V RaptureChrist Newsletter
March 1, 2014

Hate without Cause

Why do people harm others without a cause? We see this in the news lately. Teenagers killing other teenagers; partners killing other partners.

What is their motive? We ask. How could someone get to the point of enjoying the suffering of other human beings who have never done them any harm? We see robbers, surprised in the robbery, going ahead with killing the witness.

We suffer trials and tribulations, often from people we have never wronged but hate us without any cause. Of course, most of them try to find an excuse for despising us and causing us harm. They try to calm down their conscience which bugs them.

Although the United States of America has laws which were founded in the ten commandments, as stated in the Holy Bible, most other nations whether Christian or not also have very similar laws. Lying, robbery, and murder are unlawful acts in all countries of the world. Why?

Deep within each person there is the knowledge of right and wrong. We know deep within ourselves that those actions are immoral and deserve punishment. If that is the case, why do we find more and more people turning in to crime? Not only do they do the crime... but they enjoy the crime.

As I mentioned before, these criminals know deep within that they are practicing evil deeds, but they live in denial, knowing they do wrong, but trying to forget the harm they do. Their conscience convicts them, so they try to placate this knowledge by keeping busy with other things, with entertainment, going out with the crowds, "hanging out" with their buddies, even doing drugs -- anything that will ease their minds from thoughts that convict them of their sins and wrongdoings.

There is an example in the bible. Saul hated David and tried to forget it using music.

1 Samuel 16:23 And it hath come to pass, in the spirit of [sadness from] God being on Saul, that David hath taken the harp, and played with his hand, and Saul hath refreshment and gladness, and the spirit of sadness hath turned aside from off him.

King Saul Listening to David Playing Harp

The righteous life of a Christian is something that evildoers cannot bear. It reminds them of how they should be living.

Therefore, if you find in this world people hating you without a cause, do not be concerned; it is part of this world,  but as Jesus said: 

Romans 12:2 be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Jesus Suffered Persecution

Jesus told us that trials and tribulations would come to us.

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

Jesus did many good deeds, but evil people claimed there was an ulterior motive, denying the good work.

Matthew 9:1-8 And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

The evil Pharisees saw that Jesus could do great miracles, but they always tried to put down his actions.

Matthew 9:32-34 As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.”

In Matthew 12 there is a similar example of a miracle Jesus performed.

Matthew 12:22-28 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spoke and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. 

Even though Jesus did all those miracles, evil people did not believe in Him.

Matthew 23:29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

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