a reply to: sk0rpi0n
A previous poster is correct. These are NOT Commands, these are examples of how Christians should try to behave.
The one and only command was to love your neighbor as yourself.
However, Jesus knew all people are flawed and no one can meet the standards he set and suggested and even the 10 commandments.
So Jesus said to his followers, do your very best to follow the commands and standards. When you falter (who hasn't told a little lie to save the
feelings of another) when you fall, you are not condemned to hell.
All you have to do is believe in Jesus and call on Him, ask for forgiveness and your slips, falls, sins, mistakes will be forgiven - and then He asks
his followers to go and try not to sin anymore.
Jesus says his true followers will try their best to live up to the command to love your neighbor as yourself and all the other examples of "right
living" he gives to us naturally selfish, self centered, and rebellious humans. But again when we fail, we only need to ask Jesus forgiveness,
believe in Jesus as the son of God, and then try not to repeat our mistakes and we will go to heaven.
Jesus also makes it clear, no one can earn their way to heaven, ones actions are not what allows entrance into heaven. It is a contrite heart and a
faith in Jesus as our Savior who will welcome us into heaven.
Jesus wants Christians to follow the 10 commandments, love others as they love themselves, be kind, be non-judgmental of others (Jesus examples to
Christians was to love and accept the outcasts of society, those most people shun or find unlovable), to help the poor (especially widows and
orphans), and to see all people as equal (in Christ their is no male or female, no master or slave, no marriage in heaven), be generous to others,
when people sin it is not the Christians job to condemn but to offer love. Yes, Jesus does ASK his followers to do what most find impossible, to
love and treat everyone with the utmost respect and love, no matter who or what they are.
I am perplexed when Christianity is twisted into something judgmental and unkind when Jesus and the New Testament makes it clear that Christians are
NOT to be judgmental or unkind - rather to strive to be as non-judgmental and as kind and loving as possible. The key is strive, when one
fails, one only need to confess in prayer to Jesus and then to try and not fail again.
By the way, I also agree with a previous poster that you attend a Bible Study, or read the entire New Testament for yourself so you understand
Christianity as it appears you are attempting to do.