Q: What was unsettling, if not radical, about Jesus’ Beatitudes?
A: Jesus could have hardly crafted a list of virtues more at odds with His culture. Each of these eight qualities completely defy what the world deems valuable. Jesus promoted pride instead of humility, mourning over merriment and meekness over dominance. While the world laughs at holiness and purity of heart, these are the very attributes that bring people into the presence of God.