love your neighbour as yourself. It is not given as a central commandment. In fact, it is mentioned the once and not even stressed. You could easily miss it if you read the whole Law of God - the first five Bible books.

 

And there is no warning what happens if you break it.  Why are there penalties laid out if you have gay sex or sex with a menstruating woman but none for the love commandment?  The answer is that it is not really a command at all.  It is probably just a recommendation. 

 

It is not taken seriously by the Torah or its God in any sense.

Jesus claimed that the two greatest commandments were to love God totally and to love your neighbour as yourself. In fact, he didn't have the intellectual honesty to admit that the Torah only makes the commandment to love God with the whole being the supreme one.  The love of neighbour one is far down the scale as we have seen.

Jesus said, "A new commandment I give you, that you love one another as I have loved you" (John 13:34). This, it appears, is not the same commandment as love your neighbour as yourself.

It must be a tougher one.  But he calls it a new commandment.  Believers argue that when God told us to adore and love him alone to love our neighbour he was asking us to be his love for the neighbour.  It asks you not to value the neighbour as a person in a humanitarian sense but to make it all about God. It is really just co-operating with God you have here as opposed to you loving your neighbour as and end in herself.  If that is what it means then it is not a new commandment.

What about the following thought? Loving neighbour as yourself seems to mean that you love your neighbour and yourself in that order. In theory, you can love your neighbour as yourself while still putting your neighbour first. You treat the neighbour as you would want to treat yourself. Theologians say this is the same as love your neighbour as yourself but it is clarified better. Love your neighbour as yourself tells you to give the love you give or would give yourself to your neighbour.  If so then it does not mean you may love yourself. Indeed it forbids it. It is a mistake then to imagine that love your neighbour as yourself implies you must love yourself.

Jesus and the Church commanded love of neighbour as oneself. To them you are a bad person if you don't keep it. Thus the lack of love for your neighbour makes you in a sense as bad as a rapist or murderer.  This is unloving extremist and hypocritical doctrine.

If love your neighbour as yourself made sense and is a commandment then why did God and Moses and Jesus make a commandment of it? If reason commands something, God should be defending reason and not treading on its toes by commanding what it says. You don’t command what commands itself but you draw attention to it and work for its observance. To give a commandment where you need to give light, encouragement and advice is an act of violence and intolerance. When God commanded that we are to love God not only most but totally and to love our neighbour as ourselves he was making evil and authoritarianism the basis of his moral system. But that is not a moral system but a caricature. God is saying it is right to interfere in matters that do not concern one. He is stealing authority from reason. He wants us to be more worried about breaking the commandments because he gave them when we should be more worried about breaking the dictates of reason. He opposes reason. He opposes being sensible. And in return for us going along with it, he gives us the rewards of being hypocrites and fools.

It would be bad and vicious and hypocritical enough if the command to love neighbour as oneself were simply advice but to make a command of it and an obligation is to double the badness. It is trying to force people to love.

The Church will say, "If you feel a great dislike for somebody do you expect us to command you to ignore them when they need help?" No. Saying we should not be commanded by God or anybody to love does not mean we want to be commanded not to love. We ask them not to pretend that commanding love is something a loving person would do. If everybody disliked you and endured you to do good deeds for you it would destroy you. You need to be liked and you see and feel that loving is a kind of liking. You can't enjoy or feel good if people who hate you give you a gift unless you think their feelings have changed. Their bad feelings towards you can be a source of fear for you. You know they can erupt under pressure and harm you.

Authority is not a good thing. It is a necessary evil at best. God stands for unnecessary authority. That is the kind he has. God is necessarily unnecessary authority. Authority is about telling you what to do no matter what you think. That is what it is for. If you know what to do then you do not need authority. Therefore when God has taken this authority what he has done is tell us that we need him to tell us what good and evil are. This is very dangerous for the Muslim fanatics believe he has told them to kill and millions of other examples could be thought of.

Love your neighbour as yourself is nasty but its being a law makes it more vicious. Laws are not laws unless they imply threats if you don't comply. A law that does not wish evil on you if you refuse to comply is not a command or law.

The commandment to love neighbour as yourself makes no sense which proves that it can only be justified by saying God commanded it. He knows what good is and we don’t.  He has to tell us. The commandment really shouts at us, "Be fundamentalists or else!" If you believe God says something then you have to act like you have the truth in fundamentalist fashion. You are right and everybody that disagrees with you is siding with evil and error whether they see it or not.

 

Jesus and his God want us to say in our hearts with sincerity that if God commanded something like, “Eat the first baby your wife gives birth to”, we would do it. That is what you are agreeing with when you agree with the laws of God just because of his divine authority.

The "Love your neighbour as yourself" command is remarkable in its failure to edify society as a whole. It has a deceiving attractiveness about it but people cannot be expected to take it seriously. They feel warm when they hear it but in the real world its soon forgotten.

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