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Why Do People Reject Jesus

Why is it that people did not except Jesus as their personal savior instead they rejected Him and killed him?

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jackB-- I've been "sticking around" for 68 yrs.
(well, not all those yrs on this site!) I studied theology under professors, of whom some were Calvinists, others, not....never heard any Calvinist tell anybody they might not be "chosen"!

I'm far from a five-point Calvinist, myself.
(Maybe three point). But I've heard both sides (Arminianism vs. Calvinism) AND the scriptures to support each! Neither side can absolutely prove their point. Yet nowhere before, have I seen such hostility in the debate. Some people have been arguing the point on this site for YEARS.
---Donna66 on 11/17/10

jackB-- I've been "sticking around" for 68 yrs.
(well, only a few yrs on this site!) I studied theology under professors, of whom some were Calvinists, others, not....never heard any Calvinist tell anybody they might not be "chosen"! Any person who is sincerely interested in the Gospel is "chosen"!

I'm far from a five-point Calvinist, myself.
(Maybe three point). But I've heard both sides (Arminianism vs. Calvinism) AND the scriptures to support each! Neither side can absolutely prove their point. Yet nowhere before, have I seen such hostility in the debate. Some people have been arguing the point on this site for YEARS, accumulating supporters and foes, but I think, not convincing anybody.
---Donna66 on 11/17/10

because the heart is desperately wicked, and as pointed out in Genesis 6 only evil constantly.
---larry on 11/17/10

Because "so called" Christians (and their churches) are ignorant and offensive to anyone with a normal level of intellect.

Since they have NO CLUE about their faith, cannot argue the facts with the unsave, they say something stupid like "Jesus loves you!". The unsaved say SO WHAT! "Buddah loves You"!

Since these "Christians" and their churches cannot be like Saul and argue with facts. Themselves not believing and embarassed of Jesus.

Like drug dealers they go for easy prey. The Vulnerable(Sick,depressed,lamenting).

On the young they masked the Jesus Medicine with Rock/Roll sugar. Secretly slipping Him in.

Because they are embarrassed and totally ingnorant of HIM!
---John on 11/17/10

//By the way, I've NEVER heard anyone tell someone God hasn't chosen them//

That is the teaching of HyperCalvinism, my dear. Stick around here long enough and you will see it.

Im not suggesting that all the teachings of Calvinism are false. But there are a few here who go BEYOND what is written in scripture and add opinion to scripture to suggest that AFTER Christ ascended there is still an election of individuals and not on the Body of Christ - those who are "IN CHRIST" by faith in Him.

Jesus is Gods "elect". We're either IN Him or not. If we are IN HIM we are hidden. That is how we become elect and heirs according to the promise.
---JackB on 11/17/10

When reading the Scriptures, it is very important to take notice of the "we", "us", "our", and "ours" as opposed to the "I", "me", "my", and "mine". There is also "your" and "yours". Just the simple pronouns make a creative world of difference and will define context most of the time.
---Linda on 11/17/10

People like doing sinful things. They reject Jesus because God convicts them of thier sin. Jesus said that He is the light but men love the darkness because there deeds are evil. The people that worked to kill jesus actually believed that He wasn't God in the flesh. They had such a religious belief system that when the Messiah showed up they didn't recognize Him!
---Martin on 11/17/10

which He had prepared beforehand for glory, "even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?"
---Mark_V. on 11/17/10

MarkV, please look in scripture and you will find the CHURCH was prepared beforehand for GLORY! John 17, we share His Glory, we are also going to be GLORIFIED together with Him.

Our HOPE is GLORY!!!The Hope of GLORY.

Earthly Israel saved during the tribulation, will not be Glorified with Christ. They will certainly SEE His Glory, but only WE, who will be coming back with Him are GLORIFIED together with Christ.

So, if you look harder at that verse....and understand the HOPE of OUR CALLING vs Israel the Nation, it might make more sense to you!
---kathr4453 on 11/17/10

Jack -- I certainly agree that "Christians can do tremendous damage to the cause of Christ by doing evil in His name."

Laura -- "Our behavior in this world regardless of male or female is absolutely of the utmost importance in testifying to unsaved people Jesus is Alive."
I agree with this too.

