Commentary on the Gospel of
IF THEIR ACTIVITY IS OF HUMAN ORIGIN, IT WILLDESTROY ITSELF. IF IT IS FROM GOD,YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DESTROY IT.
Sometimes we are confronted with a situation where we are not sure whether to judge the situation positively or negatively. In this biblical incident Gamaliel, a member of the Sanhedrin, faced the dilemma of whether to condemn or not to condemn the disciples of Jesus in their preachings, made this truly wise decision. He himself was not sure about them since their leader was executed by the state. But he might have seen that they were doing a lot of good healing people, etc. So he said leave them alone because if truly they are not of God their activities will stop but if they are of God, stopping them would mean stopping the good works of God. This is truly a guideline that can help us when confronted by the same situation. When people of other faiths preach their beliefs that is different from ours, we should not right away condemn them. We should, as Gamaliel did, let them be because if they are not from God, their activities will not prosper. But if they are from God, why should we stop them? I believe that God is so full of blessings and He is free to distribute these to anyone and work through anyone.