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Don’t Be Surprised If They Hate You

Should I be surprised from the response of either atheist or a non-believer when they are told about the who God is? Sometimes the non-believer or skeptic will be quick to attack, call names or degrade the believer because they hold to a view that is so difficult to deal with. I would humbly ask Christians, “Should we be surprised?” Should we be surprised to discover that those who are in rebellion to a God display their hatred of Him?

So what’s the big deal? For one part it can lead or cause some Christians to water down who God is and what the consequences are of continued defiance. I know this isn’t the easiest message to communicate to the non-believer. But as a believer there must be a recognition who we (humans) are and who He is. Once we realize who we are and who He is, we will understand what we deserve.

Though it is out of compassion that we don’t want to offend the non-believer, who is greater to offend? Man? Or God? Why do we err on the side of offending the non-believer? The result? A false gospel. A false gospel that does not stand under the scrutiny of either suffering or persecution. When we tell the non-believer “Come to Jesus and life will be better…” we set them up for failure and we lie. The Scripture never promises coming to Jesus will produce a better life that is full of wealth or comfort. Only salvation.

If you proclaim the gospel to someone and it doesn’t offend someone I would say you have a problem. You have probably not adequately told someone who they are or who He is.

7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.

John 7:7 (NKJV)

 

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