The Gospel: Do We Make A ‘Short’ Story ‘Long’!


We have all heard people say, “Well, to make a long story short…”, yet, more often than not people tend to make “a short story long.” Such is the case with the gospel as taught by Jesus Christ. A quick, or extensive examination of the teachings of Christ reveal quite clearly that His gospel was simple and to the point. In fact, when asked to summarize it, He did so with this simple but profound statement:

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind…And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matt. 22:37,39) Simply put, Jesus taught that upon this statement “hung all the law.”

Sometimes in our zeal we have a tendency to make the gospel complex and get caught up in learning and teaching the “mysteries” of heaven. In so doing we might scare off those that search for the basic truths of Christ’s teachings. While attaining knowledge  is nice and we should seek to better understand the nature of our relationship with God, in the end, “to make a long story short”,  loving the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind and loving our neighbour as ourself is at the core of Christianity. To understand it any other way is, well…making a short story long.


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