posted on Apr, 20 2006 @ 03:43 AM
I usually stay clear of religious mud slinging, but this has been going around in my mind a lot, so I'll share it...
Since the beginning of the Christian faith, Christians have been persecuted. Jesus Christ, the reason for Christianity was killed by the Jews (and
Romans). Even His earliest followers like Peter, Stephen and John were persecuted. The persecution of Stephen sparked a whole "attack" on
Christians, led by Paul of Tarsus (Saul). From there on we can follow the path of Christian's blood throughout history. Roman's role in the
execution of Christians is a chapter of its own. The Bar Kochba Rebellion of AD 135, Dhu Nuwas (pre-Islamic Jewish king) massacred Christian
communities in Najran. Khosrau II, King of Persia, killed more than 90,000 Christians in Jerusalem in 614 AD - his army consisting of Arabs and Jews.
And don't forget the persecution of Christians by Islam. Ethiopian, Queen Gudit, who persecuted Christians around 970 AD and helped bring down the
Kingdom of Aksum.
Christians even persecuted fellow Christians when the Christian Church gained enough strength to stand on its own two feet. Those who did not conform
with the "Church" were called heretics and persecuted by the thousands. In Medieval times we see the Roman Catholics going against the Orthodox
Church in the Crusades. Which was quickly followed by violence between Catholic and Protestant Churches. Persecution went on deep into the 1900's
(and can still be found in some Eastern countries) in countries such as Russia (Soviet Union), China, Japan, Nazi-Fascist persecution, North Korea,
Vietnam, Laos, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives, and the list goes on.
Now this was a really quick glance at a very long history. The point is, however, that Christianity has been under attack since the beginning of time.
And this attack is of course from "Evil's" side, i.e. the Devil/Satan/Lucifer. His plan, to stop Christianity, i.e. stop people's souls from being
As time went by - from the day Christ was crucified - no matter what "he" (Satan) did, Christianity grew. It grew in such a way that Christians
ruled the "modern world". What to do now? He turned Christians against each other. But even after the deaths of millions of Christians, Christianity
grew. Then one day man (modern world) became "civilized" enough not to kill another person because of religion. A single Church (Catholic) no longer
"controlled" the world. This happened with the idea of "human rights". It became increasingly difficult to kill a Christian. So, in the middle to
late 20th century this new idea of Human Rights was, you guessed it, used against Christians (and all other religions for that matter). Religion was
removed from schools and most public places. It became a no-no topic at social events, in business circles, etc. The cracks again appeared in
Christianity, but it stood strong, even if the growth was no longer what fellow Christians would have liked it to be.
And this brings us to where we are today. What do they call it? The information age. And what better weapon for Satan to use? Information. He is using
our own brains and intelligence (if that's what you want to call it) against us. We are informed in such a way that we start to question what we
thought we knew. The Bible - and what Christians thought to be as facts - is being questioned. And it's not a handful of occurrences. We see it
everywhere. Da Vinci's Code, to mention one of hundreds of new books that's seeing the light of day (I’m not saying that Dan Brown is working for
the Devil!). And these books are bestsellers. Christians (amongst other people) are buying the books, and the (one-sided) information is planting
seeds. "What if"? What if this is true? What if Jesus did have a child? What if Jesus did not exist? What if it's all a fairy tale?
And let's face it; valid points are raised. But what we forget is that the Bible was written hundreds (thousands) of years ago by "primitive"
people for "primitive" people. The Bible was written for those times. It's a book with a message, not a history book or a book with explanatory
facts. So atheists had 2,000 years (give or take a hundred) to pick at the holes in the Bible. Why is this? Why is that? This can't be true because
this and that. And we are "smart". We realize that they've got a valid point and the Christian faith starts crumbling.
And personally I think this new attack on Christianity is the most dangerous of all. Christians don't know they're busy with another
religious/spiritual war. There's no blood. There's no persecution. You don't even realize you're being attack because of your religion. Because
you persecute yourself. Spiritual suicide. How easy could it be to win a war? Let all your "enemies" (Christians) kill themselves. You just sit back
And the Christian side is doing very little about the ongoing war. Christian leaders are reactive and not proactive. A book is published with many
good questions poking holes in Christianity. It gets loads of publicity and it becomes a best seller. Religious historians then react with a book
explaining the facts. But the "reactive" book never gets the publicity the "attacking book" got. There's no Christian writer being proactive and
writing a historically correct best seller to win over some non-Christians...
We must admit that we've become to smart for our own good. We are becoming more and more informed. And there's nothing wrong with it. Deny ignorance
by all means! We must seek knowledge AND wisdom after all. But we are bombarded with one-sided theories based on inaccurate facts. What can we as
Christians do? We don't know the answers. We aren't historians. We saw the theoretical facts that Jesus got married and went to India with His new
wife. But where's the actual facts? Where's the fighter for the truth - a Christian? I don't know. And that my dear friends, is where Faith comes
into play. Blind trust and believe.
In order to fight this new war, we need to be armed with information. But that is what's making this new "evil" so dangerous, because as ATSers we
know the value of information - and we cannot deny facts. As long as you know your enemy's strategy.
That's all. Just wanted to get it out of my mind.