Sermon on the Mount
Long ago, on Mount Sinai, Moses received the Ten Commandments from God and gave it to the people. Similarly, from a mountain side, Jesus Christ uttered words of wisdom, which is called The Sermon on the Mount. This sermon is a summary of all the teachings of Jesus Christ. The ethical and moral life of everyday Christians is portrayed here. It can be found in Mathew chapters 5, 6, 7 and in Luke 6:20-49. Many prominent figures in history have accepted and praised these teachings. People like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and Mother Teresa took in the greatness of these teachings into their own lives. It has even influenced non-Christian personalities such as Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi.
In these teachings, he starts by telling who are the blessed. By worldly standards, the wealthy, beautiful, educated are the blessed. But according to him, the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, the pure in heart are the blessed. Jesus told his disciples to set a good example in life as well as work hard to keep up the moral status of society; that their responsibility is to spread the light from Jesus. Jesus continues his lecture by advising us not to take revenge. Even the thought of taking revenge is equal to murder. He teaches us not to use any vow when making a promise and also not to swear. Jesus explained that religious practices should not be done to gain appreciation, it should be done to please god. Followers should not be of a worrying and anxious nature.
We can make it practical in our life only if we are close to our comforting God. It touches the conscious, subconscious levels and all other important aspects of life. Jesus gave importance not to the enforcement of laws, but to the good goods and attitude behind it. So, the only way to apply this is t abide with them. I try to administer this to my own life to a certain point. Though I attempt by best, I can only go so far.
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