As Jesus is the cornerstone upon which the Church is built, so are his teachings the unifying cornerstone of Christian doctrine.

Answering Rigid Opponents

Breaking the Bondage
of Legalism
Opposition to Jesus came from a number of quarters. It came from the political supporters of Herod, the Pharisees, Sadducees, chief Priests, elders and teachers of the law. After numerous confrontations Jesus answered his rigid opponents by reciting the most important law (Matthew 22:34-46). Which one of the over 600 laws in the Hebrew Bible was the greatest? Jesus broke the rules frequently, because as the author of those rules, he never intended that they be obeyed in the letter, but by the principle behind them. Just like many rookie cops, those in opposition to Jesus kept a rigid letter-of-the-law approach and were blind to the fact that a rule does not apply in every situation, that there are many exceptions. How do we determine when a rule does not apply? By understanding the greatest rule of all, love.

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