‘when the religion of peace turns violent?’

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Pakistani Christian couple refuses to convert: husband is burnt alive, wife raped by police
Fareed Khan (“AsiaNews,” March 22, 2010)

Islamabad, Pakistan – Arshed Masih, 38, is still fighting for his life in Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi, a city not far from Pakistan’s capital. With the help of police, Muslim extremists last Friday set him on fire for refusing to convert to Islam and raped his wife, local sources told AsiaNews. The incident occurred in front of a local police station.

In 2005, Masih and his wife began working for a wealthy Muslim businessman, he as driver and she as his wife’s maid. Recently, the two fell out of favour with their employer and his family because they insisted on remaining Christian.

During the incident, Masih’s wife, Martha, “was raped by police agents,” local sources said. The couple’s three children, ranging in age from 7 and 12, were forced to watch their parents being brutalised.

“Masih and his wife are currently being treated in hospital,” Holy Family Hospital officials said. “He was listed in serious condition with about 80 per cent of his body burned,” the BosNewsLife agency reported. With that kind of burns, hospital officials said the 38-year-old victim is not likely to survive.

On Sunday, the Government of Punjab government announced an investigation into what happened. “The matter will be investigated and the culprits will be arrested,” Punjab’s Minister of Law Rana Sanaullah said.

The Christian couple lived with their children in the servant quarters of Sheikh Mohammad Sultan’s estate in Rawalpindi. In January, religious leaders and Sultan reportedly told Arshed to convert to Islam with his whole family. After he refused, they threatened him with “dire consequences”.

Arshed offered to quit his job, but the businessman allegedly said he would “kill” him if he were to leave.

Last week, tensions rose after Sultan reported the theft of 500,000 Pakistani rupees (almost US$ 6,000), and an official complaint (First Information Report) was filed with police.

Although the Christian couple was not named as suspect, the businessman offered them to drop the case if they converted to Islam or “else that both would not see their children again.”

The rest is known. Arshed Masih chose to remain loyal to his Christian faith, and last Friday he was set on fire and his wife raped by police.

Federal Minority Minister Shahbaz Batti, a Catholic, has so far refused to make any comment because he was “busy”. He did say however, that he would issue a statement in the next few days.

Christian organisations in Rawalpindi and Lahore planned protests for today.

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Courage- Fuel For The Believers Life

Courage is the bridge that carries us from a nominal existence on earth to an inexplicable longing for a heavenly future. Those who fully understand the certainty of heaven’s existence find it easier to exchange their comparably paltry lives on earth for eternal citizenship in heaven. Courage helps us to let go of all we cling to on earth—all the things that make us long to stay here. It takes courage to believe in a life after death. After all, life on earth is all we really know until the moment we die. We are courageous when we launch out in faith, believing Christ has made it possible for us to cross into eternity with him. Once we have made that firm decision, we can face life with purpose and death with courage….. voice of the martyrs

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
— Philippians 1:21

“Kindness is the way to our enemies’ hearts. And it may do something for their souls. God uses kindness as his strategy of choice when dealing with us. Instead of giving us exactly what we deserve for our offenses against him, he deals with us kindly. His kindness is an example of how we should fashion our own approach to those who offend us. Kindness arrests their attention. It is as unexpected as it is undeserved. However, regardless of their response, we must follow the example of our Lord when dealing with our enemies. Who needs your kindness today?” extreme devotion -vom

When we love our enemies, those that spitefully use us, (matthew 5:44) it really confuses them. This confusion will lead one to clarity in life, and that in Christ.

Pray that God will under gird His people as they stand with Him and upon His word.

malachi

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3 Comments

  1. It truly humbles me when I hear of true Christians who stand for Christ despite the threat of harm. May God bless this couple and heal them and protect them. They were willing to stand for what is true in the darkest of countries. We in America need to sit up and take notice. There will come a time when we also will have to make a choice! Let us pray for God to strengthen us in that day.

  2. Greetings Marianne and thanks for reading. It is a strange character that stands in the midst of such adversity. Our Lord warned that such opposition and persecution would follow those that follow Him.

    I just received the April 2010 Voice of the Martyrs and its main post is the persecution that the believers in India are going through. The article is titled ‘The Blessings of Persecution’. It seems a spiritual oxymoron…. how can it possibly be a blessing in the midst of persecution? Something we in America cannot lay hold of.

    One thing that the article points out is that the government in India is not standing for the rights of the Christian; in fact they are condoning the violence against Christianity. Wonder how far we are in America from the same?

    The word of God is true the more intense the fire, the more faithful our God…. just ask Hannaniah, Mishael and Azariah.

    V.O.M-
    Courage is the bridge that carries us from a nominal existence on earth to an inexplicable longing for a heavenly future. Those who fully understand the certainty of heaven’s existence find it easier to exchange their comparably paltry lives on earth for eternal citizenship in heaven. Courage helps us to let go of all we cling to on earth—all the things that make us long to stay here. It takes courage to believe in a life after death. After all, life on earth is all we really know until the moment we die. We are courageous when we launch out in faith, believing Christ has made it possible for us to cross into eternity with him. Once we have made that firm decision, we can face life with purpose and death with courage.
    For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
    — Philippians 1:21
    May God strengthen us when that die comes in America.

    malachi

  3. Very good points, Brother Malachi. I might have said this before, but I was so impacted by what someone who lived in a persecuted country said. In essence, he said for us to pray for doors to open and for the persecuted church and for help reaching the the lost. BUT, he added, ” Do not pray that our persecution stops – for then we will become like the church in America!!”. Wow, that just knocked me to the ground! How true is that?


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