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Bible Christian Muslim Suffering

And then they burnt our homes


Okay, I have been talking about persecution in Pakistan in my last post. I think almost everyone knows that it is kind of a dangerous place, especially if you are a minority. The incident of which I am about to share happened in late 2007. The big angry mob, set fire to a whole Christian village. They caught a Christian girl in one of the homes, stripped her and dragged her on the streets, naked. No body came, no one interfered. The police stood on the side lines and saw the whole thing go down.

I am attaching a two minute clip, this part of a longer video which I can not share. This was taken live by someone I know (no names, sorry).  Some of the images and video may depict violence.

 

After the mob went home, they left that village in ash and rubble. This what it looked like when we first got there.

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Bible Christian Inspirational Muslim Suffering

Stupid or brave? how we dealt with death threats


This was some time ago; it was a dreary morning for me (which later turned out to be terrible).  I had woken up around eight and was eager to get some breakfast.  I had lost my job four months ago and was searching for a new one. After breakfast all I wanted to do was to get ready and go out for interviews.

It was the by the door that I first saw that letter. Someone had pushed that piece of paper from underneath the door. The writing was very crude, written in Urdu script by someone who was probably not much literate either.

As I begin to slowly make out the words (it was written badly), I understood how important that letter really was. The message though spread over a space of 3 pages, was simple enough “stop preaching or we will kill you and your family”. Plus, in that same letter, the author had given us a chance of redemption too, there was a magnanimous invitation to join the religion of Islam too, which if we accepted, would make us (us and whoever wrote the letter) brothers and sisters and therefore we would not be further threatened. If we refused, we will be made examples of.

I read that later four or five times. When you hold something like this in your hand, you contemplate a lot of things. Had I been living in the west, I might have not taken it as seriously as it sounded or may be even thought of it as a prank. But since I live in Pakistan, as a Christian I understand the letter is real enough and so is its message.

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Bible Christian Inspirational Morality Suffering

A must read story, reminded me of how tough life could be.

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Atheism Christian Doodles Humor Morality

They’re really not human


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Bible Christian Humor Inspirational Morality Quotes

Me and me, and then more of me


Yup, that’s Me. Allow me to introduce you to my best friend, Me. As you may have guessed Me is very close to me.

What? you ask.

Well, I don’t know how else to put it. Me is so close to me that we are practically bonded. Me however has a very different set of habits and preferences. Me normally does not like when I interfere with his choices. And that is when Me comes out and does all the things which I would not do normally. In fact, Me planned that I should start bashing people when I like to.I objected strongly, of course.  Am I shifting blames? hardly. Me is really out of my control. He has a mind of its own. For example, Me thinks I should spend money like crazy. And to top that he always wants me to spend when I am short on money, I however have to make sure that does not happen.

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Bible Christian Inspirational

I am still a loser


Image courtesy of asiansinglesolution.com

“Can I go to the bathroom?” these were the words which I dared not utter while desperately trying to control my bladder. As I sat there in the first grade classroom, I was nervously looking around at other children. No one else was asking for bathroom breaks so the fact that I was made me shrink with shame. I am not sure how I got that idea but I can tell you it was there. A four year old boy could not express himself. Somehow I felt that if I asked, everyone will look at me and laugh at me. It was the fear of being different than the crowd around me that made me nervous and I held it for like 2-3 hours I suppose.

And it didn’t end there. I was afraid to ask for help, I could not ask help, not even from the teacher. Because that also implied that I was “not enough”, that I lacked something, that I was unintelligent. I could not ask my parents because well, what will they think what kind of a brain-dead child they have? All other children seem to do fine.

Well, I realize now that isn’t the case but as a child I just did not know.

I remember the first time I entered a sprint race. I was 4 or 5, I remember everyone being on the starting line. I was nervous, I was afraid but I thought I can do it, even if I don’t win, I will try my best.

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Aberrant Christianity Bible Christian

Narrow is the road that leads to life



“You’re both fired,” my new boss, who had joined the organization only a week ago, told me and my christian coworker. The new boss was a man who had jet black hair and a long beard, the one that almost reached down to his chest, a man who went to the mosque five times a day to say his prayers. This was the same time when the American war on terror had started and I was working in a small software house as a web designer and animator, in the city of Lahore, Pakistan.

When I asked him why he had fired me, he told me that me and my other Christian friend were always slowing down work, we were not regular and we were not doing any work which was satisfying to their standards. It was far from the truth. The only thing important to note was that me and my christian friend were the only working Christians in the small organization. We were both fired on the same day, at the same time with the same accusations. We were handed our termination letters and were told to exit the premises immediately, we were not even allowed to clear out our cabins or take away any personal files, no sir. I know why he fired us, it was nothing to do with our work, it was because he thought that Christians should not be allowed to sit alongside Muslims and that it was due revenge because Afghanistan was being attacked by a Christian nation, America, so any chance he could get to humiliate us was a good opportunity.

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Got a question?


Hey all, I have just added a new section to the blog where you can post your questions about faith, christian life or atheism. Feel free to chime in anytime you want and we’ll discuss it.

Thank you.

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Atheism: A Logical Analysis

There is no god!…really?


The concept that there is no god is as old as the belief in god itself. The world’s dominant number of sects and races still have a religion, even if it is a brand to most. Atheists tend to believe that they got it right and hence almost 86% (as the rest are around 2-3% atheists and 12 percent non-religious) of the world is either mentally ill or plain delusional. Though numbers are not the pillar of proof still they give a striking contrast of the atheist position.

The average atheist doesn’t realize that what he/she basically tries to prove can not be called a statement if there is no equal argument. I do not think God is necessary, no, but he is present.

The act of reproduction is the biggest proof to me that there is a God, a creator. Something triggers a complex chain of events inside a womb and life breaks out. No matter what the Atheist say about it, I think more conviction is called for.