Three Things I Hate About Jesus
In the story of our redemptive history, this is the final chapter. Second Coming of Christ is a time when Christ returns to earth for a second time. On this day, everything will be put back in its proper order. As a result of his coming, Jesus will judge the living and the dead, raise the dead from their graves, and completely cleanse the earth of all traces of sin and corruption. 1) 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (New International Version). “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding cry, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God,” the Bible says.
When they are caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, we who are still alive, who are left, will be caught up with them, and we will be with the Lord forever.
Three times in the book of Revelation (Revelation 1:7) “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the tribes of the earth will wail because of him.” It’s a shame, really, because it’s a beautiful place.
Acts 17:31 is a good verse to remember.
- It was in Bethlehem that Jesus made his first appearance.
- As part of God’s plan to redeem God’s children, he came to earth to accomplish that goal.
- Sixth, John 14:1–3.
- ” Put your faith in God, and put your faith in me as well.
- Was it possible that I would have told you that I was going to prepare a place for you if this had not been the case?
- ” When it comes to the Rapture and the Second Coming, what’s the difference?
- There are three distinct but related events that will take place at the same time during the Second Coming.
- Finally, believers and unbelievers will be judged according to whether or not they have been covered by the blood of the Lamb at the end of all things.
7)2 Peter 3:10 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that have been done on it will be revealed.” 1) Thessalonians 4:13-18: “However, we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, about those who have died, so that you do not grieve as others do who have lost hope.” Because we believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead, God will use Jesus to bring those who have fallen asleep to him and reunite them with their families.
- Accordingly, we declare to you by a word from the Lord that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will not be the ones to precede those who have died.
- As a result, the first to arise will be those who have died in Christ.
- (9th Chapter, verses 28-29): No longer should you be surprised, for an hour is coming when everyone who are in the graves will hear his call and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
- It is predicted that the Lord Jesus will approach in clouds.
- A personal and visible acknowledgement of your contribution will be made.
- He will appear in a blaze of splendor and with enormous might.
- It is now time for the King to appear.
The identity of the perpetrator will not be in doubt.
Because it is the desire of my Father that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in him should have everlasting life, and I will raise him up on the final day,” Jesus explains.
In His promises, He desires for us to place our trust, security, and hope.
These signals are not intended to be a source of contention or speculation, but rather to provide us with encouragement and comfort as we confront the difficulties that we shall experience.
Christ, as a result, was available for them.
As the end of the world approaches, the church will face persecution.
There will be an increase in wickedness and boasting about one’s faults throughout the world.
Paul wrote to the Philippians in 1 Thessalonians 5:2.
When Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately and said, “Tell us when these things will take place, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” “Take care that no one misleads you,” Jesus instructed them.
Furthermore, conflicts and rumors of wars will be heard of and reported on.
Because country will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world, it is predicted.
“At that point, they will throw you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be despised throughout the world because you bear my name.” Afterwards, many will abandon ship, betray one another, and despise the other.
One who endures to the end, on the other hand, will be rewarded with eternal life.
Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 24:37-39 is a good example of this.
Despite the fact that we do not know the precise day or time that Christ will return, we should live as if we are in the Last Days – because Christ has stated that He would come as swiftly as He is able in the future.
No second is wasted by him in his pursuit of the truth.
As a result, he is patient with you, desiring that no one perish but that everyone come to repentance.” ‘Be patient, therefore, brothers, till the coming of the Lord.’ (James 5:7).
John 6:37 “All that the Father gives me shall come to me, and none of them shall perish.” “All that the Father gives me shall come to me, and none of them shall perish.” While we await the return of Christ, how should Christians conduct themselves?
Whenever he wants, he may return to the room.
Evil will not get the last word.
(Matthew 24:36, to name a few.
“But the Father is the only one who knows the precise day and hour of that calamity.” 24)Luke 21:34-36 (New International Version) ” But keep an eye on yourselves lest your souls become burdened down with dissipation, drunkenness, and the concerns of this life, and that day rush upon you like a trap.” In other words, it will strike down upon everyone who lives everywhere on this planet.
25)Matthew 24:42-44 (King James Version) “So, keep your eyes open, since you never know when your Lord may appear.” Please understand that if the house owner had known what time of the night the burglar was coming, he would have kept his eyes open and would not have allowed his home to be broken into.
Our Lord is certain to uphold His promises — in Him, we may put our faith.
Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly!
Because you are the source of our pride and delight.” 29, Jude 1:21 “Maintain yourself in the love of God as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will save you and grant you eternal life.” 30) Revelation 22:20 “He who bears witness to these things declares, “Yes, I will come quickly.” Amen.
