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Sermon on the Mount

Sermon on the Mount: How to Follow God

Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5-7, is an excellent summary of his ethical teachings.

John VersesThe sermon on the mount, takes its name because according to Matthew, Jesus delivered this sermon on a mountain or hill, to a large crowd of his followers. The term Sermon on the Mount is not actually used in the biblical text.

The Sermon on the Mount is filled with very challenging material. Jesus starts with the beatitudes and continues through several other key points that re-define the Jewish law. Some people have called this homily an idealization of behavior in heaven. However, most scholars (and the Church) believe that Jesus intended his sermon to be practical, even if achieving it may be exceedingly difficult.

The Sermon on the Mount is, in many ways, a Christian ethical system, much like the Jewish law. However, Jesus' teachings don't replace the Ten Commandments, but rather call Christians to go beyond them. For example, the Ten Commandments prohibit murder, while Jesus calls us to instead not hate. The Ten Commandments prohibit adultery, while the Sermon on the Mount asks us to not even lust.

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