Sermon on the Mount - Reissue: The Key to Success in Life

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What did Jesus teach? Distilled from years of study and lecture, affirmed by nearly a million readers over the last fifty years, Emmet Fox's answer in The Sermon on the Mount is simple. The Bible is a "textbook of metaphysics" and the teachings of Jesus express—without dogma—a practical approach for the development of the soul and for the shaping of our lives into what we really wish them to be. For Fox, Jesus was "no sentimental dreamer, no mere dealer in empty platitudes, but ...

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Overview

What did Jesus teach? Distilled from years of study and lecture, affirmed by nearly a million readers over the last fifty years, Emmet Fox's answer in The Sermon on the Mount is simple. The Bible is a "textbook of metaphysics" and the teachings of Jesus express—without dogma—a practical approach for the development of the soul and for the shaping of our lives into what we really wish them to be. For Fox, Jesus was "no sentimental dreamer, no mere dealer in empty platitudes, but the unflinching realist that only a great mystic can be."

In his most popular work, Emmet Fox shows how to: Understand the true nature of divine wisdom. Tap into the power of prayer. Develop a completely integrated and fully expressed personality. Transform negative attitudes into life-affirming beliefs. Claim our divine right to the full abundance of life.

"...a profound outlook upon life, and an absolutely fresh scale of values."--New York Times

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Editorial Reviews

Steve Chandler
Emmet Fox has been a major spiritual inspiration in my life and a significant intellectual force behind all my work.
Marianne Williamson
“Emmet Fox was one of the world’s greatest metaphysical teachers. His works have contributed profoundly to the spiritual understanding of millions of people, including myself.”
New York Times Book Review
“A practical handbook of spiritual development . . . [Fox] gives his readers a profound outlook upon life and an absolutely fresh scale of values.”
New York Times Book Review
“A practical handbook of spiritual development . . . [Fox] gives his readers a profound outlook upon life and an absolutely fresh scale of values.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060628628
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1989
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 57,489
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Emmet Fox (1886-1951) was one of the most influential spiritual leaders of the twentieth century and a pioneer of the New Thought movement. His bold, dynamic message proclaiming that our thoughts shape our reality has changed the lives of millions across the world and influenced many key contemporary spiritual writers such as Wayne Dyer, Esther Hicks, and Louise Hay, all of whom have tapped into the power of positive thinking. Fox's other key works include Power Through Constructive Thinking and Alter Your Life.

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Chapter One

What Did Jesus Teach?

Jesus Christ is easily the most important figure that has ever appeared in the history of mankind.It makes no difference how you may regard him, you will have to concede that.This is true whether you choose to call him God or man; and, if man, whether you choose to consider him as the world's greatest Prophet and Teacher, or merely as a well-intentioned fanatic who came to grief, and failure, and ruin, after a short and stormy public career.However you regard him, the fact will remain that the life and death of Jesus, and the teachings attributed to him have influenced the course of human history more than those of any other man who has ever lived; more than Alexander, or Caesar, or Charlemagne, or Napoleon, or Washington.More people's lives are influenced by his doctrines, or at least by the doctrines attributed to him today, more books are written and read and bought concerning him, more speeches are made (call them sermons) concerning him; than concerning all the other names mentioned put together.

To have been the religious inspiration of the whole European race throughout the two millenniums during which that race has dominated and moulded, the destinies of the entire world, culturally and socially, as well as politically, and through the period in which the whole of the earth's surface was finally discovered and occupied, and in its broad outlines shaped by civilization; this alone entitles him to the premier position in world importance.

There can hardly, therefore, be a more important undertaking than to inquire into the question of what Jesus really did stand for.

What did Jesus teach?What did he really wish us to believe and to do? What were the objects that he really had at heart? And how far did he actually succeed in accomplishing these objects in his life and in his death? How far has the religion or movement called Christianity, as it has existed for the last nineteen centuries, really expressed or represented his ideas? How far does the Christianity of today present his message to the world? If he should come back now, what would he say of the self-styled Christian nations in general, and of the Christian churches in particular--of the Anglicans, the Baptists, the Catholics, the Greek Orthodox, the Methodists, the Presbyterians, the Quakers, the Salvationists, the Seventh Day Adventists, or the Unitarians; to cite them alphabetically? What did Jesus teach?

This is the question which I have set myself to answer in this book.I propose to show that the message which Jesus brought has a unique value because it is the Truth, and the only perfect statement of the Truth of the nature of God and of man, and of life, and of the world; and of the relationships which exist between them.And far more than this, we shall find that his teaching is not a mere abstract account of the universe, which would be of very little more than academic interest; but that if constitutes a practical method for the development of the soul and for the shaping of our lives and destinies into the things that we really wish them to be.

Jesus explains to us what the nature of God is and what our own nature is; tells us the meaning of life and of death; shows us why we make mistakes; why we yield to temptation; why we become sick, and impoverished, and old; and, most important of all, he tells us how all these evils may be overcome, and how we may bring health, happiness, and true prosperity into our lives, and into the lives of others, if they really wish for them, too.

