Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Love for God vs Love for Man
"There is not enough love in the world to permit and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings" - Friedrich Nietzsche
Sometimes I turn on the TV and on CNN they are reporting about some sectarian conflict in some part of the world and my soul just tears a little bit.. Whether it be Jews against Palestinians, Shite against Sunni, Hausas versus Igbos, Tutsis versus Hutus.
Take for example, the conflict in Israel between the Palestinians and the Jews. How long has it been going on for? How long have both sides negotiated for peace? I wonder constantly don't they get tired and weary of all the hate? Don't the men at the negotiating table have families to which they want to go home to and live in peace with? We all know that it takes a toll on the human soul to hate our fellow man..
What makes a man hate another man on the basis of his ethnicity or religion? Knowing that he/she has only one life to live? Why dedicate your life towards hate? Because at the end of the day that is what it is isn't it? Living a life of constant hate and conflict. I know the world may never be perfect, and I am not a wide eyed optimist but sometimes, I wonder why the same people who claim to love God and love Allah never find it within themselves to love Allah/God's creation, their fellow human.
My friend Tọpẹ provided me with this bible verse 1 John 4:20-21
"If anyone says, I love God and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.