“He modernized his religion. Let’s modernize it again to just say, love your neighbor.” (Wolf)
There is a really a few good points here, however its theologically derived at so (go figure).
(a) Paul and James both cut out the ‘love God’ part and plainly say ‘loving your neighbor is a fulfillment of the law’…meaning they saw one’s actions towards others as their honor to God…at least that’s how I have always viewed that.
(b) In Paul’s letters there is a sense of growth from a child to an adult and growing up – moving from milk to meat so to speak. It isn’t to absurd to think that growth could include less reliance on God – since this would be about assuming the role of an adult complete with decision making skills and a knowledge of good/evil within each decision we make…also responsibility. Maybe part of a good Christians growth is losing notions of utter reliance on God? This can be argued as a notion that makes sense.
I also tend to view having no belief in God as something people arrive at – and if God cannot understand why then it is strange to me (since I can). Is God really that upset with unbelief for the right reasons?