Sermon on The Mount.

Essay by chawawwa33College, Undergraduate November 2005

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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.


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.

What I have learned in this sermon, humans are held very high. "You are like

light for the whole world." In Genesis, it is said that everything was created...