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የኡጋንዳ ተወላጁ ሙስሊም በክርስቲያኖች እርዳታ በተዓምር ከሆዱ እባብ ወጣለት

Posted by addisethiopia on May 22, 2017

የታመመው ሙስሊም መላው ሰውነቱ ለብዙ ሰዓታታ መርበድበድ፣ መንቀጥቀጥና እንደ እባብ ዝልግልግ ማለት ጀመረ፤ ከዚያም አይኖቹን ፍጥጥ አፉን ክፍት እያደረገ እንደማስታወክ ይለዋል።

ከዚያም ወደ ጠንቋዮችና የእስላም ቃልጮች ለፈውስ ይወሰዳል፤ የመስጊድ ኢማሞቹም እስላማዊ ጸሎቶችን የያዘ ወረቀት እንዲያቀራ ሰጡት፡ ነገር ግን ቤቱ ሲደረስ ምንም መፍትሄ ሳያመጡለት ሲቀሩ፤ ባቅራቢያው ወደአለው ቤተክርስቲይን አመራ። እዚያም የቤተክርስቲያን አገልጋዮቹ እነዚህን የእስላም ፀሎት ወረቀቶች ከግለሰቡ ነጥቀው አቃጠሏቸው። በዚህ ወቅት የታመመው ሙስሊም ግለሰብ ከክርስቲያኖቹ ጋር በኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ስም አብሮ ፀሎት እንዲያደርግና እስላም ሆኖ በቆየበት ኑሮው ከሠራቸው ኃጢዓቶች ንስሐ እንዲገባ ሲደረግ አንድ ትልቅ እባብ እየተዝለገለገ ከጉሮሮው ውልቅ ብሎ ወጣ። ግለሰቡም እስልምናን በመተው ክርስትናን ተቀብሎ ጽኑ የቤተክርስቲያኗ አገልጋይ ለመሆን በቃ።

ምንም እንኳን የዚህ የመሲሐዊ አይሑድ አስተምህሮ ከኛ ጋር ትንሽ ለየት የሚል ቢሆንም፡ ዋናዋና ሀሳቦቹና ነጥቦቹ ግን በእኛም ቤተከርስቲያን ዘንድ በየጊዜው የሚንጸባረቁ ናቸው። ይህ አስደናቂ ታሪክ ለክርስቲያን ወንድሞቻችን እና እህቶቻችን ማንቂያ እንደሚሆን ወይም የወገኖቻችንን አሳች የቀደመው እባብ ዲያቢሎስ ባቅራቢያቸው እንደሚኖር፤ ለሙስሊም ወገኖቻችን ደግሞ እንደ ማስጠንቀቂያና መረጃ ተደርጎ ሊወሰድ ይችላል።

ዋና ዋናዎቹ ነጥቦች፦

  • የእስልምናው አላህ እና የክርስቲያኖች አምላክ ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ሁለት የተለያዩ አማልክት መሆናቸውን
  • ግለሰቡ ውስጥ በእባብ መልክ የተቀበረውን ጋኔን አዋቂ የተባሉት የእስልምና ሸሆችና ቃልቻዎች ማውጣት እንዳልቻሉና ማውጣትም እንደማይችሉ
  • የሙስሊሞች አላህ ሰይጣን ነው፤ እስልምና ከሰይጣን ነው። ሰይጣን ደግሞ ሰይጣንን ወይም የራሱን ጋኔን አያወጣም፡ አያጋልጥም። ለዚህም ነው፤ በእስልምናው ዓለም በ አላህ ወይም መሀመድ ስም ጋኔን ሊያወጡ የሚችሉ፣ የሚያድኑና የሚፈውሱ ሰዎች የሌሉት፤ አላህ አይፈውስም፣ መሀመድም ፈውሶና አድኖ አያውቅም። ሰይጣን ሰይጣንን አያወጣም!
  • እባብ ሰይጣንን ነው የሚወክለው። ይገርማል! “አላህየሚለው የአረብኛ ጽሑፍ ልክ በእባብ ወይም በዘንዶ ቅርጽ ነው የሚጻፈው። ያው ሰይጣን ማንነቱን፣ ምን እንደሚሠራ/እንደማይሠራ ፣ የት/ ከማን ጋር እንደሚገኝ እራሱ እየነገረን ነው።
  • እያንዳንዱ ሙስሊም ውስጥ ይህ በእባብ የተመሰለ ጋኔናዊ መንፈስ እንደሚኖር
  • ጣረሞት ላይ ወይም ለቀብር ተዘጋጅተው የነበሩ ሙስሊሞች ሁሉ ገሃነም እሳት ገብተው እንደነበርና በመጨረሻም ክርስቶስ እንዳወጣቸውና አድኖም እንደመለሳቸው
  • ሙስሊሞች፡ ልክ እንደ ቃየል በሥራ ብቻ ለመዳን በማሰብ እግዚአብሔር የማይወደውን ግድያ ለአላሃቸው እንደሚፈጽሙ፤ በዚህም ለሰው ልጅ ሁሉ ደሙን ያፈሰሰውንና እንደ በግ የተሰዋልንን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስን እንደማያውቁት፣ እንደሚክዱት፣ እንድሚያስቀይሙትና እንደሚያስቆጡት። በመላው ዓለም፡ የጌታችን የክርስቶስን ስቅለት፣ ሞትና ትንሳኤ የማይቀበል ብቸኛ አምልኮት እስልምና ነው። ሌሎቹ ባያምኑበትም፣ መሰቀሉን ግን ሁሉም በታሪካዊ ጽሁፎቻቸው መዝግበውታል
  • እስላሞችም የሰው ልጆች ናቸውና ልባቸውን ንጹህ አድርገው እንደ አብርሃም ከለመኑ በክርስቶስ ደም የመዳን እድል አላቸው፡ ግን ጊዜው በጣም አጭር ነው፤ በተለይ ለሙስሊም ኢትዮጵያውያን፤ ምክኒያቱም ክርስቶስን አላወቅኩትም፣ ከታጋሹ ሕዝበ ክርስቲያን ፍቅር አላገኘሁም፣ ወንጌልንም አልተወዋኩተም ማለት አይችሉምና።

ከዚህ ቪዲዮ ጋር በተዘማደ፦

5 ዓመታት በፊት በአዲስ አበባ ቆይታዬ ወደ የረር ሥላሴ ሄጄ ይህን ቪዲዮ በስልኬ ቀርጬ ነበር። “ከልጁ ሆድ 24 እባቦች ወጥተዋል” ። እንደሚታወቀው የረር ሥላሴ በተለያዩ ግለሰቦች፡ በተለይም በሙስሊሙ ቃሲም ራዕዮች አማካይነት መገኘቷን እናስታውሳለን። በዚህች ቤተክርስቲያን መምህር ግርማም ጋኔኖች ያወጡ ነበር፤ በአካባቢውም ብዙ ተዓምራዊ ሁኔታዎች እስካሁን ድረስ ይከሰታሉ።

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Many Believe Ethiopia Was The First Country To Accept Christianity – Now For Some It Is Being Outlawed

Posted by addisethiopia on April 24, 2017

Christianity could be outlawed in Ethiopia for smaller congregations and house churches where worshipers meet for less formal prayer or smaller services.