1. I hate that Jesus makes us put up with all sorts.
According to the Bible (in Matthew 13), there’s a story of a farmer who puts wheat seeds in a field, and Jesus is speaking about him. His adversary, on the other hand, arrives and plants weed seeds. When the farmer’s servants notice the weeds, they inquire as to whether they should pluck them. “While you are picking the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them,” the farmer warns emphatically. “Allow both to grow together until harvest time.” Following that, Jesus explains that, in the parable, He is the farmer, the wheat symbolizes people who are part of His Kingdom, the adversary represents Satan, and the weeds indicate individuals who are part of “the wicked one.” In every particular religion, there are certain to be some weeds, some cranks, and some people who aren’t really committed to the cause who make it difficult for the wheat to flourish.
I despise Jesus for allowing this to happen.
It is only by the mercy of God that any of this is possible.
I wish Jesus had simply administered a standardized test to the disciples to identify who was wheat and who was weed, as I believe he should have done.
2. I hate that Jesus is so exclusive.
While anybody can follow Jesus, it is only on Jesus’ conditions that they do so. Jesus made it clear that He was not to be referred to as a “good teacher” or “a spiritual counselor.” He claimed to be the Living Water, the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Narrow Gate, the Good Shepherd, the Resurrection, the Way, the Truth, and the Life (and that’s just in the book of John). He also claimed to be the Narrow Gate, the Good Shepherd, the Resurrection, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. There is a difference between what is right and what is wrong.
- I can’t pick and choose whatever aspects of Jesus or the Bible I wish to believe or which parts I find appealing.
- As a result, certain unpopular pledges are made.
- There are lots of moments when it would be so much easier to simply say to myself and everyone else around me, “Let’s all just do what we believe is right for ourselves,” and walk away.
- I am genuinely worried about abortion, but I would prefer not to tell a woman what she should or should not do with her own body.
- I despise the fact that I can’t just pick and choose whatever teachings from this Jesus man I want to follow and apply them whenever I feel like it.
As I mentioned before, this isn’t a buffet, and I have to adhere to the menu that was put out a couple thousand years ago, no matter how much I (or the others around me) would like something else.
3. I hate that Jesus demands my whole life.
I would much rather continue on my own path, with my own ideas, my own methods, and my own ambitions. Perhaps we can work out a 50/50 ownership agreement in which Jesus and I each have equal voting rights over what I am allowed to accomplish in this life. I would prefer “consensus,” but the system is “Lordship,” and Jesus is the only one who has the power to make decisions. In order to follow Jesus, I must be willing to give up all I own and everything I have (Luke 14:33). His words to me were that I must deny myself, take up my cross (which is an instrument of my own agonizing death) on a daily basis, and then follow Him (Luke 9:23).
- Jesus made it quite apparent that I was the source of the problem (and so are you and everybody).
- I’m in desperate need of Jesus.
- We are all far from perfect, and we require assistance in order to remain pure on a personal and social level.
- The Jeskes have had a plethora of unforgettable experiences in Nicaragua, China, South Africa, and the United States.
- The University of Wisconsin is helping her complete her doctorate in anthropology, and he is in charge of social media for InterVarsity and the Urbana Missions Conference.
- Relevant Magazine published an original version of this essay on October 3, 2012, at relevantmagazine.com.
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- God, Make Us Dangerous
During the Jewish Sabbath this past week, a white-nationalist terrorist opened fire on worshipers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, killing 11 people in what has been dubbed “the worst attack on Jewish people in American history.” Unfortunately, at a time when it appears as though more violence and terror are being perpetrated in this country on a weekly basis, we should not allow the news cycle to pass without taking a critical look at what this incident implies for us as Christians.
- In light of a globe rife with resurgent “blood-and-soil” ethno-nationalism, most of it is anti-Semitic in origin, this is especially true.
- This reality should be communicated emphatically to anybody who would claim the title “Christian”: If you hate Jews, you hate Jesus.
- Especially while this should be self-evident, global history, and even church history, demonstrate that this is not the case.
- “Remember that Jesus was Jewish,” I’ve heard Christians repeat on several occasions.
- Jesus is alive and well, and he is seated on the throne of God in heaven.
- This implies that he is still and always will be a human being.
- He has always been and will continue to be a Galilean.
Jesus is a Jew, and he lives in the present tense.
Jesus is descended from Abraham.
He is a descendant of the House of David.
His priesthood, despite the fact that he is not a member of the tribe of Levi, is established as genuine because of Melchizedek, the priest’s connection to Abraham.
As Christians, we are all adopted into a Jewish family and into the story of the Israelites, regardless of our religious affiliation.
It’s for this reason that the New Testament may speak to gentile Christians as if the tale of their own predecessors were the account told in the Old Testament books, and vice versa.
In Christ, we are united with him, regardless of our ethnic heritage or nationality.
An attack on the Jewish people is an attack on all of us, whether we are Jews or not.
You’ll note that the way they describe something is in contradiction to the way another group defines it.
“European white identity,” as defined in terms of “Christendom,” is often what they are referring to.
Such individuals have been around for a long time.
A Bible that has had its Jewishness stripped from it is not a Bible.
