|SHOULD IT BE BOTH WAYS?|
The Bible says that God will protect those who trust in him (Psalms 91), yet Jesus told those who believed in him to be prepared to endure persecution (John 16:1-4). I know how Christians rationalize this, but it does not seem reasonable to me. The rationalization is usually that Jesus hadn't lived yet or become the "offense" at the time of the writing of Psalms 91. But even those who lived back then endured much persecution from conquering empires like Babylon. For me, it's just like all the rest of the Bible: It conflicts with itself and is a fertile bed for strife, disappointment, and fanaticism. It seems to me that Psalms 91 is hyperbole and grandiose wishful thinking. Once again, here are the contrasting verses. You decide.
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
And see the recompense of the wicked.
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.