of Creighton University's Online Ministries
July 15th, 2011
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Deep down, I suspect it depends on how one views God. If one views God as a sort of “score keeper in the sky” waiting to put down a check mark against us each time we transgress a written rule, then the Pharisees were probably right. The disciples should have just gone hungry. But that’s not my view of God or the view held by Jesus. True enough, the rules are important. The Commandment not to kill is an important one and it would be only in the direst of emergencies that one could imagine having to kill another. It would be justifiable, for instance, to kill another if he were about to plunge a knife into an innocent child and there were no other way to stop him, but such cases are few and far between. But our God is a loving and forgiving God who cares about what’s in our hearts. We all make mistakes, sometimes serious ones. But God forgives if we let Him into our hearts.
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