But I do NOT believe that these are the MAIN reasons people reject Christ. They rejected Christ before Christians ever came on the scene. Loving Christians make people more eager to hear the truth. But if it depended only the "love" of Christians, Christianity would probably be extinct. (By the way, I've NEVER heard anyone tell someone God hasn't chosen them)
---Donna on 11/17/10

MarkV I am not defenseless before God, I have an advocate, Jesus Christ who died for my sin.

Now If I go out today and murder someone, God did not plan that or foreordain that. I will certainly pay the consequences here and now. If I get drunk tonight and drive, killing someone, God did not FORM that action out of clay either.

I received Jesus Christ, I first heard the Gospel, THEN I responded to God's Call, and THEN I was Born of the Spirit, just in that order.

God did not FORCE Himself on me!
---kathr4453 on 11/17/10

Kathr, your but clay in the hands of God. Your destiney has already been written. Nothing you do will change that destiney. You will die when God so calls you to die. You will not miss a second. And you will go where God has asigned you to go. You are defenseless before God. For it is written. Your misunderstanding of Scripture blinds you. You believe God cannot impose His rights on you, to your condemnation.

"What if God wanting to show His wrath with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, "even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?"
---Mark_V. on 11/17/10

Titus 2:5
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Donna66, if our bad behavior as women can affect how unsaved people respond, certainly unloving Christians can have the same affect, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Our behavior in this world regardless of male or female is absolutely of the utmost importance in testifying to unsaved people Jesus is Alive.

A cussing/drunken christian can bring blasphemy to God through their actions as well as so many today who have fallen into horrible sexual sin, also causes unsaved people to laugh!
---Laura on 11/17/10

I never said God doesnt have the right to do with the clay whatever he wishes.

Its just what you think God does with the clay is my problem.

He does not make the clay into a form that He despises so He can in his anger later destroy it. That is the twisted view of God that you would have us believe and its utterly sickening.

Its like you havent even read the entire Bible but merely picked out verses to support what you believe about Him. Any person can do that with ANY view they have of God. You havent gotten the WHOLE message of the Bible because you arent willing to rethink your view.

Satan knows scripture as well and quite frequently uses it to tempt people into sin.... just as he did the Lord Jesus Christ.
---JackB on 11/17/10

Donna we could all go thru the world saying that the reason why EVERY person who rejects Jesus Christ does so is because they werent elected or because they love their sin too much. However, the Bible specifically tells us of another reason. Hypocrisy

Christians can do tremendous damage to the cause of Christ by doing evil in His name.
I guarantee you that is one of satans top priorities is to change the image of Jesus Christ for the lost world. To make him look powerless in the eyes of the unbelievers, and people who dont show a changed lifestyle after accepting Christ help with that deception.

"If we look to pass the blame, we are not the worthy bearers of His name" - Michael W Smith (Live the Life)
---JackB on 11/17/10

Here is a good example of why someone DID reject Jesus. The Rich Young Ruler.

Remember the scriptures on this.

Jesus said it was easier for one to pass through the eye of a needle that a rich man to enter the Kingdom. WHERE is election proved here?

Is Jesus saying that rich people are NOT elected??
---kathr4453 on 11/17/10

You know I dont know MarkV. But if you look at what he is saying.
Judge for yourself, is he going against the words in the bible?
You all say you have freewill!
Well isnt that the only way you can go against God?

I could say so many things, but you dont want the truth.
You only want to believe you have some kind of power.
You want to believe you know right from wrong!
Well then you know nothing!

Then you ask. Why is the world the way it is today!
But, make no mistake! It is because of you!
You know the lord said Mat 7:6
Then why dont you try to eat from the crumbs off the table?
Forgive me
---TheSeg on 11/17/10

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Kathr and Jack say, He has no power over the clay. That takes guts.
---Mark_V. on 11/17/10

MarkV, God certainly does have power over the Clay, however the CLAY is not you, but Israel.

Jeremiah 18:4
And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Jeremiah 18:6
O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

The ONLY ONE reference in the NT concerning CLAY is Romans 9 concerning ISRAEL.

The Church is NOT CLAY!!!
---kathr4453 on 11/17/10

People reject the gospel because they are separated from God. They have no faith or love for Him. If they did, they would do anything possible to please Him. Scripture tells us they are already condemned. No one lost seeks after God. It's by God's will that we are saved.
"You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?" But indeed O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to Him who formed it, "Why have you made me like this?" Does not the "Potter" have power over the clay, from the same lump to make 'one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?"
Kathr and Jack say, He has no power over the clay. That takes guts.
---Mark_V. on 11/17/10

Donna66, Your comments here are most unloving. Maybe the reason you can't believe it, is because you are blind not only to MarkV's unloving remarks, but your own.

