Next Luke uniquely indicated how Jesus used this contemporary event to make a point. Jesus asked them (καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς) if they thought (Δοκεῖτε) that these Galileans (ὅτι οἱ Γαλιλαῖοι οὗτοι) suffered this way (ὅτι ταῦτα πεπόνθασιν) because they were worse sinners than all the other Galileans (ἁμαρτωλοὶ παρὰ πάντας τοὺς Γαλιλαίους ἐγένοντο)? Jesus wanted to know if they thought that Galileans who got killed offering their sacrifice at the Temple were worse sinners than the other Galileans. Is it worse to die in Church? Does the type of death that you endure indicate what kind of sinner you were?
Luke indicated that Jesus answered them (καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ Ἰησοῦς). He said to them (εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς) that those who are well (οἱ ὑγιαίνοντες) do not need a physician (Οὐ χρείαν ἔχουσιν…ἰατροῦ). However, those who are sick do need one (ἀλλὰ οἱ κακῶς ἔχοντες). Mark, chapter 2:17, and Matthew, chapter 9:12, are almost word for word to Luke, so that Mark might be the source of this saying. Mark and Matthew said that Jesus heard what the Pharisees were saying to his disciples. Jesus responded to them that the well people or strong ones did not need a physician or medical doctor, but the sick did. As Pope Francis likes to say, the Church is a mobile ambulance, not a hospital waiting for people to come in. Jesus saw his mission as reaching out, rather than expecting people to come to him.
Luke, chapter 5:31-32, and Matthew, chapter 9:12-13, are almost word for word similar to Mark, so that Mark might be the source of this saying. Mark said that Jesus heard (καὶ ἀκούσας ὁ Ἰησοῦς) what the Pharisees were saying to his disciples. He responded to them (λέγει αὐτοῖς) that the well people or strong ones do not need (Οὐ χρείαν ἔχουσιν οἱ ἰσχύοντες) a physician or medical doctor (ἰατροῦ), but the sick do (ἀλλ’ οἱ κακῶς ἔχοντες). As Pope Francis likes to say, the Church is a mobile ambulance, not a hospital waiting for people to come in. Jesus had come not to call the people who were righteous already (οὐκ ἦλθον καλέσαι δικαίους), but to call the sinners (ἀλλὰ ἁμαρτωλούς).
The Protestant principle testifies to God’s sovereignty against human endeavors. Continually Protestants remind us not to absolute the relative. God is beyond nature and history. For many Protestants, the Bible is the ultimate source of truth, the living word of God. On the other hand, dogma, sacraments, and church are at the heart of Catholic belief. Protestants do not grant papal infallibility, preferring to rely on the corrections of the Holy Spirit. You need to continually protest against something.