Matthew , Chapter 5

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Matthew 5

(5:1) "And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain."
Did Jesus preach his first sermon on a mountain or a plain?
5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
5:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (5:5-9) Some nice sayings of Jesus.
5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (5:5) "Blessed are the meek."
5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (5:7) "Blessed are the merciful."
5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (5:9) "Blessed are the peacemakers."
5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:16) "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works."
Should we let others see our good works?

(5:17) "Think not that I am come to destroy the law."
Jesus strongly approves of the law and the prophets. He hasn't the slightest objection to the cruelties of the Old Testament.

(5:18-19) Jesus says that the Old Testament laws are binding on everyone forever.
Must Christians obey Old Testament laws?
Will the earth last forever?

(5:18) "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."

(5:19) "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven."

(5:20) "Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."
Is salvation by faith alone?
Has there ever been a righteous person?
What must you do to be saved?

(5:22) "Whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire." Jesus says that "Whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire." Yet he often calls his critics and disciples fools. Paul is also in danger of going to hell since he liked to call people fools.
Is it OK to call someone a fool?

(5:28) "Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." If a man who looks at a woman with lust commits adultery, and the penalty for adultery is death (Lev.20:10), then shouldn't the man (and the woman?) be put to death?

(5:29-30) "Pluck it out. Cut it off."
Jesus recommends that to avoid sin we cut off our hands and pluck out our eyes. This advice is given immediately after he says that anyone who looks with lust at any women commits adultery.
What the Bible says about masturbation and amputation

(5:29) "If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell."

(5:30) "If thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell."

(5:32) "Whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery."
In Mark (10:11) and Luke (16:18), Jesus condemns all divorces without exception. But in this verse, Jesus says that divorce is permissible when the wife is guilty of fornication. But what if the husband is unfaithful? Jesus doesn't seem to care about that.
Is divorce ever permissible?

(5:34-37)
Jesus forbids the taking of any kind of oath. Yet Christians in courtrooms throughout the United States place their right hand on the Bible swear to tell the truth.
Is it OK to take oaths?

(5:34) "Swear not at all."

(5:37) "Let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil."

(5:40) "If any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also." Don't defend yourself in court.

(5:44) "Love your enemies." Well, it's a nice thought. But it seems strange coming from someone who damns his enemies to hell.
How should enemies be treated?
How should nonbelievers be treated?

(5:45) "He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, , and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."
Is anyone good?
Has there ever been a just person?
What the Bible says about weather

(5:48) "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
Are we all God's children?

5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
5:21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
5:23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
5:24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
5:25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
5:26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
5:31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
5:33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
5:34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:
5:35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
5:36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
5:37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
5:40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

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Jesus's Teachings

On the Law of Moses

On Anger and Insults

On Self-Mutilation

On Lust

On Self-Defense

On Giving
Dwindling in Unbelief
A sermon for Hillary (Matthew 5:17-18, 5:27-30)
Solutions for masturbators (5:27-30)
Swear not at all: Christians and the oath of office (5:34)
Swear not at all: Obama, the Bible, and the second oath of office (5:34)
Ann Coulter: Jesus was a godless liberal (5:44)
Dan Savage is right about the Bible: It's Bullshit. (5:28-30)
What if we could edit the Bible? (Opening Karl Giberson's can of worms) (5:29-30)

Theologikos
Test yourself: Are you intelligent or stupid? The Holy Test!

Christian Responses
Waterrock
Matthew 5:16 - Let Your Light Shine
Matthew 5:18 - How Long Is the Law in Force?
Matthew 5:18 - Will the Earth Pass Away?
Matthew 5:22 - Calling People Fools
Matthew 5:29-30 - If Your Eye Makes You Sin
Matthew 5:32 - Grounds for Divorce
Matthew 5:33-37 - Swear Not At All
Matthew 5:44-48 - Love Your Enemies

The Annotated Skeptic's Annotated Bible
He taught them as one having authority (Matthew 5)

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