The fact that we can’t even speak his name, “Jesus,” or “Yahweh saves” without being confronted with the fact that our Lord is Jewish is a source of constant frustration.
Every time there is a terrorist incident, we are moved to tears.
However, we must make it crystal clear that those who perpetrate such heinous atrocities against the Jewish people are committing an attack on the image of God, as well as an attack on Jesus as the son of Adam.
It’s not only that you’re targeting a synagogue’s rabbi; you’re also attacking our rabbi as well.
If you despise Jews, you despise Jesus. A Southern Baptist minister, Russell Moore serves as head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, which serves as the policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. Russell Moore’s website, russellmoore.com, is where this story initially appeared.
Why Did They Hate Jesus?
It is frequently said that Jesus was executed because the Jews despised him for associating with sinners and tax collectors, and that the Jews were enraged by his inclusiveness and tolerance. A small amount of truth can be found in this type of emotion, however it is a very small amount of truth. Without a doubt, many of the Jewish officials were displeased with Jesus because he extended friendship and kindness beyond their narrowly defined borders. However, it is inaccurate to assert that Jesus was despised merely because he was too doggone nice, as if his awe-inspiring tolerance was the root cause of his adversaries’ unyielding intolerance.
In my estimation, Jesus is opposed once for eating with sinners (2:16), once for upsetting stereotypes about him in his hometown (6:3), a few times for violating Jewish scruples about the law (2:24, 3:6, 7:5), and several times for “blasphemy” or for claiming too much authority for himself (Matthew 7:5).
- Mark’s Gospel shows us how the Jewish authorities become more and more antagonistic against Jesus as the narrative progresses.
- There are many things about Jesus that the Jewish authorities dislike, but their most intense and homicidal rage is aimed against him because he believes “I am, and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven” (14:62).
- For example, Luke emphasizes Jesus’ affiliation with society’s outcasts as a source of contention for the Jewish authorities, but John emphasizes Jesus’ unique position as God’s equal.
- In response to the growing popularity of Jesus’ reputation as a healer and miracle worker, increasing numbers of people flock to him, driving the ruling class to further detest him.
- There were a variety of reasons why the Jewish authorities despised and finally came to despise Jesus.
- They were enraged with him because he had disrupted their traditions as well as some of their legal preconceptions about the law.
- But, most all, they despised Jesus because he claimed to be from God and, as time went on, ventured to declare himself to be on an equal footing with God.
This is why Jesus was crucified.
It’s safe to say that jealousy played a role (Matt.
But it went deeper than that; they simply lacked the vision to see Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God, and the faith to believe it.
26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65; Luke 22:66-71; and less clearly in John 18:9-24).
After all was said and done, it was Jesus’ tacit and explicit assertions of power, Messiahship, and God-ness, rather than his boundless love, that eventually brought him down.
We require Jesus’ example to guide us in the right direction.
Despite their disapproval of Jesus’s extensive compassion, the Jewish authorities desired his death because he believed himself to be the Christ, the Son of the living God.
However, it is likely that he would not have been executed if he had not made claims to deity, power, and the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy.
Kevin DeYoung (PhD, University of Leicester) is senior pastor of Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina, a member of the Gospel Coalition’s council, and an associate professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary.
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Sister Norma Pimentel is a religious figure who is rarely mentioned in the secular news. She is neither a nutcase, a hypocrite, a sexual predator, or a political operative in the traditional sense. Her life’s work, she claims, is inspired by her observations of “the presence of God” in the migrant children in the shelter she administers in the Rio Grande Valley – fragile souls whom her president would otherwise lock up and detain in detention. You hear about the phonies, the charlatans who wave Bibles, and the dramatically devout, and there are a lot of them.
Vice President Mike Pence adorns his religion with a bright orange vest of his own design.
“Trump directs Pence to locate a passage in the Bible where Jesus tells people to get the hell out,” according to the Washington Post.
In the eyes of many, Pence is the top bootlicker to a president who has come to consider himself as the Messiah, a president who describes himself on Twitter as “the second coming of God.” While it is difficult to imagine God Part II bragging about grabbing a woman’s genitals, paying hush money to a porn actress, or referring to neo-Nazis as “very fine people,” millions of overtly religious Americans believe in some version of Jesus Trump, Superstar, regardless of their religious affiliation.
- The Savonarolas of today are the ones you’ve been hearing about.
- Thompson stripped a Jesuit prep school of its Catholic identity last summer when the institution refused to terminate a homosexual, married instructor who was a member of the clergy.
- He was dismissed as a result of his marriage to another guy, which was a valid, civil proceeding.
- Divorce is likewise frowned upon in Catholic doctrine.
- Indeed, this path leads to thrice-married, politically connected Catholics such as Newt Gingrich, whose wife Callista (with whom Gingrich had an adulterous relationship before getting married) is now Donald Trump’s ambassador to the Vatican.
- According to certain estimates, a healthy majority of Catholics are in favor of same-sex marriage, despite what their spiritual sentinels have told them to the contrary.
- It is believed that the French Revolution was sparked in part by the resentment of famished peasants against overfed clergy who had vowed to live in abject poverty.
Christians of white evangelical faith, who constitute the decaying core of Trump’s support base, profess to be guided by biblical mandates.
Play-Doh is their god, and they worship him.
To put it in terms people would understand, it’s a devil’s bargain.
Despite this, just 25% of white evangelicals believe their nation has an obligation to accept refugees in any capacity.
“There has never been anyone who has defended us and who has fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J.
“There has never been anyone who has defended us and who has fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J.
Ben Howe, a Christian writer, says in his latest book, “The Immoral Majority,” that evangelicals “enjoy the meanest portions” of Trump because he represents them.
It’s tribal, primitive, and vengeful in nature.
Moreover, a large number of young people are abandoning the pews because, all too frequently, the person confronting them in those rows is a charlatan.
This is not a new phenomenon in our generation.
Nonetheless, we are “prisoners of hope,” as Archbishop Desmond Tutu so eloquently put it.
Originally intending to be an artist, Sister Pimentel says she changed her mind when she felt a powerful tug on her spirit, which forced her to dedicate her life to selfless service.
Religion has always been there.
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Too much hate toward Christians, but Jesus’ love conquers all
- Because of my name, you will be despised by all countries, as Jesus said. This past week, I came across two troubling instances of people in America who despise Christians. Frank Bruni wrote a book review and an op-ed for the New York Times, which was the first. The second instance was online discussion aimed towards a 16-year-old Christian kid who was dying of cancer. “There are challenges with impeaching Donald Trump,” Bruni writes in the introduction to his column, “Mike Pence, Holy Terror.” The holy fear, on the other hand, is a significant threat. That would be Mike Pence, who more closely resembles his boss than you would imagine. He’s also a little bit obsessed with himself. In addition, he is a bigot. In addition, he is a liar. “It’s also harsh.” Bruni goes on to say, To that overflowing potpourri, he adds two ingredients that Trump does not genuinely possess: the conviction that he is on a mission from God and the determination to shape the entire nation in the shape of his own faith, a conservative, authoritarian version of Christianity,” the Washington Post writes. ‘The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence,’ according to Bruni, is a forthcoming book by Michael D’Antonio and Peter Eisner that will serve as a basis for his assessment of Pence. “Those individuals who pretend to be called by Jesus’ name, believe Jesus is God who died to pay for the sins of the world, and were raised on the third day,” according to four independent studies, are denigrated by Bruni and the writers of the book. When it comes to hate-filled hostility sent at Jeremiah Thomas, a 16-year-old child dying of cancer who published a “Letter to My Generation” on social media, that piece pales in contrast to the expletive-laced vitriol directed at him by strangers. The following is an excerpt from Thomas’s essay: “We have grown up in a culture that values death, sexual confusion, immorality, and fatherlessness.” Abortion, homosexuality, and suicide are all examples of what I refer to as a “culture of death.” Abortion has wiped off one-third of our generation, according to some estimates. AIDS has claimed the lives of more than 25 million people worldwide. A gay male or woman’s life expectancy is approximately 33 years less than that of a heterosexual man or woman, even in the absence of AIDS. Suicide claims the lives of more young people than all other causes of death combined, including cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease. We have been duped into accepting a bill of goods that has entirely demolished our lives. “We, the people of our country, have chosen death and have so earned the curse.” Thomas was attempting to reach his generation by first delivering the horrible news of Jesus’ death and resurrection, followed by the joyful news that Jesus rose from the dead to give us life. What was the general reaction to Thomas’ optimism that they would have life? “Cancer is causing your mother to have an abortion at a late stage.” lmao” “Are you sure you aren’t dead yet?” “God, please do your job!” “I’ll see you in hell, you filthy pig.” The blows didn’t stop coming. “He’s an awful piece of s*** who’s getting precisely what he deserves,” said the author of the book. I’m relieved that this cancer is terminal. Someone so tyrannical, sexist, and backward-thinking should not be roaming around, living, and breathing in my air,” says the author. And, more importantly, how did Jeremiah Thomas, a 16-year-old, respond to all of this hatred? “I feel sorry for them,” he told his mother. To have such a gloomy feeling in your heart that you would wish a cancer-stricken child to perish. It makes me wonder what happened to them throughout their lives. – A frightening situation to be in, both psychologically and spiritually. “I pray that God would have compassion on them.” Jesus’ love is victorious against hatred. Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated journalist who resides in Starkville with his wife and two children. [email protected] is the best way to get in touch with him.
