Monday, December 10, 2007

Preliminary Summary Of Jesus' Teachings

- Emphasises strongly that one must be merciful if one expects mercy. This thought is repeated throughout the gospel
- do not return violence for violence - turn the other cheek and return
good for evil
- love your enemies as well as your friends
- don't hold on to anger, but strive to forgive
- when asked for help, give more than what is asked for
- don't advertise your praying, fasting, or charity
- do not worry about your physical well being - god will provide
- emphasises meekness and humility as important virtues
- prefers practical righteousness and charity over the letter of the Law
- declares that to be 'perfect', one should sell all one has, give it to the poor, and follow the path of righteousness
- what you do to the humblest of people, you are doing to god

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