Religious Superstitions

Arthur Pink
Christ Despised, 1937

“He was despised and rejected by men.” Isaiah 53:3

One reason why Christ was despised and rejected was because He denounced religious traditions. Despite the Fall, man is essentially a religious creature. The peoples of the world pay homage to gods of their own devising; and there are few things on which they are more sensitive–than their religious superstitions! He who condemns or even criticizes the devotees of any religious belief or practice–will be greatly disliked. 



Christ drew upon Himself the hatred of Israel’s leaders, by His denunciation of their religious inventions. Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? Matthew 15:3″

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8

Another reason why Christ was despised and rejected was because He repudiated empty profession. Nothing so infuriated the Jews, as Christ’s exposure and denunciation of their vain pretensions.

Being omniscient–it was impossible to impose upon Him! Being inflexibly righteous–He could not accept deceptions! Being absolutely holy–He must insist upon sincerity and reality. When they declared “Abraham is our father!” He answered, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham!” When they added “We have one Father, even God,” He replied, “If God were your Father, you would love Me . . . you are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do!” This so riled them, that they exclaimed, “Aren’t we right in saying that You are a Samaritan and demon-possessed!” (John 8:39-48).

Men will not tolerate One who pierces their religious disguise, exposes their shams, and repudiates their fair, but empty profession!

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