Sunday, June 10, 2018

How credible are the Beatitudes?

"Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  (Matthew 5: 11).

Are the Beatitudes principles for spiritual happiness and contentment credible? They are patterned on the life of Jesus Christ. 

How can persecution, insults, discrimination, rejection result in a blessed and happy life? The answer is uncomplicated for those who know the "Scriptures and the power of God." (Matthew 22: 29, Mark 12: 24).  This is a paradox:  Lose your life, security in order to find it.  If all you have is God, you have everything.
Christian and experiences of other religions prove the truth.

"Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you."  (Matthew 5: 12).
Believe or not believe, this is the question.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways—oracle of the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, my thoughts higher than your thoughts."   (Isaiah 55: 8 - 9).

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