--quick little sidebar here. . . . I'm working late . . . out in the desert again.... and as usual listening to lots of interesting stuff I have recorded to put my mind to whilest my hands are busy . . . .
Btw, while I'm mentioning bona fide's . . . I listen to about 5-8 hours of new material every work day and have for the last . . . mmmm . . . 25 years or so . . . with a break in there for some secular education, under grad and law school. But as far as the current regime, it has been a steady dose of theological topics, philosophical, supernatural, political, historical . . . with an emphasis on the theological. So, at the very least, I've got a pretty good scope of the landscape, so to speak.....fwiw.
I happened to dip back into my tapes of street preaching which I like to do from time to time and put on some Tony Miano of Cross Encounters. There are many other good street preachers as well I like to check out . . . but one thing is common to the legit ones who are flat-out preaching the Gospel. As sure as the Sun will rise again tomorrow, you can count on the public passersby and those who stop to listen . . . to become irate and start attacking. Honestly, this phenomenon is one of the things that really sealed the deal for me in looking again at Biblical Christianity as being The Truth. Why does the world hate Jesus so much? It's just a little too over the top and obvious to me when I look at it.
Go out there and preach Buddha or Krisna . . . or Lao Tzu . . . or Rickard Dawkins . . . or Carl Sagan . . . or Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Osho, Chogyam Trungpa, Black Elk, Terence McKenna, Rick Warren, Osteen, Che Guevara . . . and you'll get thumbs up, yawns, gentle nods and the like. But start preaching Jesus and the Gospel and real Biblical Christianity . . . and ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE! It's just too obvious, lol.
Why? Because people love their sin. People don't want to answer to an ultimate Authority. People love their own ideas and pet theories about reality MORE than wanting to know what is actually The Truth. People hate God. People love their god's of their own mental and emotional creation. People love excuses not to see the need to repent. People don't think they need a Savior. People love lies, love the dark, love themselves more than The Truth. People don't want to submit--THEY want to be God, to be the God of their own reality. People don't like the idea of consequences to their secret sins and privately wicked hearts. People have a higher estimation of themselves than they deserve. People hate the idea of Hell. People hate the fact that God is Sovereign and He will do what He will.
Rebellion, rebellion, rebellion. It all derives from the original sin of rejecting God, turning from Him and then turning to a thousand and one other things; not realizing that all those things are created. They are ALL sub-God. Yet people make idols of them and do everything they can to avoid worshipping and reverencing the One True God.
Check it out sometime. Search "Street preacher and hecklers" and you will see the same anti-Christ spirit manifesting in a hundred different settings, from all over the world. It is the same spirit that killed Jesus. And it is the same spirit that is in each one of us until we finally see ourselves for the frauds, liars, murderers/haters, thieves, perverts etc, that we really are, whatever phony front we put up to the contrary.
Then, when you at last see the situation for the direness it is, you know you NEED a Savior! You realize that you can't even take one more breath but for the grace of God, let alone change yourself into something good and decent, compared to His standard.
And you stop arguing with the fact the HE gets to set the standard. He IS the standard! Not you. Not any human. . . . You quit your vain arguing and prevaricating and slipping and sliding around The Truth and finally just submit, surrender. You DIE to your self and throw what's left of you on His mercy. You stop arguing whether that is "fair" or not. You stop reasoning around in circles and clever philosophical mazes of nonsense which is all just a distraction to keep you from facing your dirty, rotten, fallen self. And you thank God He sent a way out! He made a way! He IS merciful and loving and will take you from the admitted wretch you at last have a shred of integrity to face . . . and begins immediately to change your heart--regenerate your mind and clean up your soul!
You stop running from Him; you stop trying to find ways to have it both ways (maintaining the idol of your self AND God) . . . and you start losing your taste for lies, magic, demon-craft, power-trips, controlling etc., and begin craving light, truth, holiness, goodness--and any and everything that relates to His character, laws, grace, history, reality and Person.
That's the fact of it.
Stop screwing around and pursue Him as if your life depended on it, because it does. And you know it.