“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men” (Luke 6:35).

Religious zealots are a danger to people of all faiths, as well as those of no faith; co-opting isolated passages from their respective sacred texts as a means of justifying violence, spreading hatred, and inciting mayhem. Such extremists can be identified within each of the three major monotheistic world religions. The gospel of Jesus Christ, however, at least when it’s not hijacked by political demagogues, promotes a love of God that transcends our learned hate and the impassioned fear-mongering that is imposed upon us.

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