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Why do Christians around the world suffer beheading and death? My God has blessed me why not them?
Thank you for this very interesting question. I hope to write a simple answer to suffering of God's people as described in the Bible.
Consider this set of verse which Jesus spoke:
"If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you" (John 15:18-20).
"Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you" (John 16:2-4).
Here Jesus warns his people that if we follow him, we will likely be persecuted and even killed. He also says that the people doing the killing will think they are doing a service to God!
This was proved to be true not long after when Saul (who later became the Apostle Paul) was killing Christians in order to serve his belief system. This has also probably been true every year since Jesus died. Thousands of people have been killed for following Jesus. In the world today it is illegal to be a Christian in some countries, it is illegal to hold Christian meetings in others without the government's permission. It is illegal to tell people about Jesus in multiple countries. If you do these things you are likely to be fined, imprisoned or possibly killed.
Christians are beheaded and killed today because they follow Jesus.
Jesus has warned us that this is a possibility. Yet we still follow him.
It is because this life is not all that there is. Consider these verses:
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him (James 1:12)
"Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life" (Revelation 2:10)
Paul knew that to go and be with Christ was better, but he remained on earth for the support of God's people who were suffering.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have (Philippians 1:21-30).
You may be being blessed by God in a different way. You may have a peaceful life and then go to be with God forever in heaven if your trust is in Jesus. Others may suffer a little while and then go to be with God.
Either way, all of God's children are being blessed and will go on being blessed. The blessing of God can come in many different forms. Each one's life is unique and has different trials and blessings. We should try not to compare our blessings or sufferings with other people. But we should expect blessing and suffering to come while on earth. This is because we live in a fallen and broken world. God created it to be good, but when man turned away from God we broke the perfect peace on earth. Since then men have killed and caused pain. Satan has lied, deceived and spent his time on turning people away from God.
My advice to you is to enjoy God's blessing. Enjoy his peace now and in times of trouble: cling to Christ. He suffered for you so you never have to be separated from God. Jesus died in our place for our wrong against God. He has made a way for us to be right with God.
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen (1 Peter 5:10-11)
I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com
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Here are a couple of other Bible passages from 1 Peter for your further consideration:
- 1 Peter 2:18-24
- 1 Peter 4:12-19
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