Does it seem like the world has suddenly flipped upside down and everything you thought was “right” and “moral” is now being labeled as “white privilege/supremacy”, “hate speech”, “conspiracy theories”, “inciting violence”, “misinformation”, etc.?
You’re not alone.
Although “the world” may try and lead you to feel that way.
It’s fascinating. Because this is exactly what Jesus warns us about.
The Bible defines the ruler of this world as satan. So if the world hates you, one can infer that it is the followers of satan (even if these people don’t realize that they are following satan – if they pride themselves on their financial wealth, their possessions, how many likes/followers/fans they have, their looks, their career, etc. – then they are “of the world” – and therefore followers of satan – I don’t mean to be blunt, but this is what I’ve gathered from various sources/research) that hate you. Some are fully aware that they are followers of satan/the world, and have no bones about it. But I truly believe that some people are unaware of it and are unknowingly being led astray.
Now, on the other hand, if you don’t really care about fame, fortune, prestige, etc. and instead care about integrity, honesty, kindness, compassion… then you are followers of Jesus; again, even if you don’t realize it. And it is impossible to fool God. He knows what’s in your heart. So if the first thing you think about when you wake up is of a “worldly” matter, then you are following the wrong path. On the other hand, if you often think about positivity, kindness, love and forgiveness – then you are closer to the “Christ consciousness” and going farther from the ideations of the world. The big thing, again, is to realize that God knows what’s in your heart and if you are truly a good person, even if you may idolize some of the creations “of the world”. If you have any inkling that this is resonating with you, then it very well may be that God/Jesus is calling you out of this world. (And you will be hated for it – by those of this world.)
Now we have to ask ourselves, even if we don’t believe in the Bible, even if we think the tale of Jesus is just that, a myth based on story-telling, we have to ask ourselves, if it is true, why would a certain group of people hold so much animosity towards a person or group who was simply teaching others to be kind, loving and compassionate towards one another, and/or teaching them to do the right thing and have integrity and who remain steadfast in their core values (some even based on “science”, moral ethics and facts)? Even if it was “just a fairy-tale”, you cannot tell me that there are not modern day versions of this very same thing happening today.
Those who are speaking out against what they feel is immoral or questionable is quickly being silenced and censored. If certain people don’t agree with a certain narrative, the media and like-minded people are primed and ready to jump on the lynching band-wagon. These very same people hold many similarities to the mobs who voted for Jesus’s crucifixion. The elders and priests were able to convince the crowd to release a murderer (ironically also called Jesus (Barrabas)) – instead of Jesus Christ, who did no wrong. This crowd was then “incited to violence”, demanding Jesus’s crucifixion.
20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.
21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.
“Barabbas,” they answered.
22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.
They all answered, “Crucify him!”
23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”
25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”
26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
Why were these priests/elders/rulers so dead set against Jesus Christ? It’s because Jesus Christ stood for everything they didn’t. They wanted their sinful freedom and didn’t appreciate Jesus Christ calling them out for their wickedness. These people were followers of their god, and not The God, although they deceived others into thinking they did. They and the people of the crowd found themselves more in common with the murderer Barbarras, which is why they’d rather save him than Jesus, which they knew would continue to give them a bad image, since it was extremely hard to put away their pride and desires and follow in His footsteps. They’d rather do away with Him and continue to live guilt-free in their sin.
Now there is another verse that I want to address in addition to everything that’s been going, especially as of late, and that is:
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!
Does this remind you of anything happening lately when addressing pretty much anything of a political/religious nature? And even if intentions were not based on anything political but merely one’s opinion, it is still drowned in and accused of political and (extremely in the last few months) racial overtones. Even when it doesn’t make sense!
Then we have the blatant disregard for protecting innocent lives and instead, corrupt officials are protecting the depraved perpetrators instead.
In my opinion, there’s no doubt that we are seeing the very things that the Bible foretold would happen taking place in today’s time. Going back to the earlier verse where certain people will call “evil good and good evil” and this one:
“Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel. Should you not embrace justice,
2 you who hate good and love evil;
9 Hear this, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right;
People may want to deny it; people may want to say, ‘rules and social norms are changing to be more inclusive, more tolerant, more compassionate’, but I submit to you that this is exactly the deceiving corruption that the Bible warns us about. There were certain immorality issues that were normally opposed and questioned about the ethic and natural ramifications that would be brought about if we continued down this path by the Vatican itself, a once powerhouse on religious tradition. Who have now changed their stance on several things, even the very practices that their religion was built upon.
Vatican corruption and conforming to the world?
(May 2019) On the subject of abortion, the Pope says, he always asks two very clear questions: “Is it fair to eliminate a human life in order to solve a problem?”. The answer to which is: no. “Second question: is it fair to pay a sniper to solve a problem? No. Abortion is not a religious problem in the sense that just because I am Catholic I must not seek an abortion. It is a human problem”, says Pope Francis. “It is a problem of eliminating a human life. Period”.
