Religious zealots opposed to the Gospel
Acts 13:45 (ASV 1901)
45But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with jealousy, and contradicted the things which were spoken by Paul, and blasphemed.
Acts 14:2 (ASV 1901)
2But the Jews that were disobedient stirred up the souls of the Gentiles, and made them evil affected against the brethren.
Raymund Lull was a missionary to the Mohammedans, he made several trips to Tunisia and led many Muslim scholars to Christ as a result. But on his third trip, a mob of angry Muslims stoned him, and the injured Raymund eventually died a year later.
Esther Ahmad and her daughter; Amiyah, met a Muslim woman at a bus station in Malaysia. The woman's admiration for little Amiyah instantly turned to violent hatred when she learned that they were Christians. But Esther was quick to remind her bruised 3 year old to always choose love.
The willingness of the Esthonians to hear the gospel notwithstanding, Dr. Baedeker was faced with strong opposition from certain priests who believed only ordained priests should share the gospel. They went out of their way in an attempt to block him.
Rev. William Smith was an evangelist in Benares, and on more than one occasion, he was met with bitter opposition by enraged Hindus who considered the Gospel he proclaimed a threat to their own religion.
Inciteful sermons by Imams and hateful rhetoric against Christians was the weekly norm in the Libyan town of Suq Al Khamis. One Friday, a radicalized mob put words to action when they went round town; torching and attacking, exclusively; Christian-owned businesses.
Because of his commitment to spreading the gospel in his Middle Eastern home country, Butros' family was threatened several times. All Christians were at risk, especially young women. Religious fundamentalism and provocative sermons from zealous imams were common, all with the acquiescence of law enforcement agencies.
Buddhists in Nagoya Japan were all out in their opposition to the Gospel when they employed every means possible to frustrate the acquisition of a building by a church in their city. And until they achieved their evil aim, they did not rest.
When a team of 8 Christians in the city of Malakal set up meetings and book exhibitions, they were attack by a group of radicalized Moslems who accused them of insulting Islam. They were arrested and upon their release, still went on to hold the meetings with many people coming to Christ.
Thomas Walker who was a missionary in Southern India till his death, in a letter to a friend, shares about the rise of zealous Hindus in South India and their fierce objection to the Gospel.
Greg Livingstone and his team went to Mangalore, home of the fanatical Arya Samaj Hindu sect to share Gospels. Unsurprisingly, they shared no gospel, yet barely escaped Mangalore with smashed windows and a shattered truck.