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Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do

On Saturday I spoke with an atheist who made a repeated claim: “Jesus was a hypocrite.”  No matter how many times I asked him for evidence, he couldn’t point to any.  Plenty in me.  Plenty in himself.  Innumerable instances in Christian history.  But none in Christ Himself. That’s quite astonishing really.  Hypocrisy is almost the […]

Betrayed with a kiss

If ever there was a man who could call himself the elect of the elect, it was Judas. He was not only Jewish, he was, in all probability, from the tribe of Judah.  Certainly his name means “Judah” – which refers not simply to the southern kingdom of Israel but also to the royal tribe […]

Whited sepulchre

Last time we considered the absurd lack of proportion demonstrated by the Pharisees.  They strained at gnats and swallowed camels.  In other words they obsessed over minutiae and ignored the whole point of the Scriptures. But how did it come to this?  How did they end up having such a diabolical problem with perspective? Well […]

Strain at a gnat and swallow a camel

“There was an old lady who swallowed a cow, to catch the dog, to catch the cat, to catch the bird, to catch the spider, that wriggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.   She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.  I don’t know why she swallowed the fly – Perhaps she’ll die!”  (Traditional Nursery […]

The blind leading the blind

Three times Jesus uses this image in the Gospels: “Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?”  (Luke 6:39) “They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”  (Matthew 15:14) “Woe unto you, ye blind guides.”  (Matthew 23:16) […]

They do not practise what they preach

—  The drug-taking sports star milking a squeaky clean image with the sponsors. —  The socialist MP who sends her children to exclusive prep-schools. The world despises a leader who does not practise what they preach.  And so does Jesus.  In fact Jesus leads the way in the condemnation: “Then spake Jesus to the multitude, […]

The Mote and the Beam

George Carlin once noted a universal rule of the road: Everyone who drives slower than you is an idiot.  And everyone who drives faster is a maniac. To the speeding driver, everyone’s an idiot.  To the slow driver, everyone’s a maniac.  But one rule applies to all:  My speed is just right. Hypocrisy is not limited […]