Core Christianity

Jesus said the two great commandments were (1) love God with all you’ve got, and (2) love your neighbor as yourself.  I believe this is the core of Christianity.  Jesus and the New Testament are explicit about a number of things.  The statements are clear and require no logical mazes to figure out.  One such passage is what we commonly call The Beatitudes.  Begin the Christian life by first of all making sure these attitudes  are in your life.  Start here.  If you don’t have these, your Christianity is poor.  I firmly believe that if the world saw Christians actually living like the beatitudes, they would be drawn to Christ.  They would want to be part of a group of people that treated each other like the beatitudes.  This is what a Christian is supposed to look like.

Jesus taught his disciples to acknowledge their complete dependence on God and their inability to be what they were designed to be apart from God.  He taught them to live a life of repentance, to constantly realize they made poor decisions and that they could always improve.  He taught them to be humble and to want to be like God more than they wanted anything else.  Jesus’ disciples are to be merciful, which by definition, means to be good to people when they are undeserving and are not good to you.  Otherwise, it would not be mercy, would it?  Christians are to rejoice in the good and to always concentrate on what is good and right so that they might think, speak and act that way.  They are to seek peace.  A faithful Christian will always ask, “How can I respond to this situation in a way that will encourage peace and not arguing, fighting, violence, and hurt?”  The Christian who tries to live this way will realize that this will offend many people, including some false Christians.  This will cause persecution.  The Christian will acknowledge this and face the persecution with an unwavering faith in God.

Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV)

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:3-12 NKJV)

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