The Sermon on Mount and its Importance Today
Jesus Christ nearly 2,000 years ago gave mankind the most powerful and profound sermon every preached, the Sermon on the Mount. We can find essential parts of this teaching in the Bible. The Sermon on the Mount contains the essence of the teaching of Jesus, how convert Christians are to live and the fundamental statements for a life in accordance with the laws of God, guidelines for our relationship with our fellow men, with the animals, with nature. The one who puts these teachings into practice in his daily life will soon feel that his life is changing, that it is becoming peaceful and positive. In the paper I will focus on three elements of the sermon that I believe are critical for Christians in today's society: recognizing Christians are the salt of the earth and light of the world, Jesus is the fulfillment of the law, the seeking of worldly treasures. Christ taught that His disciples were to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. They were commanded, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Christians’ examples are to reflect God’s righteousness to the world around them; and by doing so, their actions would shine like lights. After watching a cartoon movie with my children about Jesus's Sermon on the Mount I asked my children this question how can we be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Christopher, 7 said "I won't call people names or hit people." That was a good start. I told my son being the light of the world doesn't call for knocking everyone's light's out. Joseph also 7 said “I could give puppies and other things and I could tell people to believe in Jesus to live forever." I told him that would be a great strategy to win over dog lovers. Omega, 12 said “To set a good example, you could be a good sport." Regina-Renea, 16 said “she could be a good example of salt and light by being a good neighbor, and we can...
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