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Messages in Matthew Elliot Marshall RELI 120 section 10: The New Testament Gonzaga University Professor Williams-Tinajero September 18, 2007
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No human being in history has been as influential as Jesus Christ. His life has been documented by many sources and taught all around the world. His actions have been observed and his advice has been followed more than any other. For the past 2000 years Jesus’ message and ministry have helped guide the course of history by being behind thousands of wars and governments. Even today many governments are founded on the beliefs that follow the word of Jesus Christ. On every piece of U.S. currency the phrase, “In God We Trust” is etched in, and even in our Pledge of Allegiance the term “under God” still stands. Wars in the Middle East continue daily over disputes about the messages taught by Jesus 2000 years ago. No other man or woman’s actions from so long ago are still having such a profound affect on modern society. One could spend an entire life studying Jesus’ effects on the path of history as it pertains to nations and peoples, but I am more interested in Jesus’ original teachings. The very source of his influence can be read in the modern New Revised Standard Version of the New Testament. Jesus’ original messages can be interpreted by reading his many parables and sayings. Many of Jesus’ messages in the Gospel According to Matthew are extremely important for society to embrace for the betterment of both individuals and humanity as a whole. The most outstanding passages that attempt to directly guide the lives of its believers are located the Matthew’s gospel. In chapters 5 through 7 Jesus addresses many of the moral questions that surrounded the people of his time. Though these passages are reminiscent of the Ten Commandments, they address a broader array of issues. Divorce, law, anger, adultery, love, prayer, wealth, and more are all covered. For example, a passage concerning everyday life is called Concerning Anger. Jesus states, “if 2
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you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, “You fool”, you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember
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