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.