Why the World Hates Christians

One of the worst cases of hatred I have ever come across is found in a will written in 1935 by a Mr. Donohoe. It says, “Unto my two daughters, Frances Marie and Denise Victoria, by reason of their bad attitude toward a doting father, ... I leave the sum of $1 to each and a f … More

Hate

Jesus turns from the subject of love to the subject of hate. It doesn’t seem logical that anyone would hate Jesus Christ and His followers, but that is exactly what happened in Jesus’ day and is still happening today. Much of that hatred comes from  religious people. Until the Lord comes  back or until we die we must live in this hostile world.  The world actually does not like people whose lives are a condemnation of it. Perhaps you are wondering why the world system hates the Christian. Jesus gives several reasons:

  1. We are identified with Christ (vv. 18, 20). When they hated Him, we can be sure they will also hate those of us who are identified with Him.
  2. We do not belong to the world (v. 19). We are in the world physically, but not of the world spiritually. The world system operates on the basis of conformity, but the  believer is told not to conform (Romans 12:2).
  3. The world is spiritually ignorant and blind (v. 21). The religious leaders in Jerusalem knew a great deal about God but they did not personally know God. Many religious  leaders in the world today claim to know God, but refuse to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  4. The world will not be honest about its own sin (vv. 22-24). The people had seen His works and heard His word, but they would not admit the truth. In other words they were not sinning in ignorance but they were sinning against all kinds of evidence. The same is true today.

That is why the Scriptures are true when they say, “People hated me for no reason” (vv. 25-27).

Application

If I give a positive witness for Christ I can expect the unsaved world to hate me. If the world has no hatred for the things I stand for, I need to be concerned about the way I am living.

  

John 15:18-27 (English Standard Version)

"If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: 'They hated me without a cause.' "But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning."

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