The Lord's Parable Series:
UNEQUAL DEBTS BUT EQUALLY FORGIVEN
36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this,he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”
So he said, “Teacher, say it.”
41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”
And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in.46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
This parable is the signature of The Lord Yeshua's message of forgiveness and non-judgmental salvation. It carries just about the same message as His parable of the early and late vineyard workers who end up getting paid the same (Matthew 20:1-16). In this particular story, what matters to Christ is not the amount of sin one is accountable for, in fact, He expects those who are accountable to more or heavier sins to love Him even more as they receive much forgiveness than those who did not sin as much. All He wants from those who need salvation is to have faith in Him as stated in verse 50 when He told the woman “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
This story shows the contrast of Yeshua's non-judgmental outlook with that of the old commandments upheld by the Pharisees, which was also upheld by Paul, himself a practicing Pharisee even as a Christ preacher (Acts 23:6 / Philippians 3:5-6). This is evidenced in many of his writings that showed and encouraged condemnation against those who sin (Galatians 5:19-21 / I Corinthians 5:9-13). The Lord and His disciples 'neither condone nor condemn' anyone. In fact, even in Isaiah's prophecy, The Savior was likened to a blind and deaf servant simply because 'He does not observe nor hear about the deeds of others.' His act of saving is not influenced by the sinners' deeds but by God's grace and divine purpose of saving as many as could be saved. He do so by replacing the judgmental outlook with His non-judgmental method of saving which in effect makes the path for salvation not burdensome but rather easy (John 4:38 / Matthew 11:30).
If The Lord Yeshua Himself does not judge (John 8:15 / 12:47-48), but rather commands everyone to 'not judge' (Matthew 7:1), who are we to judge our fellowmen? If everyone will only fulfill the instruction of Christ to not judge, then who would have the interest to know and investigate the private lives of others!
The reason many people, including those who believe in Christ, fall into being judgmental is because their faith and understanding that they receive from their church is based more on the judgmental teachings of Paul and the Old Testament instead of The Lord Christ's. The following articles will shed more light on this topic: