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It seems as though a basic need for most people is to be accepted. People want and need approval by their peers, and acceptance in terms of achievement and personality. An old popular song captured the idea of it in the Lyric: “What the World Needs Now – Is Love Sweet Love, It’s The Only Thing That There’s Just Too Little Of…” Most thinking and caring people would readily agree that a greater effort and expression needs to occur to show the reality of true love and acceptance. However, think of the anguish for those who are abhorred, execrated and treated with antipathy. A part of the root in abhor is the word “horror”. The “horror” of intense hatred. Execrate means, “to detest utterly; abhor; abominate; to hear and be the object of curses…” Antipathy has the idea of: “Contrariety or opposition in feeling; settled aversion or dislike; repugnance; distaste…”
This serves to remind us that there are those in our world who hate, and are hated. The cruelty of man to man; the atrocities of nations against people-groups; the utter disregard of being humane. Even though some today would deny the reality of the Holocaust, the overwhelming evidence is recorded and documented. And even though these denials persist, there are nations today that are threatening to produce another Holocaust in our day. We hear a word both politically and religiously “Jihad” and never pause to reflect on the possibilities of it. Jihad means: “a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels; any vigorous, emotional crusade for an idea or principle…”
Regardless of what one might like to think and believe, Christians and Jews are The Infidels in the minds and plans of the Muslims. Jihad will be carried out whenever and however – be it a 9/11 attack, or roadside bombs; or an individual willing to blow himself up in a busy place or where there is a gathering of people. The idea is to spread uncertainty, fear and terror wherever possible. Some pending news is that a terror cell is leaking word that Weapons of Mass Destruction are being planned for use in the near future in an undesignated place – all in an attempt to spread fear, and panic, terror and death.
Just think of being a Nation that is surrounded by other nations who deny that nation’s existence. Just try to imagine what it is to be Hated and Despised. Basically,
Jesus indicated in His Words recorded in Matthew 24:9-13, “You will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Jesus is speaking to His followers and indicating they will be among those scorned, despised and hated. Just like “His
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