‘You shall love your neighbor as your self
Jesus also said that he who doesn't take care of his family is worse than the pagan individual.
Now how contempt get along hand in glove with love of such neighbours boggles me.
Hence all religions are just bogus.
The statement merely implies some "pagans" sometimes have higher standards than some Christians. So there is no "contempt". In fact, it is a comment on the hypocrisy of "looking down on pagans" while at the same time being no better or even worse.
Yes you might resort to other versus such as judge not lest ye be judged,but then this verse falls flat due to the fact that only the one taking proper care of his family will have disdain for fella Christians who in his view are verse than the pagans.Hence he has every right to judge the other person.
(Timothy 5:8)But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
1Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers, 2the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity.
3Honor widows who are widows indeed; 4but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God. 5Now she who is a widow indeed and who has been left alone, has fixed her hope on God and continues in entreaties and prayers night and day. 6But she who gives herself to wanton pleasure is dead even while she lives. 7Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach. 8But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
the one taking proper care of his family will have disdain for fella Christians who in his view are verse than the pagans.
But which verse is to be given preference or assigned more priority over which,is there any standard set and if so on what basis.
Same questions hold equally true for other religions in case of contradictions.
ronyvo wrote:“you shall love your 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 your self. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets,” Mt22:37-40
St. Cyril then said that Christ commanded us to pray for our enemies and to do good to them. However, he affirmed that a Christian could show no greater love than to lay down his [or her] life for a friend. This is why we endure offenses caused by individuals, but in company we defend one another. We give our lives in battle to prevent the enemy from making our neighbors prisoners and enslaving their bodies and souls by forcing them to renounce their faith.
Whosoever Will Lose His Life for My Sake Shall Find It
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