The Bad Attitudes (theology)

I was trying to understand some modern poets (and not getting on very well, I might say) when an inspiration hit me.  What would happen if I reversed the Beatitudes of Matthew chapter 5?  Would there be deep revelation in the opposites, the Bad Attitudes?  I leave you to decide; I have merely reversed the sayings to reveal the corresponding curses.  I understand that this is far more Old Testament than New Testament – more like a Covenant ceremony where the parties took on both blessings and curses – blessings for keeping the covenant and curses for breaking the covenant.

Anyway, I found the exercise revealing.  I could lie and say I translated the curses from a lost gospel found in a jar in a cave in Qumran, or Cobham… but the truth is easier.

The Bad Attitudes

Cursed are the rich in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of this Age.

Cursed are those who rejoice,

for they will be bereft.

Cursed are the arrogant,

for they will forfeit the earth.

Cursed are those who hunger and thirst for wickedness,

for they will be filled.

Cursed are the merciless,

for they will be shown no mercy.

Cursed are the polluted of heart,

for they will never see God.

Cursed are the warmongers,

for they will be called children of the evil one.

Cursed are those who are commended because of wickedness,

for theirs is the kingdom of this Age.

Cursed are you when people praise you, commend you and falsely say all kinds of good about you because of the evil one.  Mourn and be sad, because absent is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they commended the false prophets who were before you.


“Beatitude” means “supreme blessedness or happiness”… it is a state, rather than an attitude.  My “Bad Attitudes” title is a play on words but not the true reverse of Beatitude.

I don’t get many comments yet on my blogs, so if a shard of light pierces your consciousness by this mirror image of the Beatitudes, it would be lovely if you would share your thoughts.  Thank you.

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