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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Age of intolerance: the war on religion

Prophecy Sign:  Increasing Christian persecution

So while many other organizations and observers take note of the increasing persecution of Christians world-wide, (Christians facing persecution in nearly 3/4 of all nations; 14,000 or more Christians martyred for their faith every year), we have a very foolish writer for the Catholic Herald suggesting that there is no such thing as a global war on Christians and that it is simply some "localized repression and discrimination".  This is an absolutely astoundingly baffling contention if ever there was one, (given all the evidence to the contrary), and nearly all of the responders to the article totally agree with our sentiments, (see article link below).

We have to ask ourselves why would an affiliate with the Roman Church try so desperately to whitewash what is going on in the world, and in particular, the Muslim Middle-East?  Our answer came today when we clicked on an article reporting that the Vatican and the Pope are seeking closer ties with the pariah state of Iran.  Even going so far as to accept the lie from the Iranian representative that Christian minorities are living in peace in Iran, (if the definition of peace includes being rounded up, charged with spreading Christianity, and then thrown in prison where daily beatings are routine).

The Vatican completely disregards such trivial matters as the persecution of evangelical Christians while at the same time building ecumenical bridges with such insane regimes as the Iranian Shiites who lead the nation of Iran and desire nothing more that order out of chaos.  The Roman Church long ago turned away from the true faith and has been betraying many bible believing Christians ever since.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Matthew 24:9-11 NIV

Age of intolerance: the war on religion
Four of every five acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed against Christians, according to the Germany-based International Society for Human Rights. The secular US think tank the Pew Forum says Christians face harassment or oppression in 139 nations, nearly three-quarters of all the countries on earth. It is not just Muslims, who themselves often face horrendous persecution, who attack Christians. In the Indian state of Orissa, Hindu nationalists attacked Christians in a vicious pogrom in 2008, killing 500, injuring thousands with machetes, and leaving 50,000 homeless. A nun was raped and paraded naked through the streets, watched by police who arrested no one. In Burma, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Buddhist militants have murdered Christians, Muslims and Hindus. In 2010 the Burmese military attacked Christian minorities from helicopters, reportedly killing thousands. 

Iranians Jailed for House Church Attendance
The six Christians were arrested in February 2012 during a raid on a house church. They were charged with spreading Christianity, disrupting national security, propaganda against the regime and contact with foreign agencies. This is the latest in a long line of prosecutions of Christians in Iran, with the most common charges being actions against public security and propaganda against the regime.

Christians Worldwide to Observe International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Christians worldwide will be observing the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church today by joining together to intercede for those who daily suffer for their faith in Jesus Christ. The organization Gospel for Asia (GFA) reports that 14,000 people around the world are martyred each year for their faith, but believes that actual figures could be even higher. “Jesus promised his church that there would be persecution and tribulations,” said President GFA KP Yohannan. “Tens of thousands of believers, missionaries and pastors are experiencing the reality of persecution on a daily basis. Yet they recognize the honor it is to suffer for his sake. May the Lord lead us with his burden to intercede for these brothers and sisters.”

The so-called global war on Christians is a fiction
Despite his generally insightful reporting on Vatican affairs, Allen has not only done a disservice to Christians around the globe suffering real repression and persecution but has potentially fanned the flames of religious conflict by calling upon Christians to resist a fictitious war that exists only on the pages of his book and in the questionable data of certain Christian organisations. Allen and Paul are wrong on both accounts. The repression and discrimination suffered by a small but significant number of Christians is neither global nor does it constitute a war. 
That there is no “massive pattern of violence and oppression” directed against Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox either in the Americas or in Europe – which together comprise 63 per cent of the world’s Christian population – reveals the “global war” as nothing but dangerous hyperbole.

Pope Francis seeks closer Iran ties: Vatican envoy
The Vatican’s new Apostolic Nuncio to Iran says Pope Francis seeks closer bilateral relations between the Catholic government and the Islamic Republic. In a Sunday meeting in Tehran, Archbishop Leo Boccardi presented his credentials to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and hailed the longstanding relations between the Vatican and IranThe Iranian foreign minister, for his part, praised good Tehran-Vatican City ties, saying the Christian minorities in Iran have been living in peace with other people for hundreds of years. 

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