By Steven Merten
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Love is greater than life. If God had not given man freedom from the control of His will, there would be no atrocities, persecution, hatred, death and damnation. Murder, the holocaust, abortion, rape, atrocities, and damnation, all flow out from man's free will. We know that God tremendously values man's physical life, spiritual life and well being. What outcome could be so precious for God to attain, for God to grant man free will which allows atrocities, death and damnation to man? LOVE! Love can only be chosen in a situation where there is freedom to choose not to love. Death, damnation and sin are all consequences of God allowing man free will in order to gain man's love. Gaining human love for God is worth putting man's life at risk, otherwise, God would not have allowed free will. Love is far greater than man's, physical or eternal, life.
Free from the will of God obedience to the will of God, is love for God.
Some men choose to use free will to commit atrocities on the innocent. What does God will for free willed good people to do when free willed evil people threaten the physical and spiritual lives of the innocent? In the world, good men use deadly weapons to protect the innocent from the wicked. In the spiritual theater, Jesus has given His Church a spiritually deadly weapon to protect the innocent from the wicked. To protect the Israelites, God commanded Moses to be the first to throw stones at those who cause His Church harm. To protect Christianity, Jesus commissioned Peter to be the first to throw spiritual stones at those who cause His Church harm.
Jesus swears to Simon Peter that if Peter holds a man bound to his sins on earth, Jesus will uphold Peter's decision and hold the man bound to his sins in heaven. A man held bound to his sins in heaven by Jesus cannot go to heaven. God gave Moses the authority to take physical life. Jesus gives Peter the authority to take eternal life. The human leader of our Church of today has the Christ given power to spiritually stone a man to eternal death.
NAB MAT 16:13Jesus replied, "Blest are you, Simon son of John! No mere man has revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. I for my part declare to you, you are 'Rock,' and on this rock I will build my church, and the jaws of death shall not prevail against it. I will entrust to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you declare bound on earth shall be bound in heaven; whatever you declare loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Then he strictly ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
NAB REV 1:16A sharp, two-edged sword came out of his mouth, and his face shone like the sun at its brightest. When I caught sight of him I fell down at his feet as though dead, he touched me with his right hand and said: "There is nothing to fear. I am the First and the Last and the One who lives. Once I was dead but now I live-- forever and ever. I hold the keys of death and the nether world."
NAB ISA 11:4The Rule of ImmanuelHe shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
NAB JOH 20:20At the sight of the Lord the disciples rejoiced. "Peace be with you," he said again. "As the Father has sent me, so I send you." Then he breathed on them and said: "Recieve the Holy Spirit. If you forgive men's sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound, they are held bound."
NAB MAT 5:22What I say to you is: everyone who grows angry with his brother shall be liable to judgement; any man who uses abusive language toward his brother shall be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and if he holds him in contempt he risks the fires of Gehenna.
NAB MAT 18:17"If he ignores them, refer it to the church . If he ignores even the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector. I assure you, whatever you declare bound on earth shall be held bound in heaven, and whatever you declare loosed on earth shall be held loosed in heaven."
Jesus solemnly swears by the power of the Holy Spirit that He will build His never-ending Church through St. Peter (MAT 16:13). From St. Peter does flow a never-ending Church through the continuous succession of Popes, which emanate from St. Peter. The Catholic Church has had a succession of Popes from the time Christ poured the Holy Spirit of authority on St. Peter till this day when Pope Benedict XVI sits in St. Peter's chair. Jesus willed that their be one man, Peter, in authority over all the rest of His followers. Jesus did not will that there be twelve or ten thousand leaders in equal authority, but one man in unequaled authority over all His followers. Many have wondered away from the Holy Spirit of authority that Jesus establishes in St. Peter.
Jesus' sword of holding sins bound in heaven, wielded by the spoken word of the Pope, is the deadliest form of deterrence on earth. If you stone a man and take his physical life you take maybe thirty, fifty or ninety years of life from him. If you spiritually stone a man, by holding him bound to his sins when he stands before Christ on judgement day, you have taken more life (eternal life) from this one man than the entire combined loss of life from all the wars in human history.
Jesus gives Peter the responsibility of His Bride the Church until He comes again upon His Second Coming. Jesus gives Peter authority to unite Her, the Eucharist to feed Her, baptism to cleanse Her, reconciliation to heal Her and His sword of holding sins bound to protect Her. Jesus has placed His powerful sword on the tongue of St. Peter through Pope Benedict XVI and beyond. The Pope is to wield Christ's sword to protect Christ's Bride, the Church, from evildoers who pull the body of the Church toward apostasy and damnation.
