As referenced in the first article of the Redefining Religion series, Redefining the Concept of God, God is unseen, supernatural, and resides within. As discussed in that article, God represents positive, supernatural emotions. Every individual is capable of accessing these positive, supernatural emotions because every individual is capable of “changing their thoughts” at any second. With that being said, “accessing positive emotions” for a moment and “living in positive emotions” in the long-term are two totally different things. “Living in positive emotions” directly ties into the concept of “attaining salvation” or “being saved.” So, how is salvation attained?
Simply put, salvation is attained when one commits to having a “LOVING RELATIONSHIP with ONESELF.” As laid out below in Jesus’s MOST IMPORTANT COMMANDMENT, one must choose to LOVE one’s HEART (the “desire-decisions” that establish who one really is), SOUL (one’s unique personality), MIND (one’s logic and reasoning skills to reach balanced conclusions), and STRENGTH (one’s force to overcome).
Jesus’s ONE Most Important Commandment
Jesus has ONE most important commandment. With the understanding that God dwells within, this concept is simple to grasp yet a little more elusive to fully understand. To more fully understand this concept, check out my book, iSin: Upgrade To Life 2.0, because it is essentially a 60,000+ word in-depth yet practical guideline (written from first-hand experiences and comprehensive research over 6 years) on “how to truly love yourself.”
The original text of the New Testament was written in Greek. I’ve cited the original Greek words along with a brief definition in the parentheses beside the English words (HEART, SOUL, MIND, and STRENGTH) that replaced them in our modern day Bibles. The section below the following verse entitled, “Loving God Is Ultimately Loving You, Your Inner Self,” lists the full definition of these Greek words, and annotates the source I used to find these definitions. I feel by defining the Greek words, the Bible was originally written in, enables the Verse to be more thoroughly understood.
Mark 12: (28-31) NIV
28One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.30Love the Lord your God (God dwells WITHIN) with all your HEART (Kardia: “desire-decisions” that establish who we really are; mind, character, inner self) and with all your SOUL (Psuché: your unique personality) and with all your MIND (Dianoia: thoughts; to use thorough REASONING SKILLS to reach balanced conclusions) and with all your STRENGTH (Ischus: force to overcome; strength).’31The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is NO COMMANDMENT greater than these.”
Loving GOD is Ultimately Loving You, Your Inner Self!
Your INNER Self = Your UNSEEN Self (Your Thoughts and Your Emotions)
Kardia: desire-decisions that establish who we really are, mind, character, inner self, will, and INTENTIONS
2588kardía – heart; “the affective center of our being” and the capacity of moral preference (volitional desire, choice; see P. Hughs, 2 Cor, 354); “desire-producer that makes us tick” (G. Archer), i.e. our “desire-decisions” that establish who we really are.
[Heart (2588 /kardía) is mentioned over 800 times in Scripture, but never referring to the literal physical pump that drives the blood. That is, “heart” is only used figuratively (both in the OT and NT.]
NASB Word Usage
heart (102), heart’s (1), hearts (49), mind (2), minds (1), quick (1), spirit (1). http://concordances.org/greek/2588.htm
Psuché: (a) the vital breath, breath of life, (b) the human soul, (c) the soul as the seat of affections and will, (d) the self, (e) a human person, an individual.
5590psyxḗ (from psyxō, “to breathe, blow” which is the root of the English words “psyche,” “psychology”) – soul (psyche); a person’s distinct identity (unique personhood), i.e. individual personality.
5590 (psyxē) corresponds exactly to the OT 5315 /phágō (“soul”). The soul is the direct aftermath of God breathing (blowing) His gift of life into a person, making them an ensouled being.
NASB Word Usage
heart (2), heartily (1), life (36), lives (7), mind (1), minds (1), person (1), persons (3), soul (33), souls (14), suspense* (1), thing (1). http://concordances.org/greek/5590.htm
Dianoia: thoughts; to use thorough reasoning skills to reach balanced conclusions
1271diánoia (from 1223 /diá, “thoroughly, from side-to-side,” which intensifies 3539 /noiéō, “to use the mind,” from 3563 /noús, “mind”) – properly, movement from one side (of an issue) to the other to reach balanced-conclusions; full-orbed reasoning (= critical thinking), i.e. dialectical thinking that literally reaches “across to the other side” (of a matter).
1271 /diánoia (“critical thinking”), literally “thorough reasoning,” incorporates both sides of a matter to reach a meaningful (personal) conclusion. Such “full-breadth reasoning” is essential to loving (25 /agapáō) the Lord and our neighbor (see Mk 12:30). It is also the instrument of self-destruction when exercised without God’s light and power (Lk 1:51; Eph 2:3, 4:18; Col 1:21).
NASB Word Usage
mind (7), minds (2), thoughts (1), understanding (2)http://concordances.org/greek/1271.htm
Ischus: force to overcome, strength
2479isxýs (from the Gk root is, “force” and 2192/exō, “have”) – properly, force to overcoming immediate resistance.
NASB Word Usage
might (5), power (1), strength (4). http://concordances.org/greek/2479.htm
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