Perhaps one of the greatest sins that the church is guilty of is pride. How else would you explain all of the divisions within the church as far as the different denominations? The very foundations of Christianity were established because of pride. After all, how would Christianity be if it were not for the rejection by the Jewish priesthood of Christ and Christ’s claims?
Perhaps this rejection was based on fear of power being taken away. Perhaps it was based on pride of the correct interpretation of what Jesus was. And perhaps, to my damnation having studied the scriptures, I can easily see the potential viewpoint that it was a test that needed to be put to death.
From their perspective, they have gone through tough times and perhaps some of it could be attributed to not having followed the law to the letter in the past. Perhaps they feared the consequences were they not to do so. Perhaps that is why they were so adamant regarding the keeping of tithes. After all, in Deuteronomy, Chapter 13, they are commanded to kill anyone who tells someone to follow other Gods.
13 [a]If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, 2 and if the sign or wonder spoke of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods”(gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” 3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. 5 That prophet or dreamer must be put to death for inciting rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. That prophet or dreamer tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you.” Deuteronomy 13:1-5
By claiming to be the Son of God, one can easily infer as claiming divinity and an entirely new way of looking at things. Forget miracles. Forget signs and wonders. This passage has an easily understood interpretation to kill.
But did they do the right thing?
What can be said of people and denominations and leaders who hold to their strict interpretations of scriptures? What can be said of factions and divisions? What mistakes may be made because of the interpretations we may hold?
Humility is the counterpoint to pride. It can help serve to prevent divisions from forming. It can help serve as a salve for relationships across multiple levels.