Paper #15: "Love one another"
Note: It is important to have read Papers #2, #3, #4 and #5 before reading this paper.
I am not a religious person, not at all. But I am a very spiritual person. The two are quite different!
Immediately after Jesus Christ had washed the feet of his Disciples at the Last Supper, he then FIVE times (!) gave his "love one another" instruction, meaning love ALL others. By this giving of the instruction five times, Jesus made it clear that this was his CENTRAL instruction.
These two matters at the Last Supper are dealt with in the Gospel of John:
(1) John 13:1-20 for the washing by Jesus of the feet of his Disciples in a basin (John 13:5) together with the words he used to explain what he was doing and why, and
(2) Immediately after this washing of feet, John 13:34 (twice), John 13:35, John 15:12 and John 15:17 for his "love one another" instruction.
And there are two related passages .. John 14:2 and John 21:17-24.
The above verses are set out below.
In my view, if the words of Jesus in John 13:1-20 are reexamined in the light of the basin procedure and also the bath procedure, as explained in Papers #2 and #3 (see also Papers #4 and #5), these words then reveal a NEW MIRACLE by Jesus, his greatest.
Repeating .. in my view, if the words of Jesus in John 13:1-20 are reexamined in the light of the basin procedure and also the bath procedure, as explained in Papers #2 and #3 (see also Papers #4 and #5), these words then reveal a NEW MIRACLE by Jesus, his greatest.
In my view, the miracle was intended by Jesus to come to light for the FIRST time in this current era, not before. See John 13:7.
And, in my view, the purpose of the miracle is to persuade ALL people to "love one another", meaning to love ALL others. That is, for each and every one of us .. regardless of whatever religious beliefs or spiritual beliefs we may hold, and regardless of holding no such beliefs at all .. to "love one another", meaning to love ALL others.
It is most likely that the water for this Last Supper washing of feet had come from a well, in which case it would have been rich in sodium chloride*. Even if the water had come from a river or stream, it would have contained some sodium chloride. And the water would have been at room temperature .. that is, not cold.
*Note: Table salt is about 97% to 99% sodium chloride.
So, the water would have been capable of drawing from the body harmful microorganisms, both: (a) The foreign microorganisms (pathogens) as explained in Paper #2, and (b) The excess numbers of our natural microorganisms (microbiota) when they have multiplied too greatly as explained in Paper #3 .. that is, of causing them to exit the body via the feet and hands, the MOST important skin exit areas for them .. thereby curing and preventing a great many diseases, infections, illnesses and other conditions. See Papers #2 and #3 (and also Papers #4 and #5).
By Jesus washing the feet of his Disciples .. that is, washing their feet in water containing some sodium chloride because it had come from a well or from a river or stream and which was at room temperature (not cold) .. harmful microorganisms would have exited their feet and his hands.
And, assuming the Disciples had followed his instruction (John 13:13-15) for them to wash one another's feet .. that is, washing one another’s feet in water containing some sodium chloride and at room temperature (not cold) .. harmful microorganisms would have exited the feet and hands of each of them.
In my view, Jesus intended that we follow this example. See John 13:13-17.
By following the example .. that is, by carrying out the basin procedure on one another:
(1) We will be able to cure and prevent a great many problems caused by harmful microorganisms, be they: (a) The foreign microorganisms (pathogens) as explained in Paper #2, or (b) The excess numbers of our natural microorganisms (microbiota) when they have multiplied too greatly as explained in Paper #3, (also see Papers #4 and #5), and
(2) We will be reminded of this miracle by Jesus .. and therefore of the correctness and importance of his central instruction to "love one another", meaning to love ALL others.
History shows that this "love one another" instruction has never been followed by any of the Christian denominations or by the vast majority of those who called themselves Christians. They therefore betrayed Jesus.
This betrayal continues today .. that is, the betrayal of Jesus by all of today’s Christian denominations and by the vast majority of those today who call themselves Christians .. as evidenced on our television news every evening and by the documents* currently (2014) on the websites of today's Christian denominations or currently (2014) approved by them for the teaching of their beliefs or for use in their sacraments and other religious services.
*Note: These documents fail to mention the need to "love one another", meaning to love ALL others. Instead, they focus on other matters .. and they contain a great many beliefs and statements that are inconsistent with the “love one another” instruction.
In my view, Jesus predicted this betrayal. See John 13:18-19 and the first part of John 21:18.
And, in my view, he also predicted what would flow from it. See John 13:19, the second part of John 21:18, John 21:19 and John 21:20-23.
As stated, the relevant verses in relation to the above matters .. that is, John 13:1-20, John 13:34, John 13:35, John 14:2, John 15:12, John 15:17 and John 21:17-24 .. are set out below. They are from the King James Bible (Oxford Standard Text of 1769) but with the words of Jesus in red: http://en.m.wikisource.org/wiki/Bible_(King_James)/John#Chapter_13
Although the English is very old (1611, the same period as Shakespeare), I recommend this version of the Bible because it is widely regarded as being the most authoritative.
Note added on 14 February 2017: I have written a draft paper analysing the above verses in detail. I am aiming to finish the paper and publish it online in 2018.
King James Bible (Oxford Standard Text of 1769) but with the words of Jesus in red.
The Gospel of John
"1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;
3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.
19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me."
"34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."
"35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
"2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."
"12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you."
"17 These things I command you, that ye love one another."
"17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.
19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?
21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?
24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true."
That concludes the final paper, Paper #15.
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Next is the Appendix which provides some background information about me, the author.
Love one another and care for our planet,
16 November 2014
Love One Another Basin (in yellows), Gee Ryan (Gerald), 2016. H 36 inches x W 48 inches (91.44cm x 121.92cm). Mixed media on canvas. Art email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and art website is geeryan.com