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!

 

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Jesus said that the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbour as yourself.  This commandment is inferior to the first which Jesus said was the greatest so loving God is more important than loving other people or yourself.  He was saying that love does not start with yourself which is why psychiatry is evil and heretical for saying otherwise and any Church that gives it a hearing like the Roman Catholic Church is doing serious wrong.  It starts with loving God. 

 

Jesus wants us to love God alone.

 

Does any of that contradict the rule that we must love our neighbour as ourselves?  The Bible says that God shows himself in our neighbour.  He makes the neighbour and the neighbour has nothing and is nothing without God.  He shows his face in others.  Therefore to love your neighbour really means to love God.  That is why the New Testament is able to tell you that if you dont love your neighbour you do not love God and if you dont love God you cant genuinely love your neighbour. 

 

If you look after your neighbour for the sake of God that implies, "Pity I have to do this but I have to please God."  Your neighbour is really just tolerated.  This is not tolerance but being forced to put up with the person.  To force a person to be tolerant is as impossible as forcing them to be loving.  It cannot be done.  You may manage to make them seem to be tolerant but that is all.  It follows then that, strictly speaking, there is no such thing as tolerance.  Tolerance is just the label we put on people being unable to give free rein to their hate.

 

The commandment to love one’s neighbour as oneself on the face of it seems to say that your needs are equal to those of other people.  However, Jesus didn’t mean it like that for he held that you should sacrifice your happiness and welfare when your neighbours need you to.  And even when they don’t.  He commanded in the sermon on the mount that if an invading Roman soldier forced a Jew to carry his pack one mile the Jew should carry it another mile as well though the Jewish people were victimised by Rome.  He is not endorsing self-esteem or self-love of any kind in the commandment for these would stop you and discourage you from sacrificing.  Love your neighbour as yourself really means that you must love God in yourself and your neighbour for all people are made in the image of God and to respect the image is to respect God.  The clue to this is from the other teachings of Christ and his assertion that the second greatest commandment was LIKE the first.  It could only be like the first if it was another way of carrying out the first.  It is like the first in the sense that both commandments are about loving God but in different ways. 

 

Jesus wants you to live the first greatest commandment through the second.  That is to say that when you look at another person or yourself you must see only God and love that so you love God by helping the other person and seeing only God – you see the image of God in that person.  Each person is the image of God and that is how they are loved for what is like God in them is what is loved.  That is the only way the two commandments can fit together because the first one says we must love God alone and yet the second commands us to love others as ourselves. 

 

Any time we love people with ordinary human affection it is sinful.  It is a sin to love your mother as your mother or your husband as your husband.  Look at them and don’t see them but love God and that alone is virtue.  Jesus said that anybody who prefers their father or mother to him is not worthy of him.  We are doing that if we love them at all for themselves for he forbids it. 

 

If you refuse to see the person but just look at what reminds you of God in the person and just see God’s goodness where there is bad in the person then plainly you will lose any capacity to protect yourself from evil people and will become a horrendous judge of character.  If you don’t believe in judging then it only gets worse – and most Christians these days forbid judging so that they can sin without smearing their consciences.  The doctrine of love God alone is such a severe and difficult and extreme and absurd idea that only people who wanted to use God to lull people into a pious dream so that they could take advantage of them could have invented it. 

 

Only God would have the right to tell us to make him the only thing that matters so it follows that the two greatest commandments are revelations from God and the words of God.  The same must be true of the rest of the Bible which is about endorsing the proper love of God.  It might endorse salvation by faith without good works in the New Testament but even this salvation is about making us grateful children of God eager to do good works in gratitude.  So when the Bible is about these commandments the whole Bible is the word of God. 

 

So we see then that there is no morality and the commandments need to be the word of God to have authority so you need to believe in the word of God the Bible to believe in morality.  It has to be the one true word of God, the Bible.  Anything else will not do. 

