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The Literal Interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount

The Literal Interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY THE REV. PROFESSOR
MARCUS DODS, D,D.
BY THE REV. PROFESSOR
MARCUS DODS, D,D.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 31, 2013
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THE LITERAL ITERPRETATIO OF THE SERMO O THEMOUTBYMARCUS DODS, D.D.JAMES DEEY, U.D.JAMES MOFFATT, D.D.OTETHESE Chapters were originallypublished in the British Weeklyin 1904, as the result of thecorrespondence in its columns,and are now reprinted by request.IBY THE REV. PROFESSOR MARCUS DODS, D,D.THE LITERAL ITERPRETATIO OF THE SERMOO THE MOUTITHE abundant correspondencewhich has been appearing inthese columns fairly representsthe variety of opinion atpresent held regarding someof our Lord s precepts. Somethink that as St. Paul s in
 
 junctions regarding the dressand conduct of women, or St.James s regarding the anoint-2 THE SERMOing of the sick, have becomeobsolete through the alterationof circumstances, so if ourLord had lived in our socialconditions He would have useddifferent language for the guidance of His followers. Othershold that His language wasintended to be and is bindingfor all time and all conditions,and that the Church can neverfulfil the function of salt tothe world until these preceptsare literally obeyed. Many ahumble Christian, anxious todiscover why the world is nobetter and happier, and whyO THE MOUT 3the religion of Christ does solittle to mend it, reads theSermon on the Mount, andsays : Here is the secret :men have not obeyed Christ.Here are precepts which theChurch ignores. Christianityhas not moved the world forthe simple reason that Christianity as Christ meant it does
 
not exist in the world, butonly a spurious, degenerate,pithless imitation of it.eedless difficulties have beenintroduced by mere misunderstanding or over-scrupulosity.Our Lord s prohibition of oaths4 THE SERMOhas been interpreted by theSociety of Friends in such asense that they refuse to takean oath even in a court of  justice. When George Foxwas commanded by the Judgesat Lancaster to take the oath,he replied : * Ye have given mea book here to kiss and toswear on, and this book whichye have given me to kiss says," Kiss the Son/ and the Sonsays in this book, " Swear notat all." ow I say as the book says, and yet~ye imprison me ;how chance ye do not imprisonthe book for saying so ? HowO THE MOUT 5comes it that the book is atliberty amongst you, whichbids me not swear, and yet yeimprison me for doing as thebook bids me ? Why don t ye

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