The One Thing Jesus Hated The Most

To many this would seem to be an ironic title, “The One Thing Jesus Hated The Most”. Most Christians would probably tell you how much Jesus was about love or something to that effect. But there were things that Jesus spoke out against consistently that perhaps we don’t ponder enough. In understanding what Jesus strongly disliked, and being He was the son of God, consequently what God strongly dislikes, perhaps we find ourselves another avenue with connecting with God deeper. But first, if an alien were to crash land on earth with no knowledge of Christianity and had to guess what Jesus hated most based off of what Christian culture speaks out against most, what would there guesses be?

Homosexuality

Perhaps the number one guess would be homosexuality, the seemingly favorite sin to talk about and condemn publicly. Interestingly, Jesus never mentions or explicitly condemns homosexuality. It’s a point a lot of Christians who are more supportive of the lifestyle tend to make. However, Jesus does implicitly condemn homosexuality through condemnation of fornication, which is to say unlawful intercourse, and adultery. Nonetheless, this was not what Jesus spoke out against the most in scripture, far from it actually.

Islam

Perhaps the number two guess aliens would make is Islam. With terrorist attacks in recent years throughout the world committed by Islamic extremist groups, a small plurality of Christians promotes the idea of being at war with Islam. You see this plurality express fears of Shari law being instituted if Muslims are elected to political office, and also protests against any teachings of Islam being given in world religion classes at public schools. Jesus of course never spoke out against Islam explicitly, though again implicitly, Jesus was in support of people following after Him and connecting to God through Him. But again, far from what Jesus spoke out against consistently in scripture.

So what did Jesus hate the most?

So He didn’t speak out against homosexuality the most, didn’t speak out against Islam the most, and didn’t speak out against a number of other issues that you find consistently publicly spoken against within popular Christian culture often. But what did He speak out against the most? What did Jesus hate the most? I would suggest to you the answer to that question is one word, and that word is hypocrisy. Jesus seemed to consistently speak out against the hypocrisy of the religious leaders of that time, and hypocrisy within people in general. Let’s observe the following verses.

Matthew 6:2 “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.”

Matthew 6:5 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

Matthew 6:16  “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.”

Matthew 7:5 “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

Matthew 15:7 “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:”

Matthew 22:18 “But Jesus perceived their malice, and said, “Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites?”

Matthew 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”

Matthew 23:14 “[Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.]”

Matthew 23:15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.”

Matthew 23:23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.”

Matthew 23:25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.”

Matthew 23:27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”

Matthew 23:28 “So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

Matthew 23:29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,”

Matthew 24:51 “and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Mark 7:6 “And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me.”

Luke 6:42 “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”

Luke 12:1 “Under these circumstances, after so many thousands of people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another, He began saying to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”

Luke 12:56 “You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?”

Luke 13:15 “But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites, does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the stall and lead him away to water him?”

Conclusion

As we can see, numerous times Jesus condemned hypocrisy. Perhaps it’s far from coincidence that one of the main criticisms of the Christian church today is the hypocrisy within it. The lack of humility and compassion that was exhibited by the Pharisees and Sadducees would arguably be the heart of the hypocrisy we see today. It seems the greater goal of condemning hypocrisy was a call to pursue genuine faith through authentic piety towards God, humility within ourselves, and compassion towards others. One could wonder if the Christian church would be viewed differently if a majority of Christian culture focused our outrage towards more of what Jesus hated most.

Peace to all those who are in Christ.

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27 thoughts on “The One Thing Jesus Hated The Most

  1. Hi its hypocrisy that does lots of damage to Jesus. Most people I speak to think the church is full of hypocrites more than full of repentant sinners. To be a hypocrite is to live a dishonest life, effectively we are lying to ourselves. It is the opposite of honesty but largely overlooked by the church today. Bless You. Richard

    • Hi Richard. Thank you for your comment. Indeed, that’s the image some outsiders seem to get of the church unfortunately. But hopefully by our continual encouragement and reminder to one another about the importance of reflecting Christ in our thinking and behavior, we can change the negative perception that outsiders have, and maybe even inspire them to join us.

      Peace to you in Christ. 🙂

  2. My guess before reading your answer was, “Setting the letter of the Law against its spirit,” which I suppose is essentially the logical root of the pharisaical hypocrisy which Christ was contending with. Today we more commonly have the opposite problem – setting the spirit against the letter. The former error is uglier, but at least it is more identifiable and repulsive. Antinomian Christianity is a sweet Siren’s call.

    Saw you liked my last post, thought I’d pop over and say hi.

    • Hi Christian Renaissance Movement. You’re welcome for the like. An interesting post about the skepticism of Thomas.And yes, I think it’s important ot acknowledge both the law and the spirit to have a full understanding of our faith. Thank you for your comment.