Tigray State, in the north of Ethiopia, is considering changing its laws to ban Christian activities outside official church compounds, reports World Watch Monitor.

Evangelical Christians and other non-Orthodox groups would be the worst hit by the new law, which will set a minimum number of 6,000 members for any church wanted to authorized as official. Proselytism outside the new official compounds will be outlawed.

A similar law has already been enacted in a neighboring state.

Ethiopia, Africa’s oldest independent country, is believed by some to have been the first nation in the world to accept Christianity as its religion. Like many countries in Africa, the religious landscape is being changed by fast-growing Pentecostal churches.

It is currently at number 22 on the World Watch List of Christian persecution.

Christian believers are increasingly threatened by Islamist extremists.

WWM tells the story of Tutu, a widow, and her son who live in a mainly Muslim area and have faced difficulties since her husband died.

‘After his burial, local Muslims dug up his body and dumped it by the side of the road. In January, Biruk was assaulted and told that he and his mother would continue to face trouble until they converted to Islam. On March 4, their house was burned down,’ reports WWM.

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My Note: I would be more than glad if those “evangelical Christians” were converting Muslims to Christianity. But, no!– though there may be individual Protestants who really love Our Lord and engage in this sort of conversion activity – the vast majority of them attempts to proselytize among Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo faithful, who are already Christians that practice the oldest of all Christian rites. (Converting these ancient Christians to any other faith/ideology is a HUGE SIN). Imagine these Protestants, who have discovered Jesus 500 years ago, telling Ethiopian Christians who know Their Lord for two Millennia to accept the new Jesus. Is there a new Lord?

In fact, in some Muslim majority regions like Jimma, some Protestant groups had joined Muslims to persecute indigenous Orthodox Christians.

I believe it’s is irresponsible, biased and dangerous that a protestant organization like OpenDoors“ placed Christian Ethiopia at number 22 on the World Watch List of Christian persecution – mind you, higher than notorious Christian persecutor states like Turkey, Palestinian Territories, Algeria, Kuwait, UAE, Indonesia, Bangladesh etc. Either they are ignorant and wicked or they have joined the luciferian forces to wage war against Orthodox Christians. It must be tempting for Satan to challenge the first Christian nation!

How primitive and boaring it has become that OpenDoors always puts North Korea (a Buddhist nation that doesn’t belong to Christians) at number 1 to appease the number one persecutors of Christians: Islamic countries. where Christians are indigenous.

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Christianity On The Rise In Bangladesh As Tens Of Thousands Of Muslims Are Turning Away From Allah To Embrace Jesus

Posted by addisethiopia on March 16, 2017

Christianity is making such significant gains in one Muslim-majority nation in South Asia that local evangelists are now envisioning the day when their country would become a Christian nation.

The country is Bangladesh, the fourth largest Muslim nation in the world with a population of 164.8 million people, only 866,000 of whom are Christian, according to Open Doors USA.

Christian Freedom International (CFI) says official figures claim that 89.1 percent of the country’s population are Muslim, 10 percent Hindi, and less than 1 percent Christian.

However, the numbers are deceiving. CFI says official reports on religious composition only count “traditional Christians,” or Bangladeshis who are born into the Christian faith and attend government approved churches. The surveys and reports do not include former Muslims who converted to Christianity.

The consensus among believers in Bangladesh is that Christians now make up at least 10 percent of the country’s population and is growing more every day. If the 10 percent figure is correct, then this Muslim-dominated nation is now the home of at least 15.6 million Christians, CFI says.

In fact, one local pastor says Christianity is growing so fast that it has become “a real problem” for the country’s Muslim leaders.

“In the last 12 months, more than 20,000 Muslims have converted to Christianity, and this is becoming a real problem for the Muslims,” says Pastor Khaleque, a former Muslim who is now a Christian street pastor.

The rise of Christianity has also resulted in the increased persecution of believers and crackdown on underground Christian churches as Muslim leaders try to stamp out the threat to their religion.

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May the growth continue until the abominable religions are wiped out and every nation on earth honors the universal kingship of Christ.„

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Aleppo Churches Open Doors To Displaced Muslim Families

Posted by addisethiopia on November 3, 2016

For the first time in history, Muslims are coming to us. The only thing we have to do is tell them the good news; they are waiting for it

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Life hasn’t been easy for 28-year-old Syrian mother Kristina, a Christian of Armenian descent, who lived with her husband in Aleppo long before the civil war started in 2011.

It was in that besieged city that Kristina gave birth to her firstborn daughter, 18 months ago. She’s brought the little girl to the house where a World Watch Monitor contact meets her. While her mother talks, the toddler explores the room.

Please close the door, I’d like to keep an eye on her,” Kristina asks, not letting her child out of her sight.

With the pain still visible in her eyes, Kristina recalls her first days of being a mother in the spring of 2015 – the war raging outside, electricity, gas and water cut off most of the time and her family unable to visit and help her.

The first two weeks after my daughter was born were the hardest in my life,” Kristina says. “It was so cold that we put our mattresses on the living room floor, the warmest room in the house. There we lived for two weeks on the ground, wrapped in blankets.”

As soon as it was safe, Kristina, her husband and her baby daughter travelled to neighbouring Lebanon to safety. At first it was intended to be a short trip, but when the violence increased and also the Christian part of Aleppo was being bombed, the young family decided to wait for the end of the war before returning to Syria.

I can’t let my baby girl grow up amidst all those dangers,” Kristina says.

With the violence continuing and worsening, gradually more Christians left Aleppo. In Kristina’s church, now only 10 per cent of the regular church-goers are left, she hears from friends.

But you know what’s surprising? The church is still full; displaced people take their place. Especially Muslims are coming to the church now,” she says.

In Syria, the Christian children’s activities draw the most attention, Kristina says. A lot of Syrians from other parts of Aleppo – the fighting is heaviest in Muslim areas – have fled to the Christian areas to seek refuge. For many Muslims, it is the first time they have mixed with Christians.

Kristina also says the Muslim women were surprised to see that churches offered support and programmes for all Syrians, not just for Christians.

Their mosques don’t do that,” Kristina says. “Many are re-thinking the faith they grew up in and have dropped their hostility towards Christians.

Many Muslims were genuinely surprised when they met Christian women in our churches willing to serve them. Their image was that all Christian women spend most of their days dancing in night clubs and drinking alcohol! Meeting each other was a shock, both for them and for us.

A growing number of Muslim children have been attending the children’s activities, where the Bible is opened daily.

The mothers are okay with that,” says Kristina. “They see it as positive if their children learn about God. It’s the husbands who are stricter, usually.”

But, gradually, also the mothers and, in some cases, whole Muslim families have found their way to the church activities, including the services.

That absolutely did not happen before the war,” Kristina says. “Still the Muslims are afraid – especially when entering and leaving the building – but they are there. The children have opened the church’s doors, then the women followed, and finally the men.”

Kristina says Muslim women “feel liberated when they notice the church doesn’t see them as merely machines only fit for cleaning, giving birth to children, and raising them, like many Muslim men do”.

