According to a story appearing this morning in the WASHINGTON POST, Christians in India are undergoing severe trials. Churches have been burnt, forced and bribed conversions are being attempted by Hindu nationalists. That account suggests the persecution may have the Indian prime minister's blessings. However, another recent story suggests Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered the campaign against Christians to be called off. Which is true, I do not currently know. Today's Washington Post article is later in time.
. . . His [Ajay Joseph, 39, a Christian lab technician] fears echo those of other religious minorities in majority-Hindu India, where some Christians and Muslims worry that incidents of religious tolerance will rise with the advent of a conservative government led by Narendra Modi, himself a fervent Hindu nationalist. In recent days, carolers have been beaten in the southern city of Hyderabad, and a Catholic church in New Delhi burned in a suspected case of arson. A conservative Hindu group said Wednesday that another mass “conversion” event would be held in February.Further, according to the story, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has a history of failing to stop violence against Christians and Muslims:
For several days this month, India’s secular Parliament repeatedly lapsed into chaos as members debated religious conversions and a plan that would have kept students in school on Christmas, normally a holiday, and designate Dec. 25 “Good Governance Day.” The country’s foreign minister also called for designating the sacred Hindu text the Bhagavad Gita the “national scripture.”“They are feeling nobody can do anything to them because of Narendra Modi,” said Yusuf Dass, a pastor at Central Methodist Church in Aligarh , , ,
India’s 64-year-old prime minister has a troubling history of religious intolerance, opponents say. In 2005, while he was chief minister in the state of Gujarat, the United States revoked Modi’s U.S. visa on the grounds that he had committed “severe violations of religious freedom” by not acting to stop Hindu-Muslim riots in Gujarat in 2002.
|NARENDA MODI, PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA|
These are all intensely disturbing developments. Further, I cannot help but wonder if they are developments that will be used to help justify a forced New World Religion -- a long time goal of New Age planners that I encapsulated in my 1983 book THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF THE RAINBOW.
These are trying times for the faithful to be sure. We must remember Jesus Christ's injunction: Be ye faithful unto death and I will give you a crown of life.
May God be with the Indian Christians and all who are facing persecution world wide for keeping the faith.