DID JESUS TEACH MEN TO LOVE THEMSELVES? Part 1 of 6
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"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these TWO commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Matthew 22:37-40
On what "TWO commandments hang all the law and the prophets?" Can you re-read the above text and count the number of commands our LORD gave upon which the whole message of the Law and Prophets (whole Word of God) hang?
Jesus told us specifically that He gave "TWO commandments" here - not three.
1) "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God" (v37)2) "Thou shalt love thy neighbour" (v39)
Does Jesus tell us to love ourselves here? If so, please show us where. Does God's Word anywhere teach that men should learn to love themselves more?
Did you notice here in the words of Christ that there is the complete absence of any command for believers to love themselves? Since there is not even one hint of self-love taught in God's Word, where do so many modern church leaders get the idea and authority that men are to learn to love themselves?
"For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it..." Ephesians 5:29
This week alone, I have heard 2 deluded leaders teaching people to love themselves. Sounds noble doesn't it? But is it biblical? Did Jesus and His apostles teach men that they needed to learn to love themselves? With all the messages on loving self today, we must ask ourselves; did our LORD teach self-love or self-denial?
"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him DENY HIMSELF, and take up his cross (implement of death) daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save (love) his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it." Luke 9:23-24
Here the Son of God told us clearly that "any man" who would be His must "deny himself" not elevate or learn to love himself. To "deny" one's self is to refuse to think upon or do anything that violates the holiness of God as defined by His Word. Self-love is certainly one of those things the LORD identifies as sin and condemns.Here is the single verse this love thyself (self-love) teaching is based upon: <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
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"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Matthew 22:39
To get to the point, there is NOT ONE supporting verse or text to this self-love message and this one above (Matthew 22:39) they clearly twist/pervert (2 Cor. 2:17). I think it should be more than obvious that Matthew 22:39 carries the same import as Matthew 7:12 (Golden Rule), when the Master instructed:
"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." Matthew 7:12
The Pride of Lucifer
"The LORD will destroy the house of the proud." Proverbs 15:25
From where does any self-serving message originate? Who is the author of the self-love teaching and behind all false prophets who are teaching this message? The 5 "I"'s of Lucifer in Isaiah 14 should reveal the answer to this important question.
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." Isaiah 14:12-15
The motto and pride anthem of Satan is I, I, I, I, I and anyone who is not in the love of God. The self-love message is clearly Luciferian. (continued )
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