In the time of Noah, God cut-off all mankind by destroying them with a flood.In both New Testament and Old Testament, God's people are described as one body. As a surgeon cuts off a cancerous limb to preserve life for the rest of the body so also are we to cut off that portion of the body-of-people who cause the body-of-people physical or spiritual death. Cut-off is God's term for stoning someone or spiritually removing someone from eternal life.
NAB GEN 6:11In the eyes of God the earth was corrupt and full of lawlessness. When God saw how corrupt the earth had become, since all mortals led depraved lives on earth, he said to Noah: "I have decided to put an end to all mortals on earth; the earth is full of lawlessness because of them. So I will destroy them and all life on earth."
Rather than have the whole body-of-people destroyed, as in Noah's time, now Moses is to cut off that portion of the body-of-people which leads the body-of-Israelites into damnation. Moses is to throw off into death those who bring scandalous conduct to the body-of-Israelite people. Jesus tells Peter to "cut off" and throw into hell that portion of the body which pulls the body toward damnation. A fleshly limb cannot be thrown into hell. Only souls are thrown into hell. If the hand, foot or eye of the body of people is its down fall cut it off and throw it into Gehenna.
Both Jesus and Moses instruct us to cut off that portion of the body of people which causes us harm. Through Jesus and Moses teaching on when to "cut off" we learn when to God wills us to destroy with stones or to destroy with "holding sins bound" to protect the innocent.
NAB LEV 20 Penalties for Various Sins.The LORD said to Moses, "Tell the Israelites: Anyone, whether an Israelite or an alien residing in Israel who gives any of his offspring to Molech shall be put to death. Let his fellow citizens stone him. I myself will turn against such a man and cut him off from the body of his people: for in giving his offspring to Molech, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name."
NAB MAT 5:29 Occasions of Impurity.
Jesus is speaking.
If your right eye is your trouble, gouge it out and throw it away! Better you lose part of your body than to have it all cast into Gehenna. Again if your right hand is your trouble, cut it off and throw it away! Better to lose part of your body than to have it all cast into Gehenna."
NAB NUM 15:30"But anyone who sins defiantly, whether he be a native or and alien, insults the LORD, and shall be cut off from among his people. Since he has despised the word of the LORD and has broken his commandment, he must be cut off. He has only himself to blame."
The Sabbath-breaker. While the Israelites were in the desert, a man was discovered gathering wood on the sabbath day. Those who caught him at it brought him to Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly. But they kept him in custody, for there was no clear decision as to what should be done with him. Then the LORD said to Moses, "This man shall be put to death; let the whole community stone him outside the camp." So the whole community led him outside the camp and stoned him to death, as the LORD had commanded Moses.
NAB MAT 18:5
Jesus is speaking.
"Whoever welcomes one such child for my sake welcomes me. On the other hand, it would be better for anyone who leads astray one of these little ones who believes in me, to be drown by a millstone around his neck, in the depths of the sea. What terrible things will come on the world through scandal! It is inevitable that scandal should occur. Nonetheless, woe to that man through whom scandal comes! If your hand or foot is your undoing, cut it off and throw it from you! Better to enter life maimed or crippled than be thrown with two hands or feet into endless fire. If your eye is your downfall, gouge it out and cast it from you! Better to enter life with one eye than be thrown with both into fiery Gehenna.
NAB EXO 21:23"But if injury ensues, you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,... "
NAB2 LEV 20:1The LORD said to Moses, 'Tell the Israelites: Anyone, whether an Israelite or an alien residing in Israel, who gives any of his offspring to Molech shall be put to death. Let his fellow citizens stone him. I myself will turn against such a man and cut him off from the body of his people; for in giving his offspring to Molech, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name. .'"
NAB2 JOB 27:8For what can the impious man expect when he is cut off , when God requires his life?
NAB MAR 9:40Anyone who is not against us is with us. Any man who gives you a drink of water because you belong to Christ will not, I assure you, go without his reward. But it would be better if anyone who leads astray one of these simple believers were to be plunged in the sea with a great millstone fastened around his neck.
"If your hand is your difficulty, cut it off! Better for you to enter life maimed than to keep both hands and enter Gehenna with its unquenchable fire. If your foot is your undoing, cut it off! Better for you to enter life crippled than to be thrown into Gehenna with both feet. If your eye is your downfall, tear it out! Better you enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to be thrown with both eyes into Gehenna, where 'the worm dies not and the fire is never extingusihed.'
NAB LUK 17:2"Scandals will inevitably arise, but woe to him through whom they come. He would be better off thrown into the sea with a millstone around his neck than giving scandal to one of these little ones."
