Teaching Moment

What are we supposed to learn if we are going to be true Christians?  Actually, this is not about being “Christians”, but about how we, as human beings, are supposed to be, regardless of religious affiliation.  Jesus taught us how to be humble, compassionate, forgiving,  meek, seekers for equality, accepting of suffering, and peace makers (Mathews 5: 1-12).  The rest of the gospel gives us more detailed explanations of these characteristics of the Kingdom of Heaven.  Later he said that we shine like a city in a hill when we practice these characteristics. Those who practice these characteristics are considered the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.  He warned us to do better than those who claim to practice these characteristics but do not.  Jesus also taught us not to harbor hatred, refrain from lusting, be honest without having to swear, and love our enemies.  These are not easy tasks, but are required to practice the Kingdom of Heaven. Can we do these things?  If you notice, these teachings, which start in Mathews chapter 5, are mainly about how to treat one another.   The farther we go in this gospel, the more clear it is that Jesus wanted us to learn how to better treat each other, be honest, and have a relationship with God.  These were the main themes of his teachings. You think you already knew this?  That’s what I thought until I took a deeper look at his teachings.

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About Noel

I am a person who has realized that the teachings of Jesus are centralized in the genuine care and service of others. I have evolved from fundamentalism to a moderate spiritual approach. I am a reflecting person who has grown to not fear doubt but to embrace it as a means to growth and increasing closeness to God. View all posts by Noel

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