This blog is written by a Christian living in the Middle East. My desire is to discuss Islam and Christianity in ways that will be helpful for people of the other religion.
I really do not know what to think about this.
This is the same festival where other Christians were arrested for distributing the Gospel?!
Nothing to do with your post, abu, sorry : could you explain for the westerners we are the state of mind of christians in muslims countries, especially in arabs countries, where they are dominated for a long time. Indeed we read a lot about dhimmitude : what it is, our christians are persecuted there, etc...But I have never read a paper about how this servil state acts on the minds of people there. Thanks.
Nora: Please say more.Amy: Yep, that is the case.John: Great question, will respond to it later.
John G: In general most Christians are quietisits, and used to the fact that it is by being invisible and quiet that they have permission to live in the society. In some ways though this is changing though, vocal and public Christians like Zakaria Botros who call for Muslims to convert to Christianity and the knowledge that Muslims are becoming Christians around the world has made some of the indigenous Christians more bold in their witness. However, there is also a rising tide of Islamism and hard-won rights from the colonial period are dwindling. Hope that helps a little. Good question.
My understanding of the Christians who were blocked or arrested at the festival is that they were attempting to cause a disturbance. Everybody has freedom of speech, but if you want to make excessive noise or cause a disturbance that inhibits the rights of others, then you'll be prohibited from doing so. That's why Josh McDowell was allowed to evangelize there, and the others weren't.
The ones who chose to cause trouble for themselves were free, according to the mayor, to exhibit just as John McDowell did. We can hope that the witness of John McDowell will bear good fruit.
Thanks for the video. McDowell's approach seems much more successful than that of Acts 17.
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