Tuesday, November 26, 2013

You will be Hated

A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway from Muslim nations.  Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other. 
In 2003, Iraq’s Christian population was at least one million. Today fewer than 400,000 remain—the result of an anti-Christian campaign when countless Christian churches were bombed and countless Christians killed, including by crucifixion and beheading.  

Now, the same pattern has come to Syria: entire regions and towns where Christians lived for centuries before Islam came into being have now been emptied, as extremists target Christians for kidnapping, plundering, and beheadings.

In October 2012 the last Christian in the city of Homs ( which had a Christian population of some 80,000) was murdered.  One teenage Syrian girl said: “We left because they were trying to kill us… because we were Christians….  Those who were our neighbors turned against us. At the end, when we ran away, we went through balconies. We did not even dare go out on the street in front of our house.”

In Mali, after a 2012 Islamic coup, as many as 200,000 Christians fled.   There have been house to house searches for Christians who might be in hiding, churches and other Christian property have been looted or destroyed, and people tortured into revealing any Christian relatives.” At least one pastor was beheaded.

In Ethiopia, after a Christian was accused of desecrating a Koran, thousands of Christians were forced to flee their homes when “Muslim extremists set fire to roughly 50 churches and dozens of Christian homes.” 


Why so Much Blood Shed?  

Why so much hatred of Christians?  

The Bible tells us:

"You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. " Matthew 10:22

"And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. But the one who endures to the end will be saved."   Mark 13:13

You will be hated by all for my name’s sake.   Luke 12:17

"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me." Matthew 24:9
18 "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20  John 15:18-20

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