In Islam, many women don’t have any rights. When they feel how Christians really care for them, it feels like heaven for those women. They see it’s possible to live as independent women, to dream,” Kristina says.

Despite the war, Kristina speaks of a “golden age” for the Church in the Middle East.

For the first time in history, Muslims are coming to us. The only thing we have to do is tell them the good news; they are waiting for it,” she says. “They realise that, when living in a Christian environment, the [Christian message] will be shared. They may even see it as a sign of weakness if it isn’t.”

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A New Home and a New Religion in Germany

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Among the Iranian refugees filling European church pews

When I first met Mattias in July at a refugee shelter just north of Berlin, he went by the name Mohammed. He had arrived in Germany from Iran the previous fall, along with thousands of other asylum-seekers—sometimes up to 10,000 arrived in a single day. After the German government assigned him to this shelter, he converted to Christianity. “I wouldn’t say I was a Muslim” before, he told me. “I didn’t go to a mosque for an entire year. Now I am going to church every week.” He expects it will take about three weeks to get off his church’s waiting list to be baptized. Perhaps once he’s more settled in Germany, he’ll be able to change his name legally to Mattias, his chosen Christian name.

We sat together in a sparse dormitory room at the shelter with three other Iranians who had converted from Islam to Christianity. They attend a Protestant church together, but asked that I not provide the exact location nor give their full names. Two of them said they became Christian while living in Iran. Another, like Mattias, had converted after arriving in Germany as an asylum-seeker.

Throughout Germany, the pews of churches like theirs are filled increasingly by asylum-seekers. Though two umbrella church organizations told me that they couldn’t provide exact statistics or comment on the nationality of the asylum-seekers attending church, Christoph Heil, a spokesman for the Protestant Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia—which includes 1,300 parishes—confirmed the pattern. “Normally we don’t count the number of asylum-seekers who are baptized because we don’t differentiate between who is an asylum-seeker and who isn’t, but [asylum-seekers asking to be baptized] appears to be a new trend,” he said.

Muslim converts to Christianity that I spoke to in Germany cited the redemptive power of Jesus’s story, and disillusionment with Islam. It’s also worth noting the more earthly forces potentially at work: Germany does not grant refugee status to Iranians as easily as it does Syrians and Iraqis. Around 27,000 Iranians applied for asylum in the EU in 2015, with Germany hosting the overwhelming majority; according to Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, 60 percent of Iranian requests for asylum received positive answers that year. Iranians seeking refugee status must prove that if they are sent home, they stand the risk of being persecuted for their beliefs. In Iran, that often means Christian converts.

During conversations with newly converted Iranian asylum-seekers, it struck me that being born again after arriving in Europe was not only an act of faith, but a practical matter: Europe is largely Christian, after all. Some converts, like Mattias, weren’t particularly devout Muslims to begin with anyway. “There are asylum-seekers looking to get baptized who have converted in their home countries and others are getting in touch with Christianity now after seeing a certain way of life in Germany,” Heil said. “They ask themselves, what is the root of this way of living, [of] freedom and democracy.”

At his shelter, Mattias and three of his friends, who all appeared to be in their 30s and 40s, pulled a metal folding table into the middle of the dorm room to prepare for lunch. One of them told me he hoped Donald Trump would become president of the United States, since he’d heard he was a Christian. Before we ate, another of Mattias’s friends prayed as we bowed our heads, giving thanks for the food. “In Jesus’s name, Amen,” he said. “Amen,” the others echoed. Then we dug into rice pilaf from a frying pan.

The man who led the prayer said he had converted to Christianity in Iran after getting hold of a smuggled Farsi-language Bible. “Before it was just theoretical to me, but now I can see it and feel it by my pastor’s kindness,” he said. Another said he converted in Iran because of an old neighbor who had been born Christian. Christians, he said, “were kind people. In Islam, the person who does the killing and the person who dies yells Allahu Akbar,” he said. “In Iran,” he noted, referring to the Arab occupation of Persia that began in the seventh century, “we became Muslim by force.”

A week after that meal, I visited Trinity Lutheran Church, which also hosts a large Iranian congregation. A pale, yellow, sterile-looking structure set just off a residential street in Berlin’s southwestern Steglitz neighborhood, it appears modest compared to the grand churches of Europe. On the lawn out front, some of the Iranian congregants greeted each other with smiles and overzealous, welcoming handshakes. Others shuffled inside, their eyes averted. Notices written in Farsi were posted all over the church.

The pastor at Trinity is Gottfried Martens, 53, an affable man with a salt-and-pepper widow’s peak and kind smile. He explained that Trinity’s sister congregation in the adjacent district of Zehlendorf had been helping new migrants adjust to life in Germany since the 1990s, adopting a welcoming stance that eventually turned his church into a destination for Iranian Christians seeking help. Once a few Farsi speakers began attending, more arrived. In 2013, Trinity began its service focusing on “refugee work,” in Martens’s words, providing translations in Farsi and English during services and other church activities.

Before the service began that day, I talked with Saeed, another Iranian asylum-seeker. Up the stairs and past the Iranian ushers, we poked our heads into the nave. There were few seats available, so we crowded into the choir loft along with the other stragglers. There appeared to be around 300 people in attendance, mostly Iranians, but my translator pointed out that a line of men seated behind us included Hazaras from Afghanistan—also current or former Shia Muslims—like the Iranians. Only a dozen or so in attendance appeared to be German. A woman in the front pews still wore a hijab.

During the service, much of which was translated into Farsi, the Iranians and Afghans tried to follow along in the church bulletin, concluding each section with a hearty, accented “Ah-meeen” (familiar to the Iranians and Afghans from Muslim prayers) that filled the sanctuary.

Do you want to go take communion?” Saeed asked when people began lining up in the center aisle after the sermon. I told him I would stay seated, since I didn’t know how to cross myself, which, naturally, confused him: earlier, I had told him that I was a Christian. He was a new believer, steadfast and eager about the outward signs of devotion like partaking in the sacraments, crossing himself at the appropriate times, and eating pork. The outward trappings of Christianity I grew up with in a non-denominational church in rural Maryland, by contrast—using euphemisms rather than cursing (darn rather than damn), voting Republican, eating Chick-Fil-A, and doing nothing remotely Catholic—were difficult to explain.

After the service ended, the Iranians and Afghans gathered downstairs for a meal of rice, lentils, and cabbage salad. Asylum-seekers had often complained to me about the German food at their shelters, which they found bland. But the church’s lunch menu seemed tailored to their tastes. During the meal, one Iranian man was filling out a baptism questionnaire that asked for his personal history. It soon turned into a group activity. “How do you write ‘engineer’ in German?” he asked the crowd that had surrounded him.

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Ethiopians: World’s Most Dedicated Christians?

Posted by addisethiopia on October 23, 2016

Thousands Climb Steep Cliffs To Reach Hidden Churches

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THOUSANDS of dedicated Christians clamber up sheer cliffs to pray in hidden rock-hewn ancient Orthodox churches in Ethiopia.

The sandstone cliffs of Gheralta in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia, which are 2580m tall, are the home to 35 hidden churches, some of which date back to the fourth century.

The climbs to reach the churches carved out of solid rock are arduous and involve near-vertical cliff faces at times and steep 300-metre ledges, particularly to reach the Abuna Yemata Church.

Although tourists occasionally use harnesses and ropes to help with the strenuous climb, the locals do not.

The churches, which are located 780kms north of Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa, are visited

each Sunday by around 50 people each and when there are religious festivals, this figure can rise to hundreds.

One of the local guides said: “If people do not come to the church, they have to pray hundreds of times. Everyone does the climb and comes to church, it is easy for us.

The locals are used to the climb, we have done it many times.”

Although tourists can take two hours to reach each church, the locals do the walk in less than half this.

Regardless of the weather, the determined locals clamber up the rocks to the impressive churches.

The churches are adorned with paintings dating back to the 16th century, representing various saints and biblical scenes.

British tourist Will Molphy said: “The climbs can be terrifying and are not for the faint-hearted. It helps having a head for heights, the adrenaline helps you up. The views over the landscape are spectacular.”

The locals claim that the reason people are able to do the arduous climbs and not fall is because God is looking over them.

Corpses are also taken up the cliff so they can be laid to rest at the top.

There are monks in certain churches who tend to remain at the top of the escarpment except for when they need to sort out arranged marriages for the village’s youth.

They raise a few animals and cultivate small pieces of land to minimise the amount of food needed to be transported up the sandstone cliff.

Religious hermits sometimes live at the top of the escarpment as well.

The guides, which are essential for any church visit, are on hand to help with the climb and where tourists should place their feet for the smoothest ascent possible.

Many of the churches still have separate entrances for women and men and women are advised to cover themselves with a scarf.

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Wonder Why Christianity Could Never Mix With Other Faiths?

Posted by addisethiopia on October 13, 2016

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Unity. Many people in the world want that, even us Christians. One thing that will never ever happen, though, is the unity between our faith in God, and other people’s faith in their gods. This is one thing that has been misunderstood by many.

An Imagined Union

Many of our brothers and sisters hope that someday, we could be united with other peoples. While that’s a noble dream, it is one that cannot become a total reality. Let me elaborate by giving you three reasons why Christianity could never mix with other faiths.

1. God Himself Said We Must Separate Ourselves from Other Faiths

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God, the Creator of all things created, said that we who believe in Him should never mix with other faiths and beliefs. This isn’t some sort of prejudiced command (because God is just and therefore cannot have any prejudice), but a reality that many Christians must realise personally.

Consider What 2 Corinthians 6:16-18 Says:

And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: ‘I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.‘”

Let me clarify something. While it’s true that God wants all men to be saved, He wants all who are saved to come out from their former unsaved identity or way of life, or from having fellowship, or “oneness,” with people of other faiths. That’s just the way it is – “be holy for I am holy” (see 1 Peter 1:16).

2. There’s Only One God

We know that there’s only one God, but people of other faiths don’t know that, and will never acknowledge that unless they get saved by Christ. Because of this, it will be hard, even impossible, to unite with them.

I read a recent report about a Quran that had Christian verses in it, made by a Muslim and a Christian. Honestly, while it is a noble desire for them to let both faiths see each other in a different light, the truth remains that God cannot be friends with other gods. Who are we to think that God will just shake hands with another?

God said in Exodus 20:7, “You must not have any other god but me.”

3. Following Christ Means Following Christ

Jesus Himself said that He came bringing a sword (see Matthew 10:34; Luke 12:51). Christ Himself is the dividing line that separates those who love and follow God from those who don’t. While Christ came to save the whole world, He made it a point that those who will follow Him must deny themselves. This means denying fellowship with peoples of other faiths if it means compromising our belief in Christ.

Separate Yourself

Friends, it’s a noble desire to be able to befriend people from another faith. However, we must never let that desire overpower the fact and truth that we must separate ourselves from ungodly beliefs, thoughts and practices. God is holy, and expects us to follow suit.

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እንኳን ለብርሃነ መስቀሉ በሰላም አደረሰን

Posted by addisethiopia on September 26, 2016

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ክብረ መስቀል በኢትዮጵያ

መስቀል ስንል ሦስት መሠረታዊ ቁም ነገሮችን መጥቀስ ይቻላል፤ የመጀመሪያው ጌታችን መድኀኒታችን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ የሰውን ልጅ ከሞተ ነፍስ ለማዳን ሲል የተቀበለው መከራና የከፈለው መሥዋዕትነት መስቀል ይባላል፡፡ ሁለተኛው በክርስእንትና ውስጥ የሚያጋጥም ልዩ ልዩ ዓይነት መከራም መስቀል ነው፡፡ ጌታችን ‹‹እኔን መከተል የሚወድ ቢኖር ራሱን ይካድ፤ መስቀሉንም ተሸክሞ ይከተለኝ›› /ማቴ.፲፮፥፳፬/ በማለት መናገሩም በክርስትና ሕይወት ውስጥ የሚደርሰውን ይህንኑ መከራ መታገሥ ተገቢ መኾኑን ሲያመለክተን ነው፡፡ ሦስተኛው ደግሞ ጌታችን የተሰቀለበት ዕፀ መስቀል ነው፡፡ በሦስቱም ቁም ነገሮች ነገረ መስቀል (የመስቀሉ ነገር) ከክርስትና ጋር ቀጥተኛ ግንኙነት አለው፡፡ ስለ ክርስትና ሕይወት ሲነሣ ነገረ መስቀልም አብሮ ይታወሳል፡፡ ስለ ክርስትና ሲነገር ክርስቶስ የተቀበለው መከራ፣ የተሰቃየበትና ነፍሱን በፈቃዱ አሳልፎ የሰጠበት ዕፀ መስቀል፣ በክርስትና ሕይወት ውስጥ የሚከሠት ፈተና አብረው የሚነሡ ጉዳዮች ናቸው፡፡

ስለ መስቀል ሲነገር ክርስቶስ ሰውን ለማዳን ሲል በሥጋው የተቀበለው ስቃይ፤ ሰማዕታት በሃይማኖታቸው ምክንያት የሚደርስባቸው ስደት፣ መከራና ሞት፤ ቅድስት ቤተ ክርስቲያን በየዘመኑ በአረማውያንም በውስጥ ጠላቶችም የሚያጋጥማት የዘረፋና የቃጠሎ፣ እንደዚሁም የሰላም እጦትና የመልካም አስተዳደር እጥረት፤ በተጨማሪም በክርስትና ሕይወት ውስጥ የሚከሠቱ የኑሮ ውጣ ውረዶች መስቀልና ክርስትና የማይነጣጠሉ የአንድ ሳንቲም ሁለት ገጽታዎች ለመኾናቸው ማስረጃዎች ናቸው፡፡ ከዚሁ ኹሉ ጋርም መስቀል ሲባል ክርስቶስ መከራ የተቀበለበት፣ ቅድስት ነፍሱን ከቅዱስ ሥጋው የለየበት፣ ድንቅ ተአምራትን ያደረገበት፣ ከኹሉም በላይ ለአዳምና ለልጆቹ ነጻነትን ያወጀበት ዕፀ መስቀልም አንዱ የክርስትናችን አካል ነው፡፡

ቅድስት ቤተ ክርስቲያናችን በጉልላቷና በሌሎችም ንዋያተ ቅድሳቷ መስቀልን እንደ ምልክት ትጠቀመዋለች፡፡ መሠረቷ፣ የልጆቿ መድኀኒት ክርስቶስ በመስቀል ላይ የከፈለው ዋጋ ነውና ሰንደቅ ዓላማዋ መስቀል ነው፡፡ አባቶች ካህናት ጸሎት ሲያደርጉ ‹‹ከመስቀሉ ዓላማ፣ ከወንጌሉ ከተማ አያውጣን›› እያሉ የሚመርቁትም ስለዚህ ነው፡፡ በእጃቸው ይዘውት የሚንቀሳቀሱት፣ እኛንም የሚባርኩትም በመስቀል ነው፡፡ መስቀል የጠላት ሰይጣን ተንኮል የከሸፈበት፣ የክርስቶስ ቤዛነት የተረጋገጠበት የድኅነት ኃይል ነውና፡፡ በየገዳማቱና በየአብነት ት/ቤቱ፤ እንደዚሁም በክርስቲያኖች መኖሪያ ቤቶች ውስጥ በሚከናወኑ ተግባራት መስቀል ሰፊ ድርሻ አለው፡፡ በቅዳሴ ጊዜ፣ በጠበል ቦታ፣ በጸሎት ጊዜያት፣ ወዘተ ቡራኬ የሚፈጸመው በመስቀል በማማተብ ነው፡፡ የመስቀሉን ምልክት ባዩ ጊዜ አጋንንት ይንቀጠቀጣሉ፤ ካደሩበት ሰው ላይም በፍጥነት ይወጣሉ፡፡ ምእመናን በመስቀሉ ስንዳሰስ ከልዩ ልዩ ደዌ እንፈወሳለን፡፡

ወደ አገራችን ክርስቲያዊ ባህል ስንመለስ በኢትዮጵያ የመድኀኒታችን የክርስቶስ መስቀል በብዙ ተግባራት ላይ በምልክትነት ጥቅም ላይ ሲውል ይታያል፡፡ ለምሳሌ በቡልኮ፣ ጋቢ፣ ነጠላ፣ ቀሚስ ወዘተ የመሳሰሉ የሸማ ልብሶች፤ እንደዚሁም በጆሮ፣ በአንገት፣ በእጅና ሌሎችም ጌጣጌጦች ላይ የመስቀል ምልክት አለ፡፡ ክርስቲያን ልጃገረዶች (በተለይ በሰሜኑ የአገራችን ክፍል) በግንባራቸው፣ በጉንጫቸው፣ በአንገታቸው፣ በደረታቸውና በእጃቸው ላይ በመስቀል ቅርፅ እየተነቀሱ ያጌጡበታል፡፡ ክርስቲያኖች ከዚህ ዓለም በሞት ስንለይም በመቃብር ሣጥናችን ወይም በሐውልቶቻችን ላይ የመስቀል ምልክት ይቀመጣል፡፡ በቤት ውስጥም ስንተኛና ከእንቅልፋችን ስንነቃ ፊታችንንና መላ ሰውነታችንን በትእምርተ መስቀል እናማትባለን፤ አባቶችና እናቶችም ውሃ ሲቀዱ፣ ሊጥ ሲያቦኩ፣ እንጀራ ሲጋግሩ፣ ምግብ ሲቈርሱ፣ ወዘተ በመስቀል አማትበው ነው፡፡ በአጠቃላይ መስቀል ብዙ ነገር ነው፤ መስቀል በክርስትና ሕይወት ውስጥ በሚደረጉ ተግባራት ኹሉ ያለው ድርሻ ጕልህ ነው፡፡ /ለተጨማሪ መረጃ ግሸን ደብረ ከርቤ የቃል ኪዳን አምባ፣ መስከረም ፲፱፻፺፮ ዓ.ም፤ ገጽ ፺፮፻፪ ይመልከቱ/፡፡

በክርስቶስ ደም የተቀደሰው ይህ ክቡር መስቀል ለበርካታ ዓመታት በአይሁድ ምቀኝነት በጎልጎታ ተቀብሮ ከኖረ በኋላ በንግሥት ዕሌኒና በልጇ ቈስጠንጢኖስ ጥረት ከተቀበረበት ወጥቶ ከፀሐይ ብርሃን በላይ አብርቷል፤ ሙት በማስነሣት፣ ሕሙማንን በመፈወስ ብዙ ተአምራትን አሳይቷል፡፡ በመላው ዓለም በሚገኙ የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋሕዶ አብያተ ክርስቲያናት ደመራ ተደምሮ በዓሉ የሚከበረውም ንግሥት ዕሌኒ መስቀሉ የተቀበረበትን ቦታ ለማግኘት ከእግዚአብሔር መልአክ በተሰጣት አቅጣጫ መሠረት ያነደደችውን ዕጣንና የመስቀሉን መገኛ የጠቆማትን ጢስ ለማስታዎስ ነው፡፡ እግዚአብሔር የተመሰገነ ይኹን! በንጉሥ ዳዊት በልጃቸው በዘርዐ ያዕቆብ አማካይነት ወደ አገራችን የመጣው የጌታችን መስቀል ቀኝ ክፍል በአገራችን ኢትዮጵያ በደቡብ ወሎ ሀገረ ስብከት በግሸን ደብረ ከርቤ ይገኛል፡፡ ከቅዱስ መስቀሉና ከገዳሙ በረከት ለመሳተፍ ብዙ ምእመናን በየዓመቱ ቦታው ድረስ በመሔድ በዓለ መስቀልን ያከብራሉ፡፡

በዓለ መስቀል በቤተ ክርስቲያን ብቻ ሳይኾን በየመንደሩና በየቤቱም ምእመናን ደመራ በመደመር፣ ጸበል ጸሪቅ በማዘጋጀት በድምቀት ያከብሩታል፡፡ በተለይ በደቡቡ የአገራችን ክፍል በዓለ መስቀል በደማቅ ሥርዓት ይከበራል፡፡ ይህም የቀደሙ አባቶቻችን ስለ በዓለ መስቀል ይሰጡት የነበረው ትምህርት ቁም ነገር ላይ መዋሉን የሚያስረዳ መንፈሳዊ ትውፊት ነው፡፡ የአከባበሩ ባህል ከቦታ ቦታ ይለያይ እንጂ በዓለ መስቀል በየዓመቱ በመስከረም አጋማሽ በመላው ኢትዮጵያ በልዩ ድምቀትና በመንፈሳዊ ሥርዓት ይከበራል፡፡ በአገራችን መስቀልና ክርስትና እንዲህ ሳይነጣጠሉ ተሳስረው ይኖራሉ፡፡ እኛም አባቶቻችን እንዳስተማሩን ይህንን በክርስቶስ ደም የተቀደሰውን መስቀል በዘወትር ጸሎታችን ‹‹… መስቀል ኃይልነ መስቀል ጽንዕነ መስቀል ቤዛነ መስቀል መድኃኒተ ነፍስነ አይሁድ ክህዱ ንሕነሰ አመነ ወእለ አመነ በኃይለ መስቀሉ ድኅነ፤ … መስቀል ኀይላችን፣ ጽንዓችን፣ ቤዛችን፣ የነፍሳችን መዳኛ ነው፡፡ አይሁድ ይክዱታል፤ እኛ ግን እናምንበታለን፡፡ ያመነውም እኛ በመስቀሉ ኀይል እንድናለን፤ ድነናልም›› እያልን ለመስቀሉ ያለንን ክብር እንገልጻለን፤ በክርስቶስ መስቀል ኀይል መዳናችንንም ስንመሰክር እንኖራለን፡፡ ልዑል እግዚአብሔር በመስቀሉ ኃይል ኹላችንንም ከልዩ ልዩ ዓይነት መከራ ይጠብቀን፡፡

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Sunday Special: Satan, The Great Deceiver And Evil Spirits

Posted by addisethiopia on August 28, 2016

According To The Holy Orthodox Christian Church

My beloved spiritual children in Christ Our Only True God and Our Only True Savior,

CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. Amen.

