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Persecution, Torture and Politically Correct - New Millennium Saints - Dark Ages Dawn - Headlines Heralding Hell

Updated on July 23, 2014

Things are bad all over.

Persecution, torture and the putting to death of Christians around the globe is escalating at an alarming rate. This lens will illustrate specific cases from multiple countries, including America, showing this disturbing trend.

Is this something new? Sadly, no. It's gone on since the formation of the Christian religion. I'm talking the days of ancient Rome here. At that time, such infamous leaders as Nero, Caligula and Diocletian exterminated, subjugated and slaughtered Christians as a matter of course.

Some theologians have contended that the apocalypse spoken of in the Bible perhaps referred to events of that time. Others have proposed that maybe several apocalypses have occurred but that we have yet to have The apocalypse. I think they may be on to something.

For believers, modern headlines, if seen in this day of media censorship, programming and scew to popular culture, trumpet a marked increase in the persecution, torture and execution of Christians around the globe as compared to those seen just in the last generation.

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The Bible
The Bible

Through the eyes of faith.

Many a non believer postulates that any similarity or connection between modern headlines and prophetic messages in the Bible are but coincidence, a mere trick of the human condition that convinces us to fit things into vaguely defined dogma.

Obviously, I have total and complete faith in the teachings of the Bible.

Regardless of believing the connections herald further evidence of God's living word coming true before our eyes, there is no honest denying that those of the Christian faith are being targeted around the world.

In some countries, the Christian faith is punishable by death. While not that way in America, yet, there are undeniable indications of the targeting of Christians here too, though certainly not on scale with what's going on elsewhere.

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Follow along to meet some real people.

They are in dire straights for their belief in Christ right now.

These people need our help. They are in terrible peril. The following will introduce you to some real people around the world right now, today, that are in terrible pain because they refuse to renounce Christ. It will also give some ways you can help them right now.

Can we sit and do nothing while our brothers and sisters in Christ stand and suffer? Even if you don't believe, can you honestly say someone should be put to death for their beliefs? If that is the case, how long will it be before your beliefs fall under the heading of what is no longer legally acceptable?

After meeting a few who need our help right now, check out how thousands have been murdered just this month, June, for no reason other than being Christian. While I can't post it here, one video shows ISIS threatening a man with death if he didn't convert to Islam. He did. Not two seconds later they took his head. This is going on right now. Check it out. It's all over Twitter.

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Is not the right to believe as we wish a right inalienable to all humans?

Believers would deem such a right as a God given right for that is exactly what it is. God being all powerful, could have made people programmed to follow him from birth or could force it in the blink of an eye but the Bible says he gave us each the choice.

If God Almighty gave humanity the freedom to choose, and he did, who is any man to try to take it away? Even if you don't believe in God, do you think it's right for one man to legislate what another thinks, for that is what faith comes down to. It's what you think. What you believe. The question becomes do you have a right to believe as you decide.

Entire nations were built and destroyed on the idea of what is believed. America was conceived as a place where people could decide for themselves how to believe. If we still stand for that in any way, it confounds me as to how the following people and situations are buried among headlines touting the latest and greatest misdeeds of Justin Beiber and Lindsey Lohan.

Breaking News: Let's update for July 2014

Things are getting exponentially worse. Israel is under fire from various Hamas supporting nations. ISIS, Boko Haram and other groups are gaining ground and killing more daily. ISIS has taken entire cities. President Obama has promised to send money to Hamas and is threatening a halt to all flights to Israel though they are our allies.

Parts of Europe are looking exactly like WWII Nazi Germany. Paris has seen Jewish people trapped in places of worship under fear of death. England is seeing similar hate crimes.

People are seeing this all over the world.

Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians by Marshall, Paul, Gilbert, Lela, Shea, Nina (3/12/2013)
Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians by Marshall, Paul, Gilbert, Lela, Shea, Nina (3/12/2013)

This is a global look at Christian persecution in modern times. Well written, easy to understand, extremely well researched and documented. Don't just take others word for things. Scope it out for yourself.

