Is the Heart of Christianity?
To me, the absolute center of Christianity is embodied love. In my reading
of the Bible and in my experience, that's it...hook, line, and sinker. In Genesis
it is God's love embodied in Creation, with every part dependent on every other
part for perfect function. When human beings couldn't seem to keep their part
of the harmony going, God embodied love more specifically in human form, in
the person of Jesus. Jesus thus becomes both the embodiment and the revelation
of God's love. Christians consider themselves to be the Body of Christ...those
who try to continue to embody God's love in and for the world. If it is not
done in love, it is a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. It matters even more
than faith, Paul says. When Jesus is asked in Luke 10 what must be done to
inherit eternal life, the answer is to love. Love is at the center of Creation,
because God is love. Embodied love is at the heart of Christianity because
that's who Jesus is.
From the question “What Is the Heart of Christianity?”