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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


The Sermon on the Mount (continued) – 11 October 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

In Verse 5 of Matthew, Chapter 5, Jesus says:

5 "Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.”
~New American Standard Bible

The New Living Translation also uses the word “gentle” and adds “lowly”:

5 God blesses those who are gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will belong to them.

The King James Version, as well as several others (American Standard Version, Revised Standard Version, New International Version, New King James Version) use the word “meek” to describe those who “will inherit the earth.”

Whether “meek,” “gentle,” or “lowly,” it is obvious that ultimately the ones who have no regard for God’s creation, and who convince themselves and others that the earth and His creatures have been given to them by the Creator to use and abuse for their own selfish agenda, have a rude awakening in store for them.

To imagine that God will hand over the earth to those who have no regard for His handiwork and who are so spiritually blinded that they teach lies to others is – well – just plain ludicrous. “Blasphemous” is an apt word to describe such arrogance.

Because they experience no retribution for their crimes in this fallen world, the hard-of-heart go on basking in the adulation of the “cowardly submissive” (Revelation 21:8 The Amplified Bible).

8 But as for the cowards and the ignoble and the contemptible and the cravenly lacking in courage and the cowardly submissive…and all liars [those who knowingly convey untruth by word or deed, all of these shall have] their part in the lake that blazes with fire and brimstone. This is the second death.

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