Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Or Maybe. . . .

"The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly." -Soren Kierkegaard

Perhaps there really is no ordering to them. Perhaps the Beatitudes really are this easy:

Be humble. God will bless you, and something good involving the kingdom of heaven will happen to you.

Take heart in times of grief. God will bless you and comfort you.

Think of and treat others as more important than yourself. God will bless you, and one day something good will see your inheritance.

Desire what is good. God will bless you, and one day you will see righteousness win.

Give mercy to other. God will bless you and will have mercy on you.

Pursue righteousness. God will bless you, and you will see him.

Work for peace. God will bless you and adopt you as his child.

Stand when you are abused for loving good. God will bless you, and you will receive the kingdom of heaven.

Perhaps in looking for order in the Beatitudes, I am trying to explain away that which is patently clear.


Anonymous said...

i think this one hits it :) great post

Em the luddite said...

The funny thing about the way I tend to read them (that this interpretation reveals as being ridiculous) is that I try to find a way that they can be a checklist for greatness as a Christian. I'm like the disciples who move immediately from lessons of suffering to arguments about who is the greatest. Yikes.

Glad to see you back in the blogger world!

Brad Phillis said...

I think you've got them flipped around the wrong way:

"God has blessed you with humility, which is a demonstration of your possession of the kingdom of heaven.

God has blessed you with times of mourning for the sake of your sanctification, promising to comfort you.

God has blessed you with meekness, which is a mark of the kingdom--people with this mark will participate in the regeneration of the earth..."

This goes on and on--the tense of the phrase "blessed are" is present, meaning that the blessing is already bestowed and it confirms that God has also given grace to you, which is what ultimately will lead to all of that other stuff, which is also a demonstration of grace.