Temple Priests were not that bad as the Pope and Bishops who killed people - 8. If you understand Matt.12.v43-45, then you will know that how these wicked spirited Mammon worshipping Popes, Bishops, etc burnt the Sheep of Christ Jesus at stake. These did not allow Freedom of speech. Then what type of Freedom Christ Jesus has brought to us?
22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's aporch.
24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to adoubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye abelieved not: the bworks that I do in my Father's cname, they bear witness of me.
26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
27 My asheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they bfollow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which agave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
30 I and my Father are aone.
31 Then the Jews took up astones again to stone him.
32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for ablasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself bGod.
34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are agods?
35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath asanctified, and bsent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the cSon of God?
37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, abelieve the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the bFather is in me, and I in him.
39 Therefore they asought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,
40 And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.
41 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.
42 And many believed on him there.