Listed below are the attitudes discussed in the Matthew chapter 5 'Sermon of the Mount'.
This is a time and situation sensitive statement. That means the validity of the statement depends on two factors - time and situation (or circumstance).
Why are those who are poor, blessed in the spirit? First being poor means you are in a deprived stated or a state of deprivation. Those who are poor tend to be less arrogant, proud and haughty. They are less affected by what I called the "rocket scientist" syndrome and are more opened to be taught. So it can be said that poor people tends to be less arrogant - generally.
Today, however this is not as generally true as before because of the social order of our world that tends to make everyone into a "rocket scientist" wannabe. But nonetheless those who are rich whether these be monetary wealth or knowledge wealth or be in position of power and authority or having an elevated social position tend, to feel superior over those who are lesser endowed. All these are more affected by this universal weakness of the "rocket scientist" syndrome.
The rich man is wise in his own eyes, But the poor who has understanding searches him out.
And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”Luke 12:15
Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the LORD’s anger.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.Matthew 23:23
And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”Mark 7:20 - 23
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