Loving thy neighbor as you love yourself implies that you love yourself

 ThatGuy (@ThatGuy345) 7 years, 8 months ago

Food for thought. Love yourself before others

January 28, 2014 at 12:34 pm
Anonymous (107) (@) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

I was going to bring this up in bible mindfuck thread but felt like it was kind of off topic…

I am allergic to the idea of service because of this principle being pushed at me so misleadingly growing up, without the self-love. What is most loving to me is someone sharing their enthusiasm for what they love, feeding their self-love and their bonds with others at the same time

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Anonymous (175) (@) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Depends. I’m not a Christian, but then it perhaps means that the care we show to ourselves we should show to others. It’s probably not mean literally.

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inna (95) (@paintedbeings) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

i disagree with that whole idea in the first place because how you want to be loved is definitely not how others want to be loved, and assuming everyone wants to be treated like you do is a bunch of bullshit. Aside from that, you gotta put the oxygen mask on yourself first. Agree with that.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

I think if people want others to respect their opinion and to have the right to believe whatever they want, then first they have to provide others the same courtesy, otherwise they are just a hypocrite.

(but then it gets into who is right and who is wrong, and the dangers of people keeping a wrong stance, and it becomes a drawn out process of trying to explain it, and even then a person will not necessarily change their stance for reasons like being afraid it will destroy their ideological foundations, or just a fear of being wrong in general means they have to acknowledge they could be wrong about other stuff, or maybe they don’t want to give others the satisfaction of admitting they are right. People are crazy :P)

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Marlon (97) (@shoeopener) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Loving thy neighbor as you don’t love yourself implies that you love yourself aaaand not your neighbor. That makes more sense to me.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

There are different interpretations of this, such as; “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” but I see your point; maybe you like to be tied down, whipped and fucked up the ass, something you would not want to justify doing to your neighbours. So yes, a certain line of common sense has to be applied with its translation.

But I also point out that John 13:34-35 is the primary scripture in the Bible that guides the interpretation of all others; people have an idea of what Jesus was like, I’d even say an “Ideal” of what he was like, and this was a perfect spirit of love that we would seek to approach everyone and every situation with. Jesus even loved “Sinners” and addressed them in a very considerate manner that earned him their respect, and so they were much more receptive to his guidance.

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Josh (213) (@reinvented2012) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

@ ThatGuy345 You cannot love others without loving yourself.

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Anonymous (4) (@) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Sounds about right.

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robbiew8n (11) (@mickyisback) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Absolutely! Love comes from within and is humanistic not religious. Self love is not vanity, it is not “Look at me” nor is it “I am gorgeous” but it is a simple, caring, unprejudiced acceptance of the self that releases love for your fellows.

Micky:))

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