CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH
Bible Burning in Southern India Shows Depth of Hostility Toward Christians
February 28, 2018 — MorningStarNews.org reports: “Hindu extremists in southern India issued harsh threats to Christians distributing Bibles before snatching their car keys, taking Bibles out of their vehicle and setting the Scripture on fire, sources said.
Christians associated with Gideons International, all senior citizens, told Morning Star News that their advanced age did not temper the vitriol they received in Singotam village, Nagar Kurnool District, in Telangana state on Jan. 21.
‘From now on, if any of you distribute Bibles, we will attack you brutally [till your genitalia are damaged],’ one of the Hindus warned the Christians, according to a video the extremists took of the attack. ‘How dare you promote Christianity?’…” (The above headline is only a beginning of the greatest atrocities Christians and Jews will soon experience – Matthew 24:9; John 16:2; II Timothy 3:2; Revelation 6:9. And all this religious hatred because of ones love of Jesus – “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also” – John 15:18 – 20.)
800 Christians flee Pakistan neighbourhood after violent mob demands death for ‘blasphemy’
February 21, 2018 — ChristianToday.com reports: “As many as 800 Christians fled a neighbourhood in Pakistan this week, after a violent Muslim mob demanded capital punishment for the ‘blasphemy’ of a 20-year-old Christian man.
Patras Masih, from the Dhair neighbourhood of Shahdara, a suburb of Lahore, was accused of posting blasphemous content on his Facebook page in January. Masih’s uncle, Arif, told World Watch Monitor that Masih had shared a picture of himself and other individuals, in a group comprising both Christian and Muslim members.
According to the First Information Report accusing Masih, he refused to delete the post when asked, prompting anger from local residents, ultimately spawning a violent mob on February 19. A crowd which according to the British Pakistani Christian Association, numbered as many as 3,000, included vocal calls for Masih to be publicly hanged for his alleged blasphemy. Crowds blocked roads, and threats were reportedly made that if Masih was not given up to the authorities then Christian homes would be burnt down.
Subsequently 800 believers fled the Dhair neighbourhood to seek protection with friends and relatives. Police came to the area, with Muslim clerics, in order to try and calm tensions. Ultimately Masih’s family handed him over to authorities.
‘In the evening, when the angry mob was getting out of control, we went to the superintendent of police’s office and handed Patras to them,’ Arif said. ‘Since then we don’t know what is taking place with him.’ Masih has been charged with blasphemy under the controversial section 295c of the Pakistan Penal Code, he is currently under investigation but is expected to face imprisonment…” (God’s Children, genuine Christians, are being butchered by these religious murderers. They believe they will be rewarded with 72 virgins; instead Revelation 21:8 and 22:15 states: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death”, “For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”)
‘Christianity as default is gone’: the rise of a non-Christian Europe
March 22, 2018 — TheGuardian.com reports: “Europe’s march towards a post-Christian society has been starkly illustrated by research showing a majority of young people in a dozen countries do not follow a religion.
The survey of 16- to 29-year-olds found the Czech Republic is the least religious country in Europe, with 91% of that age group saying they have no religious affiliation. Between 70% and 80% of young adults in Estonia, Sweden and the Netherlands also categorise themselves as non-religious.
The most religious country is Poland, where 17% of young adults define themselves as non-religious, followed by Lithuania with 25%.
In the UK, only 7% of young adults identify as Anglican, fewer than the 10% who categorise themselves as Catholic. Young Muslims, at 6%, are on the brink of overtaking those who consider themselves part of the country’s established church…” (I John 2:19: “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” This Holy text describes the sad situation of 21st Century Christianity just before Christ’s return. Our days on earth are now limited. Get ready for the Rapture as described in I Thessalonians 4:13 – 18: “…I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [precede] them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”)