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Clarification re. self-righteousness...

Posted by Dena on December 22, 2003, at 14:36:44

In reply to Re: While You are blocked... Dinah, posted by Dena on December 20, 2003, at 11:37:52

I'm clarifying something I said in an earlier post, about Jesus speaking negatively about those who were self-righteous in His day.

Jesus spoke harshly against some of the Pharisees & Sadusees of His day. He spoke to the ones who had become self-important, using their religious/political status to "lord over" the laity. This is not to imply that all, or even most, of the Jewish religious leaders were corrupt - for He didn't speak about the Jewish religious leaders as a whole, only to the ones who came to Him, trying to entrap Him; He saw beneath their self-righteous exteriors into their hearts, which were full of pride, self-importance & superiority.

My comment was in no way to imply any sort of anti-semitism. Jesus, Himself a Jew, certainly loved the Jewish people. He came first to them, as their promised Messiah, then to the rest of the world.

I believe that if Jesus were to directly speak to the religious leaders of any religious group today, He would find plenty of them who were just as self-righteous as those He addressed 2,000 years ago. Jesus was against self-righteousness, not against the Jews, per se.

In fact, I cringe when I hear many of the religious leaders of my own faith (Christianity, in general), when they speak out against others with self-righteousness.

It's wrong, no matter who says it, no matter who harbors it in their heart. Myself included.

Shalom, Dena




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