Michael Horton says that Jesus ignored Sadducees because they were irrelevant. What are the implications if that is true?
Okay, I need your help.
Recently while reading Michael Horton’s Christless Christianity, I stumbled over a bizarre statement:
…Jesus basically seems to ignore the Sadducees, since they probably viewed each other as irrelevant…
Viewed them as irrelevant?
That got me thinking: Who ARE the Sadducees? And why did Jesus ignore them?
Sadducees: Very, Very Brief History
In a nutshell, the Sadducees were a Jewish sect who nurtured mostly epicurean concerns–position, profit and power–from 200 BC to 70 AD.
On religious issues, Josephus said the Sadducees:
1. Denied the existence of God and his involvement in human affairs.
2. Rejected future punishment or reward.
3. Renounced any teaching on the immortality of the soul.
4. Affirmed man is free to decide and choose what is good or evil.
Hostile to religion and materialistic, Sadducees flattered and embraced the atheists who surrounded them. In fact, most Jews viewed Sadducees as such.
What Do You Think?
Here’s what I’m driving at: Did Jesus view Sadducees as atheists? And if so, is that why he didn’t bother with them? Furthermore, does that mean we shouldn’t share our faith with atheists?
I’ve got my theories, but I’m more interested in yours. [And if you’re out there Dr. Horton, pitch in.] I look forward to your thoughts. Honest and all.