Of Jews and Gentiles and History

This country is seeing persecution of Christians just starting.  Their voices are being silenced in the media, their right to not have to pay for someone else’s abortion challenged.  As a Jew I was raised on the persecution platform.  I was told that Christians were terrible because they were responsible for pogroms, the Crusades and for the holocaust.

Studying the bible, originally with the intent of assuring my self that Christianity was false, I discovered the opposite.  Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of God’s promises.   The first 12 disciples and Jesus himself were Jewish.  I learned that the message of redemption through Christ was the truth of Christianity.  Those killing and persecuting others in his name are false and have never believed that message.

For me the only thing that would justify accepting Jesus Christ as my savior was  the truth that he was foretold and rose from the grave.   In my case the truth, the promise of life eternal completely trumped the overwhelming weight of history.

There will always be evil.  We live in a world where God gave us free will.  Along with that free will is the power to choose or deny God.  That is why the decision to accept God means so much to God.  It is faith given freely.  God gave us the messiah because he loved us enough that we are allowed to choose to believe, or not.

In many parts of the world today accepting and professing Christ is punishable by death.  True evil would kill others for their beliefs.  The greatest promise for freedom are the true Christians.  The greatest threat are those who would silence Christians.  Those same  people  would kill the Jews today.

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