Matt 22:37-39 Failure to love God is much less common than failure to love thy neighbour. The second is more rampant. True or false?

Matthew 22:37-39 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.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Jesus has effectively said that one's failure to observe his first commandment is far more serious than failure to observe his second commandment.

Failure to love God might entail the Sanhedrin tearing Jesus's robes and striking his head, which is considered to be far more serious than one person striking another person.

The first type of sins are relatively rare and directed against the Godhead, but the second type of sins are much more rampant and widespread, because the second type are always directed against third parties instead of Jesus.

Also, the second type of sins are concerned about breaking Jesus's second commandment, which by definition is far less serious than breaking his first commandment to love God.

But why is this relevant at all?

Because the Bible has clearly stated that the Father does not Judge at all, but has delegated all Judgment authority to his Son Jesus WHO IS A HUMAN JUDGE: John 5:22.

Therefore, as a Human Judge, Jesus can EASILY acquit or condemn the same person for the same transgression, because either way, it's not a big deal to acquit/condemn third parties who have transgressed against other third parties.

Update:

For such a failure to observe Jesus's second commandment are invariably committed by third parties who have transgressed against other third parties.

Which means that from the standpoint of a HUMAN JUDGE, Jesus can just as EASILY acquit or condemn the same person for the same offence; and the Judge can make the ruling go "either way", as contingent on the wider geopolitical context.

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Thus, Jesus can just as EASILY acquit or condemn large numbers of individuals, which amounts to his acquittal or condemnation of entire nations, as contingent on the wider geopolitical context.

Jesus will make his "either way ruling" of nations and of individuals, based on expedient and pragmatic concerns in relation to the establishment of God's kingdom.

Update 3:

His "either way ruling" of nations and of individuals would be based on whatever is the optimum choice in regards to the establishment of God's kingdom.

But what are you going to do about it?

Update 4:

Note: In practice, one's failure to observe Jesus's second commandment will affect larger numbers of people. Due to the fact that the second type of sins are invariably more rampant and widespread than sins/blasphemies directed against the person of Jesus.

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Edit 2: The fact that larger numbers of people are affected by their failure to obey the second commandment is clearly a very useful versatile device and powerful weapon, which God can use to wholesale condemn entire nations, or condemn/destroy entire groups of people. Such a wholesale destruction of entire nations, or entire groups of people are clearly described as being "vessels of destruction" in Romans 9:22.

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Edit 3: Thus, the RAMPANT AND WIDESPREAD failure to observe Jesus's second commandment provides the theoretical background (Matthew 22:39) to explain the "vessels of destruction", and to explain how God can wholesale destroy entire nations, or destroy entire groups of people who are mentioned in Romans 9:22.

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Edit 4: The RAMPANT nature of sin and failure to observe Jesus's second commandment has created a UNIVERSAL condition whereby EVERY SINGLE PERSON is LIABLE to be punished by the death penalty. Such a UNIVERSAL LIABILITY is qualified by the following combined passages in the Bible: Ezekiel 18:4, Romans 3:10, 23 and Matthew 22:39.

However, the reality of UNIVERSAL LIABILITY does not imply that God is moral bound to punish EVERY SINGLE PERSON.

Update 8:

Edit 5: But in practice, God can still draw the line WHEREVER he wants to acquit only a FEW (Matthew 7:13, 14; 22:14) of those who are LIABLE, but also condemn the rest who are LIABLE to be punished: Romans 9:21.

Ultimately, we know that God is Sovereign over Salvation, and Sovereign over his Creation. Which is the very basis of his drawing a SUBJECTIVE line to divide the putative "sheep" and goats: Romans 9:21.

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  • Doug
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The second proceeds from the first.

    Source(s): www.askmeaboutgod.org
    • The second proceeds from the first. But Jesus STILL said that the first is more important. The second is far less important, which is why these things can happen.

  • true................

    • poldi2
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      I don't understand why people think Yahoo is a religious chatroom...

  • 1 month ago

    First you need to clarify who is thy neighbor,

    Luke 10:29-37 King James Version (KJV)

    29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

    30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

    31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

    32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

    33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

    34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

    35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

    36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

    37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

    Source(s): Personally, I don't think there are as many people breaking the second commandment as you think.
  • Otto
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    "On this two commandments the hole law hands, and the prophets.! - Matthew 22:40.

    Source(s): Bible
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  • Just get a fuсking podcast if all you want to do is preach at people.

  • 1 month ago

    Try using Anti-Matt 22:37-39 next time.

    Your question will be much shorter.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    You have diarrhea of the mouth bad today. Please sthu!!!!!! Thank you!

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    You said so much it is confusing and all that scripture says is love God your neighbor and yourself.

  • 1 month ago

    UNKNOWN...I AM NOT POLLING ANYONE...WEHN U DO THAT LET US KNOW..

  • Brian
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Yawwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn. Ever think about getting your own pulpit to preach from? And sparing the rest of us?

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