Reason number 8.
It is certainly no secret that Jews and Christians have been persecuted throughout the course of human history. The Jews, in particular, have been pushed around, mocked, beaten, and killed for over 3,000 years. They have been hated for the land that they live on, but more importantly, they have been hated for just being Jewish. The six million Jews that were killed during the Holocaust of World War II were eliminated based solely upon their race; but the Holocaust was not the only incident of Jew hatred throughout history
History records the fact that Mohammad watched the beheading of eight hundred Jews during one day with his twelve year old wife Aisha. Christians have endured a similar experience over the course of history. The Roman Emperor, Nero, enjoyed killing Jews and Christians for sport.
The hatred of Jews and Christians was not limited to Nazis and Romans, however. Liberals hate Christians too; but by far the most vitriolic and diabolical hatred comes from the religion of peace, Islam. The Armenian Genocide of 1915 was responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million Christians at the hands of the Islamic Ottoman Empire.
Islam has a long history of beheading those that will not submit to Islam. Islam is a political system that forces all to convert, submit, or die. Jihad was the vehicle Mohammed used to advance his political agenda. It is the same vehicle used today to get non-Islamists (kafirs) to submit to the Islamic ideology. The trail of blood left throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Africa was directly proportional to the advancement of Islam.
So, why is this one of the reasons that causes me to believe the Bible is true? There are actually two reasons for this. First, It just does not make sense that the world should hate Jews and Christians. The Jewish people have truly been a blessing to the world we live in. They have been instrumental in developing technologies and treatments in the medical field, and have won numerous awards in math and science.
Christians have a message of good news; Christ has come to save the world from sin. Why should Christians be targeted for that? The world should embrace that and be thankful, but it’s not.
This should not surprise us at all, which is my second reason that this causes me to believe the Bible. Jesus told us EIGHT times in the Gospels that we would be hated because of His name. John 15:18 says that: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”
Mark 13:13 says:“You will be hated by all because of my name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.”
So why do Christians feel the need to have interfaith dialogues between leaders of Islam and the church? The world hates us because of Him. There is no common ground. We are encouraged to endure to the end.
Daniel describes the final empire or kingdom that is in power before Jesus returns. Chapter 7:25 describes how the leader of this empire “wears down the saints.”
Revelation 13:7 describes how “it was given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them;”
The Bible describes how Christians will be killed during this time because of the testimony of Jesus. Revelation 12:17 describes how Satan hates the woman (Israel) and “goes off to make war with her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”
This is referring to Jews and Christians. It certainly looks like we’re on the verge of the Bible’s final chapters. The Bible even indicates how Christians will be murdered.
Revelation 20:4: And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God. It is interesting to note that the Koran instructs Muslims to Cut off the heads of the Kafirs.
There is one more clue the Bible gives us about those that will kill us. Jesus tells us in John 6:2 “but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God”
Although this was true during the Reformation, I believe Jesus was referring to this time in human history as well. Islamists claim that they are motivated by devotion to Allah; Islam is the cancer that looks to infect the entire world.