If anyone says, "I love God," but hates his brother, he is a liar; for
whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 1 John 4:20
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And
he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one,
that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He
saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt
not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false
witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and
give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and
follow me.But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
again I say unto you, It is easier for a rope to go through the eye of
a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19: 16-26
LOVE pure and simple is found in giving selflessly, and that is our salvation. Jesus didn't say stop being a sinner and you'll have eternal life. He didn't say obey the Bible and you'll be saved. He didn't say join the correct Church and you'll find salvation. He said- obey the commandments(something everybody knows to do) and love your neighbor as you love yourself for that is the higher way.
You can pontificate, regurgitate, manipulate, and capitulate ANY human doctrine you want and attach "THE BIBLE SAYS SO" to it but it is completely worthless in the scheme of things.
One can not really love GOD and refuse the poor, needy, widowed and orphaned or refuse to visit the sick and imprisoned. Jesus didn't seek a name for himself, he didn't ask to have a following build him a mega church- he sought to glorify GOD by loving and teaching others to love GOD by loving others. He tried to demonstrate a better way to live in peace. For that reason he was hated by the religious. The religious despise those who won't DO IT their way. The religious still hate him today, yet they use portions of his prophetic words to condemn and cast aside anybody who doesn't accept things THEIR WAY. But it is still THEIR WAY and only THEIR WAY. Read the parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25. THEIR WAY leads to destruction.
They are telling us lies to take us away from God.