Another parable put he forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man which sowed good seed in his field:…
This parable shows that persecution upon the account of religion is utterly unlawful, though men may hold grand errors:
1. Because the best men on earth are not infallible. They do not know but that what they call heresy may be a truth of Christ.
2. Because Jesus Christ is only the King and Sovereign of the conscience. None ought to impose upon the consciences of men in matters of religion.
3. Because it is directly contrary to that golden rule, or true moral precept, "Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye the same unto them."
4. Because such severities have no tendency to convince the conscience.
Parallel VersesKJV: Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: