"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength." What would you think of parents who demanded "burnt offerings and sacrifices" from their children as proof of their offspring's love and devotion? And what would you think of the children who believed that such actions were necessary to earn their parent's love and care? So why are we so eager to be in such a relationship with our Parent? Is that about love, or fear? Do we really want to reach "the kingdom of God," or are we just afraid of being left behind?