 
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid

Meet Miriam Ibrahim.

Miriam is currently pregnant, imprisoned in Sudan and awaiting death with her toddler son. What was her crime? The charges are apostacy and adultery.

Here's a kicker. The so called courts declared she committed adultery because she had sex with her American, Christian husband. That's right. They are legally married. Since he's not Muslim in faith, the marriage doesn't count to those who have appointed themselves to judge her.

Never mind that she has been a Christian all of her life. She's 26 years young. She sits in prison now with her child. Some reports state on the day she gives birth to the child she currently carries, she is to be lashed and then executed by hanging. Others say the execution won't happen until she has been with her new child two years.

Of course, she can make this unholy nightmare go away. The courts in their infinite generosity have decreed she has but to renounce Christ to live.

Hello! Said persecution of Christians is a hallmark of the book of Revelations.

She needs our prayers and our voices. Please, keep her in your thoughts and urge others to speak out on her behalf.

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A sign of hope - Update.

As of May, 31, 2014...

Meriam has given birth. After world wide heat, the Sudanese government has agreed to have her released in a few days.

Personally, I will believe it when I see it.

It does prove the power of world wide support largely stimulated through social media sharing has made a difference.

Will it be enough? I hope so.

I will believe it when I see it. Governments have lied before.

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Can I call it or what?

Sometimes, I hate being right.

As of this morning, June 2, 2014, I have an email update on this situation from the ACLJ. Sudan has retracted its promise to release Miriam. Big surprise. NOT.

Supposedly, now they are waiting to see how a court will rule.

Lets think about this for a second. What they are really doing is trying to get the international community off their behinds. It's time to turn up the pressure! The Iranian government has used that exact same tactic repeatedly on numerous Christians.

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Man Praying Hands Christian Religious Décor Wall Picture Oak Framed Art Print

Just when we thought it was over,

they raised the bar on cruel head games.

Today is June 25, 2014 ladies and gentlemen, just three weeks after the last update. In this time, Miriam was released and told she would be free to leave with her family. Yahoo, huh? No!

Again, it sucks being right. They arrested her again just before she got out of the country. Come on. Seriously? Do they really believe this to be anything other than a transparent farce? This release and grab is a classic play that serves multiple purposes on the part of her captors. Let's check it out.

First, it got the international heat off when they released her. The eyes of the media looked to other matters. Secondly, it gave her hope that they knew they would crush. That too is a classic tactic of breaking the spirit of one's opponent. Lastly, it serves the same spirit breaking purpose in the mind's of Christians around the world to a lesser degree.

Psychologically and sociologically speaking we could delve into the purposes of such premeditated acts upon the populace but you get the idea. So, here we are again. Miriam sits wrongfully tortured in prison with a toddler and a newborn infant. Can you imagine the conditions she gave birth in?

I promise you it wasn't a nice, clean, hospital type situation. Please, keep her in your prayers and do what you can in the way of petitions and maybe even a letter, tweet, phone call or whatever you can.

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Meriem update - 7-24-14 Free finally!

BBC News reports as of today, she is finally free.

She has been flown to Italy. She is with her family. Thank God she's out of that country but please, don't take her out of your prayers yet.

Considering this week has seen persecution of Jewish people in many places around the UK, from beatings, to chasing, fires, riots and death threats, I don't think Christians are far behind. Jews are flocking to Israel in droves with a reported over five thousand having already applied for citizenship.

There are some newer and older videos of Meriam. - Learn more about Miriam and her incredible, true plight.

Things are moving quickly and it's just getting worse. Like some demonic roller coaster from hell, watch what is happening to this Christian woman.

Miriam got moved up to a more gilded cage.

She's safer now, but not safe. Huh?

