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Why do some religious leaders wear special garb? Why do some sit in special chairs?

Could someone please tell me where this practice comes from? I am asking in particular about Christian denominations. Where in the scriptures is there any kind of distinction of this sort?


Asked by 69humblepie at 10:48 PM on Oct. 6, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Jesus said (Matthew 23:4) of false guides and leaders "They bind up heavy loads and put them upon the shoulders of men, but they themselves are not willing to budge them with their finger. 5 All the works they do they do to be viewed by men; for they broaden the [scripture-containing] cases that they wear as safeguards, and enlarge the fringes [of their garments]. 6 They like the most prominent place at evening meals and the front seats in the synagogues, 7 and the greetings in the marketplaces and to be called Rabbi by men."

    Answer by joyfulily at 4:37 AM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • same reason soldiers wear rank insignia, its a mark of position

    Answer by Zoeyis at 8:04 AM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • tradition.

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 5:56 AM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • Personally I think it's because they fancy themselves higher than the common people. A practice that dates back to the beginning of the organized church.

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 11:01 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • In the Catholic Church, the priests and Bishops wear special garb during mass. This is a tradition from the old testement priests. They are priests in the order of Mechelzidech (sp. cannot find dictionary). The have special colors they wear for different parts of the liturgical year as well as for special feast days. They have special chairs during the mass because the priest is standing in for Christ. It is not to elevate themeselves, but to elevate Christ that this is done.

    Answer by Anna92464 at 1:51 PM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • The problem with tradition is that Jesus said the religious leaders of his day were rendering the word of God invalid because of it. So tradition alone does not seem to be a valid reason for self-elevation, and that is what it seems these things are about. Which of the 1st Century Christians wore special clothes? Peter? Paul? Timothy? John? They were ambassadors substituting for Christ, were they not? But there is no indication that they were in any way elevated above the congregations this way. What about Christ himself, who had not even a place to lay his head? I just don't see why the need for special outfits and seats. I guess I am asking is: what are the Scriptural reasons?


    Comment by 69humblepie (original poster) at 11:17 PM on Oct. 7, 2010