Okay, I spent a decent amount of time looking at Revelation, a book that is difficult to understand and pretty light on calls to action (aside from be faithful). Also, I don’t see a book like Revelation as very authoritative. I don’t know much about its author, and I feel pretty free to discount themes I find unhelpful, like the revenge idea.
So, now I’d like to do something a little more challenging. The Sermon on the Mount may or may not have been delivered as a single sermon by Jesus, but it certainly establishes the bedrock tenants of Christianity that go beyond Love God and Love Others as Yourself.
The sermon starts with the Beatitudes:
Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
It seems to me that the first four are not intended to be goals, but as comfort. The second half reminds me of the basics. Be merciful and pure. Make peace and be faithful. So far so good. (BTW, if you follow the link to Luke it is much harsher. For example it blesses the poor and curses the rich. I’m pretty sure I’m the second one.)