As of just days ago, Miriam and her family are being given sanctuary at the US embassy. While that sounds wonderful, and it is comparatively speaking, safer doesn't mean safe and a fancier cage is still just a cage.

The psychological torture must be horrible for her and her family. Every day they have to wonder when the embassy will toss them out on their behinds. Seriously, I hope I'm wrong in a major way, but the embassy could have tried to help a very long time ago. Thank God they acted now but make no mistake, this was not a warm and fuzzy do the right thing kind of motivation. It was a political response to mounting pressure that will disappear the second they believe eyes are turned.

Do you think American politicians will get her safely out or throw her to the wolves when the world looks away?

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Meet Saeed Abedini.

Saeed Abedini is an American citizen being held in an Irian prison. He has been repeatedly beaten, tortured, humiliated, denied medical care and led to believe there might be hope only to have it shot down. That last one about the hope, that was done here in America by those we elected to represent, well us, Americans.

Saeed returned to Iran to build orphanages of all dangerous things. He wasn't even preaching, but yet got thrown in one of the worst prisons. Many people here in America and around the globe have signed petitions and are campaigning for his release daily.

Our devoted elected officials have often said publicly they will champion his cause. When given the opportunity to do so in the perfect venue with world wide attention, how did they make good on their promise? They mentioned him for a whole 22 seconds in a long speech. Way to support your own Obama!

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Saeed's story, some background and a desperate plea from his wife.

Meet Shahnaz Jayzan.

This poor woman was released from an Iranian prison just this year. She spent over 270 days being tortured and humiliated for her beliefs.

Her entire church was arrested just for speaking the word of God. I'm talking women and children here folks. Little kids were hauled off to prison for listening to others speak of Jesus.

It was deemed by those who have decided to judge others for what they think that conversion from Islam was a threat to national security.

I have to point out the similarities in political rhetoric here. How many freedoms have Americans lost in the name of supposed security? Frankly, I think strong arm and fear tactics used to manipulate thought and control the masses is much more of a threat.

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This talks about Shahnaz and others who are being persecuted.

Notice the date. This is from February 2014. This is going on right now, not long ago or really very far away. The world is becoming smaller and smaller each day. How long before it's on your doorstep?

How about 82 people persecuted for believing?

In May, 2013, in the country of Laos, 82 newly converted Christians were threatened with confiscation of their personal property and banishment from the village they were born in.

Shortly after they converted from an animistic tribal religion to Christianity, three members of the village died in totally unrelated ways such as electrocution and prolonged illness. The religious leader of the village, a witch doctor basically, determined the cause of the deaths could only be the conversions having angered the spirits.

The newly converted were tried and found guilty. They were instructed to renounce Christ or be banished and lose their homes, properties and families. Not only that, they had to pay the judges for the privilege. While it's not on a level with the threat of death or conversion, it's the same principle. It's a forceful hand dictating belief as they wish or pain. It's going on all over the world.

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Below are videos from folks in Laos telling of personal persecutions affecting their lives, today, now.

33 Christians ordered to be executed in North Korea.

The state has declared them enemies because they are Christian. Yet again, we see an example of not only the persecution of Christians but that which is condoned by the state, the supposed authority. It's all over folks, like a cancer and it's growing.

Is there anywhere on earth this is not happening? - 33 ordered to die for Christian faith.

Let's talk ISIS. - Over the past few weeks, this one group has murdered thousands of Christians.

Beheading, executions and mass slaughters of thousands of Christians have been committed just in the month of June, 2014 by the Islamic extremist group ISIS. They aren't slowing one bit. In fact, they are gaining ground daily.

People, it's long past time to stand up and pay attention. This group has sworn to eradicate Christians and the United States of America while our leaders enjoy yet another round of golf and taxpayer funded vacation. We're so far up stinky creek a paddle wouldn't help even if we had it.

WARNING The following videos are highly disturbing and at times graphic. I'm sorry. There's really no way to talk about what's going on all around us without it. It's a disturbing wave of behavior sweeping the globe. These videos are really tame compared to what you can find at Youtube but be ready to sign in as over 18.

I saw one recently that literally haunts me. A Christian man was being held down on his knees by a group of ISIS terrorists. They told him if he converted to Islam they would spare his life. He did. Not two seconds after they chopped his head off with a machete.

It isn't all far away and over there either. Check out the last video. They recruit very well here in the states using social media and English Language videos.

What can you do now?

Sign petitions

Send letters

Speak up

Stand up

Lets look at some examples of this persecution in America.

While on a much more subtle level than the persecutions examined around the world, this trend of Christian manipulation and a flat out attempt to eradicate the Christian religion is going on right here in America, everyday.

Politically correct ideology is being used as a tool to destroy Christianity. Under the veil of what sounds good, certain groups are muzzled while others may spout their beliefs all day long. Anyone questioning a religion other than Christianity is immediately attacked by the PC police.

What is not applied equally to all is but a tool for control. It's the essence of discrimination. It's oppressive, Orwellian and beyond disturbing.

It's also growing exponentially in America. Restrictions on Christian freedoms are running rampant in our schools, government, law and culture.

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Was it really the flag? Or, was it the reference to God?

This average American student was told in class by her teacher to create a drawing. Watch as she gets slammed for drawing an American flag with the words God Bless America. The picture another student drew of Obama was lauded.

Such behavior by supposed professional educators is going on in classrooms all over the country. I know. I taught for years. I've seen it first hand. It's usually much more subtle and insidious but don't think it's not going on in a school near you.

What kind of message do you think that class got?

I promise you, from experience I know, every kid in that class snapped that one choice will be rewarded in class and one will result in humiliation. That's some serious pressure for a kid. Such situations repeated over time make lasting impressions in the minds of children. It's programming plain and simple.

Are you remotely concerned about the state of religious freedom in America?

Are you remotely concerned about the state of religious freedom in America?

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Lets check out a few more examples involving students in America.

The first story here is about a courageous kid that actually won his fight for religious freedom in court. However, not only was he obviously targeted for being a Christian in front of the entire class, said targeting again shapes the minds of all.

The young man in question was able to resist the messages sent, but how about all the other young minds in that class that had yet to make a decision about their own religious preference, or lack thereof?

The subconscious mind misses nothing. The ongoing incidents of the Christian religion being diminished by those in authority makes a lasting impression favoring all other religions and no religion over the Christian religion. Technically speaking, it's a form of the state promoting all other religions by attrition.

I have to hand it to this young man. In my mind, his stand on this makes him a Vix pick for American Hero of the year!

You can be fined in America for Bible study in your own home. - Can anyone honestly say this is not a restriction upon the freedom of religion?

Yes. I can say it. It doesn't restrict the freedom of religion at all. It restricts the freedom of the Christian religion. The video mentions that this says it's not about worship but rather about regular meetings in homes. Not allowed. Really? It's a PC spin if ever there was one.

How many Boy Scout troops would this affect if applied equally to all? How many movie nights, poker nights, rotating sleep overs and such? It wasn't applied to any other religious group, only Christians.

Does anyone honestly think other religions aren't being studied regularly in people's homes in California? Seriously? None of them are being targeted, only the Christians.

Do you see it?

Do you see examples of Christian persecution and manipulation through the guise of politically correct ideology in America?

Millions more examples exist across our nation and our world.

We just skimmed the surface of a few folks.

The correlations between current headlines and events other than the blatant persecution of Christians across the globe has yet to be touched. It all goes together.

In fact, the tiniest sampling of people appears here. This subject could take up volumes. I'll add to this over time but I urge you to explore on your own.

How to make a small difference.

Is there anything I can do about this? Anything at all? Yes. There really is.

Time required: Your life

Cost: Possibly everything

Materials:

  • Your mind
  • Your mouth
  • Some form of written communication

Tools:

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Computer
  • Internet access

Instructions:

1. Pray. Ask for guidance and wisdom.

2. Educate yourself about what's really going on in the world as opposed to what the Lame street media reports.

3. Pick a side. Take a stand. Get vocal. You might start at your local school. They need you. I promise. Town hall meetings, churches, social groups, parent teacher groups, any number of gatherings present opportunities for networking with others who are concerned. It's a big group.

4. Chances are since you are reading this, you're on a computer. Use it. Social media offers multiple ways to learn about and support religious freedom.

5. Sign petitions to help those who you can. The ACLJ, the American Center for Law and Justice, has petitions currently going for some of the people listed here, Saeed and Miriam both.

It's getting to be a seriously violent period at the now. What are your thoughts?

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @CampingmanNW: I'm afraid it's already here. Certainly, not like the mass murders seen in other countries, not yet, but Sharia law is steadily creeping into America. It kills me how Hamas blames Israel. I've been trying to really keep up with that. As yet, I have not found a single instance of Hamas initiated cease fire that they didn't break! They are hiding behind their own children and then blaming Israel for defending herself. It's insane and millions are buying it. :(

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      Christian/Jewish persecution is spreading like wildfire. China is an excellent example of Christian persecution. Gaza and Hamas another example. They attack and then blame Israel for responding. The only way to stop it is to stand against it. THAT....of course will unfortunately not happen until it reaches our shores and our front doors.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @ComfortsOfHome: Inexcusable is a good word. I never cease to marvel how this goes on every day, much more so than this page reflects, yet we seldom hear about it on the news. The world is getting to be a really harsh place. But, when I look back at history, I see that really this fight has been going on since before the Crusades. Hm. Thank you, I think maybe I just hit on the topic to a follow up piece for this. God bless and keep you and yours.

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      ComfortsOfHome 3 years ago

      These stories are so heartbreaking. All we need in this world is a little tolerance and mutual understanding, and so much pain and injustice would be erased. I don't know much about American culture and politics, but the situations of people like Miriam and Saeed are intolerable, inexcusable.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @WriterJanis2: Well said @WriterJanis, well stated, indeed. The idea is the very essence of tolerance yet so far from what we seem to get in reality too often. If everyone would but follow it, we would have no problems. God bless!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I think everyone should have the right to believe in what they want without persecution. There are a lot of prejudices with religion with one religion thinking it is better than another. All beliefs need to be respected.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you so very much for your kind words. Your support and encouragement are most greatly appreciated. I have read many of your lenses and am always impressed, so this means all the more coming from that perspective.This is an issue that is dear to my heart, heavy on my mind and growing in intensity, severity and quantity all over. God bless you and thank you again so much for the supportive words :).

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      This is an exceptional lens, poetvix!!! Thank you soooo very much for taking the time to write this lens and for such an excellent presentation. This a a very important topic that I have claimed for the Catholic Christian niche. I was also elated about the fact that you also posted a section showing each and everyone of us how we can make a difference. None of your suggestions are in anyway 'small'. May God bless you abundantly!!! I have pinned it to Squidoo's 'Culture & Society' Pinterest Board and I have also given it a well-deserved rank boost in my capacity as the Catholic Contributor. Thanks again and have a blessed week.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Kim Milai: I think you are right. Only one person at a time will work. While I'm a believer, I don't believe in teaching a religion in schools, but rather giving an overview of all religions for students to have general knowledge. The choice of one is up to them and their family, or not as they decide. But, the favoring of one religion over another, even if it's through subtle means such as one being okay to talk about, draw, what have you and another being off limits, to me is the same as promoting one over the other. It influences too many kids. Religion as a personal decision schools should best stay out of in my opinion. Thank you so much for the visit and interesting comment. God bless!

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      I am a believer of the separation of church and state but it doesn't mean that religious beliefs can never be discussed in a public school. In the U.S., change may need to start one person at a time.