– Pope talks McCarrick, walls, women’s rights, abortion and more in interview
(December 2020) The Vatican concluded that “it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses” in the research and production process when “ethically irreproachable” vaccines aren’t available to the public. But it stressed that the “licit” uses of such vaccines “does not and should not in any way imply that there is a moral endorsement of the use of cell lines proceeding from aborted fetuses.”
– Vatican permits use of Covid vaccines made using aborted fetal tissue
(2003) Under the direction of Pope John Paul II, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2003 had stated that “respect for homosexual persons” was not “approval of homosexual behavior” or “legal recognition of homosexual unions,” the agency said.
“Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behavior … but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity,” the doctrine said, according to CNA.
(2010) Pope Francis opposed efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010 while he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, and has only been “circumspect” in his support of civil unions, CNA noted.
(October 2020) Pope Francis has spoken up in defense of homosexual families and called for civil union laws for same-sex couples — a major shift from both his own and the Vatican’s position on the matter.
“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family,” the pontiff says in a new documentary, “Francesco,” according to the Catholic News Agency (CNA).
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” the pope said. “I stood up for that.”
Changing Traditional Prayer
Original Lord’s prayer states: “lead us not into temptation”
Original Gloria passage states: “Peace on Earth to people of good will”
(June 2019) Against the judgement of numerous outspoken traditional Catholics, Pope Francis decided to officially changed the wording of the Lord’s prayer. In Matthew 6:13, instead of it reading “lead us not into temptation” it will now be “do not let us fall into temptation.”
In Gloria, the passage will change from “Peace on earth to people of good will” to “Peace on Earth to people beloved by God.”
Sex Abuse Coverup
(2018) In spite of knowing about former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual assaults, Pope Francis lifted sanctions from him that had been imposed by Pope Benedict.
LifeSiteNews is reporting that Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò, former papal nuncio to the United States, has written an 11-page statement testifying that Pope Francis was aware of McCarrick’s homosexual predation but “continued to cover him,” even making him “his trusted counselor” in naming bishops for appointment, including Cdl. Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey (McCarrick’s former diocese) and Cdl. Blase Cupich of Chicago, Illinois.
“In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church, he [Pope Francis] must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them,” Viganò writes.
(2019) In his first direct comments about the case of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Pope Francis said that “about McCarrick I knew nothing, obviously, nothing, nothing.”
“I said it many times, I knew nothing, no idea,” Francis said in an interview with Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki.
Speaking about the allegation made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who claimed last August that he had told the pope about Vatican-imposed restrictions against the former Archbishop of Washington, Francis said that “I don’t remember if he told me about this. If it’s true or not. No idea! But you know that about McCarrick, I knew nothing. If not, I wouldn’t have remained quiet, right?”
(1942 / 2013 / 2016) Financial scandal at the Vatican is nothing new. The Vatican’s official bank has faced repeated crises since it was founded in 1942, and the bank itself was created to curtail fiscal irregularity.
But when Pope Francis was elected in 2013, it was with a mandate to clean up finances. His efforts began well: The pope regularized accounting procedures, committed to European anti-corruption standards, and by 2016, the Vatican had contracted the global accounting giant PriceWaterhouseCoopers to conduct the first serious external audit in its history.
But the pope’s reform project was stymied at every turn by seasoned Vatican bureaucrats with more influence and support than the group tasked with reforming their bureaucracy. A powerful Vatican official, Archbishop Giovanni Becciu, unilaterally canceled the planned audit in April 2016. The next year, the Vatican’s auditor-general was forced out, allegedly after he discovered financial improprieties on the part of his superiors.
(November 2019) Pope Francis admitted there is financial corruption in the Vatican, describing it as a “scandal” on Tuesday. The pope’s statement marked the first time he has acknowledged corruption in Vatican finances.
“There is corruption, it’s clear. With the interrogations we will see if they are guilty or not. It is an ugly thing, it’s not nice for this to happen in the Vatican,” Francis said during an in-flight press conference on the way back from Japan.
The pope told reporters that there was a Vatican investigation underway into the allegedly fraudulent use of the Peter’s Pence, the pope’s charity fund, to buy a luxury property in central London. The pope has previously said that such a purchase is not necessarily a misuse of charity funds.
“What happened, happened: a scandal. They did things that do not seem clean,” the pope said.
Does it seem like even the Vatican is conforming to the “rules of the world”? (Or, perhaps, is “the world” conforming to the Vatican’s new, controversial mandates and following their lead on who to pardon? Who is ruling who, here?)
So when the whole world opposes your views, your opinions, your beliefs, will you cave in to demand and conform? Or will you continue to stand for what you believe in and resign to being hated by those “of the world”? Are you okay knowing, even though you’re trying to be a better person, that the whole world will shun you and uprise against you? Do you have the courage to refuse to follow the demands of an ever-changing, and growing morally corrupt world?
10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,
11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.
12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,
13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
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