Why Are Christians Viewed Negatively?


As he did in his sermon at Athens, Paul quotes the Cretan poet Epimenides.  But where the Mars Hill sermon cited the soaring sentiments “In him we live and move and have our being,” and “We are his offspring,” this time the words of the poet are barbed as they are aimed at his own people:  “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”

Ouch.

When Paul writes “This testimony is true,” he is using a stereotype drawn from generations of bad behavior.


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