Specific Jewish context, universal multicultural application

Many teachings in the Bible are initially expressed in response to specific situations. But most of them have applications that apply to many situations throughout all time. For example, the New Testament describes various groups of Jewish people and their reaction to Jesus Christ. The Pharisees are one such group and they actually existed in that time and place. But the Pharisees also serve to describe any group of people that serve a morality system different from that of Christ Jesus.

Jesus was black? Jews were black? Egyptians were black?

Joseph was mistaken for an Egyptian by his own brothers.
Moses the Hebrew was mistaken for an Egyptian by the Midianites.
Esther easily hid that she was a Jew among Persians, even from Haman, the enemy of the Jews.
Both royal ancesters of Jesus, David is described in Scripture as "ruddy" and Solomon is described in Song of Solomon as being like "ivory." (Song of Solomon 5:14).

Modern Pharisees: self-righteousness vs Christ-righteousness

"Righteousness" is the means by which someone becomes "a good person."
"Self-righteous" is when someone considers himself "a good person" according to a morality system he makes up for himself.

For being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they didn’t subject themselves to the righteousness of God. ~ Romans 10:3

We could render it this way in modern English,

Once-proud Dinosaurs were reduced to belly-dragging reptiles

At the Fall in the Garden of Eden, the same way that God's judgment upon Adam affected all mankind, God's judgment upon the serpent affected all reptiles.  That is, just as Adam was representative of all mankind, the serpent was representative of all reptiles. 

Correct a mocker and you will gain an enemy

"Correct a mocker and you will gain an enemy"

So what is a mocker? One definition to consider is that the one who rejects Christ is a mocker, one who disdains the teaching of Christ to the point of refusing to submit to the Son of God. Anyone who has heard the Gospel and yet rejected it would be such a person, an unbeliever.

And so, back to our proverb here:
Correct a Christ-rejector with Christian morality, advice, instruction, guidance, etc., and you will gain an enemy.

Forgetting the World's heroes & villains

Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Sadam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Barak Obama, George Bush, George Washington, King George, etc., etc.  History books and opinion makers teach us to recognise each one as a good person or a bad person, a hero to follow or a villain to war against.

"Judge not." (Matthew 7:1, Luke 6:37, John 7:24).

God sees things differently than the World does

1 Samuel 16:6-7
6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he, (Samuel), looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.
7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Modern Pharisees: Christless Moralists & Godless Philosophers

Its interesting to find how often that the people least interested in hearing preachers are the very ones who most like to preach. More precisely, many of the people least interested in Christian morality are the ones most interested in spreading their own morality, a Christless morality. Christless moralists were essentially what the Scribes & Pharisees, Sadducees & Herodians turned out to be. And, no matter what the religious façade they might masquerade with, to be Christless is to be Godless.

The Teachings of the "Rabbis" are a different way to God, a different Gospel

Galatians 1:8-9  KJV
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1:8-9  NIV
8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!

"Twice the child of Hell" = a convert of the "Rabbis" (teachers of Moses' law & Pharisees)

Matthew 23:15
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees ["Rabbis"], hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
KJV
Matthew 23:15
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are."
NIV

"Rabbi" is what the Scribes & Pharisees loved to be called

Matthew 23:1-7
Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

Strong delusions, false religions, godless philosophies, Christ-less crusades: distracting, diverting, different gospels

2Thess 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Thess 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
 
In its original 1st Century context, this passage was refering to the soon-to-appear Man of Sin.  Nonetheless, there remains an ongoing principle communicated here to all persons in the centuries to follow:

Racism = Race-based decision making

Whenever decisions are made with race a considerarion - it is a manifestation of racism.
(The same could be said of sexism:  Whenever decisions are made with sexual gender as a consideration - it is a manifestation of sexism).

LIFE FROM THE DEAD: Resurrection more probable than Evolution

It is far more probable for a body of mass that has been alive before to come back to life again
than for a body of mass that has never been alive to come to life for the first time ever.

It is curious that Evolutionary Biologists dogmatically cling to their idea that life spontaneously emerged from a random mass of matter that has never been alive before, from which we all descend, BUT DENY the possibility that a body of matter that had recently been alive could come back to life again.

"Batman Shooter" suspect Before & After College

Here is an example of what can happen after a few years under the influence of false guides just as the Pharisees laid the mental framework for the Zealots/Sicarii of Jesus' day,

In an e-mail dated July 23, days after Holmes was identified as the alleged movie theater shooter, Beshers, [the director of the neuroscience graduate school program at CU that James E. Holmes had been attending for a year], wrote an e-mail to a colleague saying

They treated Jesus & His Church like they were Osama bin Laden & Al Queda

When one reads the end of the 4 Gospels and then the Book of Acts, of the organized persecutions against John the Baptist, Jesus & His Church, searching for them, chasing them down and killing them, one realizes that the ancient authorities in Jerusalem regarded Jesus and His followers (the Church) as much a threat to their existence as the terrorists of Al Queda and Osama bin Laden.  They treated Jesus and His Church as if they were terrorists like Osama bin Laden and Al Queda.

Self-Promoters

Matthew 23:12
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
NIV

Do not make a religion out of your patriotism: no automatic sainthood for America's soldiers Killed in Action

It is ridiculous to compare Jesus with American soldiers, especially those in Iraq.  They may risk their lives to defend the American Federal Government's interests on the other side of the planet, but I don't see any American soldiers voluntarily laying down their lives for anyone --- not at all like Jesus, the Lamb of God, did for the World.
 

The pious frauds of Judaism

"You are Jewish if your mother was Jewish."
1) This is nowhere to be found in the Bible.  All the Bible's genealogies are lists of fathers, not mothers.