Divided Opinions

Here’s something I found while looking through one of the books of the Christian Bible. It surprised me so much when I read it that I thought you might like to see it too.

At dawn Jesus appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

The Gospel of John, Chapter Eight

One half of me, after I’d read this, thought: this woman’s guilty and he’s let her get away with it!

The other half of me said: I rather like the style of this clever and compassionate man.

Was he right to let her go? Well, what do you think?

 

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  1. Pingback: About transgression, law and punishments | Belgian Biblestudents - Belgische Bijbelstudenten

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