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Shafaq Yaqoob
Conflict Argument
Jesus heals and paralysed man
Why did this lead to conflict?
In the Jewish faith, it was thought that diseases were caused by demons or sins. They believed that only God could
forgive sins. Here, when Jesus said to the paralysed man that his sins were forgiven, he was seen as insulting God or
claiming to be like God which was a serious religious offence- blasphemy. Jesus knew why the Pharisees were
offended so he showed them that he had authority by asking them that which was easier to say- to forgive sins or tell
him to get up and walk. He finished by telling the paralysed man to get up and walk home which he did. Also the
Pharisees were jealous of Jesus' popularity which led them to believe that their influence over the Jewish people
would be harmed.
Significance for Christians today:
In Mark's passage about Jesus healing a paralysed man is significant to Christians toady as Jesus is seen healing the
sick which gives evidence that he was the Son of God. Many Christians still believe that Jesus as a part of God (Trinity)
still has the authority and power to heal which leads people to pray to him directly for this t happen. In the story of
sending out the Twelve, Jesus gave the disciples the power to heal which leads Christians to believe that the power
still remain with the Church. Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox priests have authority to hear people's
confessions. Having heard the confession the priest can forgive the person. Some churches anoint a person and pray
for them to be healed.
Disagreement with the Sabbath
How did Jesus respond?
In the first story Jesus talked about the Old Testament incident where the Jews' greatest King David broke the
Sabbath law to feed his hungry troops. He was also the representative of God and therefore had the right to break
the law. Jesus said that the human need were more important than keeping the law. In the second story he showed
that he was not restricted by the limitations of the law if he could do goo and save life.
Community Cohesion:
In today's community, there are several reasons for disagreeing with the Sabbath laws. The problem is that in many
countries like the UK, there a multi-faith society made up of people with different faiths. This raised a lot of questions.
Followers of other faiths also have special days or time in the week so to avoid conflict we also have to 0consider
their special days, which is not possible. Many people also have to work on the weekends due to the nature of their
job and if they don't work it can lead to conflict with their employer. Many people in the society can also be atheists,
which mean that they do not follow a religious faith. They might raise a topic that why should they follow other
people's religious teachings or law. All these reasons can lead to conflict in a society which should be avoided.
The trouble with the law (1)
How did Jesus respond to the criticisms of the Pharisees?
Jesus quoted from Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet, to suggest that the Pharisees merely paid lip service to God as
they worshipped him only superficially. He called them hypocrites who pretended to be better than they really were
by showing how religiously observant they were, nut not really car8ing for God. He argued that they had taking the
rules to the extreme and forgotten why they should follow God's law.
Why did this lead to conflict?
Jesus and the Pharisees came into conflict over the way they were superficially worshipping God just to keep the
traditions passed on by their ancestors. He said that they have ruined God's laws by taking them to an extreme. Jesus
uses their own teachings against them, for example he quoted from Isaiah, the Old Testament to suggest that the
Pharisees only paid lip service to God as they worshipped him superficially. He called them hypocrites as they only
showed how religiously observant they were but did not cared about God. He carried on criticising the Pharisees for
setting up their own traditions, which went against the Ten Commandments. For example, about honouring ones
mother and father, which requires love and care and being able to take care of them in practical ways as they get old.

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Significance for Christians today:
The list of thoughts Jesus mentions as coming from inside a person to make them unclean are still thought to be
wrong today, as they were in Jesus' time. There are things that involve abusing others and as such degrade those
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coming Parousia as a time that will come when they "will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and
Jesus clears out the Temple
Why did this lead to conflict?
Jesus believed that the Temple, which was the centred Jewish worship, had been misused. The court of the Gentiles
was the only part of the Temple which was open to non-Jewish was used to sell doves for sacrifice for which they had
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Why did this lead to conflict?
Jesus and the Sadducees came into conflict because the Sadducees, who did not believe in resurrection, asked Jesus
a question using an absurd story to trap him. However, Jesus replied by quoting from the Old Testament, when God
said to Moses, "I am the God of Abraham, the god of Isaac and the God of Jacob." This showed that the Sadducees
did not know their Scriptures.…read more

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The plot to kill Jesus
Why did Judas decide to betray Jesus?
Wanted to force Jesus' hand to make him fight the Romans
Disappointed by the type of Messiah Jesus was
Misunderstood the type of Messiah Jesus was.
According to Mathew's gospel, Judas was greedy for money
Disillusion when Jesus showed no signs for fighting and acted out of bitterness.
Why did the religious leaders wanted to kill Jesus?
They thought that he was a blasphemer
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