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After discussing biblical solutions to the world's problems this morning with my Christian friends at our favorite morning restaurant, this writer made two observations: (1) that mankind is similar to a bull in a china closet -- destroying everything in its path, without considering the consequences of its bullheaded mindset.
In the account found in Acts 23:7-9, the apostle Paul stood before a Jewish religious council (the Sanhedrin) in Jerusalem. He pointed out to them that he was raised a devout Jew and his arrest was because of his preaching on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. At that point this council, who seemed united in their dedication to the Law of Moses, showed their true colors. In reality this council had not been united in decades. They were a squabbling group of sectarians that agreed on very little. The high priest and his family of Sadducees usually ruled the day because they controlled the temple in Jerusalem. By inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul merely exposed the hypocrisy of man-made religious unity for all to see.