Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Kingdom of God - Book Review by Mark Bach

“THE KINGDOM OF GOD: The Sermon on the Mount” by Archbishop Dmitri Royster

In this book, the author presents and an easy-to-read analysis of the Sermon on the Mount as told in the Gospel of Matthew. The analysis includes insights on how everyday life issues are dealt with by Jesus in the Sermon. The analysis comprises many citations to other texts, thereby providing outlets for reflection from numerous perspectives.

The book begins with an exploration of the meaning of the Kingdom of Heaven, progresses through the Beatitudes and culminates with a line-by-line analysis of the Lord’s Prayer. Discussion begins with the statement that God is love. Once one has love, one can progress through each of the Beatitudes in serial fashion as one continues from the other. A complete picture is given of the Kingdom of God and a path for achieving union with God.

Two themes seem to be reiterated throughout the book. First, God is love. Second, forgiveness is a key consequence of love. If one truly loves, one cannot help but forgive. The opposite is also true. If one does not truly love, one cannot truly forgive.

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