Unique features of Christianity

Matthew Bible Background

01.06.2017 – New Testament: Matt 5.44–45

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 5.27–48 on January 6, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

What sets Christianity apart from other world religions? In my mind, something that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount makes His teachings extremely unique,

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5.44–45). 

What teaching of any other religion, government, school, or what have you, has something like this? Think on what Jesus taught. Love your enemies. Bless those who curse you. Do good to those who hate you. Pray for your persecutors.

Yet, if we practice these things, the Father will claim us as His sons and daughters, for He does those very things, as you witness everyday, causing the sun to rise on everyone, even on those who hate Him, and sending rain upon those who curse Him.


  • Do you love your enemies?
  • Do you bless those who curse you?
  • Do you do good to those who hate you?
  • Do you pray for your persecutors?

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