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Vi har nok ulikt syn på "de trenger heller ikke kristendommen" og "Det viser historien der misjonærer ødela stammefolk i Afrika og Sør-Amerika". Det er mange eksempler på at det kristne budskapet tvertimot tok vare på kulturer og ga folk framtid og håp. En historiker skrev: "Koloniherrene tok slaver, misjonærene kjøpte dem fri." 

Når du  viser til indiske myndigheter, kan jeg spørre deg hva du tenker om religiøs hindunasjonalisme og dens intoleranse overfor "det fremmede"? Skal enkeltmennesker ha lov til å velge hva de vil tro, selv om en stamme kollektivt mener noe annet? (jfr. FNs Menneskerettighetserklæring par. 18)

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Jeg anbefaler (både kritikere og andre) å lese artikkelen av Stetzner i Washington Post.  

https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2018/11/28/slain-missionary-john-chau-prepared-much-more-than-we-thought-his-case-is-still-quandary-us-missionaries/?


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Dessverre har jeg ikke fulgt opp diskusjonen godt nok, pga. stor aktivitet. Men Kjell Arne Norum har rett, Open Doors bygger ikke sin informasjon på 2. og 3. hånds kilder. Vi har mange partnere på grasrota i landet. De kjenner forholdene svært godt. De kan også fortelle om imamer og Talinbanledere som kommer til tro på Jesus. En ikke liten del av disse nye kristne har lidd martyrdøden. Andre kommer sammen i små hemmelige fellesskap og deler sin nye kristne tro der det er mulig. I mange år har vi fått informasjon om store evangeliseringskampanjer i Pakistan. Ingenting vil være mer gledelig enn om alt er sant. Jeg har kontakt med pastorer som inviterer meg til å komme for å innvie barnehjem og tale på møter. Jeg forstår at det også kan være mulig å gjøe slikt. Men det store bildet er like fullt at forfølgelsen, diskrimineringen og presset på kristne (og andre religiøse minoriteter) er fomidabelt og skjer på mange måter. 

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Kilde: Operation World:

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann GrChristians4,526,4562.451.8Evangelicals1,140,5890.63.3Muslim176,993,66195.80 

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Challenges for Prayer

Fundamentalist Islam, driven by the Taliban, is upheld by a minority, but impacts the whole nation. It has escalated violence against religious minorities (including Shi’a Muslims), shattered social cohesion and divided the country. It also disables economic development and keeps millions in poverty through the disruption it causes and the values it endorses. Of particular note for prayer:

a) The violence and war conducted by insurgents, especially in the scenic northwestern Swat Valley, emptied hundreds of villages, towns and schools, cost thousands of lives and disrupted the lives of millions. The militants’ success gave them temporary control over the region and forced concessions by the government, which has largely wrested control back.

b) The imposition of shari’a in the northwest – a result of government compromise with the militants – spells woe for many, epecially non-Muslims. It also invites further aggression from the militants, since such tactics previously yielded significant gains and concessions.

c) The proliferation of madrasas (estimated at 20,000 in number) – religious schools that in shari’a-controlled areas usually offer little education beyond memorizing the Quran and pushing the brand of Islam favoured by the militants. These schools, located throughout Pakistan, exist in part due to the lack of quality state-run schools and the expense of private ones, and they produce a new generation of recruits for the militant cause.

d) The status of women under such militant values is miserable. They endure almost no freedoms or rights, minimal education and widespread domestic abuse; social structures and cultural morés make it extremely hard to evangelize them.
Pray that the true nature of such an expression of Islam might be exposed for all to see, and thereby rendered powerless. Pray for safety for those most at risk under the rule of shari’a. Pray for the government to have insight in how to deal with this force that appears impossible to root out.

Discrimination and persecution against religious minorities take many forms and are directed not only against Christians but also against Hindus, Ahmaddiyas and Shi’a Muslims. The list of wrongs perpetrated makes for very sobering reading.

a) Institutionalized discrimination against minorities has increased since the government started pursuing a policy of Islamization in the 1980s. This affects government posts, employment and education opportunities, and much of public life. It also entrenches the lower status of minorities and prevents their social and economic advancement. Financial and social inducements to convert to Islam also present a problem to non-Muslims, who are generally poorer and have fewer career and education opportunities.

b) The notorious blasphemy law imposes the death penalty on anyone who defames Mohammed, and life in prison for anyone who defiles a Quran. Extremists routinely use the law – as a pretext for underlying personal motives of revenge or envy – to falsely accuse innocents and stir up enough religious frenzy to generate mob justice. Half of those charged under the blasphemy law have been Muslim.

c) Persecution and violence are reality for many Christians and for others. Frequently, churches are vandalized or destroyed and people are beaten, murdered, abducted, raped or forced to convert. Police are usually either cowed by or complicit with the fanatics and mobs, and reparation or justice is often not attained.

d) An atmosphere of intimidation and fear pervades the lives of Christians and other minorities. Although sharing the gospel is legal, few Christians try to do so with Muslims due to fear of violent repercussions. Christians’ prevailing negative attitudes towards Muslims must also be overcome.
Pray that religious freedom might be maintained, both in law and in practice. Pray that those seeking to abuse Pakistan’s laws to foment terror and hate might themselves be subject to justice. Pray that Christians might always be prepared to share about Jesus, and to repay prejudice with forgiveness and violence with love.

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Takk, Øyvind Olsen. Jeg leser svaret ditt og informasjonen din med stor interesse.

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