Why some people hate god
There is a long-lost tribe of religious believers who have suffered from a long-lasting sense of self-identity. That species of believers, who believe in the existence of a creator God but refuse to worship him, is what I’m talking to in this passage. It is possible that they will go so far as to claim that they despise God. Not atheists, mind you; I’m referring to nonbelievers. Even while non-believers may express scorn for God, all they are really doing is giving the thumbs-down to a fictional character in a story.
- Seuss’ nefarious Grinch who stole Christmas as they can with Shakespeare’s cunning Iago.
- Except for the fact that, because God is the most popular of all mythical villains, New Atheists — those evangelistic ones such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins – devote a significant amount of time and effort to enumerating his failings.
- Despite the fact that these extreme dissenters have the potential to dethrone the New Atheists, they have remained relatively obscure to the public until recently.
- First and foremost, we do not have a term for this religious uprising that everyone agrees on.
- In the instance of God-hatred, however, this premise does not apply because the phenomena exists regardless of whether or not a label has been given to it.
- Misotheism is the name I’ve selected since it is derived from the Greek roots “misos” (hate) and “theos” (god) (deity).
- As a result of the amount of injustice and suffering that they observe in this world, they strike me as courageous, visionary, and brilliant individuals who reject God out of a sense of moral fury and despair.
In the end, publicly insulting God can result in a variety of consequences ranging from social exclusion to imprisonment, fines, and even death, depending on where the blasphemy occurs (for example, Ireland imposes a fine of up to 25,000 Euros for blasphemy) and which God is the target of the attacks (under Islamic law, being found to be a “enemy of God,” or “mohareb,” is a capital offense).
- The fact that the misotheists have chosen literature as their first line of defense and favored media makes them particularly appealing to me as a professor of literature.
- And it was a relatively secure place in which to do so.
- Authors who “package” their blasphemous ideas in works of literature do it in such a manner that they do not appear to be offending anyone in any obvious way.
- It’s almost like an agreement between the author and the reader.
- Alternatively, Rebecca West may write that “something has happened that can only be explained by presuming that God hates you with cruel fury, and nobody will acknowledge it,” banking on the fact that, because no one would admit it, she will not be accused of blasphemy by the authorities.
- Prometheus Unbound by Shelley, or West’s The Return of the Soldier by West, are considered banned writings due of the underlying misotheism in these works.
- I refer to the tale of misotheism as “untold” partially because misotheism tends to go unnoticed even when it is there in front of our faces.
- This is another reason why the tale of misotheism is “untold.” In and of itself, the narrative is pretty captivating, but it is not a story that has ever been delivered before in the same way.
- When it comes to religious opposition, misotheism comes in many forms.
- Although it is an attitude toward the supernatural, it is also an attitude toward the divine that demonstrates how strong belief can be.
- As a result, in the end, the study of misotheism serves as a testament to the force of belief, although in a warped and unorthodox manner.
He specializes in the study of iconoclasts and rebels, and he is the author ofHating God: The Untold Story of Misotheism, which is available on Amazon and other online retailers. The original version of this story appeared on CNN’s Belief Blog.
Jesus is not destroyed by our hatred
There is a long-lost tribe of religious believers who have suffered from a long-lasting sense of self-discovery and confusion. That species of believers, who believe in the existence of a creator God but do not worship him, is what I’m talking to in this passage. It is possible that they will even go so far as to proclaim that they despise the existence of God. The term “atheists” is not intended to be derogatory. People who do not believe in God can say hurtful things about him, but in doing so, they are merely expressing their disapproval of a made-up figure.
- Seuss’ nefarious Grinch who stole Christmas as they can with Shakespeare’s deceitful Iago.
- Because God is the most well-known of all mythical villains, New Atheists – particularly proselytizing ones like Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins – devote a significant amount of time and effort to pointing out his flaws and shortcomings.
- This condition of religious rebellion is so confusing that it strains our common notion of religion to its breaking point.
- It appears that we have become collectively blind when it comes to God-hatred.
- In addition, anything that doesn’t have a term linked with it doesn’t exist, do you think?
- As well as that in any event, I’ve finally put an end to the semantic deadlock by identifying these insurgents and their political attitude.
- What is it about them that I am so concerned about?
Meanwhile, they are engaging in self-censorship due to their reluctance to express their opinions in public.
These rebels, however, hold a special place in my heart since they have chosen literature as their primary means of dealing with their anti-God feelings.
They had no other means of venting their fury against God but through literature.
Even when God-hatred is conveyed in literature, it appears that no one pays attention.
However, in order to keep their “secret” secure, these authors rely on the help of the reader to do so.
If Zora Neale Hurston said “all gods that accept respect are cruel,” nobody would dispute that “all gods” must obviously include the three individuals of the Christian Trinity, because “all gods” must contain the three persons of the Christian Trinity.
Therein lay, in a way, the enormous, subversive potential of literary writing, something that had concerned Plato 2,400 years ago when he demanded that all poets be expelled from his ideal “Republic.” Interestingly, while guardians of propriety have placed Huckleberry Finn on a list of prohibited literature because of its liberal use of the N-word, few individuals have deemed Hurston’sTheir Eyes Were Watching God to be one of those novels.
