I believe that many Christians today are not as persecuted as they imagine they are. The biggest reason they imagine they are persecuted is that, in
the Bible, they are told that they will be persecuted just for following Christ.
All of the gospel books have instances of persecution and the "prophetic" books tell of futuristic persecution being far worse than anything
suffered in the history of suffering, typical of Biblical progressions of horrors. Nice book.
So naturally, one who follows such a book will mentally prepare themselves for any and all attacks made by nonbelievers, even if there's a seemingly
good reason for the "persecution" OTHER than simply because they are Christian.
Originally posted by 19DCW71
That's like saying biblical Christians were only slaughtered because they believed they were persecuted. The Jews in biblical times were only
slaughtered because they believed they were. The holocaust only happened because they BELIEVED they were persecuted.
So if I analyzed this statement, I would have to take it to mean that it's either basically the fault of the ones persecuted for believing themselves
to be or the persecution wasn't real but only a perception in their own minds.
I'm talking about Christians who claim they are specifically targeted for persecution.
The holocaust has nothing to do with Christian persecution. Hitler hated the Jews because he felt threatened by them. He targeted them for
extermination along with anyone he felt was a threat. I'm sure, had his plans succeeded, his camps that destroyed so many Jewish people would have
gladly welcomed any and all other enemies that disrupted his plans of world domination.
Nero, for similar reasons as Hitler, killed off many early Christians.
Yes, they actually WERE "persecuted".
Early Christian tradition often holds Nero as the first persecutor of Christians and as the killer of Apostles Peter and Paul. There was also a
belief among some early Christians that Nero was an Antichrist....
..."since the Jews constantly made disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, he [the emperor Claudius] expelled them from Rome" ("Iudaeos
impulsore Chresto assidue tumultuantis Roma expulit"). These expelled "Jews" may have been early Christians, although Suetonius is not explicit.
Nor is the Bible explicit, calling Aquila of Pontus and his wife, Priscilla, both expelled from Italy at the time, "Jews."
If you go down the whole line throughout the history books, you'll find that the other Christians who were persecuted were mostly done so by their
Christians were the biggest persecutors of anyone who didn't follow their beliefs because they felt they had the right to do so, given by Jesus
himself. Similar to the second largest religious group's pattern of behavior towards people who aren't a part of their "faith", though, Christians
were slightly less violent, dew to self-righteousness.
"The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and