Nigerian Christians Refuse to Cower to Boko Haram After 40 Barbaric Student Deaths
Two weeks after the barbaric murder of about 40 students at three Mubi colleges in Northern Nigeria, there are still more questions than answers. President Goodluck Jonathan's visit to relatives of the victims has failed to reveal any motive for the attacks.
What has become clear, however, is that the perpetrators singled out many Christians by name. At least one Christian female present was spared, as were Muslims who could quote Islamic verse. Muslims, who could not recite verses from the Quran were also killed.
According to Mubi church leaders, a total of at least 30 people, mostly students, were killed and at least four injured in the main attack, with many others also killed close by....
How, Frank could the questions I asked hurt Chris000? Hurt him? Did you notice Chris that you went from flattering your friends, claiming the knowledge you used to have in your head went to your heart and in ONE post you were calling me a loser you didn't like my questions? What is Wrong with using different names? None of them are my NAME!!!!!! Is it illegal. There are no warnings about it until you do it. Is that a trap or what? I'm NOT trying to pretend to be someone else you silly silly people. Are you people for real?
Christopher, everyone has to deal with this issue differently. Many who post on this site will do so because they want to hurt people. Usually this becomes obvious therefore they change monikers, etc. Some will attempt to draw close to you only for the purpose of showing their contempt for you. Here is the way I deal with this. First, I forgive them and then pray that the Lord will forgive them for what they are doing and saying to me. Then I tell them that I will refuse to communicate with them again or respond to their posts, even if they change their tone. Forgiving is very difficult because it is something you weren't even complicit in, but without it your aggravation will remain. I can assure you, that "nothing" you can say to them will bother them in the least. They are only looking to hurt God's children.
If you follow some of my posts, you will notice that I have done that a few times lately. If I think that I might be partly at fault, then I will ask for their forgiveness first and see how that works out. Anyway, this is just the way I view this issue when it happens to me.
Just remember, nothing you say to them will hurt them, so why get aggravated?
Dear Christopher000, Praise the Lord for your coming to Christ! I have been reading your comments and find them to be very edifying. It is wonderful how the good Lord reaches us with the Gospel and applies it to our souls. I am glad to call you a brother in the Lord.
What is this...sarcasm? I was a drug dealer, among other things up until earlier this year, Jack. I've read and listened to the Bible because I thought it was fascinating and I was searching for something for many years, ya loser. You're a Christian?? What a joke that you think you have me or anyone figured out.
Only one person has referred to me as chris000 so I know exactly who you are, ya coward, or should I say cowardess?
Go plant your seeds of suspicion somewhere else you poor lonely pathetic soul.
Thanks for the good laugh on you. Really pathetic.
Christopher000 wrote: Name writes: I wish that's how it worked, but no. I mentioned shortly after arriving that having read, and listened to the Bible many times over at various times throughout my life, I became very familiar with its content. Now that things have moved from my head and into my heart, I'm figuring out how to apply it to life and figuring out the deeper meanings as opposed to the superficial way I regarded the content not long ago. Hope that kind of explains things, my good friend, "name".
I am very interested in what you say, "now that things have moved from my head into my heart". How did this happen? When did it happen? How can you tell? What difference was there noticed, or witnessed, between the Chris000 who just had things in his head and Chris000 who has them in his heart? Was there a particular verse, appearance of God, or man that you can put your finger on?
Was there a moment? Or did it just dawn on you gradually?
The old Chris000 was reading the Bible in the wrong frame of mind and heart, so the new Chris000 would begin again with his new heart and mind and not lean on his old understanding.
How long do you think a christian should call themselves a new Christian?
Hi Chris000 - you appear to have matured rapidly as a new Christian???? Growth hormones?
I wish that's how it worked, but no. I mentioned shortly after arriving that having read, and listened to the Bible many times over at various times throughout my life, I became very familiar with its content. Now that things have moved from my head and into my heart, I'm figuring out how to apply it to life and figuring out the deeper meanings as opposed to the superficial way I regarded the content not long ago.
Hope that kind of explains things, my good friend, "name".
Thanks Christopher. I pray every day that someone will be blessed by something I do, say, write, or pray. I knew you understood my thoughts from a previous post you did. Only those who have actually been put in that position ever really know how they would react, but mandate is the same for everyone. If we deny Him, He will deny us. He sorts all that stuff out.
