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Just in case you're feeling sorry for me (and I don't), or you're feeling sorry for yourself (and  don't think you do), we all know there's always someone worse off. I just got off the phone to a very dear friend who had a friend who worked with him as a missionary in France years ago. Friends of theirs are now living in Iraq, in a small village about an hours drive outside of Baghdad (Babylon). The United Nations and any other security guards have abandoned them and they are now the victims of ISIS. These Islamic fanatics are now going house to house and interrogating the children of Christian families. If the children abandon Christianity and convert to Islam; i.e., submit to Islamic prayer (salat) and pay the poor tax (zakat), they are spared. If they do not do so, they are killed, usually beheaded, in front of their families. They do this in the name of the Quran, quoting such verses as:

Quran (5:33) - "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have agrievous chastisement"

 

Quran (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them".   Unfortunately,  there are many other  verses  in the  Quran  that are similar,  encouraging violence  against  unbelievers,  especially Jews and Christians. Please pray for the safety and faith of this family as they feel that it will not be long before they are killed . And  don't get me wrong , I have some very good Muslim friends who don't interpret  the  Quran  the way that these fanatics  do . Our Christian faith  commands us to  live in peace  with everyone  and to love  even  those that persecute us.   From the cross , Jesus said,  "forgive them,  for they know not what they do".

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Ruth Liebersbach
By Ruth Liebersbach
Hi Jake - How do you refute a belief where they only take out what they want to hear.. how do you combat an evil so insidious that it appears to appeal to young men in Canada and other Western Countries. What are they promising them to convert them? We have seen this with Hitler and Jonestown. People can be swayed by good orators. How can we provide good orators that speak to the opposite position?
I am glad that you are not feeling sorry for yourself. Good on ya! Take care
Ruth
Ronnie Beans
By Ronnie
It's hard to imagine the hatred that it takes to behave like that except that it started with a perceived lack of love in the first place.Deep down we all just want to feel loved and to be happy. Try as we may, the only real love comes from God and must be returned to God by loving others. When we start loving others can we also feel God's love for us.
Ann Dekker
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Thanks Jake my dear brother for this, jack and I will pray.
We love you and thank God for you, and the work you do in His Holy name.
ann
Lloyd Oakey
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Obviously, what you believe matters. I admire those that 'loved not their lives unto death'. I will pray for persecuted people. It also makes me amazed at what some complaints I hear.
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