In the New Testament of the Holy Bible (particularly in the 4 gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) we here a lot about Pharisees interacting with Jesus. Most of these interactions result in Jesus rebuking the Pharisees ways. It might be good to understand who they were and why they were rebuked, so that we do not repeat their mistakes before our own judgments, and get rebuked for our actions in that day.
The pharisees were a Jewish church that had been in existence for a few hundred years around the time of Christ’s mortal life. One of the purposes of the Pharisees was to identify Christ when he came in the flesh. They became very educated; many of them got to know the scriptures by heart. They were built on many years guidance from their forefathers, which as time goes on, one generation’s advice becomes the next generation’s law. They followed the rules of the Old Testament scriptures of the Holy Bible. (The new testament scriptures were not available until years after Christ’s mortal life.) They followed the Law of Moses, they were searching for Christ, but when Jesus was 33 years old (only a few years into his ministry) they accused him of blasphemy, and sent him to die on the cross. Why do you think that something intended for so much good failed to work as intended?
The mistake of the Pharisees is being repeated by a lot of people. Some members of the church are repeating the mistake to an extent. As with most mistakes, they usually begin with a sin. Sometimes this sin is very small, or even hard to see. The sin here is pride. Pride in righteousness is also dangerous. The danger with pride is that we feel that we are above something, and therefore need not to listen. Here is why pride is a sin. Many times we fail to listen to God because of pride. This, like other sins, removes us further from God. We must never presume to have nothing to learn about something, regardless of how basic or elementary the concept may be.
“O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish.” – 2 Nephi 9:28
God gave us agency (the freedom to choose between right and wrong) before we were born. God wants and needs us to be free. God has not intended for the scriptures to be a book of Laws that keep us pinned down and not able to be happy. There is more in the scriptures than commandments. There is great bed time stories for kids, proverbs, songs, and a wealth of other information. Every commandment given in the scriptures is for our own good. God will lead us to what we need. Satan will try to entice us with what we want to get us to abandon what we need. This is good to remember when making decisions.