If people fail to see the Christ that is in us, all speaking one truth, in one accord, backed up by sound Biblical Doctrine, and not someone's personal doctrine from the middle dark ages, with continued attitudes of burning at the stake, then how can the world know as Jesus prayed in John 17.
John 17:20-21 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word,

21That they all may be one, as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
---Laura on 11/17/10

jackB--I can't believe you really think that the chief reason people reject the Gospel is because Christians are not loving enough!

All the lies of Satan are not enough to prevent them? All the sinful desires of the flesh are not enough to distract them? The lure of fame and fortune can't compete with their hunger for the truth? And all the drawing power of the Holy Spirit is made ineffective by Christians who are not loving enough?
Christians may be rightly blamed for not spreading the Gospel.
But where in the New Testament are Christians blamed for a man's rejection of the Gospel?
---Donna66 on 11/16/10

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Donna66, thank you for your support not only for me but for the Truth of God's Word. If you notice the structure of their answers are the same. Both, are not here to teach or learn, but to speak against the rights of God. They do not want God to impose His will on them, they want to be free of Him, and have their own free will to go by, so they tie Him up in their corrupt minds, put tape on His mouth so that He doesn't speak and doesn't move. They do not want to hear His Words. They want to be in control, with no fear of God. They don't know the Supreme Ruler of all things. If they did, they would fall on their knees and beg for forgiveness for their actions. For He can drop anyone to the pit of hell today.
---Mark_V. on 11/17/10

Donna66, your enabling of MarkV's attacks on other believers is appalling. Rather than support scripture, you support someone who argues against the truth. Double??? No Donna66, markv posted on another blog not associated with this one the exact post he made here...just to assault me again.

I am so glad JackB understands Hebrews 3-4. If you did Donna66, you would have a different comment here.

Donna66, WE are discussing scripture here...not your personal opinions.
---kathr4453 on 11/17/10

Oh, the games people play.

JackB -- Why did you have to go "fishing" for a certain response just so you could argue with it? Why not just express your opinion up front.

Kath-- Why the contrived "sorrow"..."Markv... I'm so sorry you don't understand Hebrews 3 & 4."
Everyone knows you are not "sorry" for anything, unless it's that he didn't take the bait, thus depriving you of another chance to attack him. You even had to repeat the challenge twice!

This is called passive-aggressive behavior (thinly disguised aggression expressed in superficially passive ways.) It is a hallmark of many personality disorders. And all too many Christians practice it regularly.
---Donna66 on 11/16/10

I say its because they dont know him!
Maybe nobody ever gave them the chance to meet him.
Doesnt the bible say faith come by hearing the word of God?
Or maybe he just hasnt called them. Can a man turn away from Christ?
Many seem to say yes to this. I say, did you give them the word of God?
Today more than ever, people are saying this is the word of god!
These same people are twisting his words to make it sound as if he is speaking!
Its sad to say many are the first to say no! Its not me!
Its hard to see the truth, when you dont know youre looking at it.
Who killed Christ?
Who said this?
---TheSeg on 11/16/10

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"You cannot kill, unless you hate". The Romans and the Jews, both, hated Jesus. Jesus presented a lot of evidence of whom He was. Those wicked Roman soldiers in power, refused to acknowledge who Jesus Christ really was, GOD IN THE FLESH, my friend. And today, oh, yes, today, wicked men are still just as wicked as they were back in those days. Murdered>>> premeditated, murdered, My Lord and my God...Still at it, after all these many years. And Hell still abounds....Hallelujah+
---catherine on 11/16/10

//I'm for the sovereign right for God to do with His creation what so pleases Him.//---MarkV

.....unless what pleases God is giving man the power to choose.

Then theres no more elect or elite people that are more important to God than the rest and that puts you down on the same level with the rest of us sinners.

Those who must seek God by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

Its easy to be FOR the sovereign will of God when you believe He only desires to bless you. Now put yourself on the OTHER side of that equation and tell me how you would feel.