"Be on your guard. If your brother does wrong, correct him; if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times a day, and seven times a day turns back to you saying, 'I am sorry,' forgive him."
NAB WIS 18:23For when corpses had already fallen one on another in heaps, he stood in the midst and checked his anger, and cut off the way to the living.
NAB EZE 14:13Son of man, when a land sins against me by breaking faith, I stretch out my hand against it and break its staff of bread, I let famine loose upon it and cut off form it both man and beast; and even if these three men were in it, Noah, Daniel, and Job, they could only save themselves by their virtue, says the LORD God.
Cut-off means put to death . GEN 9:11 GEN 17:14 EXO 4:25 EXO 12:15 EXO 12:19 EXO 30:33 EXO 30:38 EXO 31:14 LEV 7:20 LEV 7:21 LEV 7:25 LEV 7:27 LEV 17:4 LEV 17:9 LEV 17:10 LEV 18:29 LEV 19:8 LEV 20:5 LEV 20:6 LEV 20:17 LEV 20:18 LEV 22:3 LEV 23:29 NUM 4:18 NUM 9:13 NUM 15:30 NUM 15:31 NUM 19:13 NUM 19:20 JOS 3:13 JOS 4:7 JDG 21:6 1SA 20:15 2SA 14:16 1KI 9:7 1KI 14:10 1KI 14:14 1KI 21:21 1CH 17:8 JOB 24:24 JOB 27:8 PSA 37:34 PSA 37:38 PSA 101:8 PSA 109:13 ISA 9:14 ISA 11:13 ISA 14:22 ISA 18:5 ISA 48:19 ISA 53:8 JER 9:21 JER 48:25 JER 50:16 JER 51:13 LAM 2:3 LAM 3:54 EZE 14:13 EZE 21:4 EZE 25:16 EZE 30:15 EZE 35:7 EZE 37:11 DAN 9:26 NAH 1:12 ZEP 1:3 ZEP 1:4 WIS 18:23 SIR 40:17
KARET is the Jewish term for spiritually "cutting off" a person from the body of people. The Jews do not see themselves as having the power to KARET. The Jews still do have the Mosaic command to stone. The Pope having the Christ given power to hold sins bound, casting a person into eternal damnation certainly correlates with the Jewish term KARET.
God's Ten Commandments and free will are designed to give man an avenue to love God. God's Ten Commandments are also designed to protect mankind's lives, marriages, property, and respect for parenthood and truth, from the destructive side of free will. If you harm My people, you will be destroyed, is the basic principal as to how God's commandments love and protect mankind.
Many times Jesus tells of those who He will not forgive. Moses has a forgiving heart. We study Moses, the Father and Jesus� mercy, forgiveness and pardoning in Part II of this chapter.
In God's image man will defend society both physically and spiritually. God commanding man to stone those who lead mankind into damnation is God's protection of society. Man is not worthy to make the decision to stone, forgive sins, consecrate the Eucharist, Baptize or hold sins bound. It is by the will of God that Christ's Priests are commissioned to bestow these God given gifts, in God's image, for the benefit of the body of people. In God's image we are, not only free, but commanded by the will of God to use physical and spiritual lethal force to defend ourselves from those who cause us physical or spiritual harm.God's laws to love and protect His people and America's laws to love and protect her people are based on the same basic principal. If you harm my people, you will be destroyed. God's Mosaic stoning, God's ten commandments, American capital punishment, Christ's law on "holding sins bound", Karet, cutting off from the body of people, Anathema, are all designed to love and protect mankind by destroying those who cause mankind harm.
NAB GEN 9:6"If anyone sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; For in the image of God has man been made."
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Because of free will, God does not physically prevent evil from happening. America does not arrest people before they commit a crime. The only thing protecting the lives, property and well being of people is the deterrent effect of punishment from God or punishment from man upon those who do us harm.In passing this sentence, the pontiff is vested in amice, stole, and a violet cope, wearing his mitre, and assisted by twelve priests clad in their surplices and holding lighted candles. He takes his seat in front of the altar or in some other suitable place, amid pronounces the formula of anathema which ends with these words: Wherefore in the name of God the All-powerful, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, of the Blessed Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and of all the saints, in virtue of the power which has been given us of binding and loosing in Heaven and on earth, we deprive N-- himself and all his accomplices and all his abettors of the Communion of the Body and Blood of our Lord, we separate him from the society of all Christians, we exclude him from the bosom of our Holy Mother the Church in Heaven and on earth, we declare him excommunicated and anathematized and we judge him condemned to eternal fire with Satan and his angels and all the reprobate , so long as he will not burst the fetters of the demon, do penance and satisfy the Church; we deliver him to Satan to mortify his body, that his soul may be saved on the day of judgment."...
