Someone wrote, There must not be hell since God did not create Hell in the creative stages. The answer is, there was no reason at that time. Lucifer [Satan] was created to demonistrate the earthly work of Christ. Satan had very important work given to him by God. He had not fallen yet. Neither had man. God first created man to commune with Him. Everything was going to be lovely. Perfect communion with the Father. Then>>> sin entered into the picture and changed EVERYTHING.
---catherine on 10/29/07|
All replies make excellent points.Amen to all. Let me add just one more. Satan can quote 100 verses verbatim just to insert one which he has twisted and perveted into a Lie. Pharisees do the exact same thing.
---jack8937 on 10/12/07|
I one of the characteristics is things out of a sense of obligation and duty while lacking an understanding of why you do them while lacking the freedom of Christ.
---Marty on 10/11/07|
the Sadducees, refused to accept any precept as binding unless it was based directly on the Torah, i.e., the Written Law. The Pharisees, on the other hand, believed that the Law that God gave to Moses was twofold, consisting of the Written Law and the Oral Law,
sounds like the Catholics and the Protestants
Pharisee were seperatists they made the rules up as they went along and thought they were more entitled then their counterparts the Sadducee
---Andrea on 10/11/07|
I'd say someone is like a Pharisee if he is locked into his own little doctrinal universe and looks down on those who don't share his beliefs, and has an uncharitable attiude towards them.
---InimicusStultitiae on 10/11/07|
vs. 16-23: One one hand they are busy upholding the "law", but on the other hand they neglect justice, and mercy, and faith in God.
vs. 30: They hold themselves in higher esteem than their fathers, not realizing that they are sinners just like their fathers were.
vs. 34-36: They discount the true men of God, and God's truths.
There is a lot in that chapter, and I may not have caught it all.
Bless all of you.
---trey on 10/11/07|
Mere externalism with no change of motive or character. The definition of character is what you are when no one else is around.
---Linda on 10/11/07|
Placing the focus upon rules while ignoring the truely spiritual.In other words Cleaning the outside of the cup but leaving the inside dirty.Judging anyone who is not a member of their sect and placing the person in HELL.Ability to recite scripture in their advantage with no wisdom regarding the meaning of what God intended.Aragonce. Repetitive and showy prayers.Grandious meaningless ceremonies,ritualistic or supersticious behavior, blasphamy of and persecuion of true christians,religious pride,greed.
---larry9688 on 10/11/07|
any of this sounding familiar? judging others, following the law (scripture), deciding who is saved and who isnt? any ideas?
---alexia on 10/8/07|
My guess... Ain't gonna claim any more than that! The Pharisee's tended to place "safeguards" on the Law. Don't do this because it will cause you to do this, etc., and that will cause you to fail keeping the Law. Ergo: I see a Pharisee as one who adds to the Word of God and places his own opinions in the place of inspired and preserved Scripture. Oh, he'll also reject the True, quite often, as the Pharisees did of Jesus. He didn't fit their molded theological conception.
---ed_the_other_one on 10/7/07|
Here is an interesting observation concerning this question.
You will notice that many people are trying to correct other people's thinking.(Certainly I would fall in that category) but notice that other people are making no attempt to correct the first peoples thinking but rather are always defending their way of thinking. Just something to chew on.
---Mima on 10/7/07|
The marks of a pharisee is someone who is self-righteous, arrogant, always thinking that they are right. A person who has a pharisee attitude is very critical of others.They have the attitude that they are something special, especially in the eyes of God. They are usually full of pride. They steal God's Glory by witnessing to a person, the person recieves Christ, and the pharisee takes the credit for that person recieving Christ as their Lord and Savior.
---Cynthia on 10/6/07|
so concerned about right from wrong, but not caring about people who are wrong
conceit...making themselves judges of who is worth their attention and good enough for them to love
---Bill_bila5659 on 10/6/07|
A theoretical acceptance of Christ without a spiritual regeneration. Presumption that claims the merits of Christ's blood using it to excuse trangression. No contrition, true repentance, surrender of self or obedience. Clinging to human traditions and customs and cherishing hatred for those that seek to show them their error. Pride--they'd rather deny the evidence of their own senses than admit they are in error. A show of piousness without genuine love.
---robin8683 on 10/6/07|
One mark is that they claimed to belong to God because they followed the law and had Abraham as their father.
---john on 10/6/07|
Some that I can think of:
Binding heavy burdens upon the people with no intention of lifting burdens
Blowing a trumpet before their giving
Praying to be seen of men
Desiring the best seat in the house
Selfishness instead of selflessness
Holding a form of godliness in the law but denying the power
Just plain old self-righteousness
Restricting entrance into the kingdom and making their proselytes twice the children of hell than themselves
---Linda on 10/6/07|