20 Modern Behaviors That Contradict the Teachings of Jesus

SharePinEmailThe Bible and Jesus’ teachings are a foundation of Christianity, but modern life often contrasts starkly with these principles. While you may consider yourself to be adhering to Jesus’ teachings, here we’ll examine common modern behaviors that contradict them.  Materialism In the modern world, it is quite common for people to value their material things…

The Bible and Jesus’ teachings are a foundation of Christianity, but modern life often contrasts starkly with these principles. While you may consider yourself to be adhering to Jesus’ teachings, here we’ll examine common modern behaviors that contradict them. 

Materialism

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In the modern world, it is quite common for people to value their material things over almost everything else. Many people prioritize these things over their spirituality. But Jesus warns us in the Bible that we cannot serve money and God. 

Harsh Judgments

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In the age of social media, it is very easy to fall into the trap of judging other people. This directly contradicts Jesus’ teachings of understanding and compassion. If you feel that you are in danger of making harsh judgments try to remember the famous Biblical phrase, let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.

Seeking Out Retribution

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Revenge and seeking out retribution for “justice” has become more common in today’s society, but this directly goes against Jesus’ teachings about forgiveness. 

Encouraging Conflict

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Jesus advocated for peace and reconciliation, yet today there are both individuals and nations that glorify conflict and war. Whether it is in the name of security, power, or retribution, taking an aggressive approach is in sharp contrast with Jesus’ messages about peace. 

Gossiping

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Whether in person or sharing on social media, spreading misinformation, rumor or general gossip has flourished. Disseminating lies goes against the Christian tenet of integrity and honesty. 

Holding a Grudge

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Forgiveness played a central role in Jesus’ teachings, but many people continue to harbor resentment in the long term against others. This can not only harm relationships, but it can create bitterness. Although it is difficult, learning to forgive will be more closely following Jesus’ example. 

Not Being Humble

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Humility is an important teaching in the Bible. But modern culture typically encourages pride and self-promotion. This creates a self-centered approach to life that contrasts with the humble servitude Jesus both taught and lived. 

Ignoring the Poor and Needy

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Charity is an important teaching and Jesus spent a lot of time caring for the poor and needy. Today, we tend to avoid seeing these outcasts, isolating them from our lives. Remember Jesus taught us that what we do for others is like we are caring for him. 

Living in Fear

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One of the recurring themes in Jesus’ teachings is to not live in fear. He told followers “Do not be afraid” encouraging trust and faith in God. Unfortunately, today with the media, society, and politics, many people find themselves in a constant state of fear. 

Not Caring for the Environment

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Many people are becoming more aware of environmental issues, but this is not simply a trendy subject. The Bible instructs us to be guardians of the Earth and Jesus showed profound respect for the world, even withdrawing into the wilderness to reflect and pray. So, failing to protect the environment directly goes against Jesus’ teachings.

Prioritizing Tradition Rather Than Compassion

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One of the criticisms Jesus had of the Pharisees was that they strictly adhered to tradition at the expense of kindness and mercy. Today, many people still prioritize traditions, whether they are cultural or religious, over the dignity and well-being of others. 

Neglecting Your Self-Care

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Although Jesus taught us the importance of self-sacrifice, he also made time for reflection and prayer. Jesus understood the need to replenish your spirit. People today often neglect themselves as they try to be productive and busy, but this can lead to health issues and burnout. 

Intolerance

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Jesus was well known for his inclusion of even those who had been judged by society or marginalized. But today it is common to see intolerance based on gender, religion, race, and other issues. This intolerance goes against Jesus’ teachings, and even if you feel another is a sinner, you should try to “love your neighbor as yourself,” and forgive.

Focusing on Appearance

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Today’s selfie generation seems to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to look perfect. This emphasis on image is promoting superficiality, which can damage our faith. Jesus warned that acting for the sake of appearance is not genuine faith. 

Overindulgence

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Jesus lived a simple life and warned us about living to excess. Unfortunately today, we have high obesity rates, rampant drug abuse issues, and alcoholism in our society. This highlights the consumption lifestyle that is typically today which is a stark contrast to the contentment and simplicity modeled by Jesus. 

Quickness to Anger

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Jesus’ teachings focused on patience and we were cautioned against anger. But in today’s high-pressure society, harsh reactions and quick tempers are quite common. From road rage to screaming in food outlets if our order is wrong, this quickness to anger conflicts with the thoughtful and peaceful demeanor in Jesus’ teachings. 

Disrespecting Children

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Jesus urged respect for everyone, but he also placed great value on the younger members of our society. He taught his followers to welcome children to enter the kingdom of heaven and “become like little children.” In today’s society children’s needs and views are often undervalued. Many children are neglected or forgotten, and considered unimportant in our modern world. 

Prioritizing the Law

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While law and order are important for society, prioritizing the law over the deeper needs of people goes against Jesus’ teachings. Jesus had several conflicts with religious leaders who followed the religious laws but ignored those around them. We should always try to remember the spirit of compassion and love that the law is meant to serve. 

Misuse of Power

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Jesus used his influence and power to serve others, maintaining a sense of self-sacrifice and humility. Today, people in power often leverage their position for personal gain rather than for service. This is a misuse of power that contradicts the model exemplified by Jesus. 

Lack of Being Present

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In our busy world, with numerous distractions, it is challenging to give things your full attention. Jesus was fully present with the people around him to develop a deep connection. So, having a lack of being present with your family, friends, work, and other aspects of your life contradicts his teachings. 

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