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Persecution Of Early Christians

Does anyone believe the persecution of early Christians is evidence enough of Jesus' resurrection? Do Christians in America believe in the resurrection of Jesus enough to endure the same type of persecution?

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A martyr's death. Not to fear. Some are going to have martyrdom. Yes, Lord, I give my life for you. The Lord will give you grace and a peace that passes all understanding. A martyr's grace.
Whether it be one person or an entire family, passing on to Jesus, the presence of God will be there.

Acts 6:8 Stephen's focus was not on the rocks that crushed his body. He was full of the grace and power of God. Jesus prepared him for death when it says his face was shining like an angel.

MMR
---Michelle on 10/11/07


I don't believe you can draw a logical corollary that because people were persecuted after Jesus's crucifixion that that means the resurrection are true. Any 1st year rhetorician could probably rip that apart in less than 5 min. It may well speak to the degree of belief of some who suffered persecution however.
---alexia on 10/7/07


In this country Christians are more likely to be persecuted by other Christians who differ doctrinally. The Greek word for persecute simply means "chase."
---InimicusStultitiae on 10/6/07


Yes, I know that it is good evidence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. AND yes it is a plenty of evidence. Ofcourse, I need no kind of evidence, God lives in me. And yes to the last part of your question, but only a tiny few are willing to suffer for Jesus Christ. Will these True Christians that are not willing, make it to heaven? I have my doubt. Yes indeed I have my doubt.
---catherine on 10/6/07


Some 500 people saw the risen and glorified Jesus, and gladly chose death rather than change their story.

And to answer your second question, I'd say, "No, for the most part."

As I've often said here, God's spoiled brats, American pop-evangelical dispensationalists, have NO IDEA what true persecution is.
---Jack on 10/6/07




**However Jack,
your boldness begs for a stoning out of season that in good
conscience I would not call persecution or martyrdom either!**

You opened with this sentence in your statement, Nana.

**I** decide the last word on the subject, not you.

And I repeat, unlike people on these blogs, I've never claimed to be persecuted.
---Jack on 3/30/07


Jack,
All I said was "I would not call persecution or martyrdom either!"
what may come your way just in the same way as you say:
"Making yourself obnoxious to your neighbors in the Name of Jesus and suffering the consequences for boorish behavior is NOT persecution.
---Jack on 3/26/07"
End of subject from my part Jack. Take care.
---Nana on 3/29/07


**However Jack,
your boldness begs for a stoning out of season that in good
conscience I would not call persecution or martyrdom either!**

I'm not claiming I'm being persecuted, though, am I?
---Jack on 3/29/07


Jack,
You said, "Making yourself obnoxious to your neighbors in the
Name of Jesus and suffering the consequences for boorish
behavior is NOT persecution." I agree wholy! However Jack,
your boldness begs for a stoning out of season that in good
conscience I would not call persecution or martyrdom either!
---Nana on 3/29/07


2)
You do have children, don't you?
Mark 10:28: "Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left
all, and have followed thee. 29: And Jesus answered and said,
---Nana on 3/29/07




3)
Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or
brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or
lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, 30: But he shall receive an
hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters,
and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the
world to come eternal life."
---Nana on 3/29/07


**But what would happen IF you did?**

See my answer about hagiography.

(And what would happen IF elephants flew?)
---Jack on 3/28/07


Jack: 1stCliff says "just imagine..." It doesn't mean that you literally have wife and kids. But what would happen IF you did?
---Steveng on 3/27/07


1stCliff, if you were familiar with hagiography and the various Acts of the martyrs, you would know that members of the families of those being brought forth for execution for Christ's sake encouraged them to be strong for Him and not deny Him. On the other hand, should relatives plead kinship and technical denial to save their earthly lives, the martyrs would reject such family members on the spot, cheerfully choosing death for Christ's sake.
---Jack on 3/27/07


** Jack; Just imagine you, your wife and kids being led off to the arena in front of a bloodthirsty crowd. ...How strong would you be Jack?**

I have no wife or children, so your question is meaningless.
---Jack on 3/27/07


Jack; Just imagine you, your wife and kids being led off to the arena in front of a bloodthirsty crowd. Hear the roar of hungry lions just waiting to rip the heads off your kids.Wife and kids crying hysterically, How strong would you be Jack?
---1st_cliff on 3/26/07


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Being kidnapped and beheaded on your way to a Christian school is being persecuted for Christ.

Being killed and dismembered, with your limbs, torso, and head piled up pyramid style in the street is being persecuted for Christ.

Making yourself obnoxious to your neighbors in the Name of Jesus and suffering the consequences for boorish behavior is NOT persecution.
---Jack on 3/26/07


I hope you are not talking about me. Have a good day, Jack.
---catherine on 3/26/07


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