Voice of the Martyrs Reports, Iran Cracks Down on Bibles
CB Staff Report
The Iranian government is showing increasing concern about the large quantities of Bibles entering the country, according to VOM contacts. Government advisor Dr. Majid Abhari recently announced the seizure of 6,500 copies of the Bible between the cities of Zanjan and Abhar in northwest Iran, according to Mohabat News. He accused the missionaries in charge of the operation of using money and propaganda to influence people in Iran, specifically youth. “With regards to the activities of these Christian missionaries to deceive people, especially youngsters, they have begun a huge campaign
said, “These books were made with the best paper in the world [and were] pocket size. The important point in this issue that should be considered by intelligence, judicial and religious agencies is that all religions are strengthening their power to confront Islam.”
Iran cracks down on Christians increasingly viewed by Islamic leaders as a threat
by spending huge sums and false propaganda for deceiving the public,” Abhari told a government news agency.
Bible confiscation is common in Iran. Prior to this event, police officers
Today, there are at least 600 churches in Iran.
and revolutionary guards seized and burned 300 Bibles on a routine bus inspection in November 2010. Abhari expressed concerns about the large quantity of Bibles recently imported and circulated in Iran. He
Many government officials believe the purpose of Christians is to directly confront Islam, reports a VOM contact. According to VOM contacts, Iranian officials have always been against Muslim conversions to Christianity. However, three decades of extensive propaganda against Christianity has not deterred many Iranians from seeking the Gospel.
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Australia to Remove Christ from Textbooks CB Staff Report
Christians in Australia are accusing national education officials of “Chris- tian cleansing” in response to pending changes in school books that would remove references to the birth of Jesus Christ.
The government would replace the terms BC, Before Christ, and AD,
Anno Domini, with non-religious language. The new terms will be BCE (Before Common Era), BP (Before Present) and CE (Common Era). A spokesman for the Australian Cur- riculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority told The Herald Sun that the new terms were an increasingly common standard for the representa- tion of dates.
Peter Jensen, the Archbishop of Sydney, told The Daily Telegraph that taking references to the birth of Jesus Christ out of school books was an “intellectually absurd attempt to write Christ out of human history.” “It is absurd because the coming of Christ remains the centre point of dat- ing and because the phrase ‘common era’ is meaningless and misleading,” he told the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
CHRISTIAN MARRIAGES Continued from Page 7
Many try to stop despite destructive consequences and loss of loved ones. Se-
duced by promises of warmth, security, love, and excitement they are disappointed. One of the enemy’s biggest lies is that we can stop with our own self-control and willpower which keep us in denial. Sadly, our Christian culture is not addressing sexual sins effectively. We meet
together yet aren’t sharing honestly out of fear of judgment. The lyrics in Casting Crowns popular song Stain glass Mascaraed states “We are all lonely, plastic people under shiny steeples with walls around our weakness and smiles to hide the pain.” Many are flocking to Christian therapy for help. Research on addictions show that groups such as 12 step programs are the most effective treatment if one has an ad- diction. Grace filled community where it is safe to be vulnerable, admit brokenness, pain
and helplessness brings alteration. Jesus said “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8). Surrendering your will to God instead of trying to fix things through our own efforts is the core of this program. When individuals acknowledge honestly they can’t manage their behavior without Christ’s power, dependency on others, and turning their will and life over to Him, they change. Recovered grateful Christians then minister to others. Jesus knew to transform hearts individuals need to confess and take responsibil-
ity for their sins. He told the Pharisees that the woman who committed sexual sin and then poured perfume on his feet loved much because she had been forgiven much. Acceptance, accountability, structure and support are needed in the Chris- tian community so we can confess, repent, love, change, and heal. In Isaiah Jesus says “I have come to bind up the brokenhearted, set the captives
free, comfort those who mourn and rebuild, restore and renew!” Once this occurs the Marriage can begin the forgiveness, restoring, renewal and sometimes recon- ciliation process.
Fred Nile, a minister in New South Wales, told the newspaper it was “an absolute disgrace” and the “final in- sult” to Australian Christians. “The direction of the national cur- riculum is towards almost a Christian cleansing to remove from our history any references to the role Christianity had in the formation of Australia and still has today,” he told The Telegraph.
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