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The Only Sin Is Not Loving Your Neighbor As Yourself

By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - Internet Church Of Christ - LoveAllPeople.org

Treat Others As You Would Like To Be Treated, because What You Do Comes Back To You.

The only sin is not loving your neighbor as yourself.

If it is true, as Jesus taught, that all of God's Law is embodied in the Golden Rule . . .

      "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to
       you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."
       (Matthew 7:12 KJV)
          NOTE: He says, "this is the law," not, "this is required by the
                law."
. . . and if it is also true, as Paul taught, that love for others fulfills all of God's Law . . .
            "For all the law is fulfilled in one word,
             even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour
             as thyself." (Galatians 5:14 KJV)
. . . and if it is also true, as John taught, that sin is the transgression of the Law . . .
      "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is
       the transgression of the law." (1 John 3:4 KJV)
. . . then it must follow that . . .

THE ONLY SIN IS NOT LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF

If we love our neighbor as ourself, will we commit murder? No, because committing murder is the opposite of love. If we love our neighbor as ourself, will we commit adultery? No, because adultery is an offense against the spouse. If we love our neighbor as ourself, will we steal? No, because stealing is an offense against the lawful owner. And so on with other offenses: acts become sins only if they work against love for others.

Therefore, we should throw away all of our "lists of sins" and concentrate instead on the one thing that is truly important to God: we must love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

This is "The Doctrine Of Radical Christian Love," which is explained more fully at "The Doctrine Of Radical Christian Love," http://www.loveallpeople.org/pearl-radicalchristianlove.html.

But what about other sins? Doesn't Paul talk about sins of the flesh, those against our own bodies? What do these have to do with loving our neighbor as ourself?

One explanation is that these aren't really sins (unlawful things) but are merely things which are not expedient or helpful to us. This is my own understanding of them.

But even if these "sins against our body" are true sins, they are covered or forgiven if we truly love our neighbor as ourself. Any sin whatsoever is covered or forgiven if we truly love our neighbor as ourself.

              "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly
               Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men
               their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your
               trespasses." (Matthew 6:14-15 RSV)

       Galatians 5:14 (RSV)
       For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your
       neighbor as yourself."
       Romans 13:8 (RSV)
       Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves
       his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
       Romans 13:9 (RSV)
       The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery, You shall not
       kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet," and any other
       commandment, are summed up in this sentence, "You shall love your
       neighbor as yourself."
       Romans 13:10 (RSV)
       Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling
       of the law.
       James 2:8 (RSV)
       If you really fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture,
       "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well.
       Proverbs 10:12 (RSV)
       Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
       1 Peter 4:8 (RSV)
       Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love
       covers a multitude of sins.

Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord,

Rev. Bill McGinnis <><

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