Principle Brought Forth in the Sermon On The Mount
January 7, 2013 in Uncategorized
..principle brought forth in the Sermon On The Mount.
from 8th Chapter: Your Own Wonderful Human Imagination(1)
continues Chapter 8: Your Own Wonderful Human Imagination(2)
But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.
Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
Indeed it is a great exercise to react in exactly the opposite way of
what we would expect ourselves to do on the physical level. But
remember that there is not even decree in all scripture that is made to
swell your ego and make you say something like : ” I am such a
wonderful person, I implement everything the bible says”. ” I am such
a wonderful person! I have donated my shirt, and now I am donating
my coat too. Did everyone see what a wonderful person I am? ” .
These decrees, right to the contrary, come to relinquish the wonderful
person that you are. Don’t think for a moment that you can keep
swelling your ego and do this Work at the same time. A person that is
full of himself cannot do this Work. All the reactions mentioned here
are unpredictable reactions that demand rising above the natural
human instinct. If a person slaps you on the face, it is more than
probable that your persona will be very offended and you will want to
slap him back to replace the honor that was taken away from it. But
such a reaction will not be conscious, and will come automatically,
meaning mechanically. What this sermon demands of us is actually
overcome our mechanical reaction, and act Consciously, in exactly
the opposite way of what we would do mechanically.
Many would think that turning the other cheek will be interpreted as
the wimp that doesn’t fit our macho personality. On the literal level, many
giggle to this verse, only because it doesn’t match this nature of ours.
The personal instinct says to hit back. To react in the most
aggressive way. Allow me to tell you then, and remind you, that any
aggressive emotional reaction gives power to the problem illustrated
in this verse as a slap on the face. A conscious reaction, on the other
hand, will make the problem disappear and not show again.