Originally posted by hadriana
From what I recall, those attacks on the Christians were some sort of vengence from some perceived injustice that the Christians had levied on the
Hindus TO START WITH.
None of it sounds very Christian to me.
I spent several months in India traveling from town to town, and speaking to large groups there, mainly Christian. I also visited many Hindu homes,
and found most of them to be very nice people, and such. There is a group of Hindus, however, that are very militant about preventing Christianity
from having a foothold in India. I spoke in one church there that regularly has 60,000 to 100,000 people in attendance, all sitting on the huge
concrete floor. India is unlike any other place on the planet when it comes to spiritual activity. By comparison, New Zealand is literally "dead"
What I mean by dead is that nearly all Indians have some kind of spiritual belief, where here in New Zealand most people don't give spiritual things
a second thought.
This group of militant Hindus is very determined to stamp out Christianity from the country. They are not doing this because the Christians have done
anything to deserve it. They are doing it because they only want one religion in India... Hinduism.
NEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife) -- Hindu militants have threatened to burn to death an Indian evangelical pastor and his family if they don't
close their Pentecostal church and leave a suburb of Bangalore, India's third largest city, Christian supporters said Monday, August 20.
There is one man I met in India, called "Paulanna" who was the humblest man you'd ever run across, and filled with love for everyone. One day he
was talking to some people in Hydrabad and a group of these militants came up, grabbed him, and took him to a place where they beat him and warned him
to stop talking to people about the Christian God. He told the story so matter-of-factly, with very few words, and without a drop of animosity
towards his persecutors. Paulanna did not in any way believe that what was done to him was God abandoning him, but rather he saw it as a means for
others to be encouraged, and when people saw how he did not wish ill to come upon his persecutors, and that he prayed for them, that was an example to
them of "loving your enemies."
Now, perhaps in this one place where truly terrible acts were done, such as rapping nuns, etc., there was a reason for a special "answer to prayer"
by the people in the area. I'm sure that the people did not ask God to send elephants, but rather they just asked God to help them. So, God had to
come up with a way to get the militant's attention, something that would really speak to them, and get them to stop acting in such a terrible manner.
Hinduism understands the concept of Karma, and that divine justice CAN be dealt out towards those who are doing exceptional wrong.
All the animals are under God's control, and if he wants, he can send any animals he wishes to accomplish whatever he wishes. The elephants don't
have to understand at all why they are doing what they are doing. They will just feel compelled to act in such-and-such a way.
Now, to those who want to accuse God of wrong doing, you really have no idea what you are suggesting. God tells US to love our enemies, and to not
repay evil with evil. He tells us that because he says "Revenge is MINE, I will repay." He is the Judge, not us. He is the Creator, not us. As
Bush liked to say "He's the DECIDER." God commands you to leave certain things to Him, and He is fully within His right to do so.
For those who think that God has to follow the same set of rules that you do, let me ask you something... did you have that same attitude towards your
parents when you were a child? When your Mom and Dad told you to go to sleep at 8:00 P.M., did you refuse, claiming that if they could stay up, so
could you? Did you insist on driving a car at the age of 10? Were you a rebellious child, insisting that the rules for children must be the same as
the rules for adults?
If you did do that, then it is clear as a bell why you think that same thing regarding you and God.
If you did realize that not all living beings are required to follow the same principles and rules, then you should have little problem with the
concept that God is the Supreme Court Judge of the Highest Supreme Court in the Universe.
Nowhere does God portray himself as just a "nice guy" who will allow anyone and everyone to slap him across the face repeatedly with no
consequences. No place is he portrayed in that way, and yet that is what He requires from His followers. Those who trust in Him come to a place
where they trust his judgment about a given situation. Death and suffering are not the end-all-be-all. This life is not the endgame... it's just
the trials to see who is going to make it. For the faithful, death is just an exit from this lower state of existence to a higher-level of
Many times, God allows his followers to be persecuted, and that is His right to do. Those who suffer that way will not fail to gain compensation in
the next life. Those who truly understand faith will not find fault with God allowing people to suffer.
Sometimes, however, God will intervene in a situation, preventing evil from continuing to flourish. This he does as he determines. It may be in
response to earnest prayer, or it may be just because he has determined to do it for some unknown reason. He is not at all obligated to tell you or
me why he does certain things.
Perhaps this entire situation in India came about because God wanted to give a strong "atomic bomb" kind of event that would get the people's
attention and cause them to take a step back and ask if what they are doing is the right thing to do.
I would also think that if the Christians who have been persecuted did not fight back, but did what the Bible says to do under such conditions, then
perhaps that gave a strong power to their prayers for help.
If, on the other hand, they did wrongly by fighting back, it may not have gone that way. But, God is always free to be God, and that means, unlike
mankind, He can do whatever He wants. If you have a problem with that, then that is just your human ego, pride, and lack of humility rearing up it's
not-so-beautiful head. You probably have a problem with all authority in your life as well.
[edit on 29-1-2010 by downisreallyup]