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In our sinful nature when we oppose one extreme we often be imbalance and become the opposite other extreme.  Last week I wrote, “In opposing Pharisees, do not become a Sadducee.”  I also want to address the opposite problem: In opposing Sadducees we can become a Pharisee.

But first what is a Sadducee?

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Jesus go to heaven after he died but before his ascension?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Yes, Jesus went to heaven on the day of his death.

“And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”” (Luke 23:42-43)

No, Jesus remained on earth after his death until his ascension.

“Jesus *said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’”” (John 20:17)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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In today’s world it is acceptable to bash on “Pharisees.”  It can even be cool and hip.

But as readers can tell from my earlier post titled “Are you a Pharisaical anti-Pharisee?” I am concerned for the direction and outcome of those who can be so zealous for attacking others as “Pharisees.”  With the previous post I specifically addressed how some who oppose “Pharisees” (whether real or imagined) can hypocritically and ironically be quite Pharisaical themselves.  In this current post I want to address another issue concerning the direction of those who are zealous in opposing “Pharisees.”

Please note that in the previous and this post I am not defending Pharisees or Phariseeism (what I mean by that is the idea that we can be self-righteous before God by our own works and that we can add more laws more higher than God’s laws).  Instead my intention is to point out possible blind-spots we can have of our own self in opposing Pharisees.  So here goes my second post…

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I’m always appalled at some who are quick to call another Christian “Pharisee.” Especially when they relish attacking those whom they see as Pharisees as a means of virtue signalling before another audience they want to please or win over.

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Note: This is a scheduled post.  By the time you read this online I am away and might not have internet access where I’m at.  Feel free to share your comments though I would be delayed in responding.A short devotional with two quick questions.

First what part of us as a human person is involved with loving God?

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As a Christian this might be an important question to think about: What is the difference between remorse and repentance?

Both repentance and remorse is associated with the emotions of sorrow. But there are differences between the two.  So what are those differences?

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If you are a Christian for a significant amount of time you would have no doubt ran into people who called themselves Christians but denied the essential doctrine of Christ being God and also the doctrine of the Trinity.  No doubt they will throw out verses and argument to say that Jesus was not God.  Is there a witty ditty one can have that helps us remember the principle of how to respond to such doctrinal attack on the person and work of Christ?

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