Sometimes I think someone should start a blog entitled, “Scripture Not Read in Church.” There are stories of Jesus in the Bible that do not make for pleasant conversation after church.
An example is in Matthew Chapter 18. The book has beautiful prose that is often read in church and referred to in casual conversation. How often should a person forgive the shortcomings of another? Not just seven times, but seventy times seven, the ancient writers claim Jesus said.
And, there was the story of the one lost sheep. It was more important than the 99 that were never lost.
These myths are nice but ancient writers put other things on the tongue of Jesus. In the same Matthew, Chapter 18, Jesus talks of adults who tempt children away from worshiping him. Would Jesus forgive such adults seven times seventy? No, not even once. Instead he advises such enemies have a stone tied around their necks and drowned.
I wrote recently about the self centered and hungry Jesus who killed a fig tree because it had no figs. Those who comments in that blog offered up various suggestions of metaphor that the story might have suggested. It might have been about a Jesus who killed those who disagreed with him.
I would guess the passage in Matthew Chapter 18 where Jesus advocates killing those who attract children away from him is not read from the pulpit. It doesn’t make for good after service coffee conversation.