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The Daniel effect

I call Daniel effect something that makes you decide or act like Daniel in Daniel 3:1-14. I think everybody can have a Daniel effect in certain situations. You don’t need to be a Christian.

Daniel was a successful and trusted employee of a rich person, king Nebuchadnezzar. But one day his boss had the idea to build a statue of himself and demand that everybody should follow a given rite to show reverence to this statue. And Daniel decided, following his religious conviction, to refuse to follow that rite. It’s a very stupid thing to do when you have a well-paid job: refuse to assist in some rite that has been installed by your boss.

I guess that Daniel himself had serious hesitations and inner discussions. He knew that refusing would be the end end of his career or even his life. I guess that quite a few of Daniel’s friends advised him to stop being stupid. And still he refused to join that rite. From the stories before this, we can assume that Daniel was a reasonable and even wise person. How can a reasonable and wise person be so stubborn, unrelenting, uncompromising, resistant to advice?