TheCatholic Church/Religion is right from Peter’s role as Pope. The first church was built on the blood of the Martyrs. I’ve often wonder,”Why believe, when they’re torturing you and killing you?” The Revelation of Jesus, His ministry and miracles, His teachings of Loving enemies and forgiving enemies, His suffering and death, all were eye opening. BUT, it was the witnessed testimony of His RESURRECTION, that sold the deal. Society was very esoteric. Gatherings to discuss philosophies(Greek and Roman). They believed that there is life after death for sure, now. Witnesses saw the Risen Christ. Plus, Heaven sounds nice. So, torture and death doesn’t end your life.
Of course, Jews had to believe Jesus was the Messiah.,
The CHURCH: a growing groups of wanderers, meeting in secret after the persecutions started its beginnings. What money could they get? Barely getting by.
What impressive political power did they have? None.
Why did they want to start a church, in the sense that starting a job should bring financial gain. Starting a business should bring you power.,
If they wanted to be corrupt and get money from ppl and run away,…they didn’t. Nope they were martyred.
They saw Jesus. They walked w Him and witnessed His miracles that NOONE had done before. They believed His teachings. The Resurrected Jesus told them to go out and teach ppl about Him.
So, they did. The Holy Spirit, That came after Jesus rose, opened hearts and minds to receive the message. The Holy Spirit gave them strength to walk into the Arenas.
Accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior, makes Him your BFF. It is joyous w Him in your heart, soul and Spirit. Reading the Bible soothes your soul and teaches you the way of God. It’s the map that brings us to heaven.
May you feel the Holy Spirit, calling you home.