Surprises in The Beatitudes

The Beatitudes begin the first sermon by Christ in the Bible. It provides much of the context for the teachings that follow. However, the translation that we read in English are somewhat different from what Christ said in the original Greek.

In Greek, the Beatitudes reveal a spiritual evolution even without understanding the symbolic keys used. This evolution is lost in English versions. I discuss that evolution here in an article written without understanding the four keys to Christ’s symbols.

With this in mind, we offer the following revised version of the Beatitudes with links to the discussion of the original Greek.

Fortunate beggars for spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Fortunate those who mourn: for they are being summoned.
Fortunate the soft, for they shall inherit the land.
Fortunate are those who hunger and thirst for perfection: for they shall be satisfied.
Fortunate are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.
Fortunate are those whose hearts are free of corruption: for they shall perceive God.
Fortunate are those who are powerful enough to halt conflict: for they shall be called the children of God.
Fortunate are those who are hounded for their perfection: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Notice how we have two patterns of four here. The first pattern is a lack and the second group is a fullness. The first four Beatitude represent states of need. We have a spiritual need (lacking spirit, pneuma in Greek), emotional needs (those who mourn, kardia in Greek), awareness (the soft, the pliable, psyche in Greek), and physical needs (hunger and thirst in Greek soma (body) or sarx (flesh). However, in the last one is changed from physical to the spiritual by the addition of "for justice" or "for righteousness." Making a loop.

For more about these four Greek terms, see this article on "Life," "Soul," " Mind," "Heart", and "Spirit".

The second four Beatitude represent states of fullness in these four areas. We have spiritual fullness (the merciful), emotional fullness (hearts free of corruption), awareness fullness (peacekeepers), and physical fullness (being hounded), and again, the last one is tied to righteousness, that is, back to spirit.

Of special note here is the fullness of awareness or psyche. Notice how peacekeeping becomes the opposite of softness, rigidity as the opposite of flexibility. So this is peace-keeping in the sense of law-enforcement rather than preaching peace.