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The dictionary defines a jerk as a “foolish, rude, or contemptible person” [ref]. Another dictionary throws in the word “fatuous” as well, and then defines fatuous as, “vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish”. [ref]
Given these definitions, can we make the case that Jesus was a jerk? Let’s see what we find when we look at God’s word.
A person who is a hypocrite is certainly a jerk. No one likes a hypocrite, because hypocrites are smugly foolish. And Jesus seems to have a problem with hypocrisy. For example, one of Jesus’ most famous lines is, “Love your enemies,” as he says here in Matthew 5:43:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”
He reiterates the message in Luke 6:26:
“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
That seems simple enough. And wouldn’t you expect Jesus to love his enemies? Yes you would, unless he is a hypocrite. Therefore, what we find in Mark 16:15-16 is surprising. It shows us how Jesus treats his enemies:
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned [to hell].
This is “good” news? Jesus doesn’t love his enemies at all. In fact, you don’t even need to be an enemy — even those who would rather not “believe in” Jesus are condemned to eternal torture in a lake of fire. This level of hypocrisy is the kind of thing you expect from a jerk.
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