Which commandments are the most important to follow


Feb 26, 2007
Which commandments are the most important to follow

I decided to make a new post of this based on the thread titled "are all sins equal"
I felt that looking at the laws and sin in this context would be helpful to many

Are all sins equal? Here is another approach coming at it from the opposite direction. Instead of asking is one sin greater than another, ask like the scribes did, “Is one commandment greater than another?

Matthew 22:36 (NASB)36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?†37 And He said to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38 “This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.â€

Mark 12:28 (NASB) 28 One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?†29 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; 30 AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ 31 “The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.†32 The scribe said to Him, “Right, Teacher; You have truly stated that HE IS ONE, AND THERE IS NO ONE ELSE BESIDES HIM; 33 AND TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL THE HEART AND WITH ALL THE UNDERSTANDING AND WITH ALL THE STRENGTH, AND TO LOVE ONE’S NEIGHBOR AS HIMSELF, is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.†34 When Jesus saw that he had answered intelligently, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.†After that, no one would venture to ask Him any more questions.

I observe all laws within the context of these. If my understanding of a law does not jive with these, I do not follow that understanding and continue to search for the truth. Beware of laws that Jesus fulfilled. For instance, I do not slaughter a lamb for my sins. Jesus was the final Lamb sacrifice. I do not want to insult my G-d by ignoring that. Also, I observe Kashroot ( kosher laws ) But because I will not offend my brother who may be weaker in understanding I will eat pork if he serves it. I may want to throw up but I still hold love over the other law and since Paul’s words and dream back this up I also still honors G-d.


Feb 21, 2007
San Mateo, Rizal
...and as your answer to my question in that other thread, "neighbor" means everybody including our enemies. (posting this for the sake of other readers who might want to know.) :)