One of the best examples of Leo Tolstoy’s view of Christian morality is found in his 1885 short story, “Where Love is, God is.” It is a poignant and somewhat sentimental story, but it gets to the heart of Jesus’ teachings, most notably focusing on what the parable of the Sheep and Goats teaches about human relationships and the will of God.
- Live at peace with all human beings without anger, since anger was the root of all violence (Matt. 5:21-22);
- Do not lust, divorce, or have sexual relations outside of marriage (Matt. 5:27-32);
- Do not swear oaths (Matt. 5:33-37);
- Live in non-violence even against evil (Matt. 5:38-42);
- Love everyone, even your enemies (Matt. 5:43-48).