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WolfSheepPlease note: I am bringing to your attention the position of our Holy Orthodox Christian Church on the existence of Satan, demons and the spiritual warfare that is taking place in our lives and our world. The greatest of all satanic deception is that he does not exist and therefore there is no evil or hell or sin or spiritual death.

When our Savior Jesus Christ taught us how to pray, He did not say to ask for deliverance from evil, but specifically, “deliver us from the evil one (Πειρασμόν). For, in this life we are often subjected to evil, and those who actually struggle to follow Christ and His Holy Orthodox Christian Faith must often endure it. Indeed, in the Beatitudes, we are even assured that we must endure evil. Moreover, in this world, evil often seems to triumph over good. Christ came to redeem us from our bondage to the prince of this world, to deliver us from bondage to his world of the materialism and sensuality. Our Savior has given us His Holy Orthodox Church as the vessel of our deliverance, and this freedom awaits those who will accept it and struggle for it according to the way God has provided for us.

In addition to the created spiritual powers who the will of God, the Angels, there are, according to the Orthodox Christian faith, those who rebel against Him and do evil. These are the demons or devils (which means literally those who “tear apart” and destroy) who are also known both in the Old and New Testaments as well as in the lives of the saints of the Church.

Satan (which means literally the enemy or the Adversary) is one proper name for the devil, the leader of the evil spirits. He is identified as the serpent symbol of Genesis 3 and as the tempter of both Job and Jesus (Job 1:6; St. Mark 1:33). He is labeled by Jesus Christ as a deceiver and liar, the “father of lies” (St. John 8:44) and the “prince of this world” (St. John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11). He has “fallen from heaven” together with his evil angels to do battle with God and His servants (St. Luke 10:18; Isaiah 14:12). It is this same Satan who “entered Judas” to effect the betrayal and destruction of Christ (St. Luke 22:3).

The Holy Apostles of Christ and the Saints of the Church knew from direct experience Satan’s powers against man for Man’s own destruction. They knew as well Satan’s lack of power and his own ultimate destruction when man is with God, filled with the Holy Spirit of Christ. According to Orthodox theology and doctrine there is no middle road between God and Satan. Ultimately, and at any given moment, man is either with God or the devil, serving one or the other. The ultimate victory belongs to God and to those with Him. Satan and his hosts are finally destroyed.

It is imperative to understand that without this recognition–and still more-the experience of this reality of the cosmic spiritual struggle (God and Satan, the good Angels and the evil angels), one cannot truly be called an Orthodox Christian who sees and lives according to the deepest realities of life. Once again, however, it must be clearly noted that the devil is not a “red-suited being” nor any other type of grossly-physical tempter. He is a subtle, intelligent spirit who acts mostly by deceit and hidden actions, having as his greatest victory man’s disbelief (atheism, skepticism, denial, rationalism etc.) in his existence and power. Thus, the devil attacks “head-on” only those whom he can deceive in no other way: Jesus and the greatest of the Saints. For the greatest part of his warfare he is only too satisfied to remain concealed and to act by indirect methods and means.

“Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:11-12). (Source: Orthodox Church in America)

EVIL SPIRITS ARE EXISTING INDIVIDUAL SPIRITUAL BEINGS

By Archbishop Lazar Puhalo (Source: Concerning Evil Spirits and “Internal Demons”: The Orthodox Christian Tradition about the Nature and Activity of Satan and his Demons.)

Evil spirits are angels who became evil by their own free wills. As the prayers of the Church constantly teach us, Angels are bodiless spirits. Because of our carnal condition, we are unable to see evil spirits but “we have a more certain word of prophecy, and you will do well to pay attention to it as to a light which shines in a dark place” (2 Peter 1:19). We cannot physically see the demons, but we can learn enough about them to defeat them. The source of this knowledge is the Holy Scripture which is lived, verified and made manifest in the life of the Holy Orthodox Church, and the experiences and teachings of our holy God-bearing Fathers. From the beginning of the Holy Scripture, we encounter Satan as a truly existent individual. According to the testimony of the Book of Genesis, Satan entered into a serpent and convinced our first ancestors to violate God’s Commandment (Genesis 3:119). The Holy Prophet Solomon affirms that the devil was the original cause of the sin which ruined all mankind: “God created man to be immortal and made him an image of His own eternity. Through envy of the devil, however, death came into the world” (Wis. 2:23-24). For this reason, Satan is called a “murderer from the beginning” (St. John 8:44).

From the Book of Deuteronomy, we see that Moses was clearly aware of the existence of evil spirits. Enumerating the sins of the Hebrews, Moses says that they “sacrificed to demons, not to God” (Dt. 32:17), that is, as Saint John Chrysostom explains, they sacrificed to idols in which demons dwelt. The devil tormented the Righteous Job (Job 1:6-22); instigated David to “number Israel” (1 Chr. 21:1) and an evil spirit possessed Saul (1 Ki. 16:14-15 Orthodox Bible).

In the Book of Kings (3 Ki. 22:19-23 Orthodox Bible) and in the Book of Prophet Zachary (3:12), the evil one is accorded the personal attributes of envy, falsehood, cunning and wickedness. In the first case, he wanted to invite the king of Israel to violate God’s Commandment, promising to become a spirit of falsehood in the mouths of prophets and, in the second instance, he was calumniating the people of Israel. The Holy Evangelist John the Theologian binds the truth of the existence of evil spirits with the coming of the Son of God into the world. “He that sins is of the devil, for the devil sins from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 3:8; cp St. Matthew 12:24-29; St. John 2:19). From these words, it follows that a renunciation of belief in the devil leads to the renunciation of the truth of the fall and, consequently, also a renunciation of the mystery of redemption. Indeed, why would Christ have come to earth if the evil one did not exist? In thus renouncing the mystery of redemption, we must reject all of Christianity. The whole Gospel history testifies that the Lord Jesus Christ came to earth in order to destroy the works of the devil, to “deliver us from the evil one.”

Jesus Christ told the Jews: “You are of your father the devil, and you will also do the works of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning” (St. John 8:44). Then, in positive teaching and in the explanatory parts of Parables, Christ taught about the evil one and his angels as real, individual beings who were striving to harm humanity. Describing the last dread judgment, Christ says: “Then He shall say to those on the left hand, ‘depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels” (St. Matthew 25:41).

