Rich people? Powerful people? Popular people?
Maybe it would go something like this
The wealthy people are happy because they can have whatever they want.
The cheerful people are happy because nothing ever bothers them.
The self-confident people are happy because they don’t worry about their inadequacy.
The shameless people are happy because their past guilt never bothers them.
The callous people are happy because other people’s problems don’t weight them down.
The tolerant people are happy because they don’t have to worry about what is right or wrong.
The bullies are happy because they don’t get pushed around.
The independent people are happy because they can worry only about what is good for them.
The popular people are happy because no one is critical of them.
Have you heard this kind of talk before?
The bible is just a bunch of old rules that don’t apply today anyway. Jesus is okay because he was nice but the rest is better off being ignored. And anyway there’re all these rules there and I don’t really need to worry about them. Sure I get angry with the idiots I meet sometimes, just like everyone does, but I’m not a murderer or anything. I’m sure that if there is a God out there somewhere he is not really that interested in my personal problems, I’m sure he just wants me to do some good stuff like giving money to starving children in Africa or something.
In the end, what really matters is whether you do some good things in your life and don’t do any really bad things. Or at least not too many. You can only judge whether someone is good or not by what they do and maybe a bit by what they say, but you shouldn’t be judging them anyway. You don’t know what’s really in their heart.
Now read Matthew 5
I thought so too.