“It’s Works are Evil”

“The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil.” (John 7:7, ESV)

Jesus to his brothers [who at this point, as John tells us, did not believe in him].

When Jesus says that the world “hates me because I testify about it that is works are evil,” he makes some interesting assumptions. [The world here (and in the rest of John’s gospel) is a reference to those who do not believe in him].

Assumption One:  There is an absolute standard of morality.  When Jesus says that the world’s works are evil, he is making the implicit assumption that there is a standard of morality against which to judge the world, and that judgment is legitimate and right.  In other words, it is good to hold the world up against this standard of morality and ask the question, “are your works good or evil?”

Assumption Two:  Jesus is fit to do this judging of the world.  He does not bother justifying why he can make this morality call on the world, he assumes the authority to do so.

Assumption Three: Because Jesus has the authority to make this morality call on the world, and because Jesus’ conclusion is that the works of the world are evil, therefore, the world hates Jesus. The world does not hate Jesus because he is a Jew, or because he spends too much time with Samaritans, or because he was born in a stable, it hates him because he proclaims that there works are evil.

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