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A horrible feeling
Everybody knows the story, how in the New Testament the Pharisees
dragged before Jesus a woman caught in the act of adultery, and asked,
'The Law of Moses commands that anyone guilty of this sin should be stoned to death; what do you say?'
To this double-noosed snare of a question Jesus at first made no reply but indifferently stooping down wrote something on the ground, but when they demanded a reply he raised his head and said,
'Let one among you who is without sin be the first to strike her!' and the main point of the story is that on hearing this the Pharisees went away one by one, beginning with the eldest.
What we have to note here is the fact that Jesus is concerned to show up an attitude common both to the Scribes and Pharisess of his own time and to today's experts in the ways of the world: they consider justice and love, which are one, as two separate things, and confuse the sin and the sinner.
But the more I see and hear of life in today's world, the more I have a horrible feeling that if such a legal dispute were to arise in present-day Seoul, the adulterous woman, of course, and Jesus of Nazareth as well, both would simply be stoned to death on the spot, and my heart grows dark and full of dread.
Deliver us from utter evil.