This is how you make the lost feel when you teach them God doesnt want to save them because they arent the elect.
---JackB on 11/16/10

People reject Jesus because they are afraid of CHANGE. They are afraid of the unknown, and they are afraid of surrendering their life to God. They are afraid of TRUSTING HIM!

The PROMISE of salvation is given to ALL, just like the Promise Land was already PROMISED to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God did not renege on His Promise.

The Jordan represents the CROSS. You must CROSS OVER to be in the PROMISE LAND. Christ is OUR promise Land. We must identify with Jesus in death and resurrection life to be on resurrection ground!

Don't be afraid of the CROSS! Life is Beautiful on Resurrection Ground!!! But YOU have to make that CROSS OVER and enter in ...Just as those did! Hebrews 3-4
---kathr4453 on 11/16/10

None of the stories in the Bible are inapplicable to us today. None are "bogus".

God made a covenant with Israel to inherit the land. He said he would never break it. However we see repeatedly that the children of Israel LOST FAITH in Gods promises and ability to get them there and chose to complain and serve other gods instead. BECAUSE of that they were cut off!

It is a perfect example of the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ and what God requires of us...which is FAITH in his promises. If we have that towards Jesus Christ (who is God in the flesh) then we will reach the new "promised land".

Those who continue not in faith will be cut off. (Romans 11:19-22)
---JackB on 11/16/10

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MarkV, I'm relly sorry you do not understand Hebrews 3 and 4.
---kathr4453 on 11/16/10

That was EXACTLY the type of response I was fishing for and you came through, Donna66.

If someone doesnt believe the gospel of Christ its because they couldnt "hear" it because they were elected to? Not our fault right?

Maybe its because we as Christians dont let Jesus Christ live thru us, and when we teach the gospel to the lost world it is nothing more than words to them because they dont see a difference in OUR lives

Enter Calvinism...

An excuse for us to use when we havent led someone to Christ by being a living example. We can just claim they were 'chosen' to believe. I guess that is much easier than knowing our own child rejected Christ because we failed to show them the difference that He could make
---JackB on 11/16/10

Kathr, no matter how you twist the stories and try to conbine passages or what stories you tell, all are bogus. You are trying to make something out of nothing. The Bible no where speaks that those under 20 were saved. Nor were they lost. And the one's that died, no where does it say they were saved or if they were lost, only that they died before going into the land. The one's that did, might have gotten into the new land, but not one Scripture indicates they were saved because they went into the promise land. What it does say is that they went into the promise land. In fact, all of Israel was saved, not for salvation, but from the bondage of slavery imposed by Pharaoh.
---Mark_V. on 11/16/10

I'm on the side of God. Looks to me you are on the side of man. I'm for the sovereign right for God to do with His creation what so pleases Him. You are on the side of man that he gets his rights.
God provides the gifts to whom He wants to give them to.
God is not obligated by anyone to do anything. Man is but clay. "For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth. Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens" Romans 9:17,18.
You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?" But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God?"
---Mark_V. on 11/16/10

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They didn't enter because of lack of faith. Not only did they KNOW the land was promised, not only did the SEE the land, not only did they see and experience God's miracles in the wilderness. So what is this FAITH they didn't have?

They said: There are Giants in the land and we are AFRAID of them...they lacked faith in God's promise that regardless of their fears, God would preform what he promised.

Therefore faith is within US. Everyone 20 and under entered in. Did God give supernatural faith to an age group? Or did they have child like faith, unlike their parents. We are already told...They constantly COMPLAINED. Now did God who promised them the land fail in his promise, or did man fail to believe what was already promised?
---kathr4453 on 11/15/10

Because they have no saving faith. Faith comes from hearing the Word. It is not in every person as they would have you believe. It is a gift of God.
---Mark_V. on 11/15/10

What is A Gift of God, hearing? Or salvation?

SO when Moses took the Children to the Promise land, they didn't cross over because they never HEARD the land was theirs?
---kathr4453 on 11/15/10

Jesus said: "And this is the condemnation, that the Light is come into the world, and mankind loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, else their deeds would be exposed. But that one that does truth comes to the light, that one's deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." Jn.3:19-21.
---Eloy on 11/15/10

Jack B -- I'm sure many a nonbeliever would LIKE to say, they don't believe because Christians are SO unloving!

