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both before the Christian era and since it began; but the unique magnificence about the ideal for which Jesus lived and died, raises Him above all these.
From the whole of Hebrew literature, Jesus chose two sentences to express the fundamental facts of religion and ethics, and in so doing effected one of those master simplifications which so often inaugurate new eras in human progress: ' You should love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul and with your whole mind and with all your strength. You should love your neighbour as yourself.' If God can be described in terms of absolute goodness, beauty and truth, love is the only adequate expression of the ideal attitude of man towards Him; while beyond the maxim, ' Love your neighbour as yourself, it is impossible to go. ' Whatever you would like men to do to you, do just the same to them; that', to Him, ' is the meaning of the law and the prophets \
In these brief phrases the relationship between ethics and religion is categorically expressed. The love of God is the condition and inspiration of the love of man, and conversely, the love of man is the practical expression of the love of God. All the weighty volumes on theology and ethics which pack the shelves of the libraries are nothing but interpretations of this statement. It demands a continuing evolution of mankind, for only as man progresses in knowledge, in morality and socially can he truly learn to know and love God and man. Moreover, there must be incessant reinterpretation of the meaning and content of the love for God and man to suit the needs and the discoveries of man which change with time.
' To love God ', as Streeter has rightly said, ' is to hate delusion and to long to know that which really is. It is to know that reality is more than we, or our friends, can ever grasp completely, but never to rest/