Church demolished in Indonesia

@zandi458 (28102)
Malaysia
March 23, 2013 12:31am CST
I watched the horrors on the television screen of a church being pulled down in Indonesia in the midst of cries and pleading from the christian community to stop the authorities from destroying their house of worship. It all fell on deaf ears as the trucks went ahead to rip off the roofs and walls of the church. In a matter of minutes the whole area was flattened and those responsible for this most horrendous act must have thought that they have gained victory and would ensure them a place in heaven! I pity the minority christians in that part of the world where they are powerless to fight for their freedom of worship against a gigantic followers of the so called religion of PEACE. And where is peace when religious tolerance is zero?
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9 responses
• Philippines
23 Mar 13
That's one reason why Indonesia is one of poorest country, most of there people are less educated in understanding respect to someones right when it comes to worship. This kind of predicament as it was shown on the Television, shows that most Indonesian people are uncivilized and is not a safe nation to visit.
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@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
23 Mar 13
That could well explain the ill rewards they get when they always harbor evil acts on others.
• United States
10 Apr 13
Christians worldwide face this discrimination and pain - - I do not think that this shows the Indonesians to be any worse than others or that undereducated people are more tolerant than other nations. I agree that greater education often correlates with greater tolerance, but fear and bigotry is that much worse.
@savak03 (6684)
• United States
23 Mar 13
More bloody wars have been fought in the name of religion than in any other cause. It is a shame that these people truly believe that God want's them to commit these horrendous acts.
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@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
24 Mar 13
This is truly sad that religious fanatics are misleading themselves into wrong teachings. No religion condones this inhumanity and the destruction of humankind.
@savak03 (6684)
• United States
24 Mar 13
Actually there are several religions that not only condone murder and destruction of property but also actively promote it. There were the crusades and now the jihads. Just to name a couple.
@alottodo (3056)
• Australia
24 Mar 13
You are right there savak03! I guess to believe in God it was suppose to keep people together but instead it has pull every one appart!
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@AmbiePam (86768)
• United States
24 Mar 13
I've heard a lot about the persecution Christians in that part of the world go through. What was the reason given for them tearing down that particular church?
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@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
24 Mar 13
According to the reported news the church was illegally built. But they can have a lot of excuses just to conceal their own agenda. Being christian minority in that country they are constantly being harassed by those in authority.
@lampar (7584)
• United States
24 Mar 13
The authority don't consider their minority have any rights to freedom of religion other than practicing Islamic faith, so they don't have to respect their house of worships per se., it is not even the first time Christine church is torn down, sometime they are burned down deliberately in the name of fighting against crusaders. Indonesia has the biggest Muslim population in the world, they are not worry about any Christian retaliation and ability to defend their places of worship, they can practically do whatever they pleased in dealing with their minority's religion group. It is one of a few country that respect the right to freedom of religion don't exist, let alone on equal footing for minority. Most of the time, their minority has to practice their faiths in a secret and low profile way, to avoid potential backlash whenever their Muslim majority are looking for excuses to destroy especially whenever the country was strike by an earthquake while the church left standing.
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@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
24 Mar 13
This is the country that has suffered much calamities in the name of tsunami and earthquakes that took many lives, still they refused to repent but continue to antagonize the christian. Furthering their evil deeds on the christian would likely incur more devastation to the people and their lands.
@lampar (7584)
• United States
24 Mar 13
The extreme version of Islam they practiced don't allow such tolerant and repentance to exist. Continue to antagonize and persecute Christians n other minority faiths will continue till the end of all other religions practices inside the country. God has no place inside their hearts and minds.
@May2k8 (18208)
• Indonesia
24 Mar 13
that is why Indonesia never grow, even though we have the same religion, but we have a different understanding to pose problems is endless. Indonesia too easily carried away, even the views of children today many are damage and do not care about other people.
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@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
24 Mar 13
Malaysia is a muslim country too but we respect other religions, that is why we are quite a peaceful country.
@syoti20 (5293)
• Philippines
23 Mar 13
They are heartless. One day they will feel the wrath of God and they will be the one flattened and be destroyed. They respect one religious to another. They are not making PEACE at all but generating anger to all religious brother and sister which may lead to rage soon or later.
@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
24 Mar 13
The many loopholes in man-made laws could not possibly deter the people from creating unwarranted destruction to the beliefs of others to champion their own beliefs. Let God be the final judge to determine the rights and wrongs of every human actions.
@KrauseHome (36448)
• United States
5 Apr 13
All I've got to say, is that things like this unfortunately will continue to happen and people just need to not loose faith, stand strong and pray.and know no matter what, god is in control. How people continue to think they can mock Christians and get away wish it floors me. I often wonder what goes thru their mind, and continue to pray for their hearts to be softened as their eyes are opened.
@alottodo (3056)
• Australia
24 Mar 13
I think we all should realize by now that until we learn to respect others people's creeds and race we never are going to achieve peace in the world or in the society we live in.
@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
24 Mar 13
Yes I agree with you. Respect is the only weapon needed to live in peace. Since respect is in short supply in today's world many innocent people have to suffer due to wars in their countries.
• United States
23 Mar 13
At times like this my heart aches, and for as much as my heart aches I can only imagine what God must feel. After reading your post I said a prayer, then opened my bible, I didn't have to do any searching, the first page I opened was this: "Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoyce with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:14-21 These are very troubling times that we live in, but I firmly believe in the power of prayer, and put my faith in God, He promised that He will take care of His children. My heart goes out to that christian community, and I pray that they keep their faith, and come back even stronger than before. God Bless them.
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@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
23 Mar 13
The words of God are the only solace that could pacify heartaches in difficult situation. I hope those affected faithfuls continue to seek guidance from our Lord.