Some Christians may be unloving--but this sounds like an excuse to me. (and a guilt trip heaped on Christians by the rebellious) If they had HEARD and UNDERSTOOD the Gospel, don't you think they would be looking more at themselves instead of others?
---Donna66 on 11/15/10

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JackB -- No Man has foreknowledge of who will or will not be saved.
But Mar 16:15 tells us And he said unto them Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.,

The parable of the sower warns us that not all who HEAR the Gospel will become believers.
Our job is merely to spread the "seed"
Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved

By definition, "whosoever" does not mean "all" Some will, some will not.
---Donna66 on 11/15/10

I simply cant believe you sometimes, Mark.

You cant expect people to place their faith in Jesus Christ if you teach them that God doesnt want to save them in the first place.

Sometimes I wonder which side you are on.
---JackB on 11/15/10

Because they arent shown the love of God by other Christians.

They are given a false gospel which leaves them with no hope.
---JackB on 11/15/10

Because they have no saving faith. Faith comes from hearing the Word. It is not in every person as they would have you believe. It is a gift of God.
---Mark_V. on 11/15/10

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Why is it that people did not except Jesus as their personal savior instead they rejected Him and killed him?

All expectation was that Jesus would free them from Roman rule, and establish or reestablish israel as it was under David.

Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
---francis on 11/15/10

I wonder what would happen if people understood the resurrection, and the fact that there is only one plausible, logical explanation for the empty tomb. Paul said, "If Christ is not risen, we of all people are most miserable..." Christianity will rise or fall on the resurrection. Most people are unaware that the resurrection is both legally and historically provable, and no other explanation measures up. The empty tomb is the strength of the Gospel message!
Alas we will never argue anybody into heaven, nor do we cast pearl before swine (those who defiantly and repeatedly reject the Gospel and purposefully argue). But if someone is genuinely seeking truth, point them to the empty tomb and all that it entails!
---Roland on 11/13/10

People hate to be told what is right and what to do. They want to be foot loose and fancy-free. No strings,no attachments. They are selfish, arrogant and full of pride. If anyone gets in the way of that, are tells them about themselves, they will,sometimes, resort to murder and other tactics, to get them out of their way. Jesus was this person. They hated him and what he stood for. This is why christians are hated. People label us hypocrites,haters, fanatics, Jesus freaks and so on. We are in danger everyday. Possibly murder,everyday. We still have people around today who would not mind killing Christians. Paul was a christian killer until God changed him. Christians are not popular people.
---Robyn on 9/1/10

In the world we live today, people reject JESUS and the GOSPEL because of FALSE TEACHERS, like those of the WORD OF FAITH MOVEMENT.

These people claim the be sharing the GOSPEL, but what they are sharing is NOT THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, Galatians 1:6-10.

The Word of Faith Movement is drawing people away from CHRIST, and drawing people unto themselves for their own selfish gain.

Those who reject CHRIST may not know scripture, but they do know these people of the Word of Faith Movement are nothing more than con artists who are scamming people out of their money, Matthew 2:12-16, and 2 Peter 2:1-3.
---Rob on 8/31/10

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This very day the Gospel was presented to three different men.
1. One was a very rich man after, who after hearing the witness readily accepted and prayed for his salvation.
2. Number two was a very poor man, and after hearing the witness he also readily accepted and prayed for his salvation.
3. The third man is a businessman who told me that there is so many different religions in the world(I think he was speaking of nominations) that nobody knew which one was right.
Okay now why the difference in these three men, would you believe the condition of the heart in each man determine what that man did with the Gospel?
---mima on 8/31/10

Because they loved darkness more than the light. Man enjoy their sins too much. Another reason is man does not want to be ruled by God. A lot of them wants to be the king and the ruler. They fear that they will have to give up their wonderful life, which is riddle with sin. What man don't understand is this>>>You will not be allowed to take your wonderful life to hell with you. In my case, I knew had nothing to lose. Satan, had never, ever, done anything for me.
---catherine on 8/31/10

Unbelief, they were looking for a KING, not a man on a donkey.

