- Religion and Philosophy
The Hypocrite: a self-examination
A person who pretends to have certain beliefs, attitudes or feelings when they really do not.
Someone who complains about something but finds themselves doing exactly the same thing.
Does this sound familiar, should it? If you can't agree that you are or have been or will be as described above and below, then you need not worry about Heaven any longer. Why? Because you are not being honest with yourself, others or more importantly God.
Romans 2:3-4 (Easy to Read Version)
3 And since you do the same things as those people you judge, surely you understand that God will punish you too. How could you think you would be able to escape his judgment? 4 God has been kind to you. He has been very patient, waiting for you to change. But you think nothing of his kindness. Maybe you don’t understand that God is kind to you so that you will decide to change your lives.
The greatest realization you can make in your life. To become honest about who you are. These are the meek, these are the ones who will shall inherit earth. Who would deny anyone who is honest and humble?
But rather than inherit the earth and those things associated with it, we are better off looking to claim our co-inheritance through Christ
Jesus came seeking the lost, to save them from themselves not to save them from others. He was as meek and His 'what you see is what you get' persona is who we all should strive to be.
Stumble we will, yes we will be called hypocrites and rightfully so, but do not let scorn or ridicule hinder you from trying again and again. Is this not insanity and/or futility? Only in the eyes of those who wish not to be found.
So, the next time someone calls you a hypocrite, and they will, examine what actions lead them to label you as such. If you can realize your actions suddenly, change direction and apologize. If you have not found your fault till later, you can still change your habit and even apologize, but if you can't see your error, pray to God for guidance and for Him to help you. Amen.
Not really smack, perhaps gab, but hopefully useful just the same.
So back to hypocrite, looking at this HubPages seems there's at least 1,000 entries covering the subject and a majority of those are in two arenas, namely Religion and Politics, go figure!
It seems everyone has something to say about how or who, why or where. This should not seem strange to us, we all have opinions, even interpretative minds and sharp tongues (sometimes)
I read that if we had no religion we could stop wars, do we really believe that? I'm of the persuasion that although a novel idea, I highly doubt this would happen. We would have to dismiss greed, power, envy etc. and these are prevalent not only in politics, but also in the workplace and in the schools. Religion, in the truest sense of the good it can do, does not promote negative behavior. Think of the 'Golden Rule' it is to treat someone with the same compassion that you would consider for yourself, think that is easy? No, it's not easy, but it can happen with a daily, sometimes several daily dose/s of grace, of letting things go.
When I hear this expression, which is not so often any longer, I am reminded of the woman caught in adultery (Bible). The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought her before Jesus, trying to deceive him into saying or doing something wrong, that they might use what was said or done by him to injure his reputation or blaspheme God.
You might say "What the Bible again?" And I would answer "yes," the Bible again. The only greater teacher of what is truth may be life itself, but unfortunately in these single lives we live we can't experience everything so I turn to the Bible.
Those who caught the woman said, "The law demands that she be stoned to death for her offense." Jesus simply replied "Let he who has never sinned be the first to cast a stone." A certain other part absent from this encounter happens to be the lack of her partner, would not he also be subject to the law?
So what we have here really is triple hypocrisy. The law breakers (makers) bringing forth someone caught breaking the law, that they might incriminate this Jesus who accuses them of breaking their own laws and they only brought with them the woman and not both lawbreakers therein showing favoritism. How do you like those sour grapes?
Hard to believe?
It's hard to believe that a man couldn't sin right? Yes it is hard to believe, I mean after all, all we have to do is look around us, we can find fault with almost everyone we have had any kind of relationship with, that is the nature of man, never satisfied as it were.
But Jesus was born to serve mankind as a messenger from God, not an angel, but an only Son, this makes him fully God and fully man, and this is why he wouldn't sin or be even tempted to do so. This (being fully man) is also what gave him such empathy for mankind, for God did so love us that he was even willing to experience pain on our own levels of understanding and not just like someone staring at fish in a bowl.