Jesus' example and teachings (The Beatitudes (Blessed are those who…
Jesus' example and teachings
Blessed are those who suffer for righteousness - being faithful/ disciple can be costly. E.g. Oscar Romero - a Priest killed for speaking out against the state in El Salvador
Blessed are those seeking God, truth, righteousness e.g. MLK
Blessed are the disadvantaged - help them be better in spirit, be comforted and to trust in God
Blessings; describes attitudes God wants in people
Jesus and the law
New Moses - doesn't change the law, changes the way in which people should understand it.
divorce is acceptable in cases of sexual immorality. Any relationship undertaken after divorce except for this, would be adulterous.
"Do not swear an oath at all...All you need to say is 'yes' or 'no'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one". Suggests that oaths should be with pure intent - swearing on ANYTHING else would be to take god's name in vain.
Revenge and love for enemies
"Love your enemies" - we are all sinners and are all in need of love. shown in Jesus' death on the cross. Also today in victims of the Rwandan Genocide making peace with perpetrators.
Gives pattern for prayer - Lord's Prayer
True disciples need to be sincere in all they do - prayer, fasting, charity. do things to serve and please God, no one else.
True riches = 'spiritual treasures' - kindness, forgiveness
Money is not wrong but should not replace God
Can't love God and money
"You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your bother's eye"
Be mindful of your self and your own faults before judging others
The narrow gateway
the narrow path represents a more challenged life e.g. persecution - Jesus would teach that discipleship is 'costly' BUT will lead to reward in Heaven. the wider path is easier but will not lead to reward.
Building on solid foundations
"Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them in practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand"