Dear Rev. Guillaume Smit:
1) Islam is not a culture. But let’s say it was; that means as per you, that Christianity is a culture too? Hmmm… no wonder all you Ecumenical people can speak so easily about faiths joining hands, because it’s only a ‘culture’.
2) I wont mention your hate speech of not planning to become a Muslim anytime soon (as written below in your latest article).
See The Christian Bully vs The False Teacher and Revisiting: The Christian Bully vs The False Teacher where Guilluame Smit called Christians who are against New Age teachings and preaching’s ‘bullies’ and hinted that disagreeing with his beliefs (culture) and exposing his “All religions (cultures) lead to one God” post-modernism was considered Hate Speech. Even blogged some laws and legislation on Hate Speech too towards Christians who adhere to the Word of God 100%.
Guil (I feel that we are on a first name basis now, after all this dialoging). Let’s read your article first and then we can see below for list of Christian persecution articles from around the world. Just thought I would inform you of today’s culture.
GOING CROSS-CULTURAL: THE FESTIVAL OF EID – 2009-09-18
This weekend (especially Sunday) is an important time for people adhering to the Muslim religion. They celebrate the festival of Eid in this time. A friend of mine is in management at the company she works for. As such she forms part of a diversity team that helps company employees to understand each other’s traditions, cultures and religions better. She sent the following piece of information on Eid to me, telling me they send it to everyone in their company.
Obviously I am not Muslim, and I do not plan to become one anytime soon. My love for Christ is burning way too strong. Yet I decided to share my friend’s piece, as it helped me gain new insight in a very important festival for the Muslim community (of which I know nothing about).
Perhaps we, as Christians, by gaining this knowledge, can try to be a bit more understanding towards this very fundamentalistic religion. And, perhaps, through this, we can show more respect to people who are Muslim believers as our testimony about the love of Christ, even if we differ fundamentally from them.
Here is some information about Eid for Non-Muslims.
Eid ul-Fitr or Id-Ul-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr), often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadaan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity”, while Fiṭr means “to break the fast” (and can also mean “nature”, from the word “fitrah”) and so symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period.
Common greetings during this holiday are the Arabic greeting EĪd mubārak (“Blessed Eid”) or ‘Īd sa‘īd (“Happy Eid”). In addition, many countries have their own greetings based on local language and traditions.
Typically, Muslims will wake up early in the morning and have a small breakfast. Muslims are encouraged to dress in their best clothes (new if possible) and to attend a special Eid prayer that is performed in congregation at mosques or open areas like fields, squares etc.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting of Ramadaan. This has to do with the communal aspects of the fast, which expresses many of the basic values of the Muslim community. Fasting is believed by some scholars to extol fundamental distinctions, lauding the power of the spiritual realm, while acknowledging the subordination of the physical realm.
The Islamic tradition also associates events with the occasion. For example, on Eid al-Fitr, the angel Gabriel descended with white clothes for each of prophet Muhammad’s grandsons.
Eid al-Fitr falls on the first day of Shawwal, the month which follows Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. It is a time to give in charity to those in need, and celebrate with family and friends the completion of a month of blessings and joy.
Before the day of Eid, during the last few days of Ramadan, each Muslim family gives a determined amount as a donation to the poor. This donation is of actual food — rice, barley, dates, rice, etc. — to ensure that the needy can have a holiday meal and participate in the celebration. This donation is known as sadaqah al-fitr (charity of fast-breaking).
A few updates on the persecution on Christians around the world by different ‘Cultures’
Note many of these articles will speak about Catholics as being Christian which I do not agree with. Roman Catholicism is not Christian. The point is that MURDER IS MURDER no matter what . If Christians went around killing others I would say emphatically that they are NOT born again Christians for God says ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’. A truly saved Christian has the conviction of the Holy Spirit in their life NOT to SIN. So these fake Christians are nothing but murdrers (until such time that they come to know Jesus Christ and repent of their sin – in which they will then be truly born again
Yet a murderous Muslim remains a Muslim no matter what.
BREAKING NEWS: Violence Overshadows Funeral Murdered Pakistan Christian
Tensions remained high Thursday, September 17, in Pakistan’s Punjab province after police dispersed angry crowds protesting against the death of a young Christian prisoner, who was held for allegedly desecrating the Koran, viewed as a holy book by Muslims.
Saudi Arabia Detains Internet Writer For Becoming Christian
A young Internet writer in Saudi Arabia was in life danger Wednesday, January 28, after he was detained by authorities for announcing on his blog that he converted from Islam to Christianity, religious human rights investigators said.
Somalia Islamic Militants Behead Four Christian Orphanage Workers
Christians in Somalia faced a tense day Thursday, August 13, amid fresh reports that fighters of the country’s main Islamic insurgent group al-Shabab beheaded four Christian aid workers for refusing to renounce their faith in Christ.
Pakistan human rights group says police colluding with jihadists who are murdering Christians with impunity. As indicated here. “Collusion between police and extremists cause of deaths in judicial custody, Pakistani NGO says,” by Fareed Khan for
Asia News, September 17 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
NEWS ALERT: Chinese Security Service Raid Beijing House Church Home
By Worthy News Asia Service BEIJING, CHINA (Worthy News)– A prominent member of a house church movement has been told to leave his home this week after Chinese officials and security forces raided his rented apartment in the capital Beijing, representatives told Worthy News Tuesday, September 15.
Islamic Militants Kill Christian Convert in Somalia
Christians in Somalia were facing another potential day of bloodshed Monday, August 24, amid fresh reports that Muslim militants are hunting down converts to Christianity, killing at least one man in recent days for abandoning Islam.
Iranian Women Demand Release Christian Converts
Women dressed in white have gathered outside the Iranian embassy in London as part of a prayer vigil to highlight the plight of two female Christian converts from Islam who have been held at Evin Prison in Teheran “without charge”for the last six months, organizers said.
Concerns Over Kidnapped Christians In Yemen As Fighting Escalates
Intense fighting between government forces and Shi’ite Muslim rebels in northern Yemen is hampering international efforts to locate a kidnapped Christian family and a British engineer, Worthy News established Saturday, September 5.
EU Ambassadors Discuss Belarus Threats To Close Megachurch
European ambassadors to Belarus have met with the leader of New Life Church in the capital Minsk to discuss “threats” by authorities to “destroy” one of the country’s largest evangelical churches by confiscating its building, a former cowshed, church officials said in a statement obtained by Worthy News Thursday, August 27.
Random jihad in Egypt: Muslim murders Christian shopkeeper, stabs two others
“There is anger among the Christians because they feel their blood has been made cheap.” Their blood was already cheap. “The indemnity paid for a Jew or Christian is one-third the indemnity paid for a Muslim.” — ‘Umdat al-Salik, o4.9 “Egyptian Christian’s murder sparks sectarian tension,” from Deutsche Presse Agentur, September 17 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
BREAKING NEWS: Christians Sentenced To Long Prison Terms For Aiding North Koreans
Christian Li Mingshun has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for helping North Koreans fleeing to South Korea, while her fellow Christian, Zhang Yonghu, received a seven-year sentence for organizing transportation for the refugees, trial observers said.
2,000 Evicted Pakistani Christians Fear Death And Infection, aid workers say
Some 2,000 Christians in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, many of whom were evicted from their homes, face the prospect of dying from dehydration, infection or the cumulative effects of poverty Christian aid workers told Worthy News Thursday, August 20.
Turkish Christians Fear Nationalism After Murder And Threat
Turkish Christians remain concerned about rising nationalism and hostility towards non-Muslims in Turkey, following the killing of a Christian businessman and the attack against an evangelist, Worthy News monitored Tuesday, August 11.
Egypt Court Bans ‘Christian’ On Ex-Muslim’s ID Card
For the second time, an Egyptian court has rejected a Christian convert’s request to change his religious affiliation on his identity card in a ruling described by critics as “a severe blow” to freedom of religion of ex-Muslims.
Sudan Christians Urge Prayers Amid Widespread Killings
Sudanese Christians have urged fellow believers around the world to pray for them as armed groups are kidnapping and killing church leaders and other Christians, an advocacy group with close knowledge about the situation told BosNewsLife Tuesday , September 15.
Nigeria Christians Fear Crackdown Amid Deadly Clashes
Christian leaders in northern Nigeria fear a fresh crackdown on evangelical activities after local authorities announced plans to control religious preachers as Islamic violence left at least a dozen Christians dead and destroyed some 20 churches.
Zanzibar Christians Fear More Attacks After Church Burnings, Evictions
Christians on Tanzania’s Zanzibar Island anticipated more attacks against them Wednesday, July 1, as two churches were reportedly burned over the weekend by suspected militants opposing the spread of Christianity on the Muslim dominated semi-autonomous territory.
Concerns Over Jailed Iranian Christians Amid Political Turmoil
As the world focuses on the political turmoil in Iran, two detained Christian women are “in danger of being forgotten” amid concerns they may face execution, Iranian Christians said Tuesday, July 7.