Do as the Good Samaritan Did! Can we?
What is given below is the paraphrased version of the 8 beatitudes of Jesus! If a Samaritan could be a neighbor to a Jew, and Jesus told us to "go and do the same," then all of God's people must be our neighbors and we must love them just as the Samaritan man did!
Victims of Ridicule, how Many?
Yet, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Protestants, Hindus, Buddhists, African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Asians, the poor, the homeless, the unattractive, gays, lesbians, the handicapped, the mentally ill, and countless other groups are still sometimes the victims of ridicule, hatred and discrimination.
Jesus must be looking down with sadness that, after 2000 years, we have still not learned to love our neighbors! In modern terminology it is as old as the Indian version: Vasudeva Kudumbakam or as new as Francis Pappa’s: “We are all just sisters & brothers only”(Fratelli Tutti)
Revered rulers, how Many?
If so where is room for calling some: “Your Eminence, Your Grace, Your Excency, Your Lordship, Rt.Rev, Rev, Mgr. Shevelier etc.etc. worse than Indian caste system! The worst of all is: Your Holiness! (Blasphemy Parexcellence) Francis Pappa ditched it at the very out set saying: “I am a sinner!” "many times later! It is in doing "acting what we preach, that we become Good Samartans! jamesmkottor, editor WCV
Read below 8 Beatitudes Paraphrased!
Beatitudes: Mat.5, 1-12: Many interpretations and teachings have been set forth through the principles conveyed in the beatitudes. Each beatitude is a proverb- like saying packed with meaning and worthy of study. Most scholars agree that the beatitudes give us a picture of the true disciple of God.
Blessed are the poor in spirit (not Pharisaic clericalism), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The phrase "poor in spirit" speaks of a spiritual condition of poverty. It describes the person who recognizes his or her need for God. "The kingdom of heaven" refers to people who acknowledge God as King. One who is poor in spirit knows he or she is spiritually bankrupt apart from Jesus Christ.
Paraphrase: "Blessed are those who humbly recognize their need for God, for they will enter into his kingdom."
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. "Those who mourn" speaks of those who express deep sorrow over sin and repent from their sins. The freedom found in forgiveness of sin and the joy of eternal salvation is the comfort of those who repent.
Paraphrase: "Blessed are those who mourn for their sins, for they shall receive forgiveness and life eternal."
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.Similar to "the poor," "the meek" are those who submit to God's authority and make him Lord. Revelation 21:7 says God's children will "inherit all things." The meek are also imitators of Jesus Christ who exemplified gentleness and self-control.
Paraphrase: "Blessed are those who submit to God as Lord, for they will inherit everything he possesses." Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
"Hunger" and "thirst" speak of deep need and driving passion. This "righteousness" refers to Jesus Christ. To "be filled" is the satisfaction of our soul's desire.
Paraphrase: "Blessed are those who passionately long for Christ, for he will satisfy their souls."
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. We reap what we sow. Those who demonstrate mercy will receive mercy. Likewise, those who have received great mercy will show great mercy. Mercy is shown through forgiveness, kindness, and compassion toward others.
Paraphrase: "Blessed are those who show mercy through forgiveness, kindness, and compassion, for they will receive mercy."
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. The "pure in heart" are those who have been cleansed from within. This is not outward righteousness that can be seen by men, but inward holiness that only God can see. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:14 that without holiness, no one will see God.
Paraphrase: "Blessed are those who have been purified from the inside out, being made clean and holy, for they will see God." Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons, of God.
The Bible says we have peace with God through Jesus Christ. Reconciliation through Christ brings restored fellowship (peace) with God. 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 says God entrusts us with this same message of reconciliation to take to others.
Paraphrase: "Blessed are those who have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ and bring this same message of reconciliation to others. All who have peace with God are his children."
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Just as Jesus faced persecution, so will his followers. Those who endure by faith rather than hide their faith to avoid persecution are genuine followers of Christ. Paraphrase: “Blessed are those daring enough to openly live for Christ and suffer persecution, for they will receive the kingdom of heaven.”