- Prometheus Unbound by Shelley, and West’s The Return of the Soldier by West are both considered banned writings due of the underlying misotheism in both works.
- In part, I refer to the tale of misotheism as “untold” since misotheism tends to go unnoticed even when it is there in front of us.
- This is another reason why the tale of misotheism remains “untold.” In and of itself, that narrative is pretty captivating, but it is not one that has before been given in any form.
- When it comes to religious opposition, misotheism comes in many forms.
- Although it is an attitude toward the divine, it is also an attitude toward the divine that demonstrates how powerful belief can be.
- So as a final result, the study of misotheism serves as a testament to the force of belief, even in its warped and unusual manifestation.
He specializes in the study of iconoclasts and rebels, and he is the author ofHating God: The Untold Story of Misotheism, which is available on Amazon Kindle. Original version of this article published on CNN’s Belief Blog.
Christian Persecution of Jews over the Centuries — United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Many contemporary Jews believe that the horrors of Hitler’s reign were just the culmination of generations of Judenhass persecution (“Jew Hate”). Is this, however, what happened? What if Hitler, Rosenberg, Göring, Himmler, and the rest of the Nazis had pounced on the baptized Christians of Europe when they were at their most vulnerable?
The Earliest Christians
The claim made by Jesus’ disciples that their Master was the one and only true interpretation of the Mosaic Law was not out of the ordinary at the time. The assertion that God had risen him from the dead was what distinguished his disciples from the rest. The majority of Jews were able to take this in humor and, in the early days, without retaliating violently. As Pharisee-oriented Jews were well aware, the resurrection of the just will take place on the Last Day once Elijah’s coming had been proclaimed by the angel Gabriel.
The Jesus Jews were certain that it had been predicted in their people’s sacred writings.
The writings in Greek by ethnic Jews, gathered around 135 AD and eventually known as the New Testament, are the only documented records of the disputes over Jesus that existed in various Jewish communities throughout history.
The Christian writings were produced between 50 and 125 years ago, and they came to be known by the name of the covenant to which they were believed to have testified: a “new” or, better yet, “renewed” covenant (in Latin, but a slightly inaccurate translation of B’rith: Novum Testamentum), which was believed to have been witnessed by them.
- He uses the term “faith” to refer to complete confidence in God as the One who resurrected Jesus from the grave.
- In the Gospel of John, “the Jews” are addressed in a manner that is similar to and much harsher than this.
- Religious discord among Jews after the Holocaust was not unfamiliar territory for hard fighting and harsh language.
- Over the course of a century, one of the two plaintiffs lost his or her Jewish ethnicity.
- Because many Judean Jews were unfamiliar with Jesus, and because most Jews living outside of Israel were unaware of the movement until more than a century had passed, the movement was mostly ignored.
Although this was true, it did not prevent the new, mostly gentile preachers of the Gospel from concluding that the Jews’ lack of reaction was a result of their failure to recognize what they should have learned from their scriptures.
The dramatic shift occurred in the year 380. At this point, Theodosius I declared Christianity to be the official state religion of the Roman Empire. Despite the fact that pagans outnumbered the preferred immigrant at the time, the prior disparity in population between Jews and Christians was a distant memory by that point. However, as a result of this pronouncement, the Jewish position became insecure. However, although no political steps against Jews were taken immediately, the situation did not augur well for Judaism or any other faith apart from Christianity in the long run.
The emperor was forced to back down by Ambrose after a public dispute in his cathedral.
Christ, whom they have crucified and denied, who do you worship?
Peaceful Coexistence and Papal Intervention
There is no existing popular writing that tells us what ordinary Christians in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa believed about Jews and how they behaved toward them throughout the first six hundred years of Christianity’s existence. Due to the fact that they had never rejected their actions, it is likely that it cemented in the common mind the belief that the Jews had crucified Jesus and that their descendants held inherited guilt for the atrocity. Given the fact that heathen worship was the shared adversary, it is reasonable to assume that Jews and Christians coexisted amicably on a local level during the Middle Ages.
- Unsurprisingly, he supports their conversion to Christianity, but he also insists that they be treated fairly under Roman law.
- The papal communication was, for the most part, supportive of Jewish rights, but still maintaining their subservient place in the society in which they lived.
- Meanwhile, the expulsion of Jews from Europe was underway; it began in France under King Dagobert (626) and continued under the Spanish monarchy—with church collaboration—when the Jews were forced to choose between baptism and servitude in 694.
- The one-of-a-kind aspect was that the Christians came to the incorrect conclusion early on that the Jews were being divinely punished for not having converted to their way of thinking.
- From 500 to 1500, the Jews were a religious and cultural minority who were frequently preyed upon by the Christian majority, following a well-known sociological pattern during the time of their persecution.
