Monday, 26 October 2015

Religious people - Sunday 25th October 2015

We tend to think of the Pharisees as the baddies of Jesus’ story - the people who attacked him, plotted against him and eventually killed him. But this is an unfairly biassed understanding. In fact, most of Jesus’ disciples were Pharisees.
The Pharisees were the good living, well intentioned, hard working, regularly worshipping, scripture reading, morally responsible people of their day. If the Pharisees were around today they would be the kind of people who read faith-related blogs. We are the Pharisees.
Jesus spent a lot of time with these people, discussing and debating faith, life and morality. In the end, the religious people got very frustrated with Jesus, because he appeared to undermine their traditions and their moral framework. In turn, Jesus got very frustrated with the religious people because although they talked a good faith, they were too slow to put it into practice.
Like the Pharisees, we tend to assume that our religion - in itself - serves God. Jesus, however, shows us that God is not interested in religion; he is interested in love, kindness, generosity and forgiveness.
If our religion helps us to be kind, generous and forgiving, it serves us well. But whenever it causes us to be unkind, condemning or unforgiving, there is a serious problem.

1 comment:

  1. I feel it is always good to dig deep into the background "gems" that are in the Bible. We always seem to take scripture from one angle and take it as face value. Jesus was a Pharisee and was no different from his fellow Pharisee colleagues. He debated and questioned things. Most importantly Jesus looked at things from different angles and came up with a simple and easy way of living "Being Loving". Dinging Deeper for Truth is really Enlightening.