My favorite teachings of Jesus

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My favorite teachings of Jesus

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I am not a Christian nor religious at all. I don't follow any religion. Mine is a philosophy of self-discipline, self-responsibility, and self-determination. I only believe in the truths that a man who lives his whole life alone on a deserted island could also find. I only believe in the truths that a man who couldn't even read and never heard of any religion at all could know with all his heart to be true. They are truths that transcend and precede words themselves. They are truths of the unspeakable. They are the truths of the wonderfully indescribable. These are truths so universal that they tend to be shared in all religions and philosophical traditions; they are shared even among the religious and non-religious alike.

They precede words and science and empirical sight itself, both literally and figuratively. They are truths you can see with your eyes closed. They are the inherently subjective truths of the inner world, the one that a philosophical zombie would have to believe doesn't even exist, because--without direct subjective (a.k.a. spiritual) access to it--it's completely outside the realm of the objective and outer. When we talk about things like inner peace and the outer world, the difference between inner and outer is not about a boundary in physical space, but rather the conceptual boundary between the subjective/spiritual/undeniable versus the objective/scientific/empirical/doubtable. The former category includes all the infinite depths of those countless things that any conscious person (i.e. any person with a spirit) knows more than they anyone can know anything thing from the latter category. It's something that a philosophical zombie (i.e. someone without a spirit) could not know at all, for it is (without a spirit of one's own) otherwise beyond the reach of empirical investigation or understanding.

However, among many other great writings and teachings that describe these wonderfully indescribable things, passed down thousands of years from wise teachers and enlightened folk, I have personally been greatly inspired by many of the teachings of Jesus as quoted in the Christian Bible.

Granted, most of the Bible is not about Jesus, and much of what modern self-proclaimed Christians preach in churches has little to do nothing to do with their bible. For example, I don't recall Jesus ever saying anything about gays or abortion. In another example, many self-proclaimed "Christians" would be the first to eagerly throw a stone at someone they see as a sinner, or to point a judgemental shaming finger at someone.

Granted, there's also many people from all religions including Christianity that practice peaceful loving kindness, unconditional forgiveness, radical non-judgementalism, turning the other cheek, not throwing stones. There are even people in remote lands who never even hard of Jesus who practice these things.

In analogy, many people have never heard of the Serenity Prayer, and yet practice its teachings.

My main point in the above is that when I say I am inspired by Jesus's words and teachings, I mean the actual verbatim quotes of things explicitly said by the person/character named Jesus as quoted in the Christian Bible.

Here are some of the things Jesus himself actually said (according to the Christian Bible) that inspire me:



"The kingdom of heaven is within you."
(Luke 17:21)



"You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also."

(Matthew 5:38)


“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?"
(Matthew 5:43)


"Don't worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
(Matthew 6:34)


"Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven."
(Luke 6:37)


"Do not judge, or you will be judged. For with the same judgment you pronounce, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
(Matthew 7:1)
Or, as I like to say it, To have hate in your heart is to be in hell. And, as I wrote in my book, "This dreamy world may be but a mirror. If you look in it with hateful eyes, hateful eyes will hate you back."


"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul."
(Matthew 10:28)


"You are the light for the whole world. A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden, and no one lights a lamp and puts it under a clay pot. Instead, it is placed on a lampstand, where it can give light to everyone in the house. Make your light shine, so others will see the good you do and will praise your Father in heaven."
(Matthew 5:14)


"Not everyone saying to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but only the one actually doing the will of My Father in the heavens."
(Matthew 7:21)
Or, as I say it in my book, In It Together: Actions speak infinitely louder than words. In fact, I explicitly talk in my book about the hypothetical example of someone trying to trick and dishonestly manipulate one's god by giving a dishonest verbal apology. :wink:


"For what has a man profited, if he gains the whole world for the price of his own soul?"
(Matthew 16:26)

To me, that last one, the one right above this paragraph, especially relates to my philosophy of spiritual freedom (a.k.a. self-discipline, freedom of spirit, free-spiritedness, self-determination, self-ownership, self-responsibility, etc.), and by extension transcending temptation, addiction, and anything that would make one a sell-out or spiritual slave, instead of getting to enjoy the wonderful liberated gracefulness of inner peace and true happiness. :)



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Don't be like the priest. Don't be like the esteemed religious Levite. Be like the hated Samaritan. Be like that good foreigner who has a religion opposite to yours.


