Comments on: Christian missionaries stir unease in north Africa http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/12/15/christian-missionaries-stir-unease-in-north-africa/ Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Tom Heneghan http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/12/15/christian-missionaries-stir-unease-in-north-africa/comment-page-1/#comment-8964 Fri, 19 Dec 2008 10:22:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=2840#comment-8964 Reading these comments raises the question — why do so many Christians outside the Muslim world say missionaries should go break the law and endanger their converts while so many Christians in the Muslim world (and not only there) say they should not. Don’t they read the same scriptures? If so, why do they interpret them differently? Or do they have other passages that justify their stand, maybe the “render unto Caesar” argument that citizens should respect local laws? Are they less Christian because they see it this way?

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By: Pablo de Lares http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/12/15/christian-missionaries-stir-unease-in-north-africa/comment-page-1/#comment-8961 Fri, 19 Dec 2008 03:43:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=2840#comment-8961 What the author of this article means for “responsible”??? According to what I understand, Christian missioners in North Africa are being responsible with whom matters, our Lord Jesuschrist. It is not new to have Christian missioners in this area. Do you remember 12th century Saint Francis of Assisi? His dream was to be a missioner in this region, and since then, hundreds of friars of the “Order of Friars Minor”, more commonly known as the “Franciscans” have died as missioners in this region. During the 16th century, Muslims in Spain went to the North of Africa looking for ‘ulemas’ or ‘sheikhs’ to preach in secret in their peninsular secret communities. It has been a common dinamic between Christians and Muslims. What so new about these news?

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By: Saul Wall http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/12/15/christian-missionaries-stir-unease-in-north-africa/comment-page-1/#comment-8959 Fri, 19 Dec 2008 00:39:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=2840#comment-8959 “But in the process, at least some are endangering the lives of their converts, breaking local laws and creating tensions that can lead to a backlash against all Christians, including long-established local churches who have come to a modus operandi with Muslim authorities.”

Actually, it is the doctrines of Islam towards apostasy and freedom of conscience which endanger the lives of converts and leading to a backlash. Blaming the victim is not acceptable.

I am not a Christian and do not usually support the idea of Christian missionaries but in regards to a religion like Islam which forbids questioning and openly intimidates apostates, threatening them with violence, I say “go to it, Bible boys”. I would rather deal with a planet full of Pentecostals than a Sharia law world. And the modus operandi of local Christians has been to be subjugated and reduced in numbers for centuries. Maybe that modus is not as operandi as is assumed.

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By: KJC402 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/12/15/christian-missionaries-stir-unease-in-north-africa/comment-page-1/#comment-8946 Tue, 16 Dec 2008 20:20:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=2840#comment-8946 “The growth of evangelical missionary work in Muslim countries in recent years presents a dilemma for Christians. Jesus told his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations” and these missionaries are doing that. But in the process, at least some are endangering the lives of their converts, breaking local laws and creating tensions that can lead to a backlash against all Christians, including long-established local churches who have come to a modus operandi with Muslim authorities.”

“But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.” – St. Luke 21:12 (KJV)

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By: brian lee http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/12/15/christian-missionaries-stir-unease-in-north-africa/comment-page-1/#comment-8938 Tue, 16 Dec 2008 05:55:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=2840#comment-8938 are you forgetting the new obama dynasty that is expected to descend on the middle east.it projected that he will bring a new age of enlightenment to the region and inspite of the dark age of bush, piece will return,and muslim and christians will dance hand in hand into the promised land.and the prophecy that it will take 7 months to bury the dead of those who attack isreal will no longer be remembered.

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By: Tim of Angle http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/12/15/christian-missionaries-stir-unease-in-north-africa/comment-page-1/#comment-8934 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 17:16:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=2840#comment-8934 Dude, learn some history. Even being a Christian was a capital crime prior to Constantine; each person baptized for three centuries was breaking the law. If “Christian” churches shrink from preaching the Good News because of fear of injury or death, then they will not see the Realm of God.

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By: Darren http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/12/15/christian-missionaries-stir-unease-in-north-africa/comment-page-1/#comment-8931 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 14:53:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=2840#comment-8931 I’m not sure it’s “responsible,” but it worked for the first couple hundred years of Christianity.

And for those of us who are Christians, I’m not sure that “responsible” is the correct criteria. “Commanded” might be better. “Necessary for the salvation of souls” would probably be best.

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