Convert to Islam or You Will Be Crucified Like Christ

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Don’t let this story fill you with hate.

That is exactly what the devil wants.

Let it fill you with awe at the faith of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Consider the depth of faith and the power of the Holy Spirit to sustain them, even in this. Consider also the great trust God has given them and how fully they lived up to that trust.

They are saints.

The Daily Mail broke a story, complete with graphic photos, of two men who were crucified by Syrian rebels. The rebels put signs on the men saying that they were crucified for using explosive devices against the rebels. It does not say if these men were Christians, but considering their crucifixions, that seems likely. This story has all the sex appeal any publication could want: Graphic photos, horrific suffering and rage-inducing injustice.

The bad guys, it seems are very bad indeed.

But there is another story that, as usual, is not being reported. Christians have been threatened with crucifixion and have been martyred at the hands of the Syrian rebels for refusing to deny Christ and convert to Islam for quite a while now. Mainstream news organizations don’t report this, even though it would be a ratings getter for them.

According to FrontPage Mag, Sister Raghad, the former head of the Patriarchate School in Damascus, has testified that she personally witnessed this. The rebels are telling Christians, “Convert to Islam or you will be crucified like Christ.”

These reports make me even more certain that the American people did the right thing by opposing the plan to use Tomahawk missiles on Syria. If we had done that, it would have destroyed the remaining infrastructure and stability of the country and almost certainly have led to the rebel’s victory in this war.

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The question of who is funding these rebels so that they can wage war against the nation of Syria is a serious one. That kind of money does not come from individual wealth. Even Bill Gates would find himself going broke if he was personally funding a war against an established government, especially a government that is being supported by another government, in this case, Russia.

I’ve read reports that the United States is funding these rebels. That makes a kind of sense. After all, (1) Not many nations have the spare cash to fund whole wars on the side, and (2) Why else would we have been so eager to launch Tomahawk missiles into Syria and thus help these rebels win?

I’m raising these political issues because they lead to a couple of important questions: (1) To what extent, if any, are our tax dollars, which come directly from the money we make by going to work every day, being used in support of the violent persecution of our brothers and sisters in Christ? (2) If we are funding the rebels, who is benefitting from it? It’s not the American people or the people of Syria.

Our brothers and sisters who die for Jesus are in heaven. They have joined the long line of martyrs for Christ that goes back to Stephen.

What would you do if someone who meant it and could do it told you Convert to Islam or you will be crucified like Christ?

Before you give a glib answer, think how hard it is for you to stand up for him against television networks and people on your job. Consider how often students in school convert to the trendy anti-Christian babble the teachers and the other students are peddling, not because they will be crucified, but because they will be shunned and made fun of?

When was the last time you denied Jesus by keeping silent when someone disparaged Him or made a cutting comment about Christians?

Now, answer again. What would you do if someone who meant it and who had the power over you to do it told you Convert to Islam or you will be crucified like Christ?

The people who refuse to deny Jesus in the face of persecution, torture, and certain death are His chosen ones. They are His saints. Their blood is the blood of martyrs.

Don’t let their passion, which is so much like His passion, provoke you to hatred and rage. Let it provoke you to awe and respect.

And action.

If our government is funding these rebels, we the people need to know why our government is allowing them to persecute Christians. We have the right, as citizens of this country to ask and be answered about this.

In the meantime, I intend to pray and ask these martyred ones to intercede for persecuted Christians, everywhere.

Because they, like Him, have been lifted up.

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Photo Source: Archbishop Nassar, Maronite archbishop, Damascus

From FrontPage Mag:

Sister Raghad, the former head of the Patriarchate School in Damascus who currently resides in France, told Vatican Radio how she personally witnessed jihadi rebels terrorize Ma‘loula, including by pressuring Christians to proclaim the shehada—Islam’s credo that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger—which, when uttered before Muslim witnesses transforms the speaker into a Muslim, with the death penalty for apostasy should the convert later “renege” by returning to Christianity.

According to the nun, those Christians who refused to embrace Islam were

killed in atrocious and violent ways that cannot be described.  If you want examples, they crucified two youths in Ma‘loula for refusing to proclaim Islam’s credo, saying to them: “Perhaps you want to die like your teacher [Christ] whom you believe in?  You have two choices: either proclaim the shehada or else be crucified.  One of them was crucified before his father, whom they also killed.”

In fact, according to earlier media reports from October 2013, soon after Ma‘loula fell to the jihadis, one “shaky voiced” elderly Christian man had reported that he heard the invading jihadis shouting, “Convert to Islam, or you will be crucified like Jesus.”

It is, of course, a documented fact that some Christians in Ma‘loula were put to death for refusing to convert to Islam, such as Minas, an Armenian man, while other families succumbed to pressure and converted to Islam at the tip of the sword.

  • SNLDallas

    These fanatics and extremists are ruining the teaching of Islam. Islam places great
    stress on freedom of conscience, including the freedom to choose one’s religion,
    as one of the fundamental rights of all human beings. The Qur’an clearly states,
    “There should be no compulsion in religion” (2:257); and also in chapter 18 verse 30 Allah says, “It is the truth from your Lord; wherefore let him who will believe and let him who will disbelieve”. These verses prove that man is free to choose the religion that makes him happy, and that rejecting Islam is not a crime. Please follow the true teaching of Islam. visit http://www.alislam.org.

