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Katie Munoz, Kaden Perry, Kimora Coulson & Karley LukeUNV-101October 17, 2019Professor SharpeMark 8:29 Group Essay1.Matthew 5:43-48a.What was Jesus point in the teaching?I believe Jesus point in the teaching is that you shall love your neighbors and enemies. Jesus is saying in order to show love towards others, don’t always expect to receive love back. It explains that you should not judge people or use hate words to others. The sun rises over good and evil. “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:44), meaning just because you don’t show love to your enemies doesn’t mean they won't have any love on them. “Hate on your enemies?” (Matthew 5:43-48). No, Jesus says it’s easier to live life if you love on others in the world. Everyone is perfect just the way they are in life, meaning don’t change for others and don’t treat others in a bad way. For example, Jesus was hated by many, to the point where they crucified Him. Jesus prayed for these people and forgave them even when they treated him so poorly.Hating on your enemies is not going to change the way they live their life and act. b.What sort of relevance does this teaching have for other worldviews? This teaching is relevant to other worldviews because it challenges not only Christians but all beliefs. Jesus’s teachings show that the primary state of being an individual should be in a state of love, regardless if one is with a friend or enemy. 1
What Jesus is saying is also significant because he is opening people up to the idea of agape love. This is significant to all worldviews because someone doesn't have to be aChristian to have unconditional love. Jesus also talks about how we are the children of God and how God is the one who loves us enough to rise the sun and send the rain over all the good and evil of humanity. (Matthew 5:45) “That you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” This is important because it shows that even though humanity is plagued with sin God still loves us unconditionally. Jesus teaches us that us as Christians should show that same love to all people regardless of worldviews and regardless of your relationship to the person.c.What does this teach reveal about Jesus?This teaching reveals a lot about Jesus and his character. Jesus loves everyone, both friends and enemies. In these verses, Jesus preaches that everyone should love everyone. He explains that it should no longer be to love your neighbors and hate your enemies, but to love all people instead. This teaching shows how Jesus loves others, is nonjudgmental, and wants us to follow in his footsteps. Jesus is righteous and forgiving to those who do wrong. It is easy to love your neighbors and friends; anyone can do that. To love your enemies is a bigger challenge, but Jesus wants us to be loving, nonjudgmental, and pray for those who persecute you (Mathew 5:44 NIV).