Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”(NIV)
You must love him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.’ The second most important commandment says: ‘Love others as much as you loveyourself.’ No other commandment is more important than these.” (CEV)
Love others as much as you loveyourself.
What does that mean? I am not interesting in the theology or theory of it. For me it is the application to our lives that matters. As Sophie sings in Jules Massenet's Werther "God permits us to be happy". In so many type of Christianity happiness is eather not allowed or the only feeling allowed. Both ideas are as false as they are damaging.
In order to love anybody we need to love ourselves first. Then as we allowe ourselves happiness let us allow other their happiness. As we give ourselves, our group rights we must give others the same. Do not ask for special privileges that will be given only your group but will at the samw time deny others. If you are married and another person marries does you marriage then fall apart. Only when the other martiage directly impacts your marriage. Can a husband and wife still love each other even when another man marries a man, or when a woman marries a woman? Sure. If two persons can be married because they both of free will, knowing each other, wants to marry, why not? Marriage = 2 adults decide both of free will to marry. Not problematic. All adult will then have the same right. Marriage wilø no longer be a privilege for the few.
Privilege does harm to the Love others as much as you love yourself because Privilege sets one person above another. Prvilege is a right than can be taken away as universal rights can not.
My belief is Universal Rights for all one this planet, indeed in this universe as in alø universe. The UN rights is a start. Whenever I thank God or whatever for something I have and am grateful for I remember that other people are not as lucky and send a wish towards the universe/God. I am not an activist so I feel ineffective, but sometime I get a chance to argue to the better world for all and then I hope that I do something good after all.
Praying is the act when all other options are out. Actions is what is needed! Love is not enough if it is just a feeling. Act with love and respect. Do not pray when you with action can change something! Pray when you have done all and hope, desperate hope is the only thing left. Action! Forward! Towards love, towards a better future. Make this life in earth more like heaven than hell for us all. In heaven all helps one another. In hell all is working just for themselves. In heaven all have food. In hell nobody can eat because as all work for themselves, against the other.
Life is here and now. God permits us to be happy, but to laugh at others misfortunes.
May the blessings come to all that are in need. Will you carry a blessing to someone in need? Will make the blessing into what the people need? Blessings are food to the hungry, a helping hand etc.