Have you been watching the news lately? Have you observed in real time the persecution, extermination, brutal torture, viciousness, savagery, barbarity of muslims in Iraq towards Eastern Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox and Christians? To watch the pictures of decapitated children with their heads on poles; decapitated mothers and fathers with their heads on fence posts; photos of mothers and fathers picking up their headless children, we should pray every morning.no matter how brief to thank our Lord Jesus Christ for our way of life (in the U.S.A.), for our religious freedom.as we watch this horror before our eyes.
We stare in disbelief at the inhumanity of muslim’s towards our fellow brethren in Christ in the Middle East. One of the lessons that I have taught in the past asks whether you believe that the devil truly exists. If you have any doubt as to whether Satan is here on earth just look at the muslim Terrorists who are raping, torturing, dismembering and desecrating our Christian brother and sisters?
Pray to St. Gregory Palamas for his guidance and forgiveness of these barbarians. St. Gregory was tortured and held captive by these ideological islamic Terrorists in the 1300′s. The genesis of islam in the 6th century was a belief system (religion) based on exterminating Eastern Orthodoxy and Judaism (the only two religions that existed in the 6th century) and has evolved into the extermination all Christians and Israel.
There are doubters who claim islam is a peaceful religion; who claim that ‘not all muslims are killers’.. well if this is true then why haven’t the muslim clerics (priests) spoken out against these atrocities? Why haven’t those so called ‘religious leaders’ come out and condemned the actions of the ‘FEW rogue muslims’? I’ll tell you why. the koran is clear about removing infidels (Christians/Jews) from the face of the earth. I have heard numerous times that only 1% or 2% of muslims are radicalized terrorists. WELL.2% of the 2 billion islamic muslims would be 40 million islamic terrorists who their very existence is to exterminate all of us (kill the infidels).
Think about it, 40 million religious zealots wandering around the world searching for a Christian to kill, behead, rape, mutilate and torture. You doubters……. don’t tell me how peaceful this religion is, watch the news and tell me otherwise?
What is the message; what do I want you to take away from this post?
1) Satan is real and alive right now;
2) Prayer is the only answer, we Orthodox have a Saint that stood up to muslim islamic Terrorists;
3) Pray right now for the middle eastern Orthodox Christians, other Christian’s and the Jews;
4) Be thankful through Our Lord Jesus Christ that we live in the United States of America;
5) We must try to forgive our enemies no matter how treacherous or inhuman they are; and lastly
6) When you reflect on all the butchery that is being inflicted on our fellow Christians throughout the world, is it too much to ask that we remember them in our prayers?
Saturday, June 29, 2013: St. Gregory Palamas – Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy Against Islam; by Ralph Zosimas Sidway
The capture by the Muslim Turks of Archbishop Gregory Palamas when he landed at Gallipoli on March 10, 1354 while on a political mission of reconciliation for the Emperor John V Paleologos, set the stage for an unexpected and providential chapter late in the revered archpastor’s life.
Archbishop Gregory was held as a hostage by the Muslims for an entire year, suffering considerable hardships, sometimes beatings, chains and deprivations, which left him greatly weakened by the time he was ransomed by the Serbs.
In spite of being a prisoner, he used the opportunity to encourage the Orthodox Christians he encountered in the various towns he passed through, who had only recently been conquered by the Ottomans (Muslims). At the same time, he engaged in several discussions with his Muslim captors, which were preserved by a certain Dr. Taronites from Nicaea, or by Gregory’s biographer Philotheos. These accounts present a dynamic image of St. Gregory, who, in a manner sometimes similar to the Apostle Paul, takes spontaneous advantage of opportunities to engage with his captors in order to share the Orthodox Gospel. In one instance, after seeing a Muslim funeral, Gregory asks the Muslims what was said. On learning that they were asking Allah to forgive the sins of the deceased, he praised their initiative and their beseeching God, pivoting from this starting point to speak of Jesus Christ as the only Judge, using that to lead into the teaching of Jesus as the Logos of God, undivided from Him yet eternally begotten.