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Updated on July 23, 2009

The most basic, undeniable truth of the teachings of Christ is the precept of charity. Without this one thing there is no hope, and your faith is in vane. Nothing else is acceptable to God accept a meek heart, which meekness is full of charity, Therefore a man must have charity or he is nothing.

The apostle Paul wrote concerning the divine nature of charity, he said;

"Charity suffers long, and is Kind, and envies not, and is not puffed up, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil, and rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things."

All of us who call ourselves lovers of Christ must cleave to charity which is greatest of all, and all things will be done away with but charity, which is the pure love of Christ, endures forever. And except you have charity you can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God.

Those who turn away the needy, and fail to clothe the naked, or visit the sick, or comfort the widows and the fatherless, if you have, to those who stand in need, I say that if you do none of these things, then your prayers will be in vane and they will avail you nothing, and you will be like the hyppocrites who deny the faith.

Seeing that the holy scriptures testify of these things, that this life is the time alotted for us to prepare to meet God, and the hour for us to perform our labours. Consider the state of the afflicted and try to alleviate their sufferings; let your bread feed the hungry, and your clothing cover the naked,; let your liberality dry up the tear of the orphan, and cheer the disconsolate widow; let your prayers, and presence, and kindness, allieviate the pains of the distressed, and your liberality contribute to their necessities, do good to all men, especially to those of th household of faith, that you ay be harmless, and blameless, the sons of God without rebuke.

We ought at all times to be very careful that such high-mindedness will never have a place in our heart, but condescend to men of low estate, and with all long-suffering bear the infirmities of the weak.


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    • Onusonus profile image

      Onusonus 6 years ago from washington

      The scriptures say that we should defend our families even unto bloodshed. Regardless, a large percentage of Americans own fire arms and use them to hunt for food. I own guns for home defence, I've never even shot it.

      I can say with pride that I did serve in the military and have no problem with serving my country along with the tens of thousands upon thousands of other Christians who have answered their country's call to defend freedom. I believe it is a duty and a privledge, and noone who is willing to fight for their freedom deserves it.

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      lizzieBoo 6 years ago from England

      I can't help noticing you're holding a gun in your picture. What a curious contrast of ideas. This would be an unusual image for a European Christian.


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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Are we not all beggars?

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      Onusonus 9 years ago from washington

      VP, That is an excelent response, I think of love as a commandment, You can love your children and chasten them. Such phrases like "fell in love" imply that the person had no choice in the matter when we are plainly given free will, it falls in with "The Devil made me do it."

      ASU I have said to others that I would have to find it in my heart to forgive a person who rapes or murders family member. I would have to say that forgiveness is the ammount of love that is required

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      viralprospector 9 years ago from DFW Texas

      The idea of love thy neighbor is interesting. The parable of the good samaritan shows love to be more the verb in that parable than the noun, as I see it anyway.

      I have always contended that love should be a verb only, and the world would be a better place. People feel that they should be full of the emotion of love. I feel that people should perform the actions of love.

      In the good samaritan parable, the man who Jesus said loved his neighbor was the man who took mercy on his fellow man in need. He did the actions of helping him. How he felt about him was not relevent to the parable. In fact, it was not mentioned.

      I feel that this is the point of this hub. To show compassion and help the needy is to love them. How we feel about them is not the point, in my opinion. Jesus helped the poor and the needy, but I do not recall Him bubbling over with great adoration for them. Applying that to the woman whose child was abused, it is highly unlikely that she will love that perpetrator in the emotional/noun sense. However, I think with great effort she might certainly do the actions of love, like mercy or help. To me anyway, that is what is meant by love thy neighbor - 'do' not 'feel'.

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      allshookup 9 years ago from The South, United States

      I think that's a wonderful goal and I see you doing just that Onusonus. And I admire you.

      Do you feel that it's possible to love everyone including their deeds (works)? A lady brought up if someone bruitally raped your child, can you truely sit down to Sunday dinner with them in love and be a close friend of them? No Christian wants anyone to go do hell. But, is it possible for people to do what that woman asked?

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      Onusonus 9 years ago from washington

      for some it is hard to love those around them, in action, in word, in deed. My hope is to advocate peace for those around me, and to be an example to the world, and for me to live as I speak, as the Lord would have me.

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      allshookup 9 years ago from The South, United States

      Faith, hope, and love are some good things He gave us, but the greatest is love.

      I agree wtih einron that it's much easier to love God than to love someone else if they have actions you know are wrong and is sin in God's eyes. We talked about this Sunday in Sunday school. To love someone and not love their actions. And, is that possible? Or do we have to have perfect love in loving their actions too in order to love like God wants us to. I'd love to know what some of you think about that. We never settled this discussion as we ran out of time and had to dismiss and go to preaching. Any ideas?

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      einron 9 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Another word for charity is "love". The second commandment is "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as yourself." There is no one who does not love himself. He wants all the good things for himself. If one loves his neighbour as himself, he will not hurt himself but wishes the best things for himself.

      This command is harder than the first commandment. To love God is easier than to love your neighbour as yourself.

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      Onusonus 9 years ago from washington

      thanks dude!!

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      viralprospector 9 years ago from DFW Texas


      Wow, this is one of your best works. I totally agree.

      Jesus spent His "spare time" helping the needy. He worked all His miracles for the needy. It was God, as a man being God. If we truly love Jesus, we should emulate Him. We should indeed do everything in our power to help the needy. As you know first hand, we who believe in Him have even greater power.

      It is funny that now even the psychological community realizes that the path to happiness is to help others and love in the moment.

      Thank you for all your many contributions to glorify and honor Him. I am honored to know you, brother.