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Essay:Adulteress Story

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/* Jesus Acts Out of Character */
'''The statement in John 8:7, ''"If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."'', is not in keeping with the rest of the Bible.''' The phrase "without sin" only appears two other times in the New Testament: in Hebrews 4:15: ''"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin."'', and in 1 John 1:8: ''"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us."'' These instances of the phrase "without sin" are quite different from the adulteress story. First, neither of these quotations are from Jesus, making the adulteress story the only instance in which Jesus uses the phrase. Second, the phrase has very different meanings from that of the adulteress story; in Hebrews, it is describing Jesus's glory, and in 1 John, it is a warning to how we view ourselves. Neither instance uses the "without sin" as a phrase to persuade people against judging or condemning others.
'''There are two incongruities is an incongruity pertaining to the concluding sentence of the story.''' John 8:12 states, ''When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."'' First, this This sentence in no way relates to the scene with the adulteress; Jesus did not tell the adulteress to follow him, or that he was the light of the world. Second, according to the adulteress story, all the people left because they were sinners; yet this sentence states that Jesus is speaking to people.
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