Have a safe Halloween!
(HT: Evolution News and Views)
And be bold to speak on these issues, even if it means somebody picks up a rock and throws it in your head. Because it is through tribulation that we enter the Kingdom of God. I pray for you, beloved, and for our nation in these days to come. (R.C. Sproul)
I had intended on putting up a series of posts about how common murder is in our world. One of the common traits of mass murderers, I mean really BIG murderers, murderers that murder hundreds, thousands, and millions, is that they are all faithful to something – an ideology, a religion, an ethnic group, etc. The object of their faith is where they get off track, misplaced faith is a dangerous thing. Thus the name of the series: Actions of The Faithful…
Just before I published the first post of the series, whimsically I changed the last part of the title from …4 Atheists to …5 Atheists under the assumption that an atheist would predictably buzz by and add a comment about how atheism is misunderstood, or wrongly blamed, or attacked, or about how grand their humanistic philosophy, or any of the other long list of ‘wrongs’ and fears from which they suffer. This is an action typical of people who have a misplaced faith. As predicted one did, well actually two as of now, so really I could change the title to Actions of the Faithful…6 Atheists thanks to them. I wonder how long it’s been since they have looked into a mirror?
The next post was going to be about Nationalism (as in Actions of The Faithful…5 Nationalists) and, yes, it was going to list the number of murders for which they were responsible. One of the people on that list happened also to be listed in the first post (can you guess who?), two of them are even held in high esteem by some people today.
But on second thought, I think I’ll stop with just the first of the intended series. Remember Mr. and Ms. Atheists you made this one about atheism, I didn’t. You should really be more careful about jumping to conclusions, but like I said and as you demonstrated, misplaced faith is a dangerous thing.
I know, I know. Halloween hasn’t yet even come and gone this year. But it’s not too early to start thinking about those Christmas budgets. As you consider your budget and gift giving this year, check out the Gospel for Asia Gift Catalogue. Unlike other gifts you probably will give and receive this year, a gift you give through the GFA Catalogue will be appreciated and still in use years from now.
Hundreds of families in Asia were blessed with gifts from our Christmas catalog last year. And through the gifts they received, they also learned more about the life-changing love of Jesus.
As you make your list this Christmas season, may this be an opportunity to consider giving a gift that has the power to change lives forever!” (GFA)
(Via Compass Direct News)
Muslim extremists from the al Shabab group fighting the transitional government on Sept. 23 sliced the head off of Mansuur Mohammed, 25, a World Food Program (WFP) worker, before horrified onlookers of Manyafulka village, 10 kilometers (six miles) from Baidoa.
The militants had intercepted Mohammed and a WFP driver, who managed to escape, earlier in the morning. Sources close to Mohammed’s family said he converted from Islam to Christianity in 2005.
The eyewitness, who requested anonymity for security reasons, said the militants that afternoon gathered the villagers of Manyafulka, telling them that they would prepare a feast for them. The people gathered anticipating the slaughter of a sheep, goat or camel according to local custom.
Five masked men emerged carrying guns, wielding Somali swords and dragging the handcuffed Mohammed. One pulled back Mohammed’s head, exposing his face as he scraped his sword against his short hair as if to sharpen it. Another recited the Quran as he proclaimed that Mohammed was a “murtid,” an Arabic term for one who converts from Islam to Christianity.
The Muslim militant announced that Mohammed was an infidel and a spy for occupying Ethiopian soldiers.
Mohammed remained calm with an expressionless face, never uttering a word, said the eyewitness. As the chanting of “Allah Akubar [God is greater]” rose to a crescendo, one of the militiamen twisted his head, allowing the other to slit his neck.