...He who dares to despise our decision, let him be stricken with anathema maranatha, i.e. may he be damned at the coming of the Lord, may he have his place with Judas Iscariot, he and his companions.
Quoted from: New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia - Anathema
Note: All emphasis in bolding and underlining has been added. Follow New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia link for full text.
APA citation. Gignac, J. (1907). Anathema. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved January 12, 2010 from New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01455e.htm
Both the Mosaic Sanhedrin and the leadership of Christianity are to use good judgement as to when and when not to throw physical or spiritual stones. Not all guilty Israelites were stoned. Covetous, adulterous, murderous, holy bread eater, King David was allowed to live because he repented (2SA 13:13), while defiant bishop Korah was struck down and cast into hell (NUM 16:1-35)(JUD 5-11). Church leaders are to follow the concept of Jesus and Moses when they look at the Father and Jesus' will on throwing physical or spiritual stones.
Man has free will and he can manipulate God's laws on stoning. Evil Church leaders tried to manipulate God's law and stone an adulterous woman for the purpose of finding a way to unjustly kill Jesus and Jesus stopped them (John 8). Authorized Mosaic Church leaders put Jesus to death claiming to be following God's Law on stoning. Let us study scriptures to understand the Father and Jesus' will on when humans should and should not use deadly force.
Would God and Moses have stoned Jesus?Would God and Moses have stoned King David?
NAB LUK 13:10On a sabbath day he was teaching in one of the synagogues. There was a woman there who for eighteen years had been possessed by a spirit which drained her strength. She was badly stooped--quite incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her, he called her to him and said, "Woman, you are free of your infirmity." He laid his hand on her, and immediately she stood up straight and began thanking God.
The chief of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus should have healed on the sabbath, said to the congregation, "There are six days for working. Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath."
The Lord said in reply, "O you hypocrites! Which of you does not let his ox or ass out of the stall on the sabbath to water it? Should not this daughter of Abraham here who has been in the bondage of Satan for eighteen years have been released from her shackles on the sabbath?" (JOH 5:8)
NAB EXO 31:12The LORD said to Moses, "You must also tell the Israelites: Take care to keep my sabbaths, for that is to be the token between you and me throughout the generations, to show that it is I, the LORD, who make you holy. Therefore, you must keep the sabbath as something sacred. Whoever desecrated it shall be put to death. If anyone does work on that day, he must be rooted out of his people.
NAB JOH 5:16 Discourse on His Sabbath Work.It was because Jesus did things such as this on the sabbath that they began to persecute him, But he had an answer for them: "My Father is at work until now, and I am at work as well." The reason why the Jews were even more determined to kill him was that he not only was breaking the sabbath but, worse still, was speaking of God as his own Father, thereby making himself God's equal.
NAB MAR 14:60The high priest rose to his feet before the court and began to interrogate Jesus: "Have you no answer to what these men testify against you?" But Jesus remained silent; he made no reply. Once again the high priest interrogated him: "Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?" Then Jesus answered: "I am; and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven." At that the high priest tore his robes and said: "What further need do we have of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy. What is your verdict?" They all concurred in the verdict "guilty", with its sentence of death.
NAB LEV 24:15Tell the Israelites: Anyone who curses his God shall bear the penalty of his sin: whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD shall be put to death. The whole community shall stone him: alien and native alike must be put to death for blaspheming the LORD's name.
NAB JOH 19:7"We have our law," the Jews responded, and according to that law he must die because he made himself God's Son."
Would God and Moses have stoned the adulterous woman?
NAB MAR 2:24At this the Pharisees protested: "Look! Why do they do a thing not permitted on the sabbath?" He said to them: "Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his men were hungry? How he entered God's house in the days of Abiathar the high priest and ate the holy bread which only priests were permitted to eat? He even gave it to his men."(1SA21)
NAB LEV 22:9"They shall keep my charge and not do wrong in this matter; else they will die for their profanation. I am the LORD who have consecrated them. "Neither a lay person nor a priest's tenant or hired servant may eat of any sacred offering."
The Pharisees, Chief Priests and Scribes manipulated God's commandments on stoning to assassinate their political enemy Jesus. Religious lawyers studied every minute detail of God's Mosaic law on stoning to find something to kill Jesus with.
