Sunday, May 23, 2010
"Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" 2 Tim. 3:12
"They who wish to be exempt from persecutions must necessarily renounce Christ." -John Calvin
"If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me." -Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior (John 15:18-21)
"...the hatred of the world is a fact, not merely an assumption. The disciples had experienced this hatred. ...in the future this hatred against them would manifest itself again and again and would increase, ...This hatred proceeds from the world, the realm of evil, the society of wicked men who have set themselves against Christ and His kingdom....In the early days of the apostles this cruel and sinister world was represented by the Jews, especially by their leaders. ...the world had hated Jesus, ...from the very beginning of His public ministry and never subsided." -William Hendriksen
I have been mocked, and never severely though. Some unbelievers think I'm a religious nut. And the real religous types think I'm a heretic:-- Those who are the fundamentally self-righteous who like to argue and then simply say they are shaking the dust off, and leave, telling me I'm a false-teacher.
And my immediate family thinks I'm nutty. Not as much now. But my first few years as a new creation in Christ they really thought I was foolish. They have just enough Catholicism to get them by,-- and for me to say I love Jesus, and love the Word, and love church, and even love my neighbors, no matter what color their skin is, and even love my enemies,--is going way to far with God and religion.