    • bill b

      That is a nice picture but the Koran has contradictory verses to those which all radical muslims believe “abrogate” or nullify the earlier nice verses because the violent ones came later. Chapter 9 muslims then ignore your surah 2:257 because it is abrogated by the later 9:73…
      Surat At-Tawbah [9:73-74] –
      9:73. O Prophet, fight against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination.”.

      go here for why quoting the Koran nice passages does not work for all muslims:
      http://www.meforum.org/1754/peace-or-jihad-abrogation-in-islam

    • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

      Islam needs a Pope and a hierarchy. And soon. Otherwise, all of Islam will be lost to these radicals.

    • FW Ken

      Unfortunately, some Muslims cite other verses, leading to things like the Sudanese woman condemned to hang for becoming a Christian.

      http://m.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27433241

      Christians have also read selectively from the Bible, but we underwent a process wherein religion no longer acts as a defining characteristic odd a community, or, if you prefer, communities of believers can co-exist within a larger community. The Islamic world, it seems to me, needs to go through that same sort of process.

  • FW Ken

    I was talking with a Nigerian man today at work, asked him about his family, and he just went off on the Muslims. I tried to talk him down from it (not sure if our Muslim officer was around).

    I suspect groups like Boko Haram have more support than we like to think, but we need to also keep our eyes on the total picture.

    • hamiltonr

      FWIW, I think someone who is from Nigeria is totally justified in “going off” on Boko Haram.

      • FW Ken

        It wasn’t Boko Haram, but “Muslims”. And we were about 10 feet from my Muslim officer’s cubicle. Fortunately, he was not there.

        I actually don’t disagree with you. We have several Nigerians around, and they are under a lot of stress. The trouble that was far north of them is now moving closer to home. And these are people who have already lived through one terrible civil war.

        • pagansister

          I can’t imagine what your Nigerian friends are going through. It must be more than tough.

  • JohnE_o

    The question of who is funding these rebels so that they can wage war
    against the nation of Syria is a serious one. That kind of money does
    not come from individual wealth.

    There was plenty of speculation a while back that the Saudis were funding [at least some of] the rebels.

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304431104579551642172854498

    http://world.time.com/2012/09/18/syrias-secular-and-islamist-rebels-who-are-the-saudis-and-the-qataris-arming/

  • muslimsforpeace

    Very disturbed to learn about cruelties of rebels in Syria on their fellow country men of Christian faith in name of religion. This has nothing to do with Islam.
    http://www.muhammadfactcheck.org/muhammadfactcheck/prophet-muhammad-taught-terrorism-and-jihad-to-conquer-the-world-for-islam/

    • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

      I keep hearing that Jihad has nothing to do with Islam, but the theology of these rebels says differently.

      Will an orthodox Islam please stand up? We need a Pope of Islam to end this war of reformation that started 60 years ago.

      • muslimsforpeace

        Meet Khalifa of Islam, see the link below.

        http://www.alislam.org/khilafat/fifth/

        • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

          From his website: “Following his election in 2003, His Holiness was forced into exile from Pakistan, his native country. Pakistan’s Constitution and Penal Code restricts members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community from practising or associating with Islam, or from even identifying themselves as Muslims. Violations of these repressive laws results in fines, imprisonment, and potentially capital punishment. Consequently the legislation prevents His Holiness from fulfilling his duties as Head of the Community and accordingly he is unable to return to Pakistan.

          Despite the continued sectarian persecution that Ahmadi Muslims are subjected to in various Muslim majority nations, His Holiness expressly forbids any violence. On 28 May 2010, anti-Ahmadiyya terrorists attacked two mosques belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Lahore, Pakistan. 86 Ahmadi Muslims were martyred during their Friday Prayers, whilst scores more were injured. Despite the barbaric nature of this pre-meditated crime against humanity, His Holiness instructed Ahmadi Muslims worldwide to respond only through prayers and entirely peaceful means.”

          Looks as bad as the Protestants during the Reformation 500 years ago, only this happened FOUR years ago.

          It took 800 years for Catholics to speak up against the Umayyad aggression- and when we did, it took losing the Crusades to stop it. Will we need something similar to stop anti-Ahmadiyya terrorists.

    • FW Ken

      Indeed,MFP. It’a an easy search to find examples of Christians and Muslims helping each other as good neighbors. Bless you.

  • pagansister

    This is not meant to be flip or disrespectful of the Christian faith. I have often thought what I would do if told I had to “convert” to a faith—or die for it. Would I resist or would I pretend to “convert”, mouth the platitudes, prayers etc. to stay alive? I have often thought that one can do that, as those who are seeking to force something cannot control your inner thoughts. They would have no idea if you really believed what you were saying, while you were spitting back what you were “being taught” during your conversion. Is it worth your life for that or is it worth staying alive by any means, to hopefully be freed/rescued to return to living that faith again?


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