Bible-openI’ve just posted a new static page on my blog, describing a number of Bible verses that Christians generally don’t obey. I’m not quite sure why this would be the case, since some of them are widely quoted and are featured in Jesus’ two most famous sermons, the Sermon on the Mount and the Sermon on the Plain. Nevertheless, few Christians these days live by them. And Christians have been refusing to live by them, almost since the founding of their religion. So ignoring these verses is a very long and very deep Christian tradition, that will be difficult to root out.

The reason why these verses are ignored is because — to be perfectly honest — they’re inconvenient to practice. Poverty as a spiritual ideal is not all that attractive; and pacifism to the point of not defending oneself is none too appealing either.

Nevertheless, these things — and more — are all explicitly mandated by Christianity’s most sacred texts, which means Christians must go along with them … or cease being Christians. It really is that simple. My guess is that most of the disobedient Christians who refuse to follow these instructions, are nevertheless going to continue refusing to follow them, and continue calling themselves Christians, even though their disobedience means they’re not.

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P.S. In case you were wondering, here’s a list of the verses covered in that page, in Biblical order:

Psalm 14:3
Psalm 37:11
Proverbs 11:2
Proverbs 29:23
Ecclesiastes 7:20
Matthew 5:3, 5
Matthew 5:9
Matthew 5:17-19
Matthew 5:38-42
Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18
Matthew 6:19-21, 24
Matthew 7:1-5
Matthew 7:21-23
Matthew 10:9-10
Matthew 19:21-25
Matthew 22:19-21
Matthew 24:36, 42
Matthew 26:52
Mark 10:21-26
Mark 12:16-17
Mark 12:41-44
Mark 13:31-33
Luke 6:20
Luke 6:24
Luke 6:27-29
Luke 6:37
Luke 6:46
Luke 9:3
Luke 12:33-34
Luke 14:7-14
Luke 16:13
Luke 16:17
Luke 18:10-14
Luke 18:22-26
Luke 20:24-25
John 8:3-7
Acts 2:44-45
Acts 4:32-35
Romans 3:22-23
Romans 3:9-12
Romans 11:32
James 1:22
James 4:10
1 John 1:8-10
Revelation 3:14, 17-18

If you want to know more about these verses, you’ll just have to find out for yourself!

Update 1: I’ve gotten some comments, and a lot of personal correspondence, about that page. I responded to that a couple days ago in another blog post.

Update 2: I’ve added a section on humility and its Biblical virtues. I’ve inserted the verses cited into the list above.

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