On Government and Resurrection

Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

The same day some Sadducees came to him, saying there is no resurrection; and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies childless, his brother shall marry the widow, and raise up children for his brother.’ Now there were seven brothers among us; the first married, and died childless, leaving the widow to his brother. The second did the same, so also the third, down to the seventh. Last of all, the woman herself died. In the resurrection, then, whose wife of the seven will she be? For all of them had married her.”

Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is God not of the dead, but of the living.” And when the crowd heard it, they were astounded at his teaching.

Matthew 22:15-33

One of the trickier parts of being a Christian these days is know when following the law is right, and when it is wrong. Jesus is very clear that we aught to give the government what belongs to them. That is, we should pay our taxes, pay tickets and fines and fees, go to jury duty, obey signs and property rights. In my opinion, the only things we shouldn’t do aren’t required anyway. Things like abortions, using racial slurs; things that are legal, but nobody forces you to do. The government, as messed up as it may be, provides the very important service of keeping us all safe in our homes so we can sleep without worrying about being killed or robbed. At least, it’s trying to do that. So we need to support it, and that is not an un-Godly thing to do.

In the second passage Jesus promises resurrection of God’s people, because God is a God of the living. But, and I had never heard this before, in resurrection we will not be the way we are now, but like angels. Our familial bonds will be severed and we will all be one giant family in God. I assume that since we’ll be like angels that means we will spend all day every day worshiping God.

I wish Jesus went in to more detail. These cryptic glimpses of both Heaven and Hell are very unsatisfying to the curious type of person, like me. I want to know more! But I guess I’ll just have to wait.

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