- At the same time as severe infringements of Jewish rights are condemned, constraints on their ability to fully participate in society are imposed on them.
In spite of this, as many Jewish historians have pointed out, these infringements of civil and social liberty never reached the point of eradicating the Jewish people from the planet entirely—a scary first from the Nazi period, to say the least.
The Medieval Era
During the first six hundred years of Christian history, there is no popular writing that tells us what ordinary Christians in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa believed about Jews or how they behaved toward them. Due to the fact that they had never rejected their actions, it is likely that it cemented in the public’s mind the belief that the Jews had crucified Jesus and that their descendants held inherited guilt for the atrocity. Given the fact that heathen worship was the shared adversary, it is reasonable to assume that Jews and Christians coexisted amicably on a local level.
- Inevitably, he supports their conversion to Christianity while also demanding that they be treated fairly under Roman law.
- The papal communication was, for the most part, supportive of Jewish rights, but still maintaining their subservient place in the society in which they existed.
- Expulsion of Jews from Europe started about the same period, first in France under King Dagobert (626) and continuing under the Spanish monarchy—with the help of the Church—when in 694 the Jews were forced to choose between baptism and servitude.
- The one distinguishing feature was that the Christians came to the incorrect conclusion early on that the Jews were being divinely punished for refusing to convert to their way of thinking.
- For centuries, Jews have been preyed upon by the Christian majority as a religious and cultural minority.
- Throughout history, the papal record has been ambiguous.
- It is common to hear accusations of Jesus’ crucifixion and allegations of stubbornness and blindness, as well as the lexicon of guilt.
In spite of this, as many Jewish historians have pointed out, these violations of civil and social liberty never reached the point of eradicating the Jewish people completely, which would have been a horrifying first during the Nazi period.
European antiSemitism after 1800
It is common to hear anti-Semitism described in terms of theological motivations, such as those of Poles, Germans, Russians, and others, against Jews in the patristic and medieval tradition. Nevertheless, anti-Jewish feeling in Catholic and Protestant Europe, which was itself becoming progressively secularized from the early nineteenth century onward, had other, no less mythological, origins. Anti-Semitism is the right phrase for this type of behavior. Its intended audience was people of Jewish descent.
- Demagogues, on the other hand, were only too delighted to use the old Christian language of anti-Judaism to further their own political objectives.
- It also inherited the same heinous legacy of anti-Jewish feeling as the rest of Christian Europe.
- Hitler took advantage of the fact that Jews had been prominent supporters of the Republic and that a number of them had been among the authors of its constitution, a fact that Hitler exploited.
- However, while some prominent capitalist families, both gentile and Jewish, were able to avoid the worst of the consequences, the angered people focused its attention on Jews rather than on gentiles.
It has been speculated that there was a direct link between anti-Semitic texts in the New Testament and the death chambers at Auschwitz. Most likely not. The route was a long and winding one, commencing about 150 with gentile misinterpretations of the intense intra-Jewish debate contained within those books. Theological anti-Judaism on the part of the Church fathers, which was repeated endlessly in medieval and Renaissance-Reformation preaching, was the far greater culprit in the persecution of Jews.
However, because the Church’s preaching and catechizing had long affected the common mentality, a new phenomena, contemporary anti-Semitism, was able to emerge as a result of this influence.
According to Catholics, statements such as Section 4 of the Vatican II statement on non-Christian religions (Nostra Aetate, October 1965), which exonerated Jews throughout history of the charge of deicide (“killing God”) and warned Catholics against believing that anything in their scriptures taught that Jews were a people cursed or rejected, are examples of what they mean.
Such documentation is necessary, but it is ineffectual unless it is communicated from the pulpit as well as included in church publications and educational resources.
Visitors to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and other Nazi-era exhibitions frequently express surprise, asking, “Why hasn’t anybody told us about these things?” It is possible that decades of education and prayer will be required to undo the damage done by two millennia of human history.
At the very least, the Christian communions have made a start. The full text of Gerald S. Sloyan’s essay is available for download (PDF)
3 Things Christians Do That Non-Christians Despise
Spend two minutes chatting to practically anyone who is not a member of the Christian religion, and you will almost certainly hear a laundry list of grievances they have about Christians. The issue has been around for quite some time. Sadly, Mahatma Gandhi was quoted as saying, “I appreciate your Christ, but I don’t like your Christians.” Your Christians are diametrically opposed to your Christ.” He’s not the only one. In many cases, the issue isn’t a lack of Christian acquaintances; rather, it’s a lack of knowledge about Christians.
- So, what’s the deal?
- I’m not so convinced about it.
- It’s considerably more probable that we have an issue with honesty than anything else.
- Yes, without a doubt.
- There are a number of factors that are fully under our control that give us a terrible reputation among those who are not Christians.
- Perhaps Christians do not have an issue with their image.
