Jesus: “You will be hated by all”. Why?

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ clearly and repeatedly taught that, eventually, faithful Christians will be “hated by all”. Why does this happen?

[John]
{15:18} If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before you.
{15:19} If you had been of the world, the world would love what is its own. Yet truly, you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world; because of this, the world hates you.

There has always been conflict between the world and the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. The sinful world rejected the sinless Jesus. Jesus taught us to reject sin, and to love one another. True love is incompatible with sin. To whatever extent you sin, you have failed to love. But the world has embraced sin and lives by sin, to a great extent. Therefore, sinful secular society will always hold some opposition for true Christianity, for the one true Church, and for the faithful. Why? because love and sin are incompatible.

[Matthew]
{24:9} Then they will hand you over to tribulation, and they will kill you. And you will be hated by all nations for the sake of my name.

This opposition between the world and the faithful increases during the tribulation. Both parts of the tribulation include a great martyrdom of many Christians. Both parts of the tribulation will see a sharp increase in hatred for the teachings of Jesus and His Church, and for all who believe in and live by those teachings.

{24:12} And because iniquity has abounded, the charity of many will grow cold.
{24:13} But whoever will have persevered until the end, the same shall be saved.

Charity, a word used to refer to true spiritual love, is diametrically opposed to iniquity. For sin is iniquity. Love and sin are opposed to one another. Thus, when iniquity abounds, charity grows cold in many persons.

[Mark]
{13:13} And you will be hated by all for the sake of my name. But whoever will have persevered unto the end, the same will be saved.

We cannot win the culture war between sinful secular society and the Christian Faith. We will not succeed, in the end, in convincing the whole world to become faithful disciples of Christ. But the Church and the faithful will not disappear from the world. We can and will persevere until the end of the tribulation, when Christ returns. And we faithful Christians will be saved by our perseverance in the Faith, despite the opposition of the world.

[Luke]
{6:22} Blessed shall you be when men will have hated you, and when they will have separated you and reproached you, and thrown out your name as if evil, because of the Son of man.
{6:23} Be glad in that day and exult. For behold, your reward is great in heaven. For these same things their fathers did to the prophets.

{21:17} And you will be hated by all because of my name.

It is a blessing to be hated by sinful secular society, if we are hated because of our faithfulness to Christ. Eventually, Christians will be separated from society. There will be many ways in which Christians will be unable to participate in society. For example, eventually, there will be no Christian hospitals, because all hospitals will be compelled by law and culture to commit grave sins: abortion, abortifacient contraception, euthanasia, gender transition procedures, artificial procreation, and other grave sins. Eventually, faithful Christians will be unable to teach in public schools, and there will be no Christian private schools. For all schools will eventually be compelled by law and culture to teach gravely erroneous doctrines, and to teach and encourage gravely immoral behavior. And the same can be said for other types of participation in society. Eventually, Christians will be separated from society, because we refuse to commit gravely immoral acts.

Christians are already reproached by society for our beliefs, rejecting abortion and contraception, rejecting gay marriage, rejecting gender transition, and every other grave sin. And this reproach is only going to worsen as society rejects faith in God and becomes ever more sinful. Even the name Christian will become a hated term in sinful secular society, eventually.

Be glad when that time arrives, for our reproach occurs because of our faithfulness to Christ. And all who are faithful to Christ, despite persecution, will have a great reward in Heaven.

Please consider reading my book: The Catechism of Catholic Ethics or my booklet: Roman Catholic Teaching on Intrinsic Evil

by
Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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One Response to Jesus: “You will be hated by all”. Why?

  1. stesvis says:

    And those who reproach don’t see that THEY are the ones proving that the Gospel is true…!
    How ironic

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