The Brotherhood of Man

The second aspect of this philosophy or religion was summed up in the statement love your neighbor as yourself, and this was tied into the first idea of the Fatherhood of God. This he also based on a fact: we are all sons of God and therefore we are all brothers and sisters, members of a very large extended family.

Though Christianity would see humanity as either Christians or non-Christians, God sees us all as His children. The only distinction God makes with his children is between those who desire to do his will and those who do not.

As he was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”

He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

The woman glorified his mother because Mary was his immediate family member and therefore must have found favor with God because of her close family bond to the Master. However, he corrected her, saying that God was no respecter of persons and did not play favorites with family members – rather those who did God’s will were blessed.

In the same way, we can see that just because someone is born into a religious family or is the son of a pastor or belongs to an amazing church does not mean they are given any special status in the Kingdom of Heaven. God loves us all equally because God is no respecter of persons.

The love that we feel from God and the love that we express to God results in a greater love for our fellow man. Knowing that we are all brothers regardless of spiritual status changes everything for the believer. We can only look upon our neighbor with the same compassion and depth of understanding that we feel from our shared Father.

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