If the message to pass on from scripture were to "love god & love others" a person wouldn't even need to know God to try to pull that off. It would also be easy for the person we pass it onto to still live in a "how much love do I have to give to make me ok" mindset. They had those laws before Jesus came. If they were the only truths that mattered why would Jesus die?
I think the most important thing to get out of scripture is "God loves me & that means I'm ok & God loves you too & that means you're ok." He'll love us well enough for us to love Him back & to spread His love around.
If you don't trust that He loves you then your experience in life is not going to be ok because you will try to get Him to love you & even if you don't try that you'll still be missing out on living in His love. If you don't trust that He loves others then you will make yourself superior to them in your mind. Or you will fear for them & be angry with them because they aren't trying hard enough to get God to love them.
Without trusting that you are loved you won't be willing to accept yourself as worthy of love. Likewise if you don't trust that others are loved you'll treat them the same way you'd treat yourself, as unworthy of love & needing to earn that worth.
I don't care if my "most important thing" sounds universally or not. The fact is God will give you another chance to trust His love. God will do His uttermost to save us all. God isn't going to be like, "Ohp you waited until your deathbed to trust in me, too late" or "Oh too bad you waited until judgment day to trust in me, too late."
Good News Flash! Romans 14:10-12 reveals to us that Isaiah 45:18-24 tells us what God says on judgment day to all of those who have not yet been saved. He says, "There is no other God besides Me, A righteous God and a Savior; There is none except Me. Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other." He also says, "Gather yourselves and come; Draw near" & Isaiah says "men will come to Him." Hebrews 7:25 tells us that "God will save forever those who come & draw near to Him."
"God is patient with everyone. He does not desire for anyone to perish. He wants every person to come to changing his or her mind to trust in Him" (2 Peter 3:9). Here are the main two things to know about God. God is love & God is a Savior.
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