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Matthew's Gospel

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1. Blessed are the merciful, how can Christians show mercy today? Christians can show mercy today by forgiving people (neighbour - as Mark says) and by turning the other cheek in times of persecution and helplessness. 2. Explain why some Christians think the Beatitudes are no long relevant Some Christians think that the beatitudes aren't relevant because we live in a society where people aren't really persecuted because of their religion, this makes some Christians say that the beatitude "Blessed are the persecuted" is irrelevant to us and was meant for people who were bin persecuted in the Roman era. Some Christians also believe that the beatitudes aren't relevant because the Bible is outdated and we have developed. 3. The Beatitudes: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4. When a widow put down 2 coins, Jesus said she had given more, explain what he means. ...read more.


11. "Worshipping God is more important than helping those in need" - Agree? Some Christians believe that it is more important to help those in need because of the teaching of Jesus. Jesus said in the parable of the goats and the sheep that those who do not help those in need will not inherit eternal life. However worship is also important, God said keep the Sabbath day holy, by this he means that we should rest and pray to him. I think that helping those in need is more important because we are all made in God's image and if we help a fellow being, we are in a way worshipping and acknowledging his creation. 12. Why do Christians help people in other countries? The following passages say that we should help people in need: The Good Samaritan, The parable of the goats and the Sheep. Christians are supposed to be followers of Christ, Christ helped people who needed help, we should follow his example. Jesus also taught us to love our neighbours, you can show love by helping them when they need it. 13. Capital Punishment Some Christians believe that capital punishment is okay because in the bible it says an "eye for an eye", it also says that "the blood of man who sheds blood will have his blood shed". Some Christians also believe in capital punishment because Jesus says "those who live by sword will die by the sword". ...read more.


If Hitler didn't have any prejudice against Jewish people, there wouldn't have been a war (thus peace). However others say that even if prejudice didn't exists, evil still could, and evil could lead to war. 20. Explain why some Christians believe that Jesus was a pacifist? Some Christians believe that Jesus was pacifist because he said that we should "turn the other cheek" instead of fighting, Jesus also rebuked Peter when he tried to start a violent revolt (Matt 5:38). Jesus also said that we should "love our neighbours", this suggest that he is a peaceful man that would cause harm to nobody (seeing as he loved them). Jesus was peaceful even when the Jewish guards arrested him and when the Romans crucified him. 21. Explain why some Christians believe it is right to fight in war Some may say it is right to fight in war because in the bible it says "an eye for an eye" and "the blood of a man who has shed blood will be shed". Jesus also said "that those who live by the sword will die by the sword". It also says in the bible that there is a "time to kill" and in Romans we are commanded to "hate what is evil". It also says we must "stand against evil and pursue righteousness" in the bible. 22. Just War Conditions There must be: Just cause, war must be for good and against evil, started by state/ruler, last resort, fought proportionally (minimal civilian casualties) ...read more.

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