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by preaching and curing ailments. In Matthew 5-7 Jesus teaches people how to live without sin so that they can reach heaven. Jesus tells people to mourn, be poor in spirit, meek, hunger and thirst for righteousness, be merciful, be pure in heart, be a peacemaker, and be persecuted in the name of righteousness. Jesus is here to fulfill the law, not to destroy it. Do not commit murder or swear at people. Settle out of court when possible. Do not commit adultery or think about sex. Don’t marry divorced women and do not divorce your wife unless she cheats on you. Don’t make oaths and do not resist evil people. Love your enemies. Give to the needy, pray and fast privately. Do not worry about food or clothing, since God will provide those things for you. Do not judge. Ask and it will be given to you. Use small doors, not big ones. Be wary of false prophets, you will know them by their results. People who practice these teachings from Jesus are wise but people who hear these words and don’t practice them are foolish. Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” (7:1). Later in the text he says, “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil…” (7:9-11). In the first quote Jesus says that judgment is wrong. In the second quote he judges that people who give their children snakes or stones are evil. This is inconsistent. Katie felt that Jesus asked far too much of people, especially when He said “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (5:48). Mike believes that the point of the entire book, especially this passage, is to make you realize
that you aren’t perfect rather than to help you to become perfect. Mike is an atheist but he was raised Catholic. Katie was also raised Catholic, and still believes in parts of the religion, but is a very bad Catholic. In discussing the section used for the ARQ paragraph, Mike and Katie disagreed on how much Jesus had to worry about being judged. Katie thought that the statement “Judge not, or you too will be judged” (7:1) did not apply to Jesus. According to Catholicism Jesus is fully God, and God has no fear of judgment from man. Mike believes that we can judge both God and man. Since Jesus is both God and man then we can judge him, as Pilate demonstrated. Both Katie and Mike noted that Jesus said that you shall know the false prophets by their fruits and yet Jesus inspired the Bible, which inspired countless tyrannies and wars. It is probably the most destructive book in all of history. Mike also thinks that the best translation for the word, ‘raca’ is ‘igmo’. Mike read the amplified bible since he hadn’t read that bible before. In the amplified bible Jesus says, “Give to him who keeps on begging from you, and do not turn away from him who would borrow [at interest] from you.” (5:42) The phrase ‘at interest’ does not appear in the NIV or the King James bibles. It probably wasn’t there until the amplified bible was first published by The Lockman Foundation in 1987. Aquinas, along with the entire scholastic movement, thought that all interest was usury and therefore it was a sin to charge interest. If the scholastics had the amplified bible then Europe might have developed much faster than it did and economics would not have been caught up in moral debates over interest for hundreds of years. ‘Amplified’ might mean that the interests of the Lockman Foundation are amplified, since almost all businesses can thank bankers for their existence (the Lockman Foundation is a publishing company).