Originally posted by Big Mac
the Bible claims that if one is follower of Christ, then he will be persecuted. it doesn't make any qualifying statements. it doesn't try to say that it might happen or could happen, but only deep dark africa or places that are "more hostile" toward christianity. it simply says that "they [the world, the whole world] will hate you on account of me [Jesus]." ...[text shortened]... your "christianity" based on the parts of the Bible that give you the warm fuzzies?
The jews make a similar claim and whenever a jew or group of jews or Israel is being persecuted in some way they claim it is proof of thier Godliness. You would think that God would look after his people better than that!
Interestingly one can hardly say that Christians or Jews are the most persecuted people in history.
In countries where Christians are in the majority it is the minorities that get persecuted.
Having different beliefs from your parents or other family members always leads to problems.