Quote of the Day: Liars in love

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“It is not enough for us to say, “I love God.” I also have to love my neighbor. In the scriptures, St. John says that you are a liar if you say you love God and you do not love your neighbor. How can you love God whom you do not see, if you do not love your neighbor whom you see, whom you touch, with whom you live? And he uses a very big word, “You are a liar.” It is one of those words that is frightening to read, and yet it is really true.” – Mother Teresa

In a world suspiscious of any authority and where “Christianity” is increasingly doctrinally confused – where we have such a thing as a “denomination” – there is a growing tendency to over simplify the true faith to find common ground.

After the great splitting of the Church in the so-called “reformation” we heard “well at least we all agree on the Bible.”  And then when we didn’t all agree on the Bible we heard things like “well at least we all agree on the essentials.”  But then when people didn’t agree on the essentials, or even what those essentials were, then we heard well it’s “just me and Jesus” – and that’s it.

But Christianity is not about “just me and Jesus.”  This lessens our relationships with other people.  It puts love for one another as somehow less important than our love for Jesus when, in fact, they are all caught up together.

This is what Mother Teresa and Scripture so beautifully remind us of today.  Jesus founded a Church.  A Church includes not only a vertical relationship with “just me and Jesus,” but it emphasizes the horizontal relationship too – our Love for one another.  Only then can we fully Love God.

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Timothy February 3, 2009 at 10:38 am

Well said.

Cindy February 3, 2009 at 10:47 am

Thanks for the post. I can’t quote you chapter and verse (being a cradle catholic and all…LOL) but there is a famous John 3:16 that we see a lot of. The sentence that follows is equally compelling and speaks to your post. “Let us love one another not in word or speech, but in deed and truth” [sic]
Loving Jesus requires action. It is not enough to say “I love,” we must LIVE “I love.”

Anna February 3, 2009 at 11:07 am

Something I don’t understand (something my mom tells me all of the time), I love you, but God loves you more.

How can she be okay with that?

Andy February 3, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Anna, you can help improve your mother’s understanding of God’s love by telling her that “in this physical world, SHE is God’s instrument for loving Anna”. Who is it that you should thank for your mother’s love? And who should she thank for your love ? In this sense, ALL love comes from/thru God. It is He who gives us this ability to love. Your mom is probably right in assuming that God loves you more, because none of us can possibly love as perfectly as God can. But we can try !

Florencia February 3, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Its disconcerting to come to know someone who lives that way, in the “just me and Jesus” way. They can be sincere, and it can be endearing at times, but Its dangerous too. Many times they are easily blinded by their own faith, losing the sense of sacredness and beauty about the external world and especially about other people. Its like living in a vacuum: there is me and there is Jesus, and everything finite in between is skipped over. But when you try to show one of these people this, they feel they are being rejected or something, and they “suffer” that gladly for Jesus. Its a false reality and an extremist way of living the faith, because everything just relies on words and their respective sentiments.

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