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Dec 29, 2019 05:41:06   #
Zemirah Loc: Sojourner En Route...
 
Islamic Republic of Iran: Nine Christians sentenced to prison for a total forty five years for leaving Islam.

Dec 28, 2019 5:00 pm By Robert Spencer

Imagine the outcry if nine Muslims had been jailed for leaving Christianity. But no one will take any significant notice of this.

In any case, it could have been worse. They could have been sentenced to death. The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89)

A hadith quotes Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.

This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-‘ashriyyah, Al-Ja’fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.”

“Sentences of nine non-Trinitarian Christians to 45 years in prison,” Mohabat News, December 22, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

On Friday, December 20, 2019, Iran Human Rights Activist News Agency reported that Abdolreza Ali Haghnejad, Mohammad Islam Doust, Behnam Akhlaghi, Babak Hosseinzadeh, Mehdi Khatibi, Khalil Dehghanpour, Hossein Kadivar, Kamal Naemanian, and Mohammad Vafadar Kamal were sentenced by Mohammad Moghiseh, the head of Tehran Revolutionary Court, Branch 28, to a total of 45 years in prison.

The court was held on September 23 and the verdict was announced on October 15.

These Christian converts have objected to the verdict issued by the Tehran Revolutionary Court and are awaiting final appeal.

Babak Hosseinzadeh, Behnam Akhlaqi, and Mehdi Khatibi were arrested earlier in a house church meeting in Rasht on February 23, 2019.

The pressure of the Islamic Republic’s security and judicial institutions on Christians increases on Christmas Eve each year, including mass arrests, heavy sentences, summonses, and interrogations of Christians, the prohibition of religious ceremonies and celebrations as well as their economic activities such as selling Christmas decorations and Christian symbols."



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Dec 29, 2019 05:51:24   #
Canuckus Deploracus Loc: North of the wall
 
Zemirah wrote:
Islamic Republic of Iran: Nine Christians sentenced to prison for a total forty five years for leaving Islam.

Dec 28, 2019 5:00 pm By Robert Spencer

Imagine the outcry if nine Muslims had been jailed for leaving Christianity. But no one will take any significant notice of this.

In any case, it could have been worse. They could have been sentenced to death. The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89)

A hadith quotes Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.

This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-‘ashriyyah, Al-Ja’fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.”

“Sentences of nine non-Trinitarian Christians to 45 years in prison,” Mohabat News, December 22, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

On Friday, December 20, 2019, Iran Human Rights Activist News Agency reported that Abdolreza Ali Haghnejad, Mohammad Islam Doust, Behnam Akhlaghi, Babak Hosseinzadeh, Mehdi Khatibi, Khalil Dehghanpour, Hossein Kadivar, Kamal Naemanian, and Mohammad Vafadar Kamal were sentenced by Mohammad Moghiseh, the head of Tehran Revolutionary Court, Branch 28, to a total of 45 years in prison.

The court was held on September 23 and the verdict was announced on October 15.

These Christian converts have objected to the verdict issued by the Tehran Revolutionary Court and are awaiting final appeal.

Babak Hosseinzadeh, Behnam Akhlaqi, and Mehdi Khatibi were arrested earlier in a house church meeting in Rasht on February 23, 2019.

The pressure of the Islamic Republic’s security and judicial institutions on Christians increases on Christmas Eve each year, including mass arrests, heavy sentences, summonses, and interrogations of Christians, the prohibition of religious ceremonies and celebrations as well as their economic activities such as selling Christmas decorations and Christian symbols."
Islamic Republic of Iran: Nine Christians sentence... (show quote)


Non-Trinitarian?

Those are my guys...

Thought you didn't believe we were true Christians?

Regardless... They knew the penalties and are paying the price... Martyrs for Christendom are not rare or unique...

God bless them and their endeavors... Amen...

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Dec 29, 2019 06:15:26   #
Zemirah Loc: Sojourner En Route...
 
This news report isn't quoting my personal beliefs, Canuckus.

This news article isn't about me.

Islam considers them traitors for leaving Islam, and would do so even even if they were advocating joining Fred Flintstone and the Water Buffaloes.

Don't you ever look at the Macro?:

Micro- vs macro-

Micro- is a prefix which means small, reduced, magnifying. As a unit of measure, micro- means one millionth part of. Micro- is derived from the Greek mikros, meaning small, trivial, slight, petty, trivial. Micro- is a prefix which may be applied to word when describing something that is small scale.

Macro- is a prefix which means large, over a long period, the big picture. Macro- comes from the Greek makros, meaning long, abnormally long. Macro- is a prefix which may be applied to word when describing something is large scale, an overall picture.


Canuckus Deploracus wrote:
Non-Trinitarian?

