“Why were the Sadducees and the apostles unable to find a way to reconcile their rival opinions?”

The entire book of Acts focuses on stories. So in order to answer this question, I will follow the author of Acts’ example and show you a story.

    Acts 5: 17- 20 

 17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 20 “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.”

And so the Apostles went out and did as the Lord had told them. They went to the synagogue the very next morning and preached. Later that day they were arrested again by the Sadducees.

25 Then someone came and said, “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.” 26 At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people would stone them. 27 The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” 29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!…33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.”

And that is why the Sadducees and the apostles unable to find a way to reconcile their rival opinions. “We must obey God rather than human beings!” The Sadducees wanted them to stop doing things in the name of Jesus, but the apostles stood firm. And they were persecuted for this.  They understood that they were to obey God only. And that is why they couldn’t get along with the Sadducees. 

Western LIT, Essay 95.

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