Bible Review 14:6, December 1998

Feeling Love and Doing Love

New Testament love demands more than Christmas sentimentality

By Anthony J. Saldarini

Bible Review

Christians quickly (and correctly) claim that love defines their religion, but the reality, as we know, often fails the ideal. A history of unloving Christian behavior, itself a testimony to the power of sin, would fill volumes. Unfortunately, Christians often use love to “one-up” non-Christians. How often have unthinking Christians “praised” a generous, loving Jew as an example of “Christian” charity? Christians may forget that the love commandments, to love God and love neighbor, come from the Hebrew Bible, which says “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:4–5) and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:18).

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