      Peace to you in Christ. 🙂

  3. Thank you for the food for thought here.

    It seems to me that every sin is an act of hypocrisy if the two great laws are, “Love God with all your heart, might, mind, and strength,” and, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” I’m having a hard time thinking of a sin that doesn’t put selfish interests before one of these laws. Being a sinner and guilty of hypocrisy against these laws myself, in my mind it seems that the best place for a hypocrite is among the Christians. How else can God make us aware of our weaknesses and hypocrisies unless we are willing to expose ourselves, through scripture and prayer, to the chastisement of the Lord? While Jesus spoke a great deal against the hypocrites, it would seem to me that what would displease him most is an unrepentant hypocrite – one who sits in smug self-satisfaction passing judgement on the rest of the world, all the while ignoring the Holy One who is quietly knocking – or even pounding – on the door asking us to let him in.

    • Hi Heather. Thank you for your comment. I think it’s true that being around other Christians helps us to diminish our hypocrisies. It’s important to hold one another accountable to the teachings of scripture. And hopefully in holding someone accountable they choose to repent and correct their behavior. And with behaviors corrected, we present a better image of the church towards others and hopefully inspire more people to turn to Christ.

      Peace to you in Christ. 🙂

  4. Wonderful post and I agree wholeheartedly.
    I think its so important for us to be authentic in every area of our walk with God, even the ‘working progress’ parts.
    It’s hypocrisy that actually puts non believers off not our shortcomings!
    Blessings,
    Hayley

    • Amen Hayley. Hopefully by the example we all strive to set in our own authenticity, we inspire others to exhibit that same authenticity and have less hypocrisy in the church.

      Peace to you in Christ. 🙂

  5. I believe that hypocrisy within the church is what is drawing people AWAY from the church and Christianity altogether. It’s unfortunate. However, great post. God bless you.

  6. I have read the scripture in Matthew about the hypocrites many times. Christ certainly did not like boastful, arrogant, people who did things in public to be seen. Christ does not like or condone any sin that mankind is involved in. We need to humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord. This makes me think of the story about Lazarus and the hypocritical rich man. I would say any sin is equally displeasing to Jesus and God. To God what people call a little white lie is as displeasing to God as a catastrophic lie. Sin is sin.

    • Hi Peggy. Yes, humility is so important in exhibiting our faith towards others. Hopefully we can all continually strive for that and holiness which can draw others towards our faith.

      Peace to you in Christ. 🙂

  7. Amen to that. If you were going to talk to talk you better walk the walk.
    ““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:21-23‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    http://bible.com/111/mat.7.21-23.niv

  8. He hates lies, which includes hypocrisy, slander, deceit, cheating, etc. I hate lies, too. Many people are led astray by lies. Many people today are giving out a false grace message, which is a lie, in order to give people a false hope of salvation from sin, but while telling them that God requires nothing of them – no repentance and no obedience and no submission to Christ and to his cross. But, Jesus died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. If we walk in the flesh, we will die in our sins, but if we walk in the Spirit, and by the Spirit we are putting to death the deeds of the flesh, we will live with Christ for eternity (1 Pet. 2:24; Rom. 8:1-14; cf. Lu. 9:23-25). But, he loves truth!

  9. Of course, too many so-called Christians believe that faith alone will save them. That is a fact? That they believe this, yes. But, faith by itself will not save you if you live an immoral life. Do not let Paul’s teaching trump what Jesus said in the Gospels. Christians approving of abortion? How can that be?!

  10. Biblical faith starts with Abraham and a God-composed adventure of faith that displaces the normative plans of Abraham with God’s higher ways and thoughts…wrapped up in a life-script far outside of worldly conventional normalcy and thinking.

    In my humble opinion this is the essence of a relationship with God according to His standards…hypocrisy is going about it according to our our ways and rules to suit ourselves…which cannot possibly equate to walking with God in His game-plan for our lives…thus the disconnect between Jesus and the Pharisees and scribes.

    They were talking a good game that had themselves and everyone else fooled…but they were not living in a journey of faith life-script written by God that would displace their personal city of “Haran” for the Promised Land of Canaan…only reachable as Abraham put one foot in front of the other as he walked to Canaan. The two outcomes are as different as night and day…the religious leaders instigate the crucifixion of Jesus…the disciples see the risen Jesus and go on to start the early Christian church with boldness and power.

    I think this is what Spirit-born Christians need to grasp…the cross of Christ (Lk. 22:42) is our biblical heritage as previewed for us in all of the narrative stories of faith in the Bible. This is a key element that separates Christianity today from all other worldviews.

  11. Thanks for your insights and bringing perspective. Every Christian generation has it’s pet sins that it likes to pick on, from divorce to homosexuality to greed to whatever you can list that the church has entrenched against at different times in history. From Islam in the crusades to witchcraft in the inquisition. But the things Jesus is clear that he opposes tend to be internal issues – things Christians do that they shouldn’t, not things that nonbelievers do that they shouldn’t. We aren’t called to hold outsiders accountable, but ourselves. And we aren’t call to love ourselves, but outsiders. This is the root of our hypocrisy, loving ourselves and hating outsiders instead of doing what Jesus did.

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