Whether you believe the Bible is literally the word of God, or that it is inspired by God, if you "proclaim" yourself to be a Christian, there are some obvious things about the words of Jesus of Nazareth that seem never to find their way into today's greedy reality. If you are not Christian, then it is important that you know what you have mistakenly been led to think. People were generally illiterate over the past 2000 years, and they needed to have the Bible "interpreted" to them. While we are no longer illiterate people, we still blindly depend on others to tell us what is in the Bible. Read it yourself.
Here is what Jesus has been reported to have actually said in His most famous sermon. It is offered in plain words. It is easy to understand. It was meant for the people, not a self-grandizing clergy. It was not set up to be interpreted or given other meanings. It is Jesus talking straight and plain.
[This is from the Phillips translation, but any respectable translation will tell you the same thing]
"When Jesus saw the vast crowds he went up the hillside, and after he had sat down his disciples came to him.
Then he began teaching by saying to them:
'How happy are the humble-minded, for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs!
"How happy are those who know what sorrow means, for they will be given courage and comfort!
"Happy are those who claim nothing, for the whole earth will belong to them!
"Happy are those are those who are hungry and thirsty for goodness, for they will be fully satisfied!
"Happy are the merciful, for they will have mercy shown to them!
"Happy are the utterly sincere, for they will see God!
"Happy are those who make peace, for they will be known as sons of God!
"Happy are those who have suffered persecution for the cause of goodness, for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs!
"And what happiness will be yours when people blame you and ill-treat you and say all kinds of slanderous things against you for my sake! Be glad then, yes, be tremendously glad -- for your reward in Heaven is magnificent. They persecuted the prophets before your time in exactly the same way.
"You are the earth's salt. But if the salt should become tasteless, what can make it salt again? It is completely useless and can only be thrown out of doors and stamped underfoot.
[Jesus goes on in Chapter 5 of Matthew. The words are clear about war, forgiveness, peace, greed, love, equality, compassion, inclusion, and most importantly, love....]
"In the temple courts [Jesus] found men selling cattle, sheep and doves and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of money changers and overturned their tables." [John 2: 14 & 15]
"Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." [Luke 12:15]
"Truly, I say unto you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven." [Matthew 19:23]
"You cannot serve both God and Money." [Matthew 6:24]
"If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven." [Matthew 19:21]
AND HERE IS WHAT JESUS SAYS ABOUT TODAY'S CHEST-POUNDING, SELF-PROCLAIMING MEN AND WOMEN WHO LIKE TO 'BRAG' ABOUT HOW THEY LOVE JESUS AND FOLLOW HIM:
"And when thou pray, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when you pray, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret." [Matthew 6: 6 & 7]
Thus is recorded the words of Jesus of Nazareth. They are there for you to read on your own. Then look around you at what is happening in the United States of America.