Matthew 9:14 says: "Then came to Him (Jesus) the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?"
Do you see the standard of holiness used by John's disciples to imply they were better than the followers of Jesus? They implied, "We are doing more to please God than your disciples because we fast and your disciples do not. We have a much higher standard of holiness than your people."
The Pharisees were also pleased with their own standards of holiness just the same way many people are today. There are indications that at times we all mistakenly try to lift ourselves higher than someone else by keeping certain laws, and then putting that "someone else" under condemnation for not being as "good" as we are.
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