Matthew 5: Blessed and Perfect

The first chapter of Matthew's Sermon on the Mount is one of the most written-about New Testament texts but perhaps also one of the most misunderstood because of its heavy dependence on social constructs that we no longer practice. Here are some thoughts that might make the blessings, teachings, and promises of this chapter more understandable to our day.

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Can We Believe the Creation Accounts?

Genesis chapters 1 and 2 give the story of the creation of the world—except they actually give two accounts. In addition, Latter-day Saints have versions of those same two creation accounts in Moses chapters 2 and 3 and Abraham chapters 4 and 5. Each of them offers a different view of the creation story with unique attributes and information. Are these creation accounts something we should take literally or do we toss them out like myths, as many advocate?