By Eberhard Arnold
Salt and light-weight places palms and ft to the calls for of the Sermon at the Mount from the perspective of a author who believes they aren't purely doable, yet inescapable - anything for us to stay out this present day. within the Sermon at the Mount, Jesus places apart his traditional parables and speaks it seems that in language someone can comprehend. but for hundreds of years numerous students have dissected and analyzed those vital phrases - and pushed aside their difficult precepts as unrealistic or symbolic. Like Francis of Assisi and others, Arnold selected to reside Jesus' phrases. He came upon new existence through embracing the self-sacrificing calls for of the Sermon at the Mount. This choice of talks and essays vividly describes a therapeutic, energizing strength for these confused by means of the troubles of lifestyle. Arnold calls us to reside for the Sermon's final objective: the overturning of the present order of injustice and development as an alternative a simply, peaceful society inspired through love.
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Additional resources for Salt and Light: Living the Sermon on the Mount
Here is his heart. Every movement that stems from God points to this way. Whenever a living movement of heart dies, Christ’s way is forsaken. The process of dying reaches its final stage when there is no more wrestling with death, when the struggle for life is deserted and people surrender unresisting to the shadow of death.
But you will be received with great love in huts which are open for you, and you will be taken in because you bring love. This is your treasure and your wealth. It will free you of all care. You will be close to nature. You will live with the flowers and the birds, and you will not worry about your clothes or food. You will be one with the birds that find their food, and in harmony with the flowers that are clothed more beautifully than any vain men or women. This is the new character of salt; this is light.
He proclaimed God as joy for the individual, and justice and fellowship for all people. By his baptism, Jesus let himself be immersed in this justice of the future, which is God himself. This justice condemns to death the present life on earth. The entire Sermon on the Mount shows us the characteristics of this new justice – a gift of the future, a promise of God. The God of this goodness is the God of creation, the ultimate mystery of life, the origin of procreation and living growth. Thus this justice cannot exist where it is a matter of the goodness and achievement of people as they are.