Christians in India Come Under Attack

Christians in India are under attack again. Pray for their safety.
Many people don’t realize this, but it is against the law for missionaries to “convert” people to religions other than Hinduism. Well, to make it look like they are not wholly against the process, the law reads that all a person has to do before they convert is let the police know they are about to do it. The law also states that the police can deny them the right to convert.
In Christianity, we believe that all people are created equal. In Hinduism, there are classes of people. There is a class of people who are actually called “untouchables”. They are lowest of society and once born an untouchable, one is always an untouchable, with no way to ever achieve anything more.
With this in mind, one can see how Christianity would be preferred to Hinduism, especially for the lower classes. All people, being equal under Christianity, or always an untouchable under Hinduism.
I have always been suspect of countries, like India, and the Muslim ones, who pass laws against the presentation of other religions. What are they afraid of? Could it be that their religion cannot stand on it’s own merits? I believe this is the truth of the matter.

A curfew has been imposed in parts of the eastern Indian state of Orissa after Hindu hardliners attacked up to a dozen Christian churches, police say.

One person was killed and more than 25 injured in the violence in the Kandhamal area on Tuesday, police said.

Christians said it was sparked by Hindus objecting to a performance they were staging to celebrate Christmas.

But a Hindu group said it began when Christians tried to attack a local Hindu leader on Monday, Christmas Eve.

It said a group of people surrounded the vehicle carrying Swami Laxamananda Saraswati as he was on his way to the area. He was taken to hospital but was not seriously hurt.

Now ‘under control’

However it started, the violence appeared to culminate in the attacks on churches on Christmas Day.

Christians were chased out of several churches – in many case just mud huts with thatched roofs – before they were set alight, officials said.

One person was reported killed in the violence, but it was unclear whether that was a Hindu or a Christian.

Hundreds of police were deployed following the violence, which had largely died down by Wednesday, a local government official said.

“The situation is tense but under control,” said BB Mishra, a state inspector-general of police.

Orissa, which is mainly Hindu and has a tiny Christian minority, has seen violence between the two communities in the past.

The state has a law obliging people to ask for police permission before changing religion – thought to be a measure aimed at Christian missionaries.

Hindus have accused Christian groups of forcing low-caste people to convert.

Christians say they often convert willingly because of their treatment as outcasts.

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One Response to “Christians in India Come Under Attack”

  1. john says:

    We live in exciting times. The remnant is getting smaller, like down to 8
    in Noah’s day and I;’m glad I’m in it. Pray for persecuted Christians around the world.

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