The greatest deception, or confusion, of all time, has always been the assumption that being Christian carries physical advantages. This portrays the source of departure from the teachings of the author of Christianity, who asserted the opposite. Christianity was never meant to be cosy and acceptable to the physical body. The greatest discomfort of the physical body comes from being Christian.
The confusion arises from conflating Christianity with Judaism. The proponents of this idea cannot even see that if Jesus’ teachings agreed with Judaism, He would not have been crucified on the cross. The problem of the Jews was that they could not grasp the fundamentals of their religion. They upheld the Pentateuch, but without appreciating the significance of keeping those laws. Their inability to grasp the significance of the Law is what moulded them to be hypocrites.
Nevertheless, to today’s Christians, it is important to appreciate that, the entire Old Testament Bible was a shadow of reality, to come through Jesus. Even the story of the Israelites is parabolic—being an earthly story, shadowing the heavenly meaning. A parable was never meant to facilitate understanding the secrets of God’s Kingdom. The parable, actually, makes it impossible for those in this world to understand the mysteries of God’s Kingdom.
Mark 4: 10. And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 11. And he said unto them, Unto you, it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12. That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. – Bible Offline
What drives people away from the truth is physical comfort. By shunning what gives pain to the physical body, the majority of Christians lose out on God’s Kingdom. What enhances comfort in physical flesh has got nothing to do with God’s Kingdom. This ought to be the basic truth in Christianity. To His disciples, Jesus stated the following:
Matthew 10: 37. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. 40. He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 41. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward Bible Offline
There is a reward for those supporting God’s true servants. But notice carefully that in verse 39, one has to be willing to lose everything, for the sake of God’s Kingdom. Anything short of that commitment is misplaced, in so far as God’s Kingdom is concerned. What sustains the physical body is sinful. The invitation to God’s Kingdom requires forsaking the physical body. This assertion cannot be acceptable to millions, who assume to be “Christians.”
Luke 14: 25. And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26. If any man comes to me and hates not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29. Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30. Saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish. 31.
Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32. Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. 34. Salt is good: but if the salt has lost its savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35. It is neither fit for the land nor yet for the dunghill, but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. – Bible Offline
To God’s true servants, the most depressing thing could be that it is impossible to attract huge followers towards accepting the truth, as compared to those leading towards falsehoods. A true Christian cannot be mistaken for a popular and acceptable leader in the environment. Truthful Christians can only be regarded as controversial, rather than regarded as truthful, to which true Christians are expected to be committed.