“4 1 My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world.
2 Here’s how you test for the genuine Spirit of God. Everyone who confesses openly his faith in Jesus Christ—the Son of God, who came as an actual flesh-and-blood person—comes from God and belongs to God. 3 And everyone who refuses to confess faith in Jesus has nothing in common with God. This is the spirit of antichrist that you heard was coming. Well, here it is, sooner than we thought!
4 My dear children, you come from God and belong to God. You have already won a big victory over those false teachers, for the Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world. 5 These people belong to the Christ-denying world. They talk the world’s language and the world eats it up. But we come from God and belong to God. Anyone who knows God understands us and listens. The person who has nothing to do with God will, of course, not listen to us. This is another test for telling the Spirit of Truth from the spirit of deception.” The Message
Christ is a divisive figure and was from day one. He and his followers have been persecuted and still are. Why? He’s not like all other historical figures who we can see were good or bad and most of the world agrees.
Everything that Christ did was incredible – perfect in healing, love, patience, forgiveness. Why do people hate him and his message? Because He was, and it is, anti. It’s anti-establishment, anti-world, anti-our-nature (I made up that concatenation if you couldn’t tell). He calls on us to be changed and we resist like spoiled little brats until we don’t. His is NOT a message we want to hear, we’d rather be coddled by the lies of the world.
Why? Why do we resist loving one another so we can be self serving? Why do we carry resentments so we don’t have to forgive? Why do we lose our “stuff” so we don’t have to be patient?
I find it interesting that the world says Christ is the problem.