Fundamentals of the Christian Faith in the Light of the Gospels

by Maulana Sadr-ud-Din

Impression Jesus Created on Jewish Mind: No External Cleanliness

The Jews also took exception to the fact that his disciples took meals with unwashed hands, and Jesus said unto them in reply that the real purity was a matter of the heart and that the outward ceremonial practice was not of any worth or value (Matthew, 15:10–11). This statement of Jesus was neither reason­able nor useful, for it destroyed all distinction between what was permissible and what was forbidden, and also cut across the very idea of external purity and cleanliness.