posted on Feb, 19 2014 @ 12:24 PM
reply to post by sk0rpi0n
However, I've already noted that he criticised details in what Moses wrote.
If being Moses did not make his teaching perfect and unchangable, then being in the seat of Moses isn't enough to make the teaching of the Pharisees
perfect and unchangable.
I see a perennial danger in legalism.
It's just as a great a problem in Biblical religion as idolatry, because it comes from exactly the same cause, namely the human preference for dealing
with things which are concrete and graspable.
It is easier to look at a statue and carefully follow the absolute letter of a written law than it is to conceive of an invisible God and try to guide
one's life by the spirit of the laws.
So I see a danger if a statement by Jesus ("listen to what the Pharisees say") is understood in a legalistic way in order to make him out as a
supporter of legalism.
I don't think the atmosphere of the gospels is legalistic, and I suspect that his statement was intended in a less legalistic way- that is "you're
better off listening to what they say than imitating what they do", which can be broadly true without amounting to an endorsement of every detail of
the written law.
edit on 19-2-2014 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)