Read the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) & comment on what it tells you about Christianity.

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In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus covers many topics concerning the life to lead and salvation. In Matthew 5-7, he lays out what will later become the basics of Christianity. Jesus' teachings are very metaphorical and hard to find true meaning. I may be taking some of this too literally but, I found it very hard to follow. This is supposedly Jesus talking, yet he says one thing and then totally shoots it down in the next part. For the most part, I see that it is about obeying God and living a morally good life. What this passage tells me about Christianity is that it is no more than faith. "I tell you, then, that you will be able to enter the Kingdom of heaven only if you are more faithful than the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees in doing what God requires."(Matthew 5. 20)

Much of Matthew 5 seems to be about the golden rule. Jesus conveys that what you door don't do, God will or will not do to you. Jesus speaks of rewards very often and that seems to be the underlying meaning of his sermon. He repeats that if you do this or that then you will or will not be rewarded by God. Throughout the sermon, Jesus seems to focus on the rewards as opposed to the acts of goodness, and this seems to be what God doesn't want. But Jesus later speaks of doing good deeds in private so not to be doing it for the reward you get, but out of the goodness of your heart. It is beyond me how he could say that after reading up to that point.

From what I have gathered in this sermon, humans are held very high. "You...