Those are my guys...

Thought you didn't believe we were true Christians?

Regardless... They knew the penalties and are paying the price... Martyrs for Christendom are not rare or unique...

God bless them and their endeavors... Amen...

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Dec 29, 2019 06:17:50   #
Canuckus Deploracus Loc: North of the wall
 
Zemirah wrote:
This news report isn't quoting my personal beliefs, Canuckus.

This news article isn't about me.

Islam considers them traitors for leaving Islam, and would do so even even if they were advocating joining Fred Flintstone and the Water Buffaloes.

Don't you ever look at the Macro?:

Micro- vs macro-

Micro- is a prefix which means small, reduced, magnifying. As a unit of measure, micro- means one millionth part of. Micro- is derived from the Greek mikros, meaning small, trivial, slight, petty, trivial. Micro- is a prefix which may be applied to word when describing something that is small scale.

Macro- is a prefix which means large, over a long period, the big picture. Macro- comes from the Greek makros, meaning long, abnormally long. Macro- is a prefix which may be applied to word when describing something is large scale, an overall picture.
This news report isn't quoting my personal beliefs... (show quote)


Microbrews are pretty awesome

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Dec 29, 2019 06:42:05   #
Zemirah Loc: Sojourner En Route...
 
So, I would defend "your guys" right to freedom of religion before you would?

That says a lot.

I choose to believe that is due to the respective country we each reside within at present.


Most microbrews are not gluten-free, and are therefore, for me, verboten.


Canuckus Deploracus wrote:
Microbrews are pretty awesome

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Dec 29, 2019 07:18:04   #
Canuckus Deploracus Loc: North of the wall
 
Zemirah wrote:
So, I would defend "your guys" right to freedom of religion before you would?

That says a lot.

I choose to believe that is due to the respective country we each reside within at present.


Most microbrews are not gluten-free, and are therefore, for me, verboten.


I defend all people's right to freedom of religion... Within reason...

Gluten free beer

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Dec 29, 2019 07:54:48   #
Zemirah Loc: Sojourner En Route...
 
Gluten-free beer is beer made from ingredients such as millet, rice, sorghum, buckwheat or corn, that do not contain gluten.

Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley, barley malt, and any of their byproducts.


Canuckus Deploracus wrote:
I defend all people's right to freedom of religion... Within reason...

Gluten free beer

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Dec 29, 2019 08:38:42   #
Canuckus Deploracus Loc: North of the wall
 
Zemirah wrote:
Gluten-free beer is beer made from ingredients such as millet, rice, sorghum, buckwheat or corn, that do not contain gluten.

Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley, barley malt, and any of their byproducts.


I'm aware of what gluten free beer is...

Sorry you can't have the real brew...

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Dec 29, 2019 10:26:32   #
Zemirah Loc: Sojourner En Route...
 
I never cared for the taste of beer, even before diagnosed with Celiac Disease.

I can't drink anything alcoholic because it would intensify the effect of the blood thinners I take to prevent another Pulmonary Embolism.

...sort of like antifreeze...


Canuckus Deploracus wrote:
I'm aware of what gluten free beer is...

Sorry you can't have the real brew...

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Dec 29, 2019 10:52:51   #
Rose42
 
Zemirah wrote:
Islamic Republic of Iran: Nine Christians sentenced to prison for a total forty five years for leaving Islam.

Dec 28, 2019 5:00 pm By Robert Spencer

Imagine the outcry if nine Muslims had been jailed for leaving Christianity. But no one will take any significant notice of this.

In any case, it could have been worse. They could have been sentenced to death. The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89)

A hadith quotes Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.

This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-‘ashriyyah, Al-Ja’fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.”

“Sentences of nine non-Trinitarian Christians to 45 years in prison,” Mohabat News, December 22, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

On Friday, December 20, 2019, Iran Human Rights Activist News Agency reported that Abdolreza Ali Haghnejad, Mohammad Islam Doust, Behnam Akhlaghi, Babak Hosseinzadeh, Mehdi Khatibi, Khalil Dehghanpour, Hossein Kadivar, Kamal Naemanian, and Mohammad Vafadar Kamal were sentenced by Mohammad Moghiseh, the head of Tehran Revolutionary Court, Branch 28, to a total of 45 years in prison.

The court was held on September 23 and the verdict was announced on October 15.

These Christian converts have objected to the verdict issued by the Tehran Revolutionary Court and are awaiting final appeal.

Babak Hosseinzadeh, Behnam Akhlaqi, and Mehdi Khatibi were arrested earlier in a house church meeting in Rasht on February 23, 2019.

