We have finished the arguments that Russell attempts to refute. He now moves on to the subject of Christ. The Character of Christ and the defects in Christ's teachings to be specific.
Russell's objection to The Character of Christ: He begins with three of Jesus' most well known teachings. ‘Resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.’ ‘Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.’ And lastly ‘If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor.’ And His objection to all of these is not really an objection at all, but to just point out that many Christians do not live up to these teachings. I would like to point out one more part in his argument in which I believe is very poor. He sites probably the most famous verse in history. Mathew 7:1 'Judge not lest ye be judged.' His objection to this is that Christians cannot be judges in courts if they also agree with this verse. However this verse is obviously not meant for public courts but individuals. We should not be critical of others while we are still very much living in sin. However in a judicial system there are laws, and punishments to go along with those laws. Judges are simply carrying them out. Therefore his argument carries no weight. So to sum it all up I will quote Russell from the very beginning of his remarks and the very end. ".....the question whether Christ was the best and the wisest of men. It is generally taken for granted that we shall all agree that that was so. I do not myself." "All these, I think, are good maxims....." he almost seems to have changed his mind from the beginning to the end. The very maxims on which he is criticizing Jesus are ones that he acknowledges to be very wise. His only objection...... Hypocritical Christians.