THOSE WHO PERSECUTED

                                                                                        FIRST-CENTURY CHRISTIANS AND WHY

                                                                                    ACCORDING TO "ACTS OF THE APOSTLES"

 

In what ways do we persecute people who believe differently from us today?  List them here before doing chart:

 

 

 

 

     SCRIPTURE

            WHO

                                          HOW

                                  WHY

Acts 4:1,2

Priests

Captain of

  Temple Guard

Sadducees

Put them in jail

Taught resurrection from dead

4:5-7

Jewish rulers

Jewish elders

Teachers of law

High Priest

Interrogated them

They were teaching by someone else's authority

4:15-17

Sanhedrin

Warned them to not teach their doctrine any more

To stop them from getting more people to believe them

5:16-18

High Priest

Sadducees

Put them in jail

Jealousy

5:27-29,40

Sanhedrin

Called them into closed meeting

Didn't want people told of their guilt in denying Jesus

6:1,9-14

Grecian Jews

Stoning

Furious because he wanted to change their customs

8:1-3

Saul

Scared them out of the city

 

9:1,2

Saul

Went after them even in other cities

 

9:20,23

Jews

Tried to kill

 

12:1-3

King Herod

Killed

To please the Jews under him

13:44,45,50

Jews

Talked abusively about the new teaching

Incited religious leaders among women and city        leaders to kick them out of town

Jealousy

14:2

Those who refused to believe

Poisoned people's minds against believers

Refused to believe the truth

14:5

Gentile and Jewish leaders

Mistreat and stone

 

14:19

Jews from other cities

Won crowd over away from believers

Tried to kill

 

16:18-22

Business owners

Dragged them before authorities

Destroyed power of money maker (girl)

17:5,6

Jews

Created a mob

Jealousy

17:13

Jews from another city

Agitated the crowd and stirred them up against them

 

18:6

Jews

Opposed and became abusive

 

 

18:12-16

Jews

Charged him legally and took him to court

Beat him

Changing their law

19:25,29

Silversmiths

Created riot

Loss of income

21:27-30

Jews from Asia

Stirred up crowd

Falsely accused of turning people against God's law

 

22:30-23:2

Chief priests, Sanhedrin, high priest

Arrested

 

24:1,5

High priest

and elders

Charged in court

Put blame of what they were doing onto him.

 

IN WHAT WAYS DO RELIGIOUS LEADERS PERSECUTE PEOPLE IN THEIR CONGREGATIONS IF THEY BELIEVE DIFFERENTLY THAN THEY?  COULD WE ENDURE IT?