39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.
39 They answered and said to Him,
The Jews continued their failure to grasp Jesus’ words. They offered a caustic protest.
“Abraham is our father.”
The Jews made their defense by claiming Abraham as both their physical and spiritual father. In their estimation, since they were spiritually free, they had no need to be freed from the bondage of sin.
Religion can keep people from the truth.
It is dead religion and tradition that keep people from the truth. There is a difference between legitimate and illegitimate faith.