The Gospel according to St Matthew, chapter 22, verses 34 through 40 ——
—— first according to King James Version:
But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
—— then to the New International Version:
The Greatest Commandment
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
(for the People of the Book out there who aren’t Christian: this is repetition of what is the Old Testament of the Bible — the Old Testament contains the very scriptures which we have in common.)
What I have learned from going to church is that the love you need for your neighbor isn’t necessarily the love you feel for your significant other. The love you need for your neighbor is more of a respectfulness.
Either way, bullying someone else because of sexuality doesn’t seem very loving or respectful to me. Especially if it ends with a suicide.
Love = respect.
Bullying = disrespect.