Black Christians : Sermon On The Mount

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    Sermon on the Mount
    This is the greatest sermon Jesus ever preached. The Lord's prayer, the beatitudes, and the golden rule are in this sermon.

    Where was Jesus?
    Jesus delivered this sermon on a mountain near Capernaum. Tradition ascribes the site to an extinct volcano named Karne Hittim.
    Jesus sat while delivering the Sermon on the Mount. Sitting connotated authority, so rabbi's often sat while teaching.

    Divisions
    The Sermon on the Mount is in the 5th, 6th, and 7th chapters of Matthew. It's divided into 5 sections listed below:

    Beatitudes - Teachings that begin with "blessed." These were meant to comfort suffering believers.

    New laws - Contrasts the old law of Moses with the new law of Christ. A brief summary of Christian doctrine.

    Lord's prayer - Instructions on prayer. Jesus also teaches the proper motives for fasting and offering gifts.

    Money - Christian attitudes concerning the use of money. Reasons to avoid worry.

    Warnings - Dangers of false teachers and hypocrisy. Jesus also presents the parable of the wise and foolish builders.

    http://www.lifeofchrist.com/teachings/sermons/mount/
     
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    New law and old law
    Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
    Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
    For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

    Murder
    You have heard that the ancients were told, "You shall not commit murder" and "Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court."
    But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, "You good-for-nothing," shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, "You fool," shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

    Reconcile your differences
    Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.
    Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.

    Adultery
    You have heard that it was said, "You shall not commit adultery." But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
    If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.

    Divorce
    It was said, "Whoever sends his wife away, let him give her a certificate of divorce."
    But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

    Making false vows
    Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, "You shall not make false vows, but shall fulfill your vows to the Lord."
    But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king. Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
    But let your statement be, "Yes, yes" or "No, no." Anything beyond these is of evil.

    Go the extra mile
    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 evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
    If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.
    Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

    Love your neighbor
    You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
    But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
    For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
    Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
     
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    Warnings
    Several warnings, the golden rule, and the parable of the wise and foolish builders are presented in this final section of the Sermon on the Mount.

    Judging others
    Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
    Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, "Let me take the speck out of your eye," and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
    Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

    Ask, seek, and knock
    Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
    Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?
    If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

    The Golden Rule
    In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

    Wide and narrow gates
    Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

    Wolves in sheep's clothing
    Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
    So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
    Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.

    Be obedient
    Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
    Many will say to Me on that day, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?" And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you. Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness."

    Wise and foolish builders
    Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.
    Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell - and great was its fall.

    Response from the crowds
    When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
     
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    Money
    Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
    But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
    The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
    No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

    Don't worry about food
    For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
    Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
    And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

    Don't worry about clothing
    And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
    But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

    Don't worry about tomorrow
    Do not worry then, saying, "What will we eat?" or "What will we drink?" or "What will we wear for clothing?" For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
    But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
    So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
     
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    BLACK RELIGION

    QUESTION WHERE IS IT READING IN THE BIBLE GOD AND CHRIST IS WHITE..THE BLACK PREACHERS PREACH THIS FOR PROFIT. VOTES TO WHITE POLITICIANS ARE GIVEN BY PREACHERS INSIDE THE BLACK CHURCH...THE DEVIL , WHITE POLITICIANS ,DO THEY GIVE CONTRIBUTIONS TO BLACK CHURCH. FOR BEING SO RELIGIOUSLY LOYAL./.
     
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    No where in the Bible does it say God or Jesus was White.

    As for the Black preachers you speak of, you'll have to address those concerns with them.
     
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    http://www.jesuswalk.com/lessons/6_20-26.htm
     
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    ....Also, some White politicians could better answer your question than I.
     
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    The Holy Son came with a message, with a gift of salvation, with all goodly things and blessings to be had simply by us placing our faith in the Father's Way, the Holy Son and His sacrifice for us. Just by our believing His resurrection back to life from the dead does the Anointed Son grant us justification for loving and trusting in His deed, words, and Father.

    He spoke words of love and passion going through every emotion for our sake, so what we have to give to the Father in faith and worship and praise, what we have to give to the Son in faith and trust and belief, we should not hold back, but give our all everyday. We should always be encouraging each other in the faith knowing this is nothing that we do alone, but as One in the body of the Faithful Only Begotten. We should keep His works, His commandments, and His faith, and He'll keep us as beloved servants, and also, friends. Blessings!
     
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