Jere 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
---michael_e on 8/31/10

They rejected Him because they wanted an earthly king, just like in the O - Testament times.
---Lawrence on 8/31/10

Excellent answer my friend and I totally agree.
---david on 8/31/10

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They rejected Him because they wanted an earthly king, just like in the O - Testament times.
---Lawrence on 8/31/10

Why was Jesus rejected? "He was despised of men...and we hid our faces from Him..we esteemed Him not. He bore our grief and carried our sorrows, yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted." "Why was He killed?" "What shall we do? If we leave Him alone...the Romans shall take away both our place and nation..." Prophetically uttered by the priest "it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not."
---josef on 6/1/08

Much can be said about us as ''christians'' we serve one day and kill you again with our lives, help us father in heaven we all need you right now Jesus, help us to be kind to one another for in doing so we accept you, AMEN.
---Carla5754 on 5/21/08

I think it may have been different for each one...maybe some felt their power being threatened, maybe some were afraid he would anger the Romans and bring about the slaughter of Israel, maybe some thought he was a false prophet. I dont's really sad.
---Todd1 on 5/21/08

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Lupe, it is my pleasure.
---Eloy on 5/21/08

To "except" means to exclude or reject.

As far as "accepting Jesus as personal savior", this is a formula the Bible itself does not use.

In fact, you won't find the term "personal saviour" anywhere in it. (One wag remarked that when the conquering Apocalypic King comes dressed in white armor, He will have not two but three names on His thigh: King of Kings--Lord of Lord--Personal Savior.)
---Jack on 5/20/08

He endureth the pain, not the pangs of death only, but, as if these were too little, He submitted to those previous pains. >>>If those wicked men had known who Jesus were, they would had kept their impiety hands to themselves. People reject Jesus because they refuse to believe there is a hell or heaven, Don't wish to give up sin, Alot of it is just pure evil in people. The heart of man is wicked. It is also human nature to reject Jesus Christ. People don't want to live the life. They love SIN.+++
---catherine on 8/1/07

This cannot come from a Christian. Jesus said: "No man takes my life from me(John 10:18) in the old testament the person who brought the sacrifice must kill it. All, Jew and Gentile alike must bring Jesus as our sacrifice. wake up to Jesus, and instead of blaming, realize the above, and release your hatred, as there is no place for it in the Christian. Jew or Gentile
---David on 7/31/07

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As Yoda said in Star Wars, "Powerful is the dark side of the force". Christ even said it is easier for a poor man to except what Christ was teaching than for a rich man. Several times during the earthly ministry of Christ one of great wealth would come to Jesus desiring to have eternal life, always had the problem of giving up the great wealth that they had to follow Christ.
---geraa7578 on 3/13/07

Thank you Eloy for your explanation. Keep up the good work my brother, your help and many others are needed a lot as I can see the questions coming up. thanks again
---Lupe2618 on 7/1/05

The people that were for the crucifixion of Christ did not understand the destined glory God had for us; to be set free from our sins; worldly ways, and be born again through Christ.. Their views of the spirit of God were foolish, which blinded their understanding and eventually lead to the majorities vote; Christ death. Read: 1 Corinthians 2: 6 thru 16 and John 9: 35 thru 41 on spiritual blindness which lead to the killing of Jesus. God bless your studies.
---aspen5338 on 7/1/05

Lupe, i was speaking of the Jewish Ministers and Legalists, the offspring of Abraham to whom was given the promises of blessings from God. These Jews were sinners but constantly put on airs of self-righteousness, "holier then you" attitudes, and viewed others with condescension. The Lord says these Jews are a smoke in his nose, and instead of being the chosen of God they are of their father the devil. Please read Matthew 3:7-10; and John 8:39-47.
---Eloy on 7/1/05

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"He came unto to his own,and his own received him not(John1;11)..their eyes were blinded as ours were until we believed..the Jews expected Jesus to come with great fanfare,as a glorious King not as a carpenters son (Mark6;3)Christ's death was all part of God's plan..(including the Jews rejection of Him.). so we could live with Him in eternity ..God,s plan for the redemption of mankind is awesome, including the death and resurrection of Jesus
---karin3565 on 6/30/05

Brother Eloy, I see you again here and just wanted to confirm what you said. you said that the one's chosen were not saved! Or you mean the chosen people as a whole? is that correct? I was just wondering where you got that from? are what you meant. I thought the one's chosen had the understanding, the eye to see, and the ear to hear God. Since in the old Testament they believe by faith too. Thank you Eloy.
---Lupe2618 on 6/30/05