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Most non-Christians will tell you how much they despise Christians’ ability to pass judgment on others in a short period of time. Christians and pastors denouncing unchurched individuals for their sexual habits and preferences, lifestyle choices, and even political beliefs may be found in only two minutes on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. I seriously doubt that this was what Jesus had in mind when he offered his life for the sake of the world. In full disclosure, I am a pretty judgemental person if Christ’s mercy and intervention are not there.
- As a result, I’m conducting a lifelong campaign against it.
- Years ago, I came to the realization that only a small percentage of individuals are judged into making life changes.
- Only a small percentage of individuals are evaluated into making a life shift.
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- When you consider it from the perspective of your marriage, a relationship, or even a coworker, you will see that it is practically hard to love someone while also judging them.
- First and foremost, examine your errors and the degree of your fault, and then deal with the difficulties that have arisen.
- And, having been loved, you are able to love others as well.
- It is impossible to condemn someone while yet loving them at the same time.
What would happen if Christians stopped judging the world (after all, isn’t that God’s job?) and began to love it in its entirety? That, in my opinion, is what Jesus accomplished. It is impossible to condemn someone while yet loving them at the same time. To send a tweet, simply click here.
2. Be Hypocritical
Christians who speak one thing but practice another are referred to be hypocrites. Hypocrite is a term used to describe someone who is a hypocrite. It’s far simpler to accuse someone else of being a hypocrite than it is to confess that you are one yourself. It’s far simpler to accuse someone else of being a hypocrite than it is to confess that you are one yourself. To send a tweet, simply click here. The reality is that, as much as I despise it, I’m a hypocrite in my own right. My actions do not always correspond to my words.
- When I’m in a rush and my natural impatience comes out, the last thing someone God cares about wants to see is a Christian cut him off in the middle of anything.
- Even as a sympathetic friend, I’m not always the most loving spouse, kind father, staunch son, patient boss, or even the most compassionate friend.
- What exactly did Paul say?
- God be praised through the person of Jesus Christ, our Lord (Romans 7:18).
- It is, in a way, if you think about it.
- I am not the person I aspire to be (yet).
- But I’m a little different.
Christ is also at work within me.
So what do Christians who aren’t perfect do?
I believe the answer is straightforward: you must be careful what you say.
I’ve discovered that the more humility I bring to my words, the less the gap between who I am and who I claim to be becomes.
Owning your sin is not the same as living in it, and confession should never be used as an excuse for complacency.
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I believe you should modify both.
In this essay, I discussed some of the things that contemporary Pharisees say today (the Pharisees were an ultra-religious group Jesus strongly criticized).
Increase the speed of your stroll. Be humble in your speech. Nothing fills the gap between what is spoken and what is done more quickly than that. Want to get rid of hypocrisy in a hurry? Increase the speed of your stroll. Be humble in your speech. To send a tweet, simply click here.
3. Stink at Friendship
Friendship is a difficult thing to achieve. We all have fantasies of finding the perfect pals with whom we’ll never disagree, who we’ll share 1000 shared interests with, and with whom we’ll be able to ride off into the sunset. That is, very few human relationships ever function in this manner. Even in marriage, the finest partnerships are nearly usually those in which individuals have conquered significant and genuine hurdles in order to discover a tremendous love that is considerably more than just an emotional attachment.
Many Christians do not pursue meaningful connections with non-Christians because of a combination of factors including churches that provide programming five evenings a week (leaving little time for Christians to establish friends outside of the church) and Christians who are fearful of the world.
- They monitor Christians in their daily lives and in their places of employment, noticing evidence of judgment and hypocrisy, and drawing all kinds of inferences.
- Jesus, on the other hand, went far beyond that.
- People whose habits and lifestyles were diametrically opposed to what God had in mind for them (or for people in relationship with him).
- He went to their place to have supper with them.
- They shared memories, dinners, and even their lives.
- Consider the implications of this.
- If you can’t remember the last time you had a meal with someone who doesn’t have the same skin color as you, doesn’t share your political beliefs, and doesn’t share your value system, then when was the last time you shared a meal with an addict (who wasn’t in recovery)?
People, on the other hand, are not projects; they are just individuals.
Even when you consider increasing the ministry of your church, if you perceive people as only a means to a goal, you have a problem on your hands.
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Some Christians do have a relationship with persons who are not affiliated with a church.
What a great question!
Both of these are errors.
If you don’t talk about it, you’ll miss out on the most essential thing in life.
What is the best way to approach the subject?
That is how real friendships work in real life.
Take a look at this.
People will never think you love them if they believe you don’t like them, as my friend Reggie Joiner points out in this video. Boom. It is impossible for people to think that you love them if they believe that you dislike them. @ReggieJoiner To send a tweet, simply click here.
What Do You Think?
There is everything you see that non-Christians detest or find offensive about Christians. If you’re a Christian, what do you believe helps you overcome these challenges, and what additional issues do you find yourself facing at the moment? Continue reading and leaving a comment!