Christ pronounced this judgment on real, individual, totally sinful beings. It is quite clear from this that the evil one and his angels, for who the everlasting fire is prepared, are real beings. Sinners inherit eternity in this fire by being followers of Satan. United to him, they are also united with his destiny. Christ the Savior Himself said that Satan desired to sift the Apostles like wheat (St. Luke 22:31). In other places of the Holy Gospel, we see cited the words of Jesus Christ about the existence of a whole kingdom of evil spirits, ruled by Satan, the malicious prince of this kingdom (St. Matthew 12:24-28), and Christ calls the evil one the “prince of this world” (St. John 12:31). How clearly did our Savior teach about the existence of evil spirits when He healed those possessed by demons. Never did He suggest that possession by demons was a natural disorder (St. Matthew 4:24; St. Mark 1:34; 7:29-30, for example). The Holy Apostles, following Christ, also taught about the perniciousness of evil spirits and their ruinous influence of mankind. According to the Holy Apostle, Christ took on our flesh so that, by His Own death, He would deliver us from the power of “him who had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14). The Holy Apostles also revealed that the demons are intelligent spirits (St. James 3:15), but evil (Acts 19:13). Being numerous (Revelation 12:47-8) they form their own dominion, at the head of which is Satan (Romans 16:20). Finally, in the “Lord’s Prayer,” He quite clearly taught us to pray, “deliver us from the evil one,” asking for deliverance from the power and influence of a real, personal being.

The fact that evil spirits are real, individual beings is revealed to us through the lives of the great ascetics who, being illumined by the Holy Spirit, saw the true character of the evil spirits, fought with and, by their lofty, moral lives, defeated the demons and gained power to cast them out of others. This understanding is also taught by the Church’s divine services and prayers. Thus, for example, in the eighth prayer before sleep, the Orthodox Christian prays to God: “Deliver me from the besetting presence of the devil…Snatch me from the jaws of the pernicious serpent.” In the Mystery (Sacrament) of Holy Baptism, the godparents are required; on behalf of an infant being baptized, to “renounce the devil and all his works and all his pride.”

The Holy Scripture, therefore, clearly teaches that the devil exists as an individual spirit. And Saint John of Kronstadt says, “Stubborn unbelief in the existence of evil spirits is in itself actual demonic possession, for it bids defiance of Divine revelation; he who denies the evil spirits is a person already swallowed up by the devil (see 1 Peter 5:8) and sitting in darkness and the shadow of death, in no condition to behold the Sun of Truth.”

Therefore, our Savior commands us to pray, specifically, “and deliver us from the evil-one,” and not “deliver us from evil.”

Note: We live in dangerous and evil days. See how Christians are mislead and deceived by the devil. Even “Christian” heads of other traditions have fallen prey to his influence and openly have declared that there is no devil, no sin, no hell, and some even deny the existence of God. Others have deliberately accepted evil lifestyles to be introduced to their “church” and to defend them as “natural”. Other “Christian churches” have protected clergy that have abused, seduced, sexually exploited children that were entrusted to them. Others include pagan practices and beliefs in their rituals and tradition. Others believe that the Holy Bible is outdated and needs to be improved by the contemporary man. And others have distorted the Gospel message and the Person of Christ. Others have stopped to believe in the Divinity of Christ, in the miracles of Christ, in the Resurrection of Christ, in the Kingdom of God etc. etc.

Evil is very real and we are witnesses of what is taking place in our society and the world. We see the violence, immorality, the deception, the wars, the murders, the destruction of the traditional family, the abortion and infanticide, the pressure of world governments to impose homosexuality, prostitution, on the populace. I recall how when the Orthodox country of Romania wanted to become a member of the EU, the EU told Romania that it had to accept and approve of homosexuality, prostitution, abortion etc. before it could be admitted in the EU.

We see how the secular society which promotes atheism attempts to undermine, discredit our Christian Church both from within and without and render Christianity powerless and without any influence in the world by causing divisions within the Christian Church. We see how contemporary Christians have diluted the Christian faith in their own lives.

Please be alert, vigilant and watchful. Practice your Christian faith daily with faith, humility, trust, sincerity and consistency. Do not allow yourself to be influenced by the evil powers and the “prince” of this world.

Pray unceasingly to the Almighty God, our Creator and Savior to protect you, your family, our country and our world.

Who is the Devil?

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First They Came For the Jews, Now The Christians: Egypt’s Religious Minorities Decimated

Posted by addisethiopia on July 24, 2016

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Violence against Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christian minority, one of the largest and oldest groups of Christians in the Middle East, has escalated at an alarming rate in the last several weeks, with little official response. 

Since late May, Christians in Egypt have been the victims of at least a dozen sectarian attacks, and activists and politicians say the government has done little to stop it, despite Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi’s early overtures to the Coptic community and their staunch support of him.

It is escalating in a very short time,” said Mina Thabet, programme director for minorities and vulnerable groups with the Egyptian Commission of Rights and Freedoms.

Among the assaults was one in late May on an elderly Coptic woman in Minya, who was stripped, beaten and paraded naked because of a rumour that her son was having a relationship with a Muslim woman. Seven homes in the town were set ablaze.

Victims said the police response was late and insufficient.

Sectarian tensions heated up even more on June 30, three years to the day after the beginning of the protests that led to the overthrow of Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, when a Coptic priest was gunned down in Al Arish, North Sinai in an attack claimed by the IS group. The group accused the priest of “waging a war against Islam”.

As gruesome as that attack was, the majority of the incidents have not taken place in the IS stronghold in northern Sinai, but in the Governorate of Minya, which is nestled along the Nile river about 250 kilometres south of Cairo.

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Minya has the highest concentration of Christians in Egypt, with some estimates as high as 50 percent of the population there. There are no reliable statistics about the Christian community in Egypt, but they are widely believed to make up about 10 percent of the country’s overall population.

Hours before the priest in Al Arish was shot, the under-construction house of a Coptic man in Minya was torched by a mob who thought he was building a church – despite his having signed an affidavit in the presence of police, the mayor and the local sheikh saying the structure would be a residence and would be used for no other purpose. The four adjacent homes, which belonged to his brothers, were also burned.

The building of churches is a flashpoint for sectarian tensions in Egypt. Per capita, there are far fewer churches serving the Christian community than there are mosques serving the Muslim community, and the building of new churches is strictly restricted under Egyptian law and requires special permissions. Christians for decades have had difficulty obtaining the necessary approvals and often face fierce opposition from Muslim neighbors.

While the recent violence has been concentrated in and around Minya, other Christian strongholds in the country have suffered as well. For example, an attack occurred on July 2 in the governorate of Sohag, which is about 500km south of Cairo and also has a large Christian population, when the teenage daughter of a priest was grabbed from behind by the hair and stabbed in the neck in what appeared to be a failed attempt to slit her throat. She was rescued by a bystander and survived the attack.

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My Note: It is amazing and ridiculous, that Coptic Christian asylum-seekers are deported back to Egypt, while their Muslim persecutors and slaughterers are given protection, help and empowerment in the West. Unbelievable, isn’t it! The anti-Christian West will soon pay a very heavy price for that.