 

Nobody agrees on what God has commanded so what happens is that when you obey God it is really what somebody tells you to believe about him that you are obeying.  You are obeying human beings all along.  In this light the doctrine is the most hateful abomination imaginable.

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

 

If God exists then all our good works are to be done solely for him and in his honour.  This has the result of attaching no value to people in themselves but making an addiction out of God which is dangerous and corrupts the victims of the idea.  People must come before God for God is a mere belief! 

 

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BOOKS CONSULTED

 

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A HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY, VOL 6, PART II, KANT, Frederick Copleston SJ, Doubleday/Image, New York 1964  

AQUINAS, FC Copleston, Penguin Books, London, 1991  

BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL, Friedrich Nietzsche, Penguin, London, 1990

BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, Association for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, Dublin, 1960 

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, Veritas, London, 1995 

CHARITY, MEDITATIONS FOR A MONTH, Richard F Clarke SJ, Catholic Truth Society, London, 1973  

CHRISTIANITY FOR THE TOUGH-MINDED, Edited by John Warwick Montgomery, Bethany Fellowship, Minnesota, 1973

CRISIS OF MORAL AUTHORITY, Don Cupitt, SCM Press, London, 1995

EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT, VOL 1, Josh McDowell, Alpha, Scripture Press Foundation, Bucks, 1995

ECUMENICAL JIHAD, Peter Kreeft, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1996

GOD IS NOT GREAT, THE CASE AGAINST RELIGION, Christopher Hitchens, Atlantic Books, London, 2007

THE GREAT MEANS OF SALVATION AND OF PERFECTION, St Alphonsus De Ligouri, Redemptorist Fathers, Brooklyn, 1988

HANDBOOK OF CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS, Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli, Monarch, East Sussex, 1995 

HONEST TO GOD, John AT Robinson, SCM, London, 1963

HOW DOES GOD LOVE ME?  Radio Bible Class, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1986 

IN DEFENCE OF THE FAITH, Dave Hunt, Harvest House, Eugene, Oregon, 1996 

MADAME GUYON, MARTYR OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, Phyllis Thompson, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1986 

MORAL PHILOSOPHY, Joseph Rickaby SJ, Stonyhurst Philosophy Series, Longmans Green and Co, London, 1912 

NEW COLOUR PIETA, Divine Mercy Publications, Skerries, Co Dublin, 1994

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PRACTICAL ETHICS, Peter Singer, Cambridge University Press, England, 1994 

PSYCHOLOGY, George A Miller, Penguin, London, 1991 

RADIO REPLIES, 1, Frs Rumble & Carty, Radio Replies Press, St Paul, Minnesota, 1938

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REASON AND BELIEF, Brand Blanschard, George Allen and Unwin Ltd, 1974 

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THE BIBLE TELLS US SO, R B Kuiper, The Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh, 1978

THE BRIEF OF ST ANTHONY OF PADUA (Vol 44, No 4) 

THE GREAT MEANS OF SALVATION AND OF PERFECTION, St Alphonsus De Ligouri, Redemptorist Fathers, Brooklyn, 1988

THE IMITATION OF CHRIST, Thomas A Kempis, Translated by Ronald Knox and Michael Oakley, Universe, Burns & Oates, London, 1963 

THE LIFE OF ALL LIVING, Fulton J Sheen, Image Books, New York, 1979

THE NEW WALK, Captain Reginald Wallis, The Christian Press, Pembridge Villas, England, undated 

THE PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD, Brother Lawrence, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1981 

THE PROBLEM OF PAIN, CS Lewis, Fontana, London, 1972 

THE PUZZLE OF GOD, Peter Vardy, Collins, London, 1990 

THE SATANIC BIBLE, Anton Szandor LaVey, Avon Books, New York, 1969 

THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE, Michael Molinos, Christian Books, Gardiner Maine, 1982 

THE STUDENT’S CATHOLIC DOCTRINE, Rev Charles Hart BA, Burns & Oates, London, 1961

UNBLIND FAITH, Michael J Langford, SCM, London, 1982 

 

 

 

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