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-The term '''Christian values''' historically refers to the values found in the [[Ministry of Jesus|teachings of Jesus]]. +'''''Shema Yisrael''''' (or '''Sh'ma Yisrael''' or just '''Shema''') ("Hear, [O] Israel") are the first two words of a section of the [[Torah]] ([[Hebrew Bible]]) that is a centerpiece of the morning and evening [[Jewish services|Jewish prayer services]]. The first verse encapsulates the [[Monotheism|monotheistic]] essence of [[Judaism]]: "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one."
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-The biblical teachings of Christ include:+
-* worship of God: "You shall [[Shema|love the Lord your God]] with all of your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind" ,+
-* fidelity in marriage: "Whom God has joined together let no man put asunder"+
-* renunciation of worldly goods: "Gather not your [[Evangelical counsels|riches]] up upon this earth, for there your heart will be also",+
-* renunciation of violence: "If a man strikes you on one cheek, [[Turning the other cheek|turn the other cheek]]", +
-* [[forgiveness]] of sins: "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us",+
-* unconditional love: "[[Expounding of the Law#Love for enemies|Love your enemies]] and pray for those who persecute you".+
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-==Biblical authority==+
-Christian values were summed up by Christ in [[Gospel of Matthew|Matthew]] 22: 37-39,+
-<blockquote>+
-"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." +
-</blockquote>+
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-==Modern Use==+
-Today, in the [[21st Century]], the phrases "Christian values" and [[family values]] are being used by conservative political groups to describe the following values:+
-* [[censorship]] of sexual content, especially in movies and on television+
-* the desirability of laws against induced [[abortion]]+
-* [[sexual abstinence]] outside of [[marriage]]+
-* the desirability of laws against [[same-sex marriage]] and support for laws against the acceptance of homosexuality into mainstream society+
-* the desirability of reinstituting faculty-led [[prayer]] in taxpayer-funded schools+
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-==See also==+
-*[[Family values]]+
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Shema Yisrael (or Sh'ma Yisrael or just Shema) ("Hear, [O] Israel") are the first two words of a section of the Torah (Hebrew Bible) that is a centerpiece of the morning and evening Jewish prayer services. The first verse encapsulates the monotheistic essence of Judaism: "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one."



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