I personally find it very difficult to overcome the normal fears of life. When we succumb to them, one could argue we are denying Him as well; He is either sovereign or He is not is the thought I am entertaining. But, we serve a God who is sovereign, loving, etc. and He has said we are precious in His sight, we are called by His name, He loves us, and He honors us. In other words, we are His children and because of that if we truly belong to Him, He will never leave us or forsake us regardless of what transpires in our lives.
Your introspection is refreshing and has been a blessing to me. Most can't or won't do that; good for you.
Mt. 26:34 Christ said that Peter would deny Him, but He didn‚Äôt say it was okay to do that. The mandate given to us by the Lord is that if we deny Him before men, then He will deny us before His heavenly Father. Mark 8:34. And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. 36. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37. Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
I look at it this way, scripture teaches we already have eternal life so if God allows someone to kill me, then he really hasn‚Äôt killed me in any meaningful way. For me to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord. So, will genuine Christians deny our Lord and Savior in the face of death ‚Äď yes. Is it ever okay to do that ‚Äď no. Who determines the outcome of denying our Lord (like in the case of Peter)‚Äď the Lord. But we should simply have the mindset of Daniel and his 3 friends.
Psalms 116:15 ‚ÄúPrecious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His godly ones.‚ÄĚ
Thanks John. I know it's easy for one to say while sitting in the sidelines but I'd like to believe that I would take a bullet before denying.
When I read these articles, I'm always reminded of the inquisitions when the Roman church murdered an estimated 50 million for simply denying the effect of infant baptism. Papal infallibility, etc. Say the martyers told the inquisitors what they wanted to hear...God would have known what was really going on and they could have gone on to do good things.
This all seemed like such a waste of life. I'm not saying it wasn't the right thing but was simply curious to know if the Bible could be used to address this.
Christopher000 wrote: Would it be wrong, for example, to tell an extremist that I was a Muslim to save my own life? Would it be wrong for me to renounce my faith, just for the heat of the moment, to save my life? I'm asking because since God knows our thoughts, He would know that I was only saying what was necessary at the moment so my life would be spared. God would know that I was simply lying to the extremists so I could get the heck out of there...alive. Would this be wrong, and why?
Good morning Christopher. It is a good question, and not easy to answer. To lie is wrong, but may be the right thing to do. To tell the truth would be right, and God could well preserve your life.
1. King David lied to get himself out of a tight spot. 2. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednigo refused to bow down to a golden idol on pain of death, and were thrown into a fiery furnace so hot that some of the guards died throwing them in. Yet the Son of God was there with them, and not even their clothing was burnt.
My guess is that the Spirit will lead in each and every situation.
Would it be wrong, for example, to tell an extremist that I was a Muslim to save my own life? Would it be wrong for me to renounce my faith, just for the heat of the moment, to save my life? I'm asking because since God knows our thoughts, He would know that I was only saying what was necessary at the moment so my life would be spared.
God would know that I was simply lying to the extremists so I could get the heck out of there...alive.
‚ÄúI was asked to say my name to which I replied that I am a Christian and that my name is Elkanah,‚ÄĚ said student Elkanah Sardauna. ‚ÄúThey threw me to the ground, and shouted ‚ÄėAllahu Akbar.‚Äô I cried out to Jesus, face to the ground. They demanded that I stop calling on Jesus, but I persisted. The next moment I was shot in the hand, and then slashed with a knife at the back of my neck. They must have thought I was dead because they left.‚ÄĚ
Sardauna told our reporter from his hospital bed, ‚ÄúIt was only God who saved me when they came to our room. We were four sharing the room and all of us had Christian names. My three roommates were killed before my eyes. They got to me last.‚ÄĚ
Manasseh, a student who survived a gunshot and severe knife injuries, shared his ordeal:
‚ÄúThey asked me to recant my Christian faith to spare my life. I refused. After my Muslim roommate quoted some Islamic scripture, he was told to leave the room. They said they were only after these ‚Äėinfidels‚Äô who would all die that day. Then they shot me and slashed my back. This is really a picture of the great hatred for us Christians in the region.‚ÄĚ
Good for these brave Christians and just think, the ones the Lord took are with Him right now. Not a bad deal in my opinion.