There are some positive mentions of Pharisees.
Nicodemus defended Jesus in John 7
45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”
46“No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied.
47“You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48“Have any of the ...
In 1 Corinthians 5:11, Paul addresses the command to people who claim to be Christians.
But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
Jesus ate with sinners who had not believed in ...
It is clear why, for the Saviour Himself said about a great value and meaning of a marital life even to the extent of relativizing the Law - which allowed for a divorce - as something that was not initially, but became necessary only because of hardening of hearts of the people of the chosen nation (Matthew 19:8). Thus, since Jesus asserts such a great ...
Natural knowledge of good and evil comes with years of instruction and experience, of which the man and the woman had neither. So whatever stage they were in physical development, in moral development, they were (appropriately) like little children. Even as an adult, I've had to learn from experience what it is like trying to teach my four year old why ...
The Knowledge of Good and Evil
Question: What is the Knowledge of Good and Evil and why is it spiritually lethal? (Gen. 2:17)
Suppose we break down the identity of the Tree a bit.
The first part of the clause is the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good." But the first couple already possessed that knowledge. Therefore, perhaps we might safely ...
Sin is not the consequence of a hardened heart, it is the natural disposition of mankind after the fall. The hardening induced by God is related to the response to the opportunity for repentance and faith.
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But ...
I don't think the New Testament should be read as slandering the ethics of the Pharisees. But there are three main reasons why the Pharisees do not have an overall positive portrayal in the New Testament.
Morality and ethics can't save
The Pharisees were a movement of devout lay Jews. Along with many other movements within Judaism, they 'fenced the law', ...
This is a two-fold question which I will answer in the reverse order:
1. Scripture to support termination of Levitical/ceremonial laws
Probably the earliest is the conclusion of the first council of Jerusalem as recorded in Acts 15 as a result of this very debate - should gentiles who become Christians keep the ceremonial law as typified by the rite of ...
But of the cities of these people, which the Lord thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth
There was an even more severe precedence for this in Genesis 7:
17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18The waters ...
God is indeed calling the people out for missing the mark--they are focused on the outward observances but miss the point. This is the same sort of failing that Jesus called out the scribes and Pharisees for in Mark 7:1-16 (though this latter case appears to be an even more extreme example).
New moons, Sabbaths, and holy convocations
New moons were ...
Act 15 describes the Jerusalem Council. The decision was reached and a formal letter was dispatched.
23b The apostles and elders, your brothers,
To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia:
24 We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said. 25 So we all ...
The tax gatherers eating together with Jesus were not (yet) brethren in a Christian sense.
And one assumes that, like Matthew, they were intent on not stealing in the future.
Separating from a professed Christian who deliberately continues in immoral behaviour is (clearly) quite a different matter.
That Christians are called to imitate Jesus is beyond dispute, eg, 1 John 2:6, John 13:34, 35, 15:12, 1 John 4:8, 11, 19, Eph 5:1, 2, John 16:33, 1 Cor 7:28, 2 Tim 1:4, Heb 13:12, 13, 1 Peter 2:21.
However, and this is the crux of the matter, such an imitation is always in the character and morality of Jesus and does NOT include every detail of Jesus life. ...
The actual Greek word in the verse is not "better" but rather "ESTEEM." Which means to put others first. In other words the Apostle Paul is making the point to consider, deem, regard, and respect others as superior to yourself. Strong's #2233.
If you continue to read the context after vs3 you will discover that Paul uses Jesus Christ as the perfect example ...
There is still room for "legitimate beating" of one's slave.
I think so.
Servants cannot be corrected by mere words; though they understand, they will not respond.
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
Even children were disciplined with the rod in
Whoever spares ...
“then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had ...
This passage of itself doesn't say or imply that these things are of equal importance. The point is simply that all of them are less important than that the people are doing "evil deeds". The rituals are supposed to help us to focus our minds on God and to bring spiritual truths to our minds. They are not a substitute for right living.
But this ...
13 Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations— I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.
Is God assigning equal importance to the new moons, the ...
In Genesis 2:17, Why would 'eating' from the עֵ֗ץ הַדַּ֨עַת֙ ט֣וֹב וָרָ֔ע Ets HaDaat Tov Va-Ra | "Tree of The-Knowledge of Good and-Evil" [be] spiritually lethal? - Its side effect included : Lying - an abomination (Proverbs 12:22), making humans doubt God by selling the idea that humans can be כֵּֽאלֹהִ֔ים "like God" in Genesis 3:5.
The two passages in Luke 12 vs Luke 13 are discussing two separate matters and thus, should not be confused.
In Luke 13:1-5, Jesus is discussing the common myth (at the time) that what people suffered in this life was a consequence of their moral standing with God. Jesus was at pains to debunk this idea on other occasions as well such as Luke 9:1-3 -
The rules by which Jesus and Paul lived were different in many respects because Jesus was "born under the law" ("beholden to the Torah"):
[Gal 4:4 NASB] (4) But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,
But Paul, because of the new covenant ratified upon Jesus' death, was not:
Does Paul contradict Jesus by saying not to eat with sinners?
Paul did not say not to eat with sinners, the Greek word sy.na.na.migny.sthai (συναναμίγνυσθαι) rendered to "keep company" or "associate with "any so-called brother implies having a close fellowship or companionship and sharing with them the same views and Christian beliefs.
'To harden' doesn't mean 'to make into something,' but to have something remain in the state it was found by ensuring it does not change from that state.
We can be sure that what God means by 'I will harden his heart' is talking about the same thing as Exodus 8:15:
And Pharaoh hardened his heart, so that neither this time would he let the people go.
15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” 16So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: 17‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the ...
The passage of Ps 50:15-20 is:
When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said,
“What if Joseph bears a grudge? Then he will surely repay us for all
the evil that we did to him.” 16So they sent word to Joseph, saying,
“Before he died, your father commanded, 17‘This is what you are to say
to Joseph: I beg you, please forgive the ...
The clearest reason is that they thought they wouldn't die. Apparently, they believed the serpent.
Eve characterizes this exchange as being "deceived". And while the NT writers aren't our only interpretive lens, consider that Paul takes Eve's word for it in 1 Timothy and 2 Corinthians.
Why would Eve have been deceived by the serpent when she'd heard the ...