The Beatitudes

As I add posts on the Beatitudes, they will be linked here so that new readers can easily access them in the order they appear in original book, “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes.”  You might wish to visit the About page for background explanation.

Introduction to Volume Two: The Beatitudes
The Beatitudes – Before You Begin
The Beatitudes – Background
Introducing Children to the Beatitudes
What Mary Baker Eddy Writes about the Beatitudes and Sermon on the Mount
The Words of the Beatitudes

‘BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT . . . ”

For Young Children
Q&A #1 – What does “poor in spirit” mean?
Q&A #2 – What is the “kingdom of heaven”?
Q&A #3 – Why do people become “poor in spirit”?
Q&A #4 – What is “pride” and why does it make us “poor in spirit”?
Q&A #5 – How do we get rid of pride?
Q&A #6 – Why did Jesus teach that people should become as little children to enter the kingdom of heaven?
Q&A #7 – How can grown-ups become “as little children,” as Jesus taught?
Q&A #8 – Why is being “teachable” so important to being “poor in spirit”?
Q&A #9 – What about people who just do not care about God, or may be ignorant of the true facts about Him?
Q&A #10 – How will people who do not know they are “poor in spirit” find God?
Q&A #11 – Was Jesus “poor in spirit”?
Q&A #12 – Why is “the kingdom of heaven” the immediate reward for those who are “poor in spirit”?

‘BLESSED ARE THEY THAT MOURN . . .”

For Young Children
Q&A #1 – What does “mourn” mean?
Q&A #2 – What do we do when we realize we have been acting or thinking in a sinful way and we feel sorry?
Q&A #3 – If Christian Science teaches that evil and sin are unreal, why do we need to repent for our sins?
Q&A #4 – Does Christian Science teach that baptism will rid us of sin?
Q&A #5 – What do we do after we become sorry for a sin and we want to repent, and become better?
Q&A #6 – What part do we play in our reformation?
Q&A #7 – How did Jesus teach and live this Beatitude?
Q&A #8 – Does this Beatitude include mourning for the sufferings of others?
Q&A #9 – Who does the comforting?
Q&A #10 – What exactly is the “Comforter” that Jesus promised would come?

“BLESSED ARE THE MEEK . . . “

For Young Children
Q&A #1 – What does “meek” mean?
Q&A #2 – What does “inherit the earth” mean?
Q&A #3 – Why is meekness such an important quality of God to express?
Q&A #4 – Was Jesus considered meek, even though he got angry sometimes?
Q&A #5 – Will you please hurry up, and tell me about “patience”?
Q&A #6 – Do we have to be nice to people we do not like, or who are mean to us?
Q&A #7 – What is “temperance”?
Q&A #8 – What are “passions” and “appetites”?
Q&A #9 – If people do something bad to us, why is it wrong to get angry?
Q&A #10 – If we achieve something great, why is it wrong to boast or brag?
Q&A #11 – When will the meek “inherit the earth”?
Q&A #12 – What can we expect if we consistently practice meekness?
Q&A #13 – Why is it so important to “inherit the earth,” anyway? Should not we be more concerned about getting to “heaven” instead?
Q&A #14 – How hard must we work to “inherit the earth.”

‘BLESSED ARE THEY WHICH DO HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS . . . “

For Young Children
Q&A #1 – What is “righteousness”?
Q&A #2 – What does Jesus mean here by “hunger and thirst”?
Q&A #3 – What if you and your family are too busy going to school or earning a living to be worried about things like hungering after righteousness?
Q&A #4 – Is God able to feed humans who hunger and thirst in all ways?
Q&A #5 – Is this another way of saying we must be “seekers” for Truth?
Q&A #6 – Why should children have to “hunger and thirst” after righteousness?  Can’t they just be carefree?
Q&A #7 – What exactly will we be filled with if we follow this Beatitude?
Q&A #8 – Why should we long for righteousness, when happiness seems to come with having money and friends?
Q&A #9 – How should we react to the lack of righteousness in others especially when they treat people badly?
Q&A #10 – What if we are trying to do good most of the time, but we do not seem to make progress, or we fail?

“BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL . . . “

For Young Children
Q&A #1 – Who are “the merciful”?
Q&A #2 – How do we obtain mercy?
Q&A #3 – What if someone treats us, or a loved one, so badly, they do not deserve to be forgiven?
Q&A #4 – Did Jesus always express mercy to others, even to those who wanted to harm him?
Q&A #5 – What is God’s “grace”?
Q&A #6 – How do we accept and use God’s grace and mercy?
Q&A #7 – If God is all-merciful and forgiving, does he also forgive sin?
Q&A #8 – Why should we feel mercy and sympathy for someone in trouble, if sin and error are unreal?
Q&A #9 – If sin must be destroyed, why cannot we “destroy,” or punish, the people who may have sinned against us?
Q&A #10 – How do we know the best way to be merciful towards others?
Q&A #11 – What is “charity,” and will it help us be merciful?
Q&A #12 – When will we obtain God’s mercy?

“BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART . . . “

For Young Children
Q&A #1 – Who are the “pure in heart”?
Q&A #2 – What does it mean to “see God”?
Q&A #3 – What does “pure” mean?
Q&A #4 – What should we do to make our hearts pure?
Q&A #5 – How do we know whether or not our hearts are becoming pure?
Q&A #6 – How would having a pure heart affect our motives?
Q&A #7 – Will being able to “see God” help us to see His spiritual children also?
Q&A #8 – Did Jesus need to work at being “pure in heart”? After all, he was the Son of God.

“BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS . . . “

For Young Children
Q&A #1 – What is “peace”?
Q&A #2 – Who are “the peacemakers”?
Q&A #3 – What does it mean to be called the “children of God?”
Q&A #4 – What is meant by a “false sense of peace”?
Q&A #5 – What is “harmony”?
Q&A #6 – Is God a peacemaker?
Q&A #7 – How do we make peace within our own thinking?
Q&A #8 – What can be done to bring peace to warring nations or peoples?
Q&A #9 – Was Jesus a “peacemaker”?
Q&A #10 – Was Mary Baker Eddy a peacemaker?
Q&A #11 – Is Christian Science healing a form of peacemaking?
Q&A #12 – Should we, or can we, make peace with the material world?
Q&A #13 – Why do we need to be peacemakers in order to be called “the children of God.” Did not God already create us as His image and likeness?
Q&A #14 – What is the connection between peace and divine Love?

“BLESSED ARE THEY WHICH ARE PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS SAKE . . .”

For Young Children
Q&A #1 – What is “persecution.”
Q&A #2 – What does it mean to be “persecuted for righteousness’ sake”?
Q&A #3 – What is the “kingdom of heaven”?
Q&A #4 – Who, or what, are the true targets of persecution?
Q&A #5 – Did Jesus suffer persecution?
Q&A #6 – What does it mean for us to “take up the cross” today?
Q&A #7 – Why must we suffer persecution; is there anything good about it?
Q&A #8 – How should we respond to people who are persecuting us?

“BLESSED ARE YE WHEN MEN SHALL REVILE YOU . . . “

For Young Children
Q&A #1 – How does this Beatitude differ from the previous one, which was also about persecution
Q&A #2 – Why does teaching Truth bring persecution?
Q&A #3 – Why should we rejoice and be glad over persecution?
Q&A #4 – Who were “the prophets”?
Q&A #5 – What is a “martyr”?
Q&A #6 – Why would anyone “say all manner of evil against [us] falsely” because we are followers of Christ?
Q&A #7 – How should Christian Scientists react to persecution?
Q&A 8 – Do we have to wait until we are in heaven to get our “great” reward?

The following are essays or articles written for my original website “First Lessons in Christian Science” and were meant as supportive material for teaching the First Lessons.

Introduction to Teaching the Beatitudes to Children

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