A couple of posters in another thread gave me idea for this thread. They'll know who they are. The general topic is to think of as many biblical (or otherwise religious) tenets that people selectively, and therefore hypocritically, invoke. That is, they invoke it when it suits their argument and dismiss (or ignore) it when it doesn't. The one that inspired me to ask this is Matthew 5:39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Now, if a person truly and honestly believes in this particular tenet, then they would apply it universally. Yet NOBODY ever does. One person even rationalized said hypocrisy by asserting that Jesus only meant it to apply to individuals, not groups made up of individuals, and therefore a nation going to war doesn't violate this tenet. The bottom line IMO is that this tenet is entirely unrealistic. It basically instructs people to not be people and that's not really possible. Yet there is always another hypocrite willing to invoke this passage, not universally of course, but on a case by case basis. What are some other hypocritical biblical invocations?