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The Christian Life Will Get More Complicated As the Days Go By

Being a true Christian means getting a lonely life.  At first I got surprised to why my life got more complicated but later, the more I read the Bible, the more I understand why Christian life is so complicated.  John 15:18-19 and James 4:4 is clear as day that the Christian is not going to be liked by the world.  The unsaved man is most likely going to be the friend of the world but never the true Christian.  

The Christian life is complicated because 1 Corinthians 1:18 says that Christianity is foolishness to the world.  A true Christian preacher is bound to be accused of teaching a license to sin by the works salvation crowd or accused of teaching works salvation by the Antinomian.  Rival cults may even accuse the true Christian of working for each other.  The Christian is caught in between a rock and a hard place but Jesus Christ is the Rock of Ages (1 Corinthians 10:4) and the Gates of Hell cannot prevail against Him (Matthew 16:18)!  

When Jesus told Peter that the Gates of Hell will not prevail against the Rock (Jesus Christ), Peter the tiny rock (for construction) was assured he was going to be built on solid ground.  Peter who was the first preacher of the New Testament Church in Acts (and no, he's not the first Pope as Roman Catholics keep claiming) was assured that the Church cannot fall down.  The Gates of Hell could not prevail against the Church built on Jesus Christ because He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

There's a lot of wrongful persecution that may come in both words and actions.  All these were already warned ahead that persecution will come ahead so the more I see it, the more I realize that the Bible is never wrong and that the more I walk in Christ, the more my life gets complicated and the more I want to sin no more, the more the worldly hate me all the more.  Romans 12:2 says that Christians were not called to be conformed to the world but in Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 3:11-13 warn that those in Christ shall suffer persecution.  Godliness is something that a Christian gains as a result of salvation, not the root of it.  A Christian may be well-accepted when he or she is in the mud but the moment they get back to their senses, they are rejected.  Since a Christian is destined to endure to the end, they feel misery in the mud puddle after some time but greater and growing happiness in serving God in spite of tribulations.  The road is getting narrow but the end of the narrow road is eternal life. 

The more I think about how complicated Christian life is, this is the verse that still clicks into my head:
Matthew 5:11-12 
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.  

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