What if Jesus Hurts My Feelings?

Sometimes Jesus says things we don’t want to hear. You know, things like, we should love our enemies, or forgive those who wronged, or stop ogling other human beings. Sometimes he’s not just giving us difficult instructions, but calling us out on our BS. I’m probably not the only one who has cringed in recognition when Jesus proclaims, “You hypocrites!” Here is a whole list of mean things Jesus said to people (followed by some apologetics.)

That list doesn’t include the passage that shook me as I’ve been making my way through Matthew, though. After Jesus explains that it isn’t what goes into the body but what comes out of it that makes it unclean, Peter asks for a better explanation. In the New International Version, Jesus responds, “Are you still so dull?” (Matthew 15:16)


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