THE CORE TEACHINGS OF JESUS - FROM "THE SERMONS"
Stan Ousley, Jr.Â© Symphony of Love MinistriesSanta Fe, NMIntroduction:This brief study presents the salient teachings of Jesus based on the two"sermons" of Jesus as presented in the books by Matthew and Luke. Thefocus of this essay is on major teachings attributed to Jesus in his sermons,rather than a detailed analysis of whether Jesus stated them exactly asrecorded. This writer includes some references to the "Lexical Aids To TheNew Testament" section of the KJV translation edited by Spiros Zodhiatesand issued as The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible -
King James Version
(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 1991 ISBN 0-89957-657-5). Readersand students are invited to utilize the recently issued New Revised StandardVersion (NRSV) and the New Living Translation (NLT), both contemporarygender-inclusive translations done by academic Bible scholars. The NRSVis a more "theologically liberal" version, and the NLT is a more evangelicalChristian scholarly translation. Both the NRSV and NLT translations arefavorably reviewed by Philip W. Comfort, Ph.D., in his book Essential Guideto Bible Versions (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 2000 ISBN0-8423-3484-X). In this essay, I use the KJV translation.In his book The Sermon on the Mount: The Key to Success in Life, thefamous Divine Science minister Emmet Fox wrote: "The first thing we haveto realize is a fact of fundamental importance, because it means breakingaway from all the ordinary prepossessions of orthodoxy. The plain fact isthat Jesus taught no theology whatsoever. His teaching is entirely spiritualor metaphysical. Historical Christianity, unfortunately, has largely concerneditself with theological and doctrinal questions which, strange to say, have nopart whatever in the Gospel teaching." He adds that: "It will startle manygood people to learn that all the doctrines and theologies of the churchesare human inventions built up by their authors out of their own mentalities,and foisted upon the Bible from the outside, but such is the case."Furthermore, Fox asserts that "Jesus has been sadly misunderstood andmisrepresented in other directions too. For instance, there is no warrantwhatever in his teaching for the setting up of any form of Ecclesiasticism, of any hierarchy of officials or system or ritual. He did not authorize any suchthing, and, in fact, the whole tone of his mentality is definitely anti-