Central to the Christian doctrine is the idea of "Loving your neighbour" and "Loving your enemy". But the Christian part of the bible (NT) gives us little help as to who your neighbour or your enemy is?
To bring some clarification into these concepts, I would like to ask the following questions;
1) Who is your neighbour or enemy in the Old Testament understanding of these words? And is there evidence in the OT that one should love one's neighbours and enemies?
2) How practical is the injunction to "Love you enemy"? Suppose your enemy really wishes and seeks for harm to come your way - say like the Taliban that seeks to destroy the Western world. How would Christians handle such threats from their enemies? Was it wrong for the Bush administration to want to destroy the Taliban? Is the war against the Taliban an act of love?
Good starting Reference:
19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,
and abhor those who rise up against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.