“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)
We know that the person who said this was not a Christian (you know that, right?). But I’m wondering if even his “followers” missed this one. I’m serious.
“The Law and the Prophets” means The Scriptures. Think about how you want others to treat you, and then treat them the same way. Simple. What does the outcast heretic infidel teacher teach? To do this IS the whole scripture. Sums it all up. Do this and you’re done! Practice this and everything else is a fading footnote. The way you live is superior to any scripture or sacred duty, to any theology or tribe.
This IS faith. . .and faith becomes irrelevant.
Secular interpretation #1: Let go of the scripture and just live a thoughtful life.
Secular interpretation #2: Let go of religion and do the right and good thing.
Secular interpretation #3 (especially for those humble believers who proudly make their claim, “I’m not religious, I have faith!”): Let go of your faith and simply live a loving life.
Is it possible the entire history of the Christian Faith missed this major, central point taught by the “Lord” they claim to follow and serve?
Maybe he said too much in the foggy mountain air that day? Maybe he whispered this line just to see if anyone was really listening?
By the way, as you may have heard–Moses, Confucius, Buddha and Muhammad said pretty much the same thing. Their followers may have missed the point too.
So, one verse, one instruction, one wise word, both defines religious faith. . .
and ends it.
I find that delightfully troubling, don’t you?