love by one vs. many

There are two important rules in the bible.

1. Love the Lord your God with all your soul, mind and strength.
2. Love your neighbour as yourself.

I find the second one particularly interesting.

As sinful humans we don’t like the idea of loving others more than we love ourselves.  After all it comes naturally to look out for our own good and interests first.  And this is driven by greed, selfishness, pride etc.

But a thought occurred to me.  If we were really selfish and really greedy for love, wouldn’t it work better in our favour to follow rule number 2?

Let me put it this way.  In a world where everyone looks out for their friends, family, acquaintances, strangers first and then themselves that sounds kinda crap for a selfish, self-centred person right.  Coz you’d have to bend over backward for everyone else and you’d never ever get your way and have your needs taken care of.. or would you?

On the contrary, in a world where everyone is looking out for everyone else, then as much as you are looking out for others, everyone else is in turn looking after your needs and wants.  So instead of having just being the sole person who’s serving your own needs, you’d be having a multitude of people to serve your needs and wants, right?

it only makes sense!

so who says the bible isn’t logical or is only for people who get walked all over by other people? ;)


btw, this is all written a bit tongue-in-cheek but please feel free to let me know if there’s a flaw in my argument!