Sermon on the Mount Quiz Question Failed by Many Americans

Sermon on the Mount Quiz Question Failed by Many Americans

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” – Matthew 5:8

The Sermon on the Mount contains some of the greatest teachings of Jesus. Not just anecdotal lessons to appease the gathered crowd, but the words of God for every day living. The term “beatitude” means supreme blessedness. The Beatitudes found in the first 10 verses of Matthew 5 were declarations from Jesus about what really matters in life. The kingdom of heaven is not of this world and it’s what Jesus’ followers should be striving for. He gives them directions on how to do that during his Sermon on the Mount.

Blessings – The Beatitudes

Today’s verse is the sixth of nine blessings in the book of Matthew, known as the Beatitudes, from the Sermon on the Mount that began with the word “blessed.”

The blessed include the following: The poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those who are persecuted for righteousness, and those who are reviled and persecuted for false testimony about Jesus Christ.

While there are technically nine Beatitudes, some say there are eight, as the ninth is addressed directly to the disciples. The Beatitudes are proverb-like proclamations, which unlike Proverbs, do not contain a narrative.

Many Americans Answer Sermon on the Mount Question Incorrectly

A new poll by the Pew Research Center that probed U.S. adults for their knowledge of Christianity, the Bible, and other world religions has found some areas in which Americans are lacking in their understanding of the Bible. A surprising gap showed up over who gave the Sermon on the Mount.

The new Pew Research Center quiz asked this multiple-choice question about the sermon on the Mount: According to the Gospels, who delivered the Sermon on the Mount? The following multiple-choice answers were provided: Peter, Paul, Jesus, and John.

The correct answer is Jesus.

Surprisingly, only 51% of Americans answered this question correctly. While it represents the majority, the fact that 49% of U.S. adults got this question wrong is disappointing, to say the least.

What is the Sermon on the Mount?

The Sermon on the Mount is the title commonly given to the collection of sayings by Jesus, an epitome of his teachings that concern the kingdom of heaven. It is the most famous and well-known of all Christian sermons. The Sermon on the Mount is recorded in Matthew 5-7.

These same teachings are also found in Luke 6:20-49. However, those in Luke’s gospel are sometimes called the Sermon on the Plain. This stems from the fact that Jesus’ teachings are alleged to have been delivered on a level space, somewhere on the descent of the mountain.

Comparison of Matthew and Luke Accounts

While there are many parallels between the accounts of the sermon in both Matthew and Luke, there are also some striking differences. For example, in the account of Matthew, 47 verses have no parallel in Luke. By comparison, 4 1/2 verses found in Luke have no parallel in Matthew.

However, of the 47 verses from Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount that don’t show up in the Sermon on the Plain in Luke – 34 of them do appear elsewhere in the book of Luke. Nonetheless, these teachings by Jesus Christ have always been held in the highest esteem among all of his sayings.

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