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“When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Qur’an 47:4)
This reads like the story of a Roman martyr from the second century: “Boko Haram beheaded six-year-old Christian boy, group reports,” Christian Today, August 28, 2014 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
It was revealed this week that Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram beheaded a six-year-old boy on June 1 because he was a Christian.
The attack occurred in Attagara, Gwoza district, Borno State – a predominately Christian community, according to Voice of the Martyrs.
Over 100 militants descended upon the village, slaughtering men, women, and children.
Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed Christians and Shiite Muslims across Borno and Yobe States in an increasingly deadly campaign to establish an extremist, Sunni Muslim reign.
The assault on Attagara occurred as Sunday church services were beginning, according to Voice of the Martyrs (VOM). Boko Haram slashed the villagers with machetes, and fired upon them with assault weapons.
One villager, Sawaltha Wandala, was arriving at church for the second service when he saw children being massacred. One six-year-old boy had been slashed and thrown into a ditch, but he was alive. Wandala picked him up and was carrying him to a hospital in Cameroon, when he was stopped by five of the militants.
The men reportedly took the child from Wandala’s arms and beheaded him, then began beating the 55-year-old with tree branches. After striking him in the head with a rock, they left him for dead.
Two days later the militants returned, attacking Attagara and other villages in Gwoza. VOM reported that approximately 200 people were killed in the two-day assaults.
John Yakuba and his family survived the Attagara attacks and fled to Cameroon, but Yakuba returned to their home to retrieve their animals and some of their belongings. The family faced starvation at a refugee camp, and Yakuba hoped to sell the animals to support them.
Boko Haram members saw Yakuba entering his home, however, and captured him.
“We know you’re John,” they said to him, according to VOM. “You must convert to Islam or else you will die a painful death.”
When Yakuba refused to denounce Christ, they tied his arms and legs to a tree, and hacked his hands with a knife.
“Can you become a Muslim now?” the militants asked.
“You can kill my body, but not my soul,” Yakubu cried out.
The men continued to cut his feet and back with a machete and knife to torture him.
“We will show you,” they said.
Yakuba’s head was slashed, and an axe was driven into his knee, reaching the bone.
He lost consciousness and was left tied to the tree for three days before someone found him, after which he was taken to the hospital in a coma.
When Yakuba recovered sufficiently to be interviewed, he offered a message of peace to his attackers.
“I have forgiven the Islamic militants, because they did not know what they are doing,” he told VOM.
Boko Haram became internationally known after kidnapping over 270 children from an all-girls school in Chibok, Nigeria on April 14. A second mass kidnapping occurred on May 4 in Warabe. Over 200 girls remain missing.
originally posted by: AlephBet
a reply to: Jesuslives4u
The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. One of the messengers of Islam is Jesus. He had a message. The message is to love your enemies. Instead, they reveal themselves to be the enemy. The Son has a scapegoat. Muslims who disregard the message of the messenger are themselves unbelievers, condemned by their own religious text. Either God is Love or He is the one that steals, kills and destroys. I think Jesus had the correct message to Islam.
They become the scapegoat by their own actions. Issac lives on to eventually see Abraham's people enter the promised land. I am sure there are many Muslims who get the message of Jesus and follow it. The radicals are a minority.
Here's a good question: What happens when Christ returns and the Muslims finally get the message of their messenger? Throughout history, the true enemy of God always seeks to destroy his people. The one that defends, protects and upholds peace (peacemakers) are the ones that always rise to defeat the enemy. The strong nuclear force always heels the weak. The weak do not follow the laws of invariant symmetry. The strong do. Simply find the ones following the law of life and love and you have found the true people of God.
The reason Israel still has the thorn in their side is because they have failed to take the crown of thorns from the head of their Christ. When they finally get his message, just as Islam will eventually do, they will heal the rift. Not before. The only way to fix the conflict is with love.
Who presented this message to both sides?
originally posted by: AnteBellum
a reply to: Jesuslives4u
All religions have performed atrocities at one time or another. RIVAL is right don't treat the symptom, fight the disease. More heinous acts have been perpetrated in the name of religion, then ANY other source.
All the same pointless slaughters.
I Samuel 15:3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
Numbers 31:17-18 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
Deuteronomy 2:34 And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain.
originally posted by: adjensen
a reply to: AnteBellum
Contrary to popular belief, the number of people killed during the two Inquisitions has been documented to be less than 5,000. One is too many, of course, but it wasn't the bloodbath that some would have you believe.
Um, you're confusing Spanish colonialism with religion. In 1537, Pope Paul III issued the Sublimus Dei, which prohibited the enslavement or mistreatment of the native people in the Americas. Combined with the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531, over ten million Aztecs voluntarily converted to Catholicism and ended the practice of human sacrifice in Mexico.
Um, you're confusing Spanish colonialism with religion.
originally posted by: Rodinus
Let me put it like this then...
Religion... Religious fanatics... mind washed believers...
The 3 catagories above are all GUILTY of mass murder trhoughout the ages...
DEEP SHAME ON THESE PEOPLE for having spewed out so much hate and propaganda and causing the deaths of so many innocents...
I would like to see a bible basher or any other kind of religious brain washed person deny this with actual facts?
Yeah, bloody religion, except Hitler, he wasnt religious, spiritual maybe, but he was first a politician taking land back.
Oh then came Stalin, he was an atheist, Mao, another atheist, Pol Pot, you guessed it, another atheist.
Are you trying to say that the Spanish Inquisition was not a religious act????
Um, you're confused!
Go and look up AZTEC Religious Practices