This is a very insightful question asked by one of my commentators in “You Can Be Sure Pt. 1”.
The answer is that Jesus taught both! He said:
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” Ma 10: 32 KJV
“I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty….All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away….For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:35, 37, 40 NIV
And He said
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25,26 NIV
But He also said:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Ma 5:43-48 NIV
Here’s the thing, I have found it is impossible to follow the love command unless I first obey His call to come and believe!
How about you?