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Dear Scott, your reflection on finding inspiration in the teachings of Jesus, despite not adhering to Christianity or any organized religion, is a thought-provoking standpoint. It speaks to the universality of certain moral and ethical teachings, transcending religious boundaries. Your emphasis on self-discipline, self-responsibility, and self-determination as core principles resonates with a philosophical pursuit of authenticity and personal integrity.

The teachings of Jesus that you've quoted, such as the emphasis on inner peace, non-retaliation, love for enemies, non-judgment, and the value of the soul over material gain, indeed carry profound philosophical significance. They align with various philosophical themes, such as the Stoic focus on inner tranquility, the Buddhist principles of compassion and non-harm, and existential considerations of authentic living.

Your approach to these teachings as timeless wisdom that can be accessed and appreciated regardless of religious affiliation is a compelling perspective. It suggests that certain truths about human existence and morality are so fundamental that they resonate across different cultures and belief systems.

And I have one question for you. Do you believe that focusing on such shared human values could foster greater understanding and cooperation among people of different backgrounds and beliefs?
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My favorite teaching from Jesus is his teaching on Love. It may seem hard or crazy when he asks us to love our enemies but he has a great point.
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I'm a Christian and can be said to be an adherent of a religion. However, I don't see myself as religious, as I'm open to learn from anyone who has something beneficial to teach me, Christian or not.

However, following the teachings of Jesus can be an uphill climb sometimes. There's the part of feeling like you may have fallen short sometimes. There's also the part of becoming a persona non grata in some circles that could in some way be beneficial to my journey in life. I remember a part of the book where you said Jesus was punished for teaching people to love their enemies (I paraphrased). These are the dilemmas that come with adhering to the teachings of Jesus, even as a Christian.

So, it's refreshing to see that you find his teachings inspiring even though you are not a Christian.
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I as a Chriatian, I found it thought-provoking as you said that churches do not follow all of Jesus teaching, citing an example of how human are quick to judge and cast stones. This is so inspiring and I'm happy to be a part of this discussion group.
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In my personal journey, I embrace a philosophy centered on universal truths and self-discipline. I find inspiration in teachings that transcend religious confines, focusing on inner, subjective realities. Actions, to me, are the true reflection of spiritual growth, echoing the idea that genuine change manifests through deeds. The teachings of Jesus, particularly those emphasizing love, forgiveness, and inner strength, resonate with my daily approach to life and decision-making. I strive to integrate these principles, cultivating a mindset of self-responsibility and striving for inner peace.
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Many people appreciate Jesus' teachings on love, compassion, and forgiveness. The Sermon on the Mount, found in the Gospel of Matthew, contains profound lessons like the Beatitudes, emphasizing qualities such as humility, mercy, and peacemaking. Additionally, the Golden Rule ("Do unto others as you would have them do unto you") reflects the essence of empathy and kindness. These teachings continue to influence and guide individuals in their pursuit of a compassionate and virtuous life.
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The last verse you noted is so real. What do we stand to gain if after all the toil and hustle in this world then we lose our souls? My favorite part was where Jesus talked about what it meant to love your neighbor. I feel that this verse stuck out to me because the word love is often misused and that verse gave the true meaning of love.
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I so much love the statement, "For what has a man profited, if he gains the whole world for the price of his own soul?" (Matthew 16:26). It resonates with your philosophy of spiritual freedom, emphasizing the value of one's inner self and soul over material gains. It connects with the idea of self-discipline, self-determination, and the pursuit of true happiness and inner peace.
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You definitely don't need to be religious to live some of the teachings of religious texts. self-discipline, self-responsibility, self-determination, and even love are similar tenets of religious teachings.
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I love this topic. Jesus taught us all we need to know as Christian, however, many so-called Christians and churches doesn't even do half of Jesus teaching. What a great topic.
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A really fascinating topic. Especially, today lots of people are doing the exact opposite of what the real teaching from Jesus say. And worst is that they try to twist these teachings in a way to conform to the lifestyle.
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By urging individuals not to be consumed by concerns about tomorrow, it underscores the importance of staying grounded in the present. Life's journey is unpredictable, and the future often unfolds in ways we cannot fully anticipate. Instead of expending energy on worries about what lies ahead, the quote advocates for embracing the challenges of the current day with a sense of acceptance and fortitude.
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I think my favorite teaching is the teaching of forgiveness. That teaching is underrated. People do not know that forgiving others helps you let go off grudges and this makes you a better person
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The verse you highlighted holds immense truth. What is the benefit if, after all the hard work and struggle in this world, we end up losing our essence? I particularly resonated with the part where Jesus discussed the true meaning of loving your neighbor. This verse stood out to me because the term "love" is frequently misinterpreted, and this passage provided a genuine understanding of love.
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