Today’s comic strip and tomorrow’s comic strip are really a closer look at loving God with all you have and loving your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-40) Jesus did both of these things at all times and without any contradiction.
I have heard people, even very devoted followers of Jesus, ask this paraphrased question: “If God is Love, how could He have all of those people in the Old Testament killed?” This ties into yesterday’s post that included the idea “Some teach that to love God, you must kill those who do not believe as you do. So you love God by killing your neighbor.” It is also a reason why some people say that they choose not to believe that Jesus is who He says He is.
I have also heard people, even very devoted followers of Jesus, ask this paraphrased question: “If God is Omnipresent with everybody and I am supposed to love my neighbor as myself, why can’t their non-Christian faith be pleasing to God and just as good as (if not better than) my faith…especially when they are living a good life?” This ties into yesterday’s post that included the idea “Some teach that to love your neighbor, you must treat all beliefs and faith traditions as valid. So you love your neighbor by killing God.” It is also a reason why some people say that they choose not to believe that Jesus is who He says He is.
So the next two posts will hopefully explore these in greater detail. Today is just a “prequel,” you might say. These two graphics from old paintings are what I’ll be using, so I thought it might be good to share them with you as well a little early. (Plus I need a little more time to think about all of this!) Remember that these graphics are just a journey. (I honestly do not have everything planned out ahead of time!) My answers may not be the same as yours, and they may change over time. You don’t have to agree with me or believe as I do, but at least we are questioning and thinking and learning!
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