The pressure of the Islamic Republic’s security and judicial institutions on Christians increases on Christmas Eve each year, including mass arrests, heavy sentences, summonses, and interrogations of Christians, the prohibition of religious ceremonies and celebrations as well as their economic activities such as selling Christmas decorations and Christian symbols."
Islamic Republic of Iran: Nine Christians sentence... (show quote)


Sadly this is not surprising. However a bigger question looms in my mind. Can one be a Christian when they deny the triune nature of God?

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Dec 29, 2019 12:37:28   #
Zemirah Loc: Sojourner En Route...
 
If given God's own complete Word, the Bible, to study, I believe the Trinity can be found. Whatever these men believe in their heart has profoundly affected their entire lives.

The Iranian officials believe they are Christians, but the crime of which they are accused is leaving Islam, regardless of what they believe.

I couldn't find anything specific through a search, regarding their professed beliefs, certainly they believe they are Christians, and they are worshiping Jesus Christ.

They are sincere in their worship. What they have been taught, and what they believe, I don't know, but God does.

May He enlighten them to anything they're lacking, whether in belief or in practice.

Their accounting will someday be to Him.

This is from:
https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/coe/iran-continues-to-arrest-christians-on-eve-of-40th-anniversary-of-revolution/

Iran’s security officials have arrested three Christians who were leading a house church in the absence of their pastor who is serving a ten-year jail sentence, reports Article 18.

In the latest raid on a non-Trinitarian “Church of Iran” on Sunday, 10 February, in the northern city of Rasht, officers of the Ministry of Intelligence arrested Abdolreza Ali Haghnejad.

They entered the building shortly after the church service had ended, confiscated mobile phones of church members and took Haghnejad with them. Security agents also visited his home where they confiscated his books and his wife’s mobile phone, CSW reported.

Local sources told CSW that, as he was taken into custody, Haghnejad – who has been arrested and tried before – encouraged the remaining church members.

His arrest followed the detention of two other church members, Hossein Kadivar and Khalil Dehghanpour, on 29 January, according to the London-based advocacy organization.

The three men had been leading the church in Rasht since its pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, was sentenced in July 2017 to ten years in prison for “acting against national security” by “promoting Zionist Christianity” and running “house churches”.


Rose42 wrote:
Sadly this is not surprising. However a bigger question looms in my mind. Can one be a Christian when they deny the triune nature of God?

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Dec 29, 2019 14:37:57   #
Rose42
 
Zemirah wrote:
If given God's own complete Word, the Bible, to study, I believe the Trinity can be found. Whatever these men believe in their heart has profoundly affected their entire lives.

The Iranian officials believe they are Christians, but the crime of which they are accused is leaving Islam, regardless of what they believe.

I couldn't find anything specific through a search, regarding their professed beliefs, certainly they believe they are Christians, and they are worshiping Jesus Christ.

They are sincere in their worship. What they have been taught, and what they believe, I don't know, but God does.

May He enlighten them to anything they're lacking, whether in belief or in practice.

Their accounting will someday be to Him.

This is from:
https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/coe/iran-continues-to-arrest-christians-on-eve-of-40th-anniversary-of-revolution/

Iran’s security officials have arrested three Christians who were leading a house church in the absence of their pastor who is serving a ten-year jail sentence, reports Article 18.

In the latest raid on a non-Trinitarian “Church of Iran” on Sunday, 10 February, in the northern city of Rasht, officers of the Ministry of Intelligence arrested Abdolreza Ali Haghnejad.

They entered the building shortly after the church service had ended, confiscated mobile phones of church members and took Haghnejad with them. Security agents also visited his home where they confiscated his books and his wife’s mobile phone, CSW reported.

Local sources told CSW that, as he was taken into custody, Haghnejad – who has been arrested and tried before – encouraged the remaining church members.

His arrest followed the detention of two other church members, Hossein Kadivar and Khalil Dehghanpour, on 29 January, according to the London-based advocacy organization.

The three men had been leading the church in Rasht since its pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, was sentenced in July 2017 to ten years in prison for “acting against national security” by “promoting Zionist Christianity” and running “house churches”.
If given God's own complete Word, the Bible, to st... (show quote)


I think this type of thing will become more frequent as the world has less and less tolerance for Christianity.

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Dec 29, 2019 20:59:56   #
Canuckus Deploracus Loc: North of the wall
 
Rose42 wrote:
Sadly this is not surprising. However a bigger question looms in my mind. Can one be a Christian when they deny the triune nature of God?


Yes... One can...

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Dec 29, 2019 22:57:20   #
Fodaoson Loc: South Texas
 
believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved Acts 16:31

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Dec 29, 2019 23:02:27   #
Fodaoson Loc: South Texas
 
John_3:16


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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