Why Don’t You Hate Me?

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Why don’t you hate me?

There are a lot of verses in the Bible that lead me to believe that in order to really be living an authentic Christian life, I should be despised by the rest of the world.  Since that doesn’t seem to be the case, I have to ask myself:  Am I not hated enough

This seemingly odd question came to my mind this morning after reading Matthew 10:22:  All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.  And then cross-referencing the verse with  John 15:19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

Now, I’m not winning popularity contests or anything, but I certainly don’t think I’m despised throughout the nations.  Does this mean I’m doing something wrong? Or are these verses an example of when we need to understand the context in which the author is speaking to truly interpret the passage?  Meaning, is this only relevant to the “time of the end” where Christians will supposedly be persecuted before the return of the Messiah?  Or that unique time in redemptive history when Paul, Stephen and other martyrs where persecuted for believing Christ was the living God?

Should modern day persecution be a symbol that we have the Spirit of God resting on us?  I mean, if that’s actually the case, I’m clearly doing something wrong. 

1 Peter 4:14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

After looking into it a bit more, it seems that this question might just be answered by identifying an accurate definition of the word "hate" as it's used in Scripture.  Apparently, many claim that in Jewish language the word "hate" isn't understood the way it is in English.  Hate is more like "to reject" than "to despise".  So the world will "reject" because of your devotion to Christ, not "hate" you.  And you will be rejected by others, not loathed.  I think I'm gonna look into that more and see what I come up with.

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  • Scott

    Scott May 07, 2011

    Websters 1858 dictionary’s definition of hate:

    1. To dislike greatly; to have a great aversion to. It expresses less than abhor, detest, and abominate, unless pronounced with a peculiar emphasis.
    2. In Scripture, it signifies to love less.

    The Webster’s is nice because it uses Bible verses with the definitions.

    Some will hate you, some will loathe you, some will mock you, some will ignore you—when you are willing to take a stand on what God has said in His Word. Paul and the other writers believed that the coming of Jesus Christ was imminent and believers believe that today. Time is very short. In the mean time, people will decide they would rather have itchy ears than hear the truth. And when they hear the truth, they will reject it and will sometimes lash out at you.

    Fortunately, we live in a country where believers are not persecuted like in other countries. Yet.

    The following is excerpted from Daily Press, Victorville, California, April 29, 2011: “An assistant pastor and two elders from Calvary Chapel Hemet were arrested for reading the Bible aloud outside a local Department of Motor Vehicles office. The three men went to the Hemet DMV Feb. 2 before it opened and one of the men started to read the Bible aloud. Less than 30 minutes later, he was arrested for ‘impeding an open business’ under Penal Code Section 602.1(b), according to attorneys from Advocates for Faith & Freedom, an advocacy group. A security guard approached Mark Mackey as he was reading the Bible and told him to stop, according to a news release from Advocates for Faith & Freedom. The men believed that they had a First Amendment right to free speech as they were standing in a planter within the parking lot and were located on public property. Further, they were not interfering with any business of the DMV and were not yelling or disturbing the peace. Ten minutes later, a California Highway Patrolman approached Mackey as he read, took the Bible out of his hands, and arrested him. As the CHP officer was arresting him and putting him in his patrol car, the two men who were with him—Assistant Pastor of Calvary Chapel Hemet, Brett Coronado, and Ed Flores—asked the officer, ‘What law was he breaking?’ Instead of identifying a legal violation, the officer asked, ‘Were you preaching too?’ After continuing to ask the officer for the legal violation, Coronado and Flores were also arrested by another CHP officer who had come to the DMV and were also cited for ‘impeding an open business.’ Neither Coronado nor Flores ever read the Bible out loud anywhere on DMV premises. ‘This is an abuse of power on the part of the CHP,” said Jennifer Monk, Associate General Counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom. ‘The arresting officer could find no appropriate penal code to use when arresting these men. The purpose of the arrests appears to have been to censor them.’ The legal group has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the men—who were subsequently released after their arrests—for violation of their right to free speech and for unlawful arrest.”
    BY THE WAY, THE DMV WAS NOT OPEN YET!

    1Peter 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

  • term paper

    term paper June 13, 2011

    Coz there’s nothing to hate you for!

  • negozio musica

    negozio musica August 19, 2011

    I think that most of the modern age people are living the authentic Christian life.I am agree with that Spirit of God resting on us.

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