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Casting doubt

By what authority are you doing these things? (Mark 11: 28)

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And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.” And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But shall we say, ‘From man’?”—they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet. So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” (Mark 11: 27-33)

As will be the case later and throughout history, those who oppose the Gospel try to cast doubt on Jesus's authority and later that of His disciples, by using trick questions to make them fall into error. They are not interested in knowing the answer, whatever it may be. Let us be careful not to do the same thing when the teachings of Jesus do not correspond to what we want.

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