“Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” -Mark 13:13
“What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds, for their ancestors also praised false prophets.” – Luke 6:26
“Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.” – Luke 6:22
There is an unmistakable irony when we hear certain thoughts expressed (like those above) by Jesus within the walls of many churches on any given Sunday “worship service”. How many church attendees, especially in Western countries like England, America, Australia, etc., can honestly say they’ve experienced the reality of what Jesus is saying here?
After all, the lives of average Western Christians don’t seem significantly different to their non-religious contemporaries. Aside from daily challenges that ALL people face, whether religious or not, one would be hard-pressed to even imagine a situation where Christians in these countries are “hated by all men” for trying to follow Jesus’ teachings.
When we look back on the life of Jesus and the first few centuries of Christianity it can be a strange disconnect in our own minds as to why these first followers of “The Way” were hunted down and killed, whereas things are relatively comfortable for Jesus’ 21st century followers. What was so different about the ways in which they lived and followed Christ that got them in so much trouble compared with how smooth things appear to be going for us “moderns” (or “post-moderns”, depending on who you ask)?
In light of some of the strange (paranoid?) things Christ said and with questions like these in mind, how often do we ask ourselves whether or not Jesus and his early followers were onto something much deeper than our modern experience can relate to?
We’re proposing that the life and teachings of this man were so radically different to the current status-quo system that it’s precisely for this reason that Jesus and our 1st thru 3rd century brothers and sisters were seen as threatening enough that they “had” to be eliminated.
Take a browse through our website and see if you don’t arrive at some similar conclusions…