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Photo documents from God's own country which also mockingly characterized the US with the phrase. The earliest recorded use of the phrase as applied to New Zealand was as the title of a poem about New Zealand written by Thomas Bracken. God's Own Country and Other Poems.
He last quoted it on 10 June when he sent a telegram to the Victorian premier, Thomas Bent , the day before leaving Sydney to return home to New Zealand. He never made it, dying the next day on the ship Oswestry Grange. The latter poem, set to music by John Joseph Woods , was declared the country's national hymn in , and made the second national anthem of New Zealand along with God Save the Queen in In Australia , the phrase "God's own country" was often used to describe the country in the early s, but it appears to have gradually fallen out of favour.
Kerala is a state in south India ; the phrase was adopted by the tourism department of the state's government in the s. Kerala is famous for its Ayurvedic treatments, high mountains, gorges and deep-cut valleys, lush and evergreen rain forests, coconut palms, backwaters, and food items.
According to Hindu mythology, Kerala was created by Lord Parashurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu by throwing his axe across the sea to create new land for his devotees to live peacefully, hence the expression. The phrase "God's own country" was heard during the s in Rhodesia formerly: Southern Rhodesia , now: Zimbabwe , where most people perceived the land as beautiful despite the ongoing Bush War of the time.
Evidence of the phrase being used earlier in reference to Rhodesia is found in Chartered Millions: The phrase "Godzone" is distinctly different and was not used in Rhodesia.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the British film, see God's Own Country film. For the Indian film, see God's Own Country film. Is Jerusalem the hymn we've been looking for? Archived from the original on 11 August Retrieved 18 November Retrieved 2 April Power and Religion in the USA: Religion and Politics in the USA. Jesus names a group of people normally thought to be unfortunate and pronounces them blessed.
The eight Beatitudes in Matthew: The ninth beatitude Matthew 5: France considers verses 11 and 12 to be based on Isaiah The Beatitudes unique to Matthew are the meek, the merciful, the pure of heart, and the peacemakers. The term "poor in spirit" is unique to Matthew. The four Beatitudes in Luke 6: For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets. The four woes that follow in Luke 6: These woes are distinct from the Seven Woes of the Pharisees which appear later in Luke Each Beatitude consists of two phrases: In almost all cases the phrases used are familiar from an Old Testament context, but in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus elevates them to new levels and teachings.
Together, the Beatitudes present a new set of ideals that focus on love and humility rather than force and exaction. They echo the highest ideals of Jesus' teachings on spirituality and compassion.
The term "the meek" would be familiar in the Old Testament, e. Friedrich Nietzsche in On the Genealogy of Morals considered the verse to be embodying what he perceived as a slave morality.
In Christian teachings, the Works of Mercy , which have corporal and spiritual components, have resonated with the theme of the Beatitude for mercy. The term "peacemakers" has traditionally been interpreted to mean not only those who live in peace with others, but also those who do their best to promote friendship among mankind and between God and man. Gregory of Nyssa interpreted it as "Godly work", which was an imitation of God's love of man. They use all innocent arts, and employ all their strength, all the talents which God has given them, as well to preserve peace where it is, as to restore it where it is not.
Tozer describes poverty of spirit as "an inward state paralleling the outward circumstances of the common beggar in the streets. William Burnet Wright , seeking to avoid a common misunderstanding of the meaning of poverty of spirit, distinguishes those who are "poor in spirit" from those he calls "poor spirited," who "consider crawling the Christian's proper gait.
Dallas Willard , most notably, in the fourth chapter of his "The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God" has proposed that the Beatitudes are not virtues or meritorious conditions.
Rather, they are proclamations that the people before Jesus on the mountain are blessed well off because they are disciples of Jesus Christ. These proclamations are instructive in that they communicate to the hearers that many who are in a deplorable condition are blessed in spite of this because the kingdom of heaven has been opened even to them by Jesus Christ.
Alfred Edersheim held a similar or identical view. He is quoted by Willard as saying: The connecting link is in each case Christ Himself: The Beatitudes then, are, according to Willard, " Psalm 34, 37, and Again, the inversion occurs, not because of a meritorious condition but in spite of it and by God's salvific intiative.
In the Book of Mormon , a religious text of Mormonism , Jesus gives a sermon to a group of indigenous Americans including statements very similar to Matthew 6 and evidently derived therefrom: Yea, blessed are the poor in spirit 'who come unto me,' for theirs is the kingdom of heaven 3 Nephi And blessed are all they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled 'with the Holy Ghost' 3 Nephi