They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Some people think that if they have the church and the bible behind them… (and not just any church, but their particular church… and not just any bible but their particular interpretation of it)… then they have authority to say incredibly stupid, inhumane and mean things.
The reason Jesus’ teaching was so different was, unlike the scribes, he didn’t depend on the system or the system’s texts to provide his authority. That’s why it was different. There was authority in what he said. That is, it seemed more true than what the scribes were saying.
This is why, when someone says…
Obviously the bible plainly says this about such-and-such, and those fall into this category are going to hell.
Take away the authority and its text, which more and more people are validly rejecting anyway, and you have nothing but a mean-spirited, loveless and graceless edict against all humanity.
That’s why it is dismissed by everyone except those who cherish authority and its legal documents.
This is how religious people can be so mean.