The first thing that we have to realize is a fact of fundamental importance, because it means breaking away from all the ordinary prepossessions of orthodoxy.The plain fact is that Jesus taught no theology whatever.His teaching is entirely spiritual or metaphysical.Historical Christianity, unfortunately, has largely concerned itself with theological and doctrinal questions which, strange to say, have no part whatever in the Gospel teaching.It will startle many good people to learn that all the doctrines and theologies of the churches are human inventions built up by their authors out of their own mentalities, and foisted upon the Bible from the outside; but such is the case.There is absolutely no system of theology of doctrine to be found in the Bible; it simply is not there.Worthy people who felt the need of some intellectual explanation of life, and also believed that the Bible was a revelation of God to man, drew the natural conclusion that the one must be with in the other; and then, more or less unconsciously, proceeded to manufacture the thing that they wished to find.They did not have the spiritual or metaphysical key.They were not upon what is called the Spiritual Basis, and consequently. they sought a purely intellectual or three-dimensional explanation of, life--and there can be no such explanation.

The actual explanation, of man's life lies in just the fact that he is essentially spiritual and eternal, and that this world, and the life that we know intellectually, is, so to speak, but a cross section of the full truth concerning him and a cross section of anything--from a machine to a horse--never can furnish even a partial explanation of the whole.

Glimpsing one tiny corner of the universe, and that with only half-opened eyes, and working from an exclusively anthropocentric and geocentric point of view, men built up absurd and very horrible fables about a limited and man-like God who conducted his universe very much as a rather ignorant and barbarous prince might conduct the affairs of a small Oriental kingdom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2009

    A Book Every Christian Needs to Read

    Sermon on the Mount is one of those books that is life changing because it provides a paradigm shift for openminded Christians to embrace the true teachings of Christ. I use it for a year-long study in Bible Study at my church. It is particularly helpful to persons who are trying to recover from addictions.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    Would recommend for someone seeking spiritual guidence...

    Loved that book for an easy reading style. Helped me a lot during challenging times in my life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2003

    Believable

    Fox explains everything about the teachings of Christ which, (if you choose) will change your life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2014

    Highly recommended!

    Not an easy read but, well worth the work.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Great book!

    I love this book-- so many gems of wisdom contained in its pages! I use the "tools" or suggestions in every area of my life. This is my fifth copy as I keep giving them away to friends and family. A classic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Misleading title and waste of time.

    This book has nothing to do with Christ's Sermon on the Mount, and makes no sense. If you want to understand the Sermon on the Mount stick with the original text. I bought a used hardback copy last year and tossed it in the trash.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Given as gift

    This book was recommended to daughter and she requested that I buy it. She stated that it was very resourceful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

    Wow. Just read the first chapter and you will know all you need to know about this mans message.
    Emmet Fox teaches that Jesus did not die for our sins. He wrote that the gospel of Jesus Christ is no more in the bible than it is in the Koran! I guess Fox never read the bible, b/c the gospel is everywhere in the bible. According to Fox, there is no original sin, and Jesus is not the sacrifice for our sins - actually, Fox denies that the bible even talks about those issues.
    This is a perfect example of a "WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    A life changing experience

    My wife and I have studied SERMON ON THE MOUNT numerous times. We grow spiritually with each study. Emmett Fox takes the message of Jesus and explains it in a way that is readily understood.
    The book is about gaining the Kingdom of Heaven by changing within. The Kingdom is available to us now if we adopt the Jesus Christ message.
    I recommend this book to anyone who wants to grow spiritually and gain a greater understanding of the Christ teaching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    A "Must Read" for those who are searching for the Truth of Life

    This book completely changed how I view my life and the world around me. One does not need to be a Christian to understand and embrace the wisdom in Emmet Fox's intrepretation of the Sermon on the Mount. Anyone who is searching for deeper understanding and knowledge of the truth of God and our connection to Him,and each other should read this book. I recommend that you have a Bible on hand to read the full passages Mr. Fox refers to. I also strongly recommend that you also read Emmet Fox's The Ten Commandments and Around the Year with Emmet Fox, as these are essential companions to The Sermon on the Mount.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2003

    Enlightening and Life Changing

    This is a absolute favorite of mine which I have read several times seeing something different each time. Emmet gave me an entirely new view on spirituality and the Bible. It was a joy to see Jesus's teachings in a whole new light which made so much sense and seemed so right on. My spirituality and connection with my Higher Power is my number one priority in life. This book is a huge milestone in that journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2000

    Wisdom from the past

    In the 1930¿s Emett Fox told us our understanding of the Bible was incorrect. He says over and over again God is not a ruthless monarch. Today others agree with him. C.A. Lewis in An Encounter with A Prophet and Don Welsh in Conversations with God to name two. I recommend all three books to anyone wanting a better relationship withGod.

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