The Teachings At The Sermon On The Mount

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The attitudes towards religion is often determined by how well the religion can give themselves off, especially when it comes to answering the question on how to deal with suffering. With Christianity, Jesus taught his followers that suffering is eliminated through salvation, which is by repentance and dependence on God. While with Buddhism, Buddha taught suffering is universal and that the only way to deal with it is by forsaking oneself and following the Middle Path, thus achieving a worked out salvation. Though these teachings do resemble each other in meaning, they differ in their purpose. When looking at Jesus’ teachings at the Sermon on the Mount, he gives clues onto what the ideal person is portrayed as. Many use St. Matthews version of the Sermon as an ideal reference: “How blessed are the poor in spirit: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs… Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness: they shall have their fill” (Sermon on the Mount, Verse 3 and 6). By a stale look at these verses, one can infer that the ideal person to “receive the blessings of God” are poor, because when looking at the Gospel given by Luke he tells us about that the people who will be suffering are the rich. Since rich people tend to be greedy and selfish, it was simple to see that poor people will be more appreciative of what they would soon have. Therefore, from verses 3 and 6, it can be implied that the ideal person is selfless. Although, when looking at the ideal person from this stale
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