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February 21, 2005

Christians attacked in India

From The Christian Post:

The recent wave of violence against Christians in India is part "of a plan led by fundamentalist groups," said Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India during a recent interview. In the last few weeks, the number of reported attacks against Christians across different denominations has escalated throughout the country....

The recent wave of violence began Jan. 30, when Hindu activists forced their way into a large Christian gathering after hundreds of worshippers had come from towns and villages in India’s Uttar Pradesh state to take part in a prayer rally.

According to AsiaNews, the activists charged that rallies such as the prayer rally were aimed at conversions and that Christians lure the people with gifts of land, money, food and clothes.

In another reported incident of violence, an evangelical pastor was found dead Feb. 11—killed in cold blood in the state of Karnakata, where he had worked for 25 years.

In the most recent reported incident, six evangelical theology students were forcibly abducted and beaten on Feb. 13 in Kerala by activists of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)—the armed wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Hindu nationalist party that has been accused of being hostile to religious minorities.

Okay, first off I have to point out the misuse of the term “Fundamentalist”. Too many people want to use it as a synonym for “extremist” which it isn't. In the context above, it is misused by the Secretary General.

That being said...you have to remember that one of the basic tenets of Hinduism is the concept of re-incarnation and Karma. In that teaching it is believed that one pays in this life for the evil done in previous lives, thus the term “working off bad karma”. This also explains the rampant poverty and starvation in India. They believe that to help someone who is suffering is to force them to suffer in their next life. A starving child, naked and cold, lying  in a ditch, according to Hinduism, is merely working off the bad karma from a previous life, and should be allowed to suffer.

That Christians would actually offer aid to suffering people is offensive to them. Therefore they see any offering of food, clothing, medical care, etc. as bribery, not charity.

Pretty sick world view, isn't it. It helps rich people rationalize their wealth, and dismiss any pleas of help from the poor. No wonder it's gained so much popularity among the political left in the US.

No wonder Hindus respond violently to the teaching of love, mercy and kindness in Christianity.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 21, 2005 09:41 AM

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