1.The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.
Many folks have been turned away from Christianity because of the hypocrisy they have seen; sometimes in folks they know personally, sometimes from a historical perspective. It is true, from the Spanish inquisition and the crusades to your neighbor's drunkenness and adultery, many atrocities have been committed by those who claim to be Christian. But if you would please reread the definition of hypocrisy again....
What you witnessed or read about in the history books was not true believers following Christ. They did not hold or possess the truth they professed or they wouldn't have acted like the devil! Jesus told the religious hypocrites of his day they were doing the works of their father, the devil! In the Bible, the only group Jesus came down really hard on was the religious hypocrites. The folks that knew they were sinners sought and found mercy and forgiveness in the words and actions of Jesus Christ. The self-righteous and religious found words of truth that cut to the core, and exposed their hypocrisy and evil deeds.
This does not imply that perfect virtue is required to become a Christian. In fact the whole concept of Christianity is that God loved us so much that He arranged a way to impart His righteousness to imperfect mankind. The requirement is that we are willing to confess our imperfection, our sin, and deal with it according to his plan.
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