They are both commandments that tell people what to do. Also those who recognize that they need God. The first is that both events happened on a mountain. Horeb also known as Mt. And here ten of one and eight of the other-- in other words both the commandments and the beatitudes have a specific number of directives. The commandments and the beatitudes collectively create the essential expectations by God.
The big deal about the Ten Commandments is that they are the first and most important revelation to Moses of the law of the Hebrews: they were not only revealed, but actually inscribed on stone tablets by the hand of God himself. There are 3 similarities between these two events. Comparing The Ten Commandments and The Beatitudes reveals an important distinction. If life on earth is a test for eternal life, we should consider our souls before anything else. Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any manner of likeness, of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; Thou shalt not bow down unto them, nor serve them; for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; And showing mercy unto the thousandth generation of them that love Me and keep My commandments. The Ten Commandments give precepts or categories of law: idolatry putting anything or anyone above God , social laws stealing, murdering , purity and holiness coveting, Sabbath and so on.
Because the happiness they promise is not the happiness that comes either from nature or is experienced in our nature. When a young man asks Jesus how he can inherit eternal life, Jesus tells him to obey commandments 6, 7, 8, 9, then omits the tenth before citing the fourth, just to make the omission more obvious Matt 19:16-22, Luke 18:18-23. We commonly but I would say incorrectly think of a commandment as something we do not like to do but ordered to obey under penalty of suffering if we disobey. They may be simple, but they are very difficult for us to live, because they run counter to all of our most basic instincts. And conversely true joy taught by Christ and enshrined in the beatitudes comes only and in the measure that we are doing the will of God.
He chose Moses the leader of the chosen people who in turn was to give the tablets of the law to the Jews. Whereas the beatitudes are blessings which offer an entirely different perspective; one which is alluring and brings about a sense of enlightenment, rather than a repressive or restrictive feel. But, that doesn't mean that we can't try to speak truth. The Ten Commandments prohibits actions and behaviour which is seen as wrong or immoral. The commands and his forgiveness work as two sides of the same coin in our spiritual development. How do we know suffering exists unless we have something to compare it to? The right and left hands of God are the two streams of power that manifest as all creation. Supernatural Happiness Promised in the Beatitudes How first? The Eight Beatitudes were written and given to us from God himself, the Beatitudes was not a prophet that someone a messenger spread the word of this new principles statements to live by it was God himself who came to earth and spread and told people about these eight Beatitudes to live by and to take it seriously in the peoples everyday life.
There is a profound sense in which we can say the beatitudes build on the commandments, the beatitudes presume the observance of the commandments. They form part of the 613 injunctions, prohibitions and commands which make up the Mosaic Code. While the standards of the gospels are higher than that required of the Jews, God offers us greater spiritual power the Holy Spirit to assist us in obeying him. We must continue to uphold this truth, even though only a few will ever understand and accept it. The New Covenant begins not with a rejection of the Old, then, but its expansion. Both the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes direct Christians to love God and love one another, as love is the central theme in Christian values. Allow the students to be creative in the things they write down as differences and similarities, but challenge them to think deeply about the meaning of the words in each set of precepts.
The happiness that Christ promises in the beatitudes is supernatural because the beatitudes require superhuman light and strength to observe. The difference between the ten commandments and the beatitudes as revealed to me today is simply that the beatitudes are harder to follow. It cannot be because they do not want happiness. The Bible teaches that suffering began when mankind rejected God. It was what He Himself was living, He who could not sin.
All the gain is ours. While being pure in heart is something one must work at, given the incredible amount of temptation and hardship we face, it is personal. With this comment you are right on! Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. That is crucial numbering things distinguishes one-thing from another and the essence of clarity is distinctiveness God want to be clear when he gave Moses the Decalogue. If what Moses had given was perfect, then there would not have been any need for Jesus to come and bring something better.
And again, I do apologize if you felt I was judging someone; I don't judge anyone, it isn't my job. If you give the students a print out of the Beatitudes, have them draw a symbol or icon next to each one to help them remember what they are and what they mean. If we were to give a name in one word to the beatitudes we could say love. Actually, the reason I ended up on this site is because I like the Vonnegut quote so much, and was searching for it. Beatitudes blessing What a contrast when we turn back to the Beatitudes. To love something is to love that thing: love implies a certain object that is being loved. It is not for nothing that Nietzsche criticizes Christianity as being weak.
Saints and scholars have analyzed the Decalogue in contrast with the beatitudes. In the beatitudes Christ is giving us a share in His own divine happiness both here and hereafter. I believe The Beatitudes have particular value today, no matter what your religious affiliation, because they teach empathy and allow you to consider what it might be like to be in a position of weakness. Only a short three months later a lawsuit was filed against the Judicial Court. They are not generic directives like do good and avoid evil. Thou shalt not use a computer to steal. They are both specific they are not of generic approaches.
There was no human person as intermediary. As Saint Paul says in the opening verses of his letter to the Hebrews. Who knows how I would respond to you as you really are! Unlike Buddhism, Christianity teaches that suffering ends only in the presence of God in Heaven. Therefore they merit—even demand—our most intense study. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.