NAB JOH 8:4"Teacher," they said to him, "this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. In the law, Moses ordered such women to be stoned. What do you have to say about the case?" (They were posing this question to trap him, so that they could have something to accuse him of.) Jesus bent down and started tracing on the ground with his finger. When they persisted in their questioning, he straightened up and said to them, "Let the man among you who has no sin be the first to cast a stone at her." A second time he bent down and wrote on the ground. Then the audience drifted away one by one, beginning with the elders. This left him alone with the woman, who continued to stand there before him. Jesus finally straightened up and said to her, "Woman, where did they all disappear to? Has no one condemned you?" "No one, sir," she answered. Jesus said, "Nor do I condemn you. You may go. But from now on, avoid this sin."
NAB LEV 20:9"Anyone who curses his father or mother shall be put to death; since he has cursed his father or mother, he has forfeited his life. If a man commits adultery with his neighbor's wife, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death.Killing Jesus, David or the adulterous woman is not a fulfillment of the Mosaic Law. When Jesus stopped the Scribes and Pharisees from stoning the woman in no way was he stopping a fulfillment of the Mosaic Law. The Pharisees were trying to manipulate the law to murder her and Jesus.
NAB SIR 32:17The sinner turns aside reproof and distorts the law to suit his purpose.
NAB LUK 11:53After he had left this gathering, the Scribes and Pharisees began to manifest fierce hostility to him and make him speak on a multitude of questions, setting traps to catch him in his speech.
NAB JER 18:18"Come," they said, "let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah. It will not mean the loss of instruction form the priests, nor of console for the wise, nor messages from prophets. And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue; let us carefully note his every word."
NAB MAT 22:34When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they assembled in a body; and one of them, a lawyer, in an attempt to trip him up, asked him, "Teacher, which of the commandments of the law is the greatest?"
NAB MAT 26:59The chief priests, with the whole Sanhedrin, were busy trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death.
NAB MAR 14:1The feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread were to be observed in two days time, and therefore the chief priests and scribes began to look for a way to arrest him by some trick and kill him.
NAB MAT 26:3At that time the chief priests and elders of the people were assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas. They plotted to arrest Jesus by some trick and kill him;
God put the Jewish Sanhedrin in place. God's Jewish Sanhedrin was to make judgments over men in accordance to God's laws on stoning. God has a law commanding His Church authorities to stone those who work on the Sabbath. If you focus only on the details of God's word rather than on the broad concept of God's word, as God intended, then Jesus appears to have broken the Sabbath day of rest. God has a law to stone those who blaspheme God. When God's authorized Church leaders put Jesus on trial for blaspheme, Jesus did not bring forth evidence that He was God's Son as demanded by God's Church authorities. God's Church court authorities condemned Jesus to death in accordance to the correct details, but grossly opposed the correct concept of God's law on stoning. Killing Jesus was an evil manipulation of God's laws on stoning. Jewish leaders did not make an honest judgement.
Jesus knew God's law and He had the wisdom to apply it. The Pharisees came to kill the adulterous woman according to the exact details of God's law. Jesus knew that it was hatred in their hearts and not defense of morality that they wished to stone her. Jesus stood opposed to the exact details of God's Mosaic law to uphold the exact concept and purpose of God's Mosaic law. Jesus never altered God's Mosaic law. Jesus simply followed the concept of God's law and He did not allow evil men to manipulate the details of God's law.
NAB2 MAT 5:13You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.
'Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven. I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
'You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, 'You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, 'Raqa,' will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, 'You fool,' will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.
'You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.
NAB LUK 13:6 The Barren Fig Tree.Jesus spoke this parable: "A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he came out looking for fruit on it but did not find any. He said to the vinedresser, Look here! For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree and found none. Cut it down. Why should it clutter up the ground? In answer, the man said, Sir, leave it another year, while I hoe around it another year and manure it; then perhaps it will bear fruit. If not, it shall be cut down."
NAB JOH 7:22"Moses gave you circumcision (though it did not originate with Moses but with the patriarchs). And so, even on a sabbath you circumcise a man. If a man can be circumcised on the sabbath to prevent a violation of Mosaic law, how is it you are angry with me for curing a whole man on the sabbath? Stop judging by appearances and make an honest judgement.
NAB MAR 7:9He went on to say: "You have made a fine art of setting aside God's commandment in the interests of keeping your traditions! For example, Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and in another place, 'Whoever curses father or mother shall be put to death.' Yet you declare, If a person says to his father or mother, Any support you might have had from me is korban' (that is, dedicated to God), you allow him to do nothing more for his father or mother. That is the way you nullify God's word in favor of the traditions you have handed on."
NAB EXO 21:17"Whoever curses his father or mother shall be put to death."
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