Letter: Religious thoughts

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I would like to thank Marilyn Shedden for drawing the attention of the Courier readers to Jesus of Nazareth in her column last week and acknowledge that the world would be a much better place if we obeyed his command to love one another.

However, the Bible’s accounts of Jesus’ life show that Ms Shedden was inaccurate to state that this was the only command Jesus gave.

Jesus himself did not consider that to be his most important command. In Mark 12, when asked what he considered to be the most important commandment, Jesus answered: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

He continued that the second most important commandment is to ‘love your neighbour as yourself.’

According to Jesus, loving God with all our beings is the primary responsibility of us all, and it is He who enables us to truly love others.

Unfortunately, this was not the only inaccuracy in last week’s Thought for the Week.

For example, the Bible tells us that Jesus travelled from his home town of Nazareth to Jerusalem on several occasions, and each journey was certainly much more than 30 miles.

As we approach Easter and remember Jesus’ death and resurrection, it would serve us all well to read again his story in the Bible, so that we might get an accurate picture of who the real Jesus is, what he did say, why he died and how he rose again.

Reverend Rodger M Crooks,