We do not know the true appearance of Jesus, and his exact words are subject to the ravages of time and translation, but we do know that Jesus was a firebrand rabbi who preached a message of radical love. What we know of Jesus is that he quoted parts of the Old Testament1Â that were important to his message.
â€œLove The Sinner, Hate The Sinâ€ Jesus never said2
People use this phrase to justify homophobia and to drive a wedge between people with whom they disagree. It is an excuse for discrimination disguised as righteousness.3Â Hate is hate. We must Love instead. Learn to understand the actions (what might be considered â€œsinâ€), sinceÂ through understanding, true love can flourish.
What Jesus said: The First Commandment
Mark 12 28Â One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, â€œWhich commandment is the first of all?â€ 29Â Jesus answered, â€œThe first is, â€˜Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30Â you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.â€™ 31Â The second is this, â€˜You shall love your neighbor as yourself.â€™ There is no other commandment greater than these.â€ New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Jesus made it really clear that â€œneighborâ€ includes everyone (even Samaritans!). Would the only excuse to hate anyone beÂ that youÂ hate yourself? Perhaps it isÂ fearÂ that drives hate, not self-loathing.
 4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.[a] 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.Â â€” Deuteronomy 6:4-5
18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. â€” Leviticus 19:18
Â It is a corruption of another quote,Â and not from the Bible.
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