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No Caveats! Unless of course balance is required, in which case…

In this programme about the KJV, Peter Hennessy (Professor of Contemporary British History) speaks of the Sermon on the Mount:

It's 150 words of the best copy ever written in the world.  No caveats.

I once tested this out, I re-wrote it as if it was a government white paper.

"Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God... always bearing in mind the overall need to maintain the effectiveness of the British strategic nuclear deterrent.  Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth... always bearing in mind the overall constraints on public expenditure."

If it was written by anyone else it would have been caveated away.  Just think if the management consultants had written it!

Jesus talks straight.  It's the devil that's 'subtil'.

Of course I may have overstated this and there's always another point of view - I make no claims to comprehensive understanding of these issues which are surely more complicated than can ever be expressed in a forum such as burble burble mutter blatch.

 

0 thoughts on “No Caveats! Unless of course balance is required, in which case…

  1. John B

    Most certainly "Jesus talks straight". It's us who are crooked!

    "For now we see through a glass, darkly"; "...now I know in part". Men look like trees walking!

    According to Paul in 1 Corinthians 2, there's no separation between the discernment of Jesus words and the Spirit of God who he sends.

    For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16)

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