Persecution actually strengthens the church. It's kind of like the frog in the pot. Gradually turn up the heat and it doesn't jump. But just try to put a frog in a pot of boiling water and it'll jump every time.
Don't forget the Jew in Germany and other EU countries during the early days of the rise to power.I don't think it's plausible that the government could hunt down even a fraction of the bibles in the United States. It would necessitate going door to door and searching every nook and cranny of every home, and I'm sure some would be met with violent resistance (not saying that's right, only that it's likely). It just isn't feasible in terms of man-power.
Although it may be possible that there is a ban on selling bibles in the works, like we see possibly forming in California. It would just be too hard for the government to track down all of the bibles in the US... And even then, they can't confiscate memorized verses and hymns. Like Jeff said, it would be a good opportunity to show love and witness If it came down to that
Thank you for bringing this up... I hadn't thought about it because I have a flip and don't use apps. I prefer my written, hard-copy Bible that I can read anywhere/everywhere/wherever, even without electricity However, I do have KJV on physical CDs so I can listen, too.Just to add to the earlier conversation about Bible apps- electronic content can be changed. Unless you have the whole Bible memorized, you might not notice what's missing, where. It's much harder to change (and track) already printed material.
I'm just thinking about the thread we had not long ago where some people in France wanted to remove the objectionable parts of the Koran.
Ghoti, I hope U will come back 2 RF. This is one of the best things I have read recently!!When the persecution starts in earnest, as the wheat is separated from the chaff, those remaining can/will gain faith and strength by observing others going before them and enduring their trial. Some of the least likely people have exhibited the greatest courage and faith under incredible persecution. It has been said the early Christians expected to be put to death for their faith and learned to view dying for their faith in whatever manner as a privilege and as their last opportunity to witness to lost people around them. I am certain being eaten by a lion, being dipped in oil and set afire, crucified, or tied to a post and whipped/burned to death hurt. A lot. But if such a fate meant even one other person came to faith in Jesus Christ and avoided the eternal hurt of hell, I am sure it is worth it.
12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:12-13, KJV
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16, KJV
39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Matthew 26:39, KJV
42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
Matthew 26:42, KJV
44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Matthew 26:44, KJV
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Matthew 6:9-13, KJV
Although we may pray to be spared the cup of persecution, it may be God's will that we drink of it, just as it was God's will that Jesus Christ drank His ordained cup. And if this is the case, then we are to call on the Name of the Lord for help.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:13, KJV
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
Psalm 46:1-3, KJV
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 41:10, KJV
You didn't. You're free to speak your mind.I did not mean to start a war. I am a Christian and I believe that Jesus died for my sins.
He will. He'll catch us up in the clouds before then. It won't be the official second coming, but it'll be the Rapture event for His Bride, the Christians. It's nothing you have to worry about personally as a Christian.I hope Jesus comes back be for the beast I don't want to know what he looks like.
That's what we all hope for together. It's what our Heavenly Father wants. He doesn't want anyone to go there. But that choice is with the individual. God has given judgment over to His Son and even selflessly offered Him to all of humanity that we might be saved.I hope people will get saved. I would hate to hear them go to the lake of fire.
As a Christian you don't. The problem rather is he very much wants "something" to do with us and the flesh is weak and sympathetic to that "something".Well I do know I don't want anything to do with satin.