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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.


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  1. Llola

    Gospel of John

    I'm sorry. I'm didn't mean to mock anyone. Are you asking me: why some people follow Jesus, and some don't? Maybe they follow Jesus dew to fear of death. Christianity offers conquest of death. Or maybe certainty. Christianity offers certainty. For me, certainty is the scariest part because Christianity shares certainty with Islam and National Socialism. I follow Jesus because I love my mother, and she wants me to follow Jesus. Besides he is lot of fun. Going to Church is the highlight of my week. Maybe they don't follow Jesus for cultural reasons? A book in our school library, Lands and Peoples, says the world has 4000 cultures. I bet most have something other than Jesus for a religion. Are you asking me: Why was Jesus a celebrity? Maybe because he healed people. Maybe because he challenged the Pharisees, Herodians, and the teachers of the law. Can I elaborate? About what?
  2. Llola

    Gospel of John

    Beelzebul Jesus’ celebrity gathered such a large crowd that the “disciples were not even able to eat.” His family said, “He is out of his mind.” The teachers of the law said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.” Jesus quoted Abraham Lincoln, “.. a ... house ,,, divided against itself, … cannot stand.” Jesus also said, “... whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven …,” which probably includes me. Mark 3:20-35, Matthew 12:22-37, Luke 11:14-28 Chapter 32
  3. Llola

    Gospel of John

    Chosen Servant In a large crowd Jesus healed a bunch of folks. “He warned them not to tell others about him. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah ... ” Matthew 12:15-37 Chapter 31a
  4. Llola

    Gospel of John

    Yal Come People came to Galilee to hear Jesus, They came from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, Tyre, and Sidon. I don’t know why the Gospel would include Jerusalem when it has already said Judea. Seems like Judea would include Jerusalem, but I have heard people from Texas say, “Texas and Houston,” as if Houston were not part of Texas. Mark 3:7-12 Chapter 30 I think I have read about one sixth of Jesus' story. You all have helped me with this. Thank you, very much.
  5. Llola

    Gospel of John

    Healing on the Sabbath On a Saturday, Jesus healed a man’s hand. Or the man’s hand healed as Jesus stood in the room. “Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.” Mark 3:1-6 Chapter 29 So now we have a new group, the Herodians. In antiquity, political opponents must have tried to assassinate each other, something like Columbia. In one of Plato’s dialogues, Socrates tells how his faction assigned him to assassinate a member of the opposition.
  6. Llola

    Gospel of John

    Lord of the Sabbath On a Saturday, Pharisees followed Jesus and his disciples through a grainfield. At this point, I gotta wonder how did Pharisees have so little to do. Like dudes, get a life. Jesus and his disciples ate some of the grain. The Pharisees said that on Saturdays, picking grain violated the law. On another Saturday, they watched him heal a man. This made “... the Pharisees and the teachers of the law … furious and [they] began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.” This story would improve if the faceless Pharisees could become a Pharisee with a name, like Moriarty or Macbeth, Mark 2:23-28, Matthew 12:1-14, Luke 17 6:1-11 Chapter 28
  7. Llola

    Gospel of John

    Fasting John’s disciples and the Pharisees fasted, but Jesus and his disciples did not fast. Mark, Matthew, and Luke relate the the same metaphor to explain why? I don’t understand the metaphor. Mark 2:18-22, Luke 5:33-39 Matthew 9:14-17 Chapter 27
  8. Llola

    Gospel of John

    Peter’s Mother-in-Law Jesus cured Peter’s Mother-in-Law. It fulfilled something Isaiah said. Luke 4:38-44, Matthew 8:14-17 Chapter 26 In my Chapter 21, I associated Luke 4:38-44 with Mark 1:29-39, Matthew 4:23-25 as if they all represented the same event. I think I made a mistake.Instead I want to associate Mark 1:29-39 and Matthew 4:23-25, which tell about healing in general, and call them Chapter 21. Also, I want to associate Luke 4:38-44 with Matthew 8:14-17, both of which tell about how Jesus cured Peter’s mother-in-law, and call them Chapter 26.
  9. Llola

    Gospel of John

    I'm sorry. I didn't know that. In Spanish, people do not blaspheme with they say that. If fact, it has a rather common usage. The rules seem to depend on the culture. I wonder if Hispanic people ever espouse the fundamentalist view.
  10. Llola

    Gospel of John

    Levi, a traitor who collaborated with the occupying enemy. Which would annoy the Pharisees more, touching a leper or dining with a quisling?
  11. Llola

    Gospel of John

    Levi, Tax Collector Levi, a tax collector, became a follower of Jesus. Levi held a banquet for a “large crowd of tax collectors.” Levi's status as a tax collector suggests he was Greek or Roman. Pharisees and teachers of the law asked, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners.” Jesus told them that he had not come to “call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. ” This year in school, when we we learned about antisemitism, they gave us a list off reasons. The Jewish rule, about nonassociation with other cultures, offered one reason for antisemitism. Jesus must have wanted to change that rule. Or, I suppose, fulfill something. I mentioned before about how people at my church admire Langdon Gilkey. During World War Two, the Japanese forces in China interned Gilkey along with other Europeans, both righteous and sinners, in an internment camp, sort of one big Lev’s Banquet. Luke 13 5:27-32, Mark 2:13-17 Chapter 25
  12. Llola

    Gospel of John

    Luke 24, I expect I will eventually get there. So we have temporary changes and fulfilling changes. I may need to put that on the shelf with Logos.
  13. Llola

    Gospel of John

    Blasphemy Jesus cured a paralyzed man. Two gospels add that Pharisees and teachers of the law came to listen, possibly because Jesus had touched the leper. They believed that Jesus spoke blasphemy. The plot thickens. Luke 5:17-25, Matthew 8:5-13, Mark 2:1-12 Chapter 24
  14. Llola

    Gospel of John

    Another change. Religion can change.
  15. Llola

    Gospel of John

    That's totally cool.. It must mean that Jesus wanted to change the rules or even start a new religion. Or it means that the rules can change. Written rules form an important part of United States History. The story begins with Hammurabi, the first written rules. At least the modern story begins there. During the Enlightenment, people had forgotten Hammurabi. The first written rules came from the Torah, which said that even the King must follow the rules. Of course, I have not read the Torah, so I don't know that first hand. The teachers tell us that in school. The story of Jesus and the leper also reminds me that people of different cultures have different ways to deal with public hearth. In West Africa, sick people stay in their houses. If they don't come out, the village elders burn the house, sort of an extreme form of no touching.

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