hmm guess i should'a included the last few lines since it makes sense of the partial quote that so many people misuse:
Matt 6:1-4 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
I've always found this sort of stuff in the Bible kind of puzzling. Why? Well, to my mind, the whole point of the Judeo-Christian religion is that one ought to behave well because "daddy" is watching. So good behavior is not its own reward because the "real" reward is what daddy gives us. And yet these passages suggest that to behave well in order to get props from others is hypocrisy. That's why these passages puzzle me. I know that they are about showing off for humans rather than for daddy, but I fail to see the difference. In either case the good behavior is secondary to the reward, whether from the admiration of others or of daddy.
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