Thursday, January 08, 2015

Je suis Charlie

I know very little about Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism or any of the many religions; I don't even know that much about many aspects of Christianity, certainly when it comes to the Old Testament. But I do know what Jesus, when asked, said is the most important commandment:
"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 neighbour as yourself."

Love. Nothing there about hate or kill or fight God's battles for him. God doesn't need us to do that; what he wants us to do is love each other. As we love ourselves. And maybe that's where the problem arises for so many.

We struggle to live up to ideals, to reach a level at which we will be considered successful or even acceptable. We don't like, let alone love, ourselves. Yet it's as we are now that God loves us. With all our imperfections and weaknesses.

There are crazy - I was going to say fundamentalists but it occurred to me that the most basic fundamental is that of loving although it's something that those termed fundamentalists seem to forget - people in every religion. Don't blame God; blame those who do evil in whatever name.


SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Nous sommes tous Charlie .

Liz Hinds said...

Indeed, Sonata.