What is the Science of Salvation?

A collection of quotes and sayings about Truth from the great traditions of the world.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Hypocrisy

  When our Lord Jesus Christ reproached the Scribes and Pharisees, He usually called them hypocrites, by this indicating that dire form of falsehood - hypocrisy - with which these so-called leaders of the people were filled. The Pharisees were outwardly pretended saints but in their hearts and souls, they were malicious haters of truth and good. For this reason the Lord likened them to finely finished coffins which are beautiful on the outside but are full of dead bones and corruption. The vice of hypocrisy is widespread even now in the form of pretending and desiring to seem to be what one is not - not actually to be, but to seem to be what one is not. A Christian strives, of course not to seem to be, but to actually be good. This is not easy, and often passes almost unnoticed by anyone except for the All-seeing God. And many - especially among the youth - try to seem more clever, more beautiful, more gifted, more developed and more charitable than they are in reality. From this, they obtain that mortal deceit and insincerity which now so often destroys people and their happiness, which is clearly based on falsehood and not on truth.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                           St. Philaret of New York
                                                                           "The Law of God"