Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.(Matthew 5:1-2)
Jesus teaches the crowds at Matthew 5:11, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
Jesus teaches that in exchange for being his disciple and follower, one can expect to be reviled, lied on, persecuted, and demeaned as evil.
I say this again as I did in the previous article: Christianity thinks that it is the subject of what Jesus taught here when to the contrary, it is Christianity who will take the lead in reviling, persecuting, saying all manner of evil against those falsely who are really Christ’s disciples.
Like snakes, they hide in the brush and crevices of the world’s political, financial, economic, educational, religious, and military systems awaiting to strike and take down any in its way.
It will get worse for those faithful to God and Christ in the future as the pressure for Christ’s true followers to conform to a Beastly system will be tremendous and relentless.
By that time, Christianity, all other religious systems, and the nations of the world will be long gone. But there will be a majority in those future days who will become Judas-like and betray their Brothers, revile them, lie on them, and have them turned over to be persecuted and killed.
Jesus forewarns that such things must occur before God’s kingdom comes down. The blessing of everlasting life will be granted to those who endure and remain faithful as they are granted entry into God’s kingdom when it comes down.
No one of importance. A disciple (student) of Christ apart from the established religious systems who reasons, thinks and concludes matters for myself. Something is not right with the state of religion in the world. The real dichotomy is that we live in a world so full of religion, yet is an evil, immoral, and dangerous place to live. A mental and spiritual separation from this world that Jesus said his kingdom is no part of is the first step to a "break-through" to freedom and entry into a much larger spiritual world where God and Christ resides and the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God can be accessed.