Jesus' Sermon on the Mount: And His Confrontation with the WorldD.A. CarsonBaker Books / 2004 / Trade Paperback$20.49 Retail:3 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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David D. Flowers3 Stars Out Of 5November 2, 2006David D. FlowersI thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from Carson's exposition of the beatitudes. It was good stuff. However, I believe this respected scholar falls short on his interpretation of Matt. 5:38-48. I'm tired of people trying to make private the "hard sayings" of Jesus so that they are no longer hard. If we are walking in the Spirit of Christ... we will not gratify the desires of the flesh (Gal.5:16). When Jesus said "love your enemies"... he meant it. When Jesus said, "Do not resist an evil person"... yeah... he meant that too. I believe that Mr. Carson needs to rethink his position. Could it be that we have not really died to self when we feel that we have a "right" to defend it? I see a longing to "save" his life instead of "losing" it to save it. It could be that we are more influenced by the Bill of Rights than we are the New Testament.If you are confused as to how far Christ intended us to take his statments... umm... just look at his own life. "If we claim to live in him, we must walk as Jesus did." 1 John 2:6
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