The Sermon on the Mount: the way to live

Human life can seem to be a very complicated affair. Consequently, people tend to expect that there is a need for complicated answers. And this expectation often prevents them from finding real and satisfying solutions. The answers to what seem to be complex human problems may be embedded in such simple, straightforward precepts that people completely overlook them or, at best, fail to take them seriously enough to consider how they relate to the circumstances at hand. Or, worse yet, having found such precepts and appreciating the practical application to human needs, they fail to put them into practice and continue in their complicated ways.

Practical precepts for living are often simple, but they are not simplistic—unrealistic. If they were, they would not be practical.

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