Here's another one that's irked me since Sunday School. (Pardon me if I didn't research the John this, or Mark that. I can't stand even looking at the book, much less reading it.)
Why couldn't the Lord at least be as pacifist as Confucius, Epicurus, Buddha, or even MLK? What kind of example did he set when he threw a childish, temper tantrum because he was morally offended?
Think of all the suffering this one stupid incident has caused in human history. The Inquisitors of the Middle Ages were morally offended (so they claimed) and proceeded to torture and burn at the stake millions of people over the centuries. Actually it was all a scam to get their inheritance.
"And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves."
One of the many reasons the Christian faith has proven so popular is that thanks to the mass of hypocrisy, contradiction and double standards in the Holly Babble the religion can be all things to all men, it can be used to sanction slavery or speak out against it, it can favour the rich and loath them at the same time, it can laud and condemn poverty, preach violence and pacifism as being the same thing.
"Turn the other cheek" is for the laity, not the clergy.
You can always write off the scourging of the temple as "righteous indignation" over a concrete harm. You could arguably associate it with the modern concept of civil disobedience. But what about that fig tree incident -- it's undeniably petty, irrational, childish and self-serving that Jesus cursed the fig tree for not having fruit for him ... and figs weren't even in season at the time.
Given that the gospels chose to present these vignettes I can only conclude that they wanted to balance Meek And Mild Jesus with Hellfire And Brimstone Jesus. I guess the subtext is, be attracted to his sweetness but beware -- still waters run deep, so don't presume upon his goodness either.