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THE ONLY ABSOLUTE COMMAND: LOVE GOD AND MAN

Love God; love your fellow man. That's it. There is no more. All other commandments, laws, exhortations, instructions, rules, regulations, statutes, and ordinances in the Bible are mere details of this one Great Commandment.

Everything else flows from this one commandment: to love. Love God with everything you have, and love your neighbor the same as you love yourself. Who is your neighbor? Your neighbor is everybody else, as explained in The Parable Of The Good Samaratin, shown below. How should you treat your neighbor? Treat him as if he were God, as explained in The Parable Of The Sheep And The Goats, shown below.

In the event of any apparent conflict between Scriptures, the commandment to "Love God And Man" takes priority over all others.

          The Only Absolute Command: "Love God And Man."
             MATTHEW 22:35-40 (KJV)
                             The Great Commandment
             35
                    Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a
                    question, tempting him, and saying,
             36
                    Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
             37
                    Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God
                    with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with
                    all thy mind.
             38
                    This is the first and great commandment.
             39
                    And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy
                    neighbour as thyself.
             40
                    On these two commandments hang all the law and the
                    prophets.
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Who is your neighbor? Your neighbor is everybody else, as explained in The Parable Of The Good Samaritan, shown below . . .
       
       LUKE 10:25-37 (KJV) 
                            The Good Samaritan
        25
               And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him,
               saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
        26
               He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest
               thou?
        27
               And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God
               with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
               thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as
               thyself.
        28
               And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do,
               and thou shalt live.
        29
               But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And
               who is my neighbour?
        30
               And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from
               Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which
               stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and
               departed, leaving him half dead.
        31
               And by chance there came down a certain priest that way:
               and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
        32
               And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and
               looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
        33
               But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he
               was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
        34
               And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil
               and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to
               an inn, and took care of him.
        35
               And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence,
               and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of
               him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again,
               I will repay thee.
        36
               Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour
               unto him that fell among the thieves?
        37
               And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus
               unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
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How should you treat your neighbor? You should treat him as if he were God, as explained in The Parable Of The Sheep And The Goats, shown below.
       
        MATTHEW 25:31-47 (KJV)
                           The Sheep And The Goats
        31
               When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the
               holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of
               his glory:
        32
               And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall
               separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his
               sheep from the goats:
        33
               And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the
               goats on the left.
        34
               Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come,
               ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for
               you from the foundation of the world:
        35
               For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty,
               and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
        36
               Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I
               was in prison, and ye came unto me.
        37
               Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when
               saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave
               thee drink?
        38
               When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked,
               and clothed thee?
        39
               Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto
               thee?
        40
               And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say
               unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the
               least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
        41
               Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart
               from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for
               the devil and his angels:
        42
               For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was
               thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
        43
               I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye
               clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me
               not.
        44
               Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we
               thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or
               sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
        45
               Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you,
               Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye
               did it not to me.
        46
               And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but
               the righteous into life eternal.
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