Phariseeism was an anthropomorphic religion, even though it was very dramatically superior to the pagans, but it was still anthropomorphic religion. In the world of man, payment is a necessity. We are human beings, we move in terms of reward and punishment. But God does not; God does not have to be rewarded, God does not have to be paid off. But Phariseeism, anthropomorphically, projected this kind of world onto God. ‘You do something for God, and God pays you off.’ This was the works religion, salvation by law, which Phariseeism developed.
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