One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating (Jesus and the Sadducees were debating in the previous verses). Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"
"The most important one," answered Jesus, is this: 'Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
"Well said, teacher," the man replied [to Jesus]. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."
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."
Urantia Book p.1901
THE GREAT COMMANDMENT
Another group of Sadducees had been instructed to ask Jesus entangling questions about angels, but when they beheld the fate of their comrades who had sought to entrap him with questions concerning the resurrection, they very wisely decided to hold their peace; they retired without asking a question. It was the prearranged plan of the confederated Pharisees, scribes, Sadducees, and Herodians to fill up the entire day with these entangling questions, hoping thereby to discredit Jesus before the people and at the same time effectively to prevent his having any time for the proclamation of his disturbing teachings. Then came forward one of the groups of the Pharisees to ask harassing questions, and the spokesman, signaling to Jesus, said: "Master, I am a lawyer, and I would like to ask you which, in your opinion, is the greatest commandment?" Jesus answered: "There is but one commandment, and that one is the greatest of all, and that commandment is: `Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second commandment is like this first; indeed, it springs directly therefrom, and it is: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these; on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." When the lawyer perceived that Jesus had answered not only in accordance with the highest concept of Jewish religion, but that he had also answered wisely in the sight of the assembled multitude, he thought it the better part of valor openly to commend the Master's reply. Accordingly, he said: "Of a truth, Master, you have well said that God is one and there is none beside him; and that to love him with all the heart, understanding, and strength, and also to love one's neighbor as one's self, is the first and great commandment; and we are agreed that this great commandment is much more to be regarded than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices." When the lawyer answered thus discreetly, Jesus looked down upon him and said, "My friend, I perceive that you are not far from the kingdom of God."
Gospel Of The Holy 12 (Gospel Of The Nazirenes), 73:8-10
"These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend; Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Parent I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the All-Parent in my Name, ye may receive. These things I command you, that ye love one another and all the creatures of God. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love its own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world’ therefore the world hateth you."
Gospel Of The Nazirenes, 35:1-4
"And behold a certain lawyer stood up and tempted him, saying 'Jesus, what shall I do to gain eternal life?' He said to him, 'What is written in The Law?' And answering, he said, 'Do unto others, as you would that they should do unto you. You shall love the Lord with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind.' And Jesus said to him, 'You have answered rightly. Do this and you shall live; on these three comandments hang all The Law and the Prophets, for he who loves the Lord, loves his neighbor also.' But he, willing to justify himself, said to Jesus, 'And who is my neighbor?' And Jesus answering, said, 'Even every living thing on the face of the Earth.'
Gospel Of The Nazirenes, 75:10-14
"In the beginning the Creator gave to all the fruits of the trees, and the seeds and the herbs for food; but those who loved themselves more than the Lord or their fellows, corrupted their ways and brought diseases into their bodies, and filled the Earth with lust and violence. Not by shedding innocent blood, therefore, but by living a righteous life shall you find peace. Walk in the Way, and you shall find the Most High. Seek Truth, and the Truth shall make you free. Live in the Life, and you shall see no death. All things are alive in the Spirit of the Creator, who fills all things. Keep the commandments. Love the Lord with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself, even all living things. On these hang all The Law and the Prophets. And the sum of The Law is this - Do unto others, as you would that others should do unto you. Blessed are they who keep this Law, for the Creator is manifest in all creatures and all creatures live in the creator."
The "Jesus" stories are part of a tradition of mythological texts from around the world that encoded astronomical and astrological information in stories that contained spiritual, religious, and archetypal themes. The above stories contain some of the core spiritual truths contained within this tradition. The same themes and myths appear all over the world in ancient texts and traditions, as spiritual reality and astrological and occult realities were once well understood across the planet. The core spiritual knowledge has been corrupted, as secret societies and mystery schools have kept information about multidimensional reality to themselves, often using their knowledge and their deceptions to manipulate civilization for selfish purposes. The Piscean age of darkness and deception is coming to a close, and the light of Truth is gaining brightness upon the Earth. Those who choose to hold the Illumination of occult knowledge for themselves will face the consequences of their failure to align themselves with Universal Evolution & the path of spiritual growth.
Understanding and embodying these "commandments," i.e., spiritual principles, is an important step toward spiritual progress. Doing so will lead toward continued spiritual growth, and eventually the capability of entering the heavenly (higher) densities to exist in greater unity with God/Creator and ascended beings/Higher Selves, in order to continue the process of co-creation on another level. This was part of the Christ's message, a message that complements, rather than contradicts other widely held spiritual doctrines. The Christ character encouraged everyone to recognize that we are all One (The Law Of One as referred to by Edgar Cayce & the Ra Material), and that our separateness is an illusion that we temporarily experience to provide challenges and catalysts for our spiritual development. Christ encouraged people to follow the "Way" or path that he, as the "Word" of God represents. It is pointless for his physical presence to be worshipped, as so many people mistakenly do. The existing Christ stories are quasi-historical mythology, in which stories of a few historical persons and myths about ET gods were combined with coded metaphysical and astronomical information to create a popular religion while imparting the more pertinent information in coded form to initiates of secret societies and mystery schools. Worshipping Christ's suffering on the crucifix is nothing more than mindless idolatry and self-disempowerment. The real "Way" to "salvation" (spiritual progress) is understanding and being in harmony with the Creator's spiritual laws, with the help of the Great Spirit Consciousness and other beneficent beings. There are many explanations of these Universal Laws, but they can be summed up as LOVE, which is the LIGHT of PURE, infinite consciousness/awareness. The Lord truly is One. All things are manifestations of this One universal consciousness/energy, and love for God ultimately includes love for one's self, neighbors, and all of creation. Beware blindly following "gurus" or higher dimensional & higher density entities, as they may include distortions in their messages, even though their teachings may be lofty and well-intentioned. Try to access your Higher Self, the aspect of your consciousness that is truly superconscious and aware of your soul's plans, memories, and place in the Matrix of universal consciousness.