The Early Church and Lucian

The Early Church

What was hard and healthy about your biological family growing up?
Do you think Americans are good at doing family?

A critic of Christianity in about 180AD wrote the following:
"The Christians, you know, worship a man to this day—the distinguished personage who introduced their novel rites, and was crucified on that account. … You see, these misguided creatures start with the general conviction that they are immortal for all time, which explains their contempt of death and voluntary self-devotion which are so common among them; and then it was impressed on them by their original lawgiver that they are all brothers, from the moment that they are converted, and deny the gods of Greece, and worship the crucified sage, and live after his laws. All this they take quite on faith, with the result that they despise all worldly goods alike, regarding them merely as common property."
-Lucian, The Passing of Peregrinus

Middle eastern culture values family very highly and yet the first Christians valued their 'family-ship' even higher….

Discuss

  • What keeps us modern Christians from enjoying Christian family?
  • Right now, what do people who are not Christians say about the Church as a family? 
  • How can the church be lovingly counter-cultural?