Are you a modern-day Pharisee?

Are you a modern-day Pharisee?

Conformance to Law

Christ’s manifesto was unconditional love. A love that transcends race, colour, social status, religious beliefs, etc. The very act of his sacrifice on the cross was born out of love. Remember John 3:16 — For God so “loved” the world that He gave his only begotten son.

Discrimination based on our faith

The Pharisees are infamous for their outward demonstration of faith like tithing, conforming to Jewish traditions, etc. They had a particular pride in their religion. Jesus came quite hard on them, on this. Matthew 23:27 — “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean”

Hating sin and sinners

Jesus excelled in his inclusiveness. Be it sinners, gentiles, sick people, lepers — he did not have a problem embracing them, even though tradition forbid it. The Pharisees had a problem with this. Though Jesus is seen being hard on the Pharisees, Sadducees, and the teachers of the law, he was surprisingly calm and loving towards the outcast of the society.

Upholding of traditions which is a form of idolatry

It is written in Mark 7:3 — The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers, and kettles.

Resisting change that Jesus was an advocate for

Jesus was a reformer who insisted on radically challenging and changing traditional practices — while the Pharisees resisted change and wanted to safely continue what was told. These two schools of thought are literally two ends of the spectrum.

Always remember, Religion dictates while faith discerns.

When the word of God and Christianity was caught within the clutches of the Roman empire, it took a man named Martin Luther to challenge the message that was forcefully impressed on people and gave a headstart to the reformation of Christianity. You and I enjoy the liberty of having the word of God in our hands today because someone in the past risked their life and stood for what Jesus professed — which is to challenge, evolve, adapt, include and progress.

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