Our assumptions about "the way things are" are called our "myth". That's unfortunate, because modern people hear the word "myth" and think "fairy tale". Our myth, though, is a highly useful set of assumptions that tell us things like the height of a stairstep, or where the doorknob is located, and even what God wishes from us. The problem with assumptions is that they are like eyeglasses -- we look through them without being aware that they are coloring our perceptions of the world.
I've always thought that God is less interested in "grading our behavior" than He is with assuring that we see His creation and His presence within it clearly. From that perspective, perhaps the Beatitudes are the world as seen through God's Eyeglasses. Come join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky for this week's sermon from Micah and Matthew, called "God's Eyeglasses" by clicking on the blue text.
Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.