Daydream/1 (Jesus/1 [Touching a Nerve/2])

by Mark Chmiel

A man came to Jesus and said, “Teacher of goodness, teach me something that you know and I do not, that benefits me and does you no harm.” Jesus asked, “What would that be?” The man said, “How can a servant be truly pious before God?” Jesus replied, “The matter is easy. You must truly love God in your heart and work in His service, exerting all your effort and strength, and be merciful toward the people of your race as you show mercy to yourself.” He said, “Teacher of goodness, who are the people of my race?” Jesus replied, “All the children of Adam. And what which you do not wish to be done to you, do not do to others. In this way you will be truly pious before God.”

–Tarif Khalidi, The Muslim Jesus: Sayings and Stories in Islamic Literature

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