Watch this prank show to learn how deep these wicked Egyptians worship the idol of arrogance, ignorance & hatred. Boy, how I despise the empty pride of these good-for-nothing mutants!!

Watch out Christians!

The beast is using military technology V2K (Voice-To-Skull Devices) to harass, persecute and dechristianize Christians

But the Lord just laughs, for he sees their day of judgment coming

[Psalm 37:13]

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Christian Leader: There Exists a Grand Plan to Wipe out Christians From Nigeria

Posted by addisethiopia on July 20, 2016

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There is a grand plan to wipe out Christians from Nigeria and believers may be forced to protect themselves if the government continues to do nothing about the violence against them, an official from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned.

In an interview with The Punch, CAN secretary Rev. Musa Asake accused the Nigerian president of favoring one religion over the other. He also touched on the recent killing of Redeemed Christian Church of God pastor Eunice Elisha, and condemned the Muslims’ killing of Christians for no reason, NAIJ relays.

Last week, a large group of Muslim youths attacked parishioners at Saint Philip Catholic Church in Suleja, leaving many injured. A police source said the assailants dispersed the worshippers, claiming Christians have no right to hold church services on Friday, Sahara Reporters details.

In light of the recent attacks, Rev. Asake revealed that there is plan to eradicate Christians in the country, but also said this will not happen by God’s grace. The CAN secretary warned that a time will come when Christians will have enough of the violence and begin standing up to defend themselves.

“From the way I see things happening, there is a grand plan to wipe out Christians in this country but by the grace of God it will not come to pass. That is why I am saying if the government is not going to protect us, then we have no choice but to protect ourselves,” said Rev. Asake. “We will not continue to fold our hands and accept being killed for no reason. These killings are going on as usual and we have got to a point to say ‘enough is enough.’ Everybody has to defend themselves.”

In addition, Asake denounced the government’s apathy to the plight of the Nigerian Christians. He accused the state of treating Christians like second-class citizens, and slammed the police for not helping even those who run to them for security.

Moreover, the CAN secretary blasted the government’s failure to even express sympathy to the bereaved family of the pastor who was killed. Rev. Asake noted that none of the Muslim suspects have been charged for the killings.

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The British Government’s Responsibility for Northern Nigeria

The British colonial masters took our land and handed it over to Muslim rulers… They gave us [non-Muslim groups] an inferior social and political role in the colonial hierarchical system in northern Nigeria, and that is exactly where we are right now.” — Dr. Yusufu Taraki

StoPAfroChristianGenocideIt is a truth not universally acknowledged in Western politically-correct circles that Christianity has become the most persecuted religion in the world and that most of the oppression comes from the hands of Islam and in Muslim-majority areas.

Nowhere is this more true than in northern Nigeria where, in 2012, 70% of all Christians murdered worldwide were slain. Not only death but discrimination, too, is rife across the country’s twelve northern Sharia states in which Christians and other minorities live with second-classdhimmi status, and with inferior rights to jobs, justice and worship.

Much of this inequity is Britain’s responsibility, according to the keynote speaker at a recent human rights conference, a program of Gatestone Institute and organized by the Nigerian aid and advocacy charity Stefanos Foundation. 150 delegates from many minority groups met in Jos, a city on the fault-line between the mainly Christian south and the majority Muslim north, where, in September 2001, over a thousand people were reported killed in ethno-religious clashes. These clashes were followed by further major riots and fatalities in 2008 and 2010, and suicide-bomb attacks on Jos churches in February and March 2012.

The speaker was Dr. Yusufu Taraki, a mild-mannered academic who, given the keynote platform, talked with passion on the issues in which he has specialized. With a PhD in Social Ethics from Boston University, Massachusetts, and currently Professor of Theology and Social Ethics at Jos ECWA Theological Seminary (JETS), he was given a warm reception as he delivered his speech about the place of ethnic minority groups in northern Nigeria.

Nigeria was a British colony until 1960, during which time, he argued, “The British colonial masters took our land and handed it over to Muslim rulers… They gave us [non-Muslim groups] an inferior social and political role in the colonial hierarchical system in northern Nigeria, and that is exactly where we are right now.”

When first published in his book The British Colonial Legacy In Northern Nigeria, this thesis earned Professor Turaki a British government ban from entering the UK.

Truth hurts even hardened British authorities, but Professor Turaki was bold enough in his speech to spread around the honors: “The worst kind of slavery in Africa was conducted by Arabs and Muslims,” he said touching on another specialist subject. “The majority of African slaves went to the Middle East and Arab countries… not to the Caribbean, the US and Latin America.” He advised the audience, for further information, to look into his book, Tainted Legacy: Islam, Colonialism and Slavery in Northern Nigeria.

Later, privately, he pointed out that, once British troops had conquered the northern Muslim forces of the Sokoto Caliphate and Kanem-Bornu Sultanate in 1902-1903 with the laudable objective of terminating their slave trade, the colonial administration and the defeated Fulani Muslim elite found they had much in common. They both had top-down authoritarian views of governance and an ordered elitist view of the world; they saw the many different non-Muslim groups across the north as pagan, uncivilized and inferior. “Read the memoir But Always As Friends by Sir Bryan Sharwood Smith, the last British governor of Northern Nigeria, to understand the British colonial outlook,” Dr. Turaki said.

A corresponding Nigerian autobiography, My Life by Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna (traditional leader) of Sokoto and first Premier of the Northern Region after independence, also tellingly shows the Sardauna playing English cricket and Eton Fives. The English and Muslim Nigerian upper classes became close.

Working with the Fulani and Hausa Muslim elite, the colonialists instituted a system of “indirect rule” which was cheap and effective. A limited number of British administrators were placed at the top of the power structure; the educated Muslim elite were next; other Muslim groups were below them; and everyone else was at the bottom. Frequently the British would foist, say, a Fulani Muslim chief on a non-Muslim village or district, thereby disempowering the locals and creating an alienated hostile underclass.

Ironically, during colonial rule many of the pagan tribes converted to Christianity, which caused tension between British colonial authorities and British missionaries on the ground. The indigenous new Christians, actively supported by the missionaries, enjoyed “redemption lift” and began to assert a moral vitality, ethnic identity and spiritual independence that sometimes challenged the cozy Anglo-Islamic status quo.

But Nigerian Independence in 1960 saw the British depart, leaving behind unamended the unjust governing structure and unfettered Muslim hegemony across the north, which Professor Turaki describes as “internal colonialism.” This was the seedbed of the crisis we see today.

The interventions in Libya and — until thwarted by parliament — Syria have amply demonstrated British Prime Minister David Cameron’s liberal interventionism and his desire to reassert British power on the international stage. And, when it comes to issues such as gay rights, he has Commonwealth and former colonial countries specifically in his sights. To the fury of African leaders who want to protect their traditional values and cultures, he insists they must dance to his liberal gay agenda or risk losing overseas aid.

But Mr Cameron might do well to replace colonial arrogance with Christian humility; and he could, and should, acknowledge some British responsibility for the Nigerian crisis.

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— Islam in Africa: The Invisible Genocide of Christians – The goal is creating a big African-Islamic continent. Christians must be killed or expelled

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