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I think that “The Sermon on the Mount” is ethically and biblically significant. I also think that it is very important in portraying insight into the teaching of the moral teaching of the man Jesus from the Christianity religion. I also think that the purpose of The Sermon on the Mount by Jesus was meant to tell people how to interact and love one another. I also think threw these teaching it was meant to help bring peace, harmony, and unite mankind.

I think that it is important and valuable for the people of today and can benefit from the teaching by Jesus in The Sermon on the mount by Van Voorst. I think that it is practical and ethical and can also be applied to modern day teachings in The Sermon on the Mount when Van Voorst quotes Jesus, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” I think that some people refer to this passage as when a person looks at another person and undresses them with their eyes they are committing lust. I also think that this relates and can be interpreted as to if you put your woman away then you divorce her but you does not mean that you are or will be doomed. I think that there are times that people need to get away from one another or take a break. The difference is that morally divorce should be on good terms not necessarily perceived as negative. For instance I happen to know a man who married a woman and she bore a girl when he wanted to have a boy and because of this prefer ability he divorced her. I do not think that this is ethical and is also a problem we face today in modern times and is also why one can relate to this teaching of wedlock or marriage. In the old testament of the Bible in the book of Hosea 1:2 says, “When the Lord said to him, Go take yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery.” I think that this has similarities to what Van Voorst depicts as Jesus Sermon on the Mount that when you depart from the teachings of the Lord God and commit adultery and exemplify unfaithfulness, you are committing adultery going against what the Lord has told you to do according to biblical teachings.

I think that you can find the practicality and similarities of these teaching by Jesus to be peaceful and alternative and meaningful to human life and the ways of man threw their morality. Van Voorst quotes Jesus in The Sermon on the Mount and says, (P.266 Anthology of World Scriptures) “You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.” I think that the passage is telling the reader not that he nor she should not feed into temptation. I do not think that it offers an excuse or emphasizes violence or piety. I think that it does not mean for you to empty your pockets and give all the clothes on your back. But if you see a man cold and he needs clothing then give him a coat. For those that are fortunate enough, you probably have a extra or old one hanging up. I think that the lesson that is portrayed is God wants people to help people in need and he also uses people to help one another. But God also does not force anyone to choose one or the other.

I think that you can also find practicalities that emphasize nonviolence and unity or some may say karma what goes around comes around. According to The Sermon on the Mount, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”

I also think that this passage from The Sermon on the Mount by Van Voorst has another message and can be seen as it does not mean that you say and give the attitude that “I don’t take nothing from nobody” and then stand up there and hit them back. I think that nowadays people will try and pick a fight with you. And have the mentality that if you look at me the wrong way “I will get you” or may even go as far as try to kill you. I think that this teaching also can be interpreted as for one in modern day to watch ones temper. I think that Jesus teaching is for one to take the “Low end.” I do not think that it justifies violence or means that one should let another beat them down and not to defend themselves against danger or save your life. In contrast I think that it does mean if a person is playing with you or “asking” for your attention

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