Paul, previously known as Saul of Tarsus had set himself to successfully destroy the Christian religious conviction; but then when Saul of Tarsus met the living Jesus, he changed his focus. He submitted his life to Jesus and called supernaturally him to bring the gospel to the Jewish people and gentiles. God renamed him Paul,
“Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth,” (Tit. 1:14).
“So will they fear the name of the Lord from the west and East? His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift a standard against Him,” (Isa. 59:1).
Dostoevsky said of the French Revolution and its seething hatred of the church that "revolution must necessarily begin with atheism."
Solzhenitsyn says, "But the world had never before known godlessness as organized, militarized and tenaciously malevolent as that practiced by Marxism. Within the philosophical system of Marx and Lenin, and the heart of their psychology, hatred of God is the principal driving force, militant atheism a central pivot. To achieve its ends, communism needs to control a population devoid of religious feelings. The degree to which the atheistic world longs to annihilate religion, the extent to which religion sticks in its throat, was demonstrated by the web of intrigue surrounding the attempt on the life of Pope John Paul 11 in 1981."
Yet in Russia--where churches have been leveled, where tens of thousands of priests, monks and nuns were tortured, shot in cellars, sent to brutal camps, where triumphant atheism has rampaged uncontrolled for two-thirds of a century, where even today people are sent to labor camps for their faith -- the Christian tradition survives.
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