The Story of Jesus and the Moneychangers…

The Story of Jesus and the Moneychangers… March 9, 2015

is one of the most beloved texts in the Bible for those seeking to rationalize their love of violence. The trouble is, it is total rationalization. And it leads to blasphemous nonsense like “The crucifixion proves that God loves the death penalty, war, torture and bombing civilian populations for the greater good.” God’s Name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of such nonsense.

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  • Pete the Greek

    As someone who has herded animals, once you get a group moving, it doesn’t take much. I like to think that it was probably the mass stampede of the cattle and sheep that dumped the tables too.

  • zebbart

    The people who really Jesus’ example here are the protesters like the Ploughshares people who take hammers to nuclear warheads and get thrown in jail for it. Does anyone believe Jesus really solved the problem of corruption in the temple with violence by driving out the money changers? Nothing but their own consciences would have stopped them from coming back on Easter Sunday. All Jesus accomplished was showing that it is possible and right to stand against evil, but that what you’ll get for it is persecution. The only hope is to convert hearts in the process. He didn’t show that physical power is a viable or a good way to stop evil.

  • the rein man

    “He neither swings at the doves in their cages, nor does he whip any
    people. He uses a rope to drive out the sheep and oxen, like any
    shepherd or cattle herder would do.”


    When he was teaching at Holy Apostles seminary in CT, Msgr. Eugene Kevane (considered by many to be the greatest catechist of the 20th century) used to teach that not only did our Lord strike the money changers in the temple,but the force of each blow upon each person was equal to each person’s offense. I don’t believe that this reference should ever be used to justify unjust violence, but it is ludicrous to manufacture an interpretation in order to portray our Lord as a pacifist.

  • Michaelus

    Hmmm….Cosmas Indicopleustes versus Augustine…..