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Which is easier . . . Living as a Christian or as a Citizen of your nation? Why?
Well, living as a human is much better than living for a specific religion or nation. Religion or nation doesn't feeds you or earn living, its your thought and work that makes you grow!
Christianity has proved a two-edged sword in European history, beginning with the Cathars in France, going on to the French king Philippe's persecution of the Knights Templar in the 14th Century and on to the Reformation. It wasn't enough to be patriotic toward your king, you had to worship the same way. During the Reformation matters came to a head when Luther set his movement on the road to severing relations with the Vatican. In England Henry VIII cut England off from the mainstream Roman church with his divorce from Catherine of Aragon. Many Catholics in England plotted his downfall. In the end nature took its course. His son Edward VI continued England's path along the Protestant causeway but his half-sister Mary had other ideas when she came to the throne. She had all the Protestant bishops burned at the stake and affianced herself to Philip of Spain. She even believed she was carrying his child - twice. She also had half-sister Elizabeth put in the Tower for treason because of her Protestant beliefs. Under Elizabeth Roman Catholicism was outlawed in England, practiced at risk of execution for the higher-ups. Priests were executed by burning, their masters by hanging, drawing and quartering. The Gunpowder Plot against James I (Elizabeth's cousin James VI of Scotland) brought stiff penalties against the RC faith, Charles I followed Catholic practices with his queen Henrietta Maria and his son James tried to keep his throne with help from the Irish, French and Spanish. it was not until the 18th Century that universal suffrage was permitted, although as head of the Church of England any future English king is steered away from prospective Catholic brides.
It's a constitutional matter. Likewise in Spain a king must be a Roman Catholic, and in the Netherlands and Scandinavia kings or queens are also expected to be Protestant (although not head of their church).
It's a dynastic tight-rope walk, .but subjects have the right of choice ... these days .
Nothing is " easier" for the one who is "christianos "- the anointedians - the child of God ( Translated as christian by the religious standard.) [ See Acts 11:26].Though we "walk in the flesh" while on earth, we are citizens of certain nation, and we live discipline life unless we are asked to go against the principles and the will of our heavenly Father. By the Divine standard our " citizenship is in heaven" . Meanwhile we are in waging a war against the power of darkness:" The weapons of our warfare are not according to the flesh, but of the power of God, and by it we subdue rebellious fortresses. And we pull down reasonings and every high thing that is exalted against knowledge of God, and we take all minds prisoner to the obedience of the Messiah…'" ( Now, this was recorded in mids of the first century A.D.) Seems to me- and apparently you all know that the proportion is reduced as the demonic powers possess the traditional christianity and the children of God are leaning toward sleeping ; in fact WE ARE not seriously doing the deeds of the KINGDOM as originated by Christ Jesus.( There is more, much more to it…)
It's fairly even in my opinion.
Most of the major sins are also against "man-made laws" in many respects. Lying could be seen as fraud, stealing is a punishable crime, thy shall not kill would apply to murder and so on. The biggest difference however comes from personal restrictions.
Religions however tend to evolve with the times. For example no Christian I am aware of in the U.S. endorses the following two scriptures.
"For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of Sabbath rest, holy to the LORD. (Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.)"
"Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death."
Various "interpretations" of biblical scriptures has led to forming many different Christian denominations or sects. Some have more stricter guidelines for daily living than others. Depending on which group one follows will determine how difficult it is to live up to the "ideal" lifestyle. All one can do is their best in any given moment.
Nevertheless within the bible it's stated no one is capable of living sin free! The same could be said of obeying all of a nation's laws.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 KJV
"For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not."
Sorry to say I feel neither is easier....Both are questionable topics, that can lead to controversial argumentative words...Sometimes these can end a
" friendship "...Listening to our Government officials speaking of late, appears to be off again on riddled with he said/she said and back peddling.
I thought Church and State were to be separate ? but aren't the government agencies responsible for calling the shots on Holiday celebrations/Décor in many towns, cities, etc. It appears we are not only losing our rights as Citizens..but also Religious convictions...just my thoughts....
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