The Sermon on the Mount and Going Beyond the Law

Jesus came to abolish the Law. He came to show a new law, a new life style, and a new meaning of life. Jesus came to display the importance of understanding the truth about sin and what a life looks like and means when you turn away from a lifestyle of sin. A sin that us humans seem to put above other sins and claim they are the “worse sins” are murder and adultery. But as humans we tend to judge sin, we in reality that not our place to do. In God’s eyes all sin, is exactly the same and not one sin is worse or more severe than another. In the article, it talked about the difference between porn and murdering in your heart and how Christians seem to view one higher than the other. Evil is in the world and all humans are going to face evil sometime in their life and have to figure out how to overcome the evil that they face, and determine whether they will overcome the evil with Jesus or without Him. Video games contains violence and many people do not think video games are a big deal and have no affect on an individual, whereas some people see the evil that video games can bring upon on an individual. Jesus tougher violence and sex together, so that we would not compare one another to each other. They both create such division in our hearts and minds, but they bring their different outcomes to the individuals. As believers we should keep each other in line and also understand that we are there for each other and no matter what, we are there to uplift each other and seek God together.

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Creating the Sermon on the Mount

Time difference is a major aspect that comes along when comparing between time frames and how each impact the believers during the time period. The question that has been an ongoing question is was the sermon on the Mount preached at one time. As the article says, Matthew created the Sermon of the Mount by taking various sayings from Jesus on the whole topic of the Law. Luke did the same. But many believe that Luke has the order of it all correct. Matthew and Luke, in this article, are seen as various collections of Jesus sayings  that occurred during different times and places. Which, for me, is weird to think about that one event did not occur all at once, but a long period of times. Jesus’s teaching to all His believers and the nonbelievers were all placed into context and explained to the ones who could not totally grasp the true meaning of the context that was being displayed. I think it is interesting to think about the setting and location that Jesus was at when he was proclaiming the Gospel, and just imagining Him in his true character and nature. I always wonder how many people would gather around, how many thought His teaching was wrong and how many were amazed by the truth he was saying.

The question based on if one accepts that Matthew arranged the saying of Jesus this way, is the door open to argue Matthew “created” other saying of Jesus?  I think that the book of Matthew contains truth and simply can not twist the words of Jesus because there are many documents of what occurred and what has said and has been documented else where. God’s word has transformed many peoples lives and continues to make a change.

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The Sermon on the Mount and Christian Ethics

Many Christians often find themselves asking the questions if what they are doing is right and uplifting to God. Those are questions we should be asking ourselves, because our goal as Christians should be to strive to resemble God’s character and heart. As it states in the article, it Jesus is does not view ethics how we view ethics. Jesus is the source of what our ethics are based around. It is wiser to turn our worldly view towards Him and have him be the source of our ethical views. Jesus is the only man that walked this earth without sin, HE holds the place of complete righteousness and holiness. We are sinners and live in sinful life, so we should not seek humans to define our ethical views. The article talked about how ethics is defines from three dimensions, “from above, beyond and below”. The above commands us to follow commands directly from God. An example of that would be the Ten Commandments, where we can find a guideline on how to live life pleasing and holy to God. Now, the beyond refers to the disciples of Jesus and how we are apart of a new age, whether we can see it or. We have so much potential and grace before us that we do not fully understand how much we are blessed with and how much we are promised. “Future has already begin to take place in the present… An ethic unshaped by eschatology is neither Jesus nor Christians.” The world is always changing, traditions, styles, everything is changing. Jesus is constant and never changes. The coming kingdom of God shapes the way and will always shape how Jesus followers are to live in this world and how are called to shine in the darkness. Be obedient, spread the gospel with love and courage. The last dimension that was talked about in the article was the fact that ethics comes from below. This dimension talked about wisdom. One thing that stuck out to me is this, “Worry is not worth the effort, one is better to find contentment in want God has already provided than worrying about tomorrow.” Now, as it stated in the article, this one line of wisdom is simply based on that humans that are worried can not accomplish much, because they let worry consume them. As a college student, I can strongly relate to that.

In all, the article stuck out to me on the fact that God’s unending wisdom comes from more than one source. Whereas our one source of wisdom comes strictly from God himself. As humans, that constantly face fear, worry and disappointment, we need to turn to God constantly and not worry about being different in the world but aim to be different.

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