Notes on the Greek New Testament
Friday 12 February
Today's Reading - Matthew 27:15-31
These daily readings will take you through the New Testament in a year -
see the Reading Plan.
Quote for the Week
"The principle of human equality ... is taught explicitly in the Bible. While the notion of equality can be abused ... it is a powerful ideal with far-reaching implications for the treatment of our fellow human beings. The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Christians in Galatia, broke down all the common differences peope of that day were using to create divisions and treat others better or worse: ethnicity, social status and gender. He said that among followers of Christ "there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:28). Because all people possess a spark of the divine, as it is sometimes called, all are of equal value and there is no hierarchy of worth or dignity... Where followers of Jesus have lived according to his teachings, differences and divisions have decreased and the principle of equality has gained wide acceptance.
"When we think about it, it is difficult to overstate the importance of this principle for the way we treat people. When applied to society and government, it produces equality of rights as a basic starting point – equality before the law and equality in voting. It even extends to criminals, which means that incacerated people must be treated fairly in law and humanely in prison. Even more significantly, it means that political leaders will be judged by the same standards as citizens because in spite of their current positions of power, they have no greater intrinsic dignity or worth than anyone else."
Paul Chamberlain, Why People Don't Believe (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2011), pp 120-121