Take up his cross
But people have a problem:
Smooth things. Pleasant things. Illusions. Deceits.
They say to the seers, “See not;” and to the prophets, “Prophesy not unto us right things. Speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits.”
In other words, people who fail to think for themselves are reluctant to be taught anything new concerning their present beliefs. To discard previously ingrained beliefs and teachings by the religious elite, such an act would be tantamount to being thought of, at worst, as traitors, and at best, as fools. But, if anyone makes the right choice to follow Jesus, they must do the three things that Jesus mentioned to them. For those who are courageous enough to disagree with the religious establishment regardless of the outcome, a person needs to be reminded how the religious authorities treated dissidents, especially The Man Born Blind: “they threw him out” of the synagogue! (John 9:34). And even if that be the case, there is still no reason why a person can’t know God and have a personal relationship with him.
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