Jesus knew people's hearts. He called the scribes and Pharisees hypocrites. Matthew 3:7 5:20 15:12 16:12 He warned people to beware of the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.Matthew 16:6-12 21:45 23:13,14,15,23,25,27,29 He exsposed people's evil deeds, like that of the lawyers. Luke 11:29-32,39-44,46-52 12:1
They hated Jesus because of what he said about them.
---Ulrika on 6/28/05

They didn't accept Jesus as saviour because they didn't believe him.

unbelievers John 3:12,19 4:44 5:38-47 6:36,44,64,65 7:5,7 8:45 10:26 12:38-43

our saviour. Luke 1:47 2:11 Acts 5:31 Philippians 3:20 1Timothy 4:10 2Timothy 1:9,10 Jude 1:25

By God's grace we are saved through faith... Ephesians 2:5,7,8 Acts 15:11 Romans 5:15 The Jews did not like that Jesus healed on the Sabbath. He said God was his Father.
I doubt Jesus minds you calling him your personal saviour :)
---Ulrika on 6/27/05

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because the god of this world has blinded the hearts and minds of non-believers so we must pray (like Paul did in Ephesians) Pray that the eyes of their hearts would be open so that they would know the hope of their callings in Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.
---lisa_1 on 6/27/05

yes what other say is correct, my twist is:
because Christ came and said "you can not buy away your sins or sacrifce animals in your place any more, I want a real change in your life" they were happy in the way that they lived, they didn't wish to give up the way they were living, so to silence Jesus, they killed him.
---laure5469 on 6/27/05

They had the strong delusion of self-righteousness. They basically said, "Who are you to tell me that I need to be saved, seeing that I am God's chosen". So the self-righteous Jews would persecute and kill all of the prophets which God had sent to them, and thereby they condemned themselves in killing their only Savior, and dying in their sins forever cut off from their God.
---Eloy on 6/27/05

Cont. from before:
Now, if Jesus used His authority just "to boss" us around we would be justified to ignore His commandments, but the Bible reveals a Jesus who did not just lay down the law. who does not violate our individuality,who is not fickle or arbitrary at all, THAT HIS AUTHORITY MAKES SENSE. May we accept BOTH, JESUS the SAVIOUR and JESUS OUR LORD and the commandments He gave us to keep!
---Pierr7958 on 6/27/05

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Cont from before:
As I mentioned earlier, the people in Jesus's time rejected Him because he did not turn out as the Saviour (like save us from the Romans) OF THEIR OWN MAKING! Today the problem is still alive amd well. People in general favor Jesus, the Saviour, but tend to reject Jesus,the LORD who created everything and has authority over everything He has created. We don't like COMMANDS and we don't like to LORD(ED) over. To be cont.
---Pierr7958 on 6/27/05

because the have not come to the knowledge of truth.
---frances on 6/27/05

One of the main reason they rejected Him is that they thought He was going to be their king here on earth and establish them as "THE"nation, liberating them from the yoke of Rome. But when they realized he was takling a totally different "game" where LOVE rather than power was going o be to dominant theme they decided "to pass"!
to be conbtinued:
---Pierr7958 on 6/27/05

Why the past tense? People are still rejecting him today.
Why?Probably they enjoy sin to much, don't hear the gospel preached most likely.
We do not win converts by nice words and promises, but by preaching the pure word of God. Which means, hell and damnation or salvation.
If Jesus saves, what does he save us from? That is what we need to preach.
---mike5663 on 6/27/05

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Jews at that time were looking for a different kind of Messiah--one who would liberate them from Rome. Jesus had repeatedly critisized the Jewish rich and elite who were mostly in kahoots with Rome. They viewed Jesus as a threat to their position of maintaining some power and wealth over the masses of the poor. When they saw Jesus' popularity and heard the masses calling him Messiah, they saw an uprising of the poor coming next, followed by the wrath of Rome against them for failing to keep order.
---Rick_Lannoye on 6/27/05

they didn't know who he really was. They thought that he was from the devil and that he blaphemy against God. It was easier for them to hate him, and reject him than to believe him. Remember Jesus said while on the cross, "Forgive them Father for they not what they do". But even today when one rejects him, they refuse his name, just like those that crucified him, they are also to blame.
---Rebecca_D on 6/27/05

It has to do with the Holy Spirit. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to call Jesus Lord.

1 Corinthians 12:3
---barbara67 on 6/27/05

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