Pharisees

June 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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Often, when we are hearing about events that took place in the gospels, we are told about the enemies of Jesus. Those people who opposed Him and tried everything they could to show Him to be a charlatan. Of all the groups that did this, the one that Christians are most familiar with are the Pharisees. Because of the often simple light in which this group is painted, many people don’t realize the dangers inherent in what they said and did. To understand this, it is important to understand where the Pharisees came from.
 
The group of Jews known as Pharisees arose during the reign of John Hyrcanus. They came from the Hasidism, which was a militant religious community that was focused on obedience to the Law and worship to God. They began around 168 B.C. (before Christ!…). The name Pharisee means “separated one” and was applied to this group because they separated themselves from the Hellenistic influence brought in through the Greeks. At the time of Jesus, it is believed that there were around 6,000 Pharisees in Israel. The Pharisees saw the entire Old Testament as authoritative, but accepted oral tradition as authoritative as well. They believed in the existence of angels and demons. They believed in life after death and bodily resurrection. They believed that the study of the Law was worship. They strove to live holy by keeping the Law and saw the Law as determining what was clean and unclean. They felt very strongly about obedience to the Law and developed a set of regulations to help save people from breaking the Law. There are 613 laws in the Old Testament and the discussions that they had were as specific as whether or not a person should eat an egg laid on the Sabbath. The Pharisees lived for the Law and sought to use it in all situations. Continue Reading Pharisees…

Anglican controversy

July 31, 2007 at 6:53 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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I have seen headlines over the past few weeks talking about the turmoil in the Anglican church, and it breaks my heart. Gene Robinson, an openly gay bishop, has been the icon connected with much of the trouble going on. In 2003, Mr. Robinson was ordained as a bishop of the Episcopalian church, even though it was known that he was gay. He said in a recent article that this was not just an “American problem”.

The truth remains that it is a problem Mr. Robinson. While I will readily agree that there needs to be acceptance of people that are living a gay lifestyle, it goes against the Word of God itself to accept a lifestyle that God says is an abomination and clearly (for those who are honest) rebels against the Lord’s command. It is ironic to me that you complain about the notion of punishment that the Episcopal Church may mete out. What is sad is that there is no mention in the article about the judgment that God Himself will mete out (remember Sodom and Gomorrah?)…You say that it is against the Anglican tradition to punish those who are non-compliant. The truth is that this isn’t about the Anglican tradition, or the Catholic tradition, or the Baptist tradition. What this is about is the Truth. Continue Reading Anglican controversy…


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