During the session where the resistance started, I remarked to them that the questions they asked were similar to the questions I have heard in the United States and other counties. One of them came to me after the session and said that the questions had to be unique because of the hostile climate in which they live.
I reminded her that every word that was penned in the New Testament was penned under duress. All of the apostles were martyred, there are some who hold that John was also martyred. Paul wrote some of his epistles from prison. Peter wrote from prison as well.
As I have thought through this exchange as well as the others during that time, I am struck by the universal reaction to the Word that just may be human nature. It is not just those who are in difficult circumstances that conclude that because of their "unique" circumstances they cannot obey the Scripture. We all do that at some level. We often engage with the Scripture as if we were in negotiations with the Lord as to what He really wants us to do.
Actually what He wants us to do is pretty simple. Obey. 1 Samuel 15:20 and Matthew 5:48.
It is not a negotiation.
There is more, I will continue this tomorrow.