Hard Questions About the Bible

Christians Are Hypocrites

Some people don’t want to believe in the Bible because they think Christians are just hypocrites.  They see some Christians who go to church and act so perfect and ‘holy’, who judge and look down on others, and don’t really follow Bible teachings, and they hide their own sins.

You may be surprised to learn that Jesus was against the phony religious people, in his day they were the Jewish leaders called Pharisees.

The following verses are edited from Matthew 23:

Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.  So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.”

“Everything they do is done for people to see, they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues.  They love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces.”

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices, but you have neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness.”

“You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.  You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.  In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”

The truth of the Bible should be judged by what it actually says, not by the actions of hypocritical Christians who claim to follow the Bible but really don’t.  The strength of the Christian message depends heavily on the integrity of Christians themselves.

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