10 June 2014

Man's Inhumanity to Man

We are transitioning once again. We must leave the Czech Republic due to my loss of health insurance. I We are transitioning once again. We must leave the Czech Republic due to my loss of health insurance. I suppose that means that I will also, once again, be starting a new blog, since I won't be in Prague.

So we are seeing some of the sights we have not visited while living here. Among these visits was one to a place called Terezin. This was a concentration camp during WWII. It is about a 45 minute ride from Prague. The camp was originally a fort to protect Czech lands from Prussian invasions.

During WWII, the Nazis, created a concentration camp here and turned the entire town of Terezin into a Jewish ghetto. The camp was "technically" not an extermination camp. It was a collection point and transportation center for transport to such places as Auschwitz and Treblinka. Yet, more than 30,000 people died at Terezin. The causes of death included torture and battings by the guards, starvation, and epidemics.

The cremation ovens (one is pictured here) were very busy, although it is claimed that no live persons were ever cremated. The cruelty portrayed in this, one of the "lesser" concentration camps, is astounding. As we went through the camp, the words that kept coming to both Sandra and myself were: "man's inhumanity to man."

But that kind of cruelty is a thing of the past, right? Think again. Remember what's going on in Nigeria, where Christians are killed regularly (for being Christians) and hundreds of young girls were abducted. How about Kenya, the site of numerous attacks and bombings in recent years. All over the Arab lands, intolerance and violence are regularly perpetrated, mostly in the name of religion. The list could go on, but you can look these things up yourself.

Thankfully, that can't happen in America, right? Once again, I urge you to think again. Persecution of Christians, in general, is high in the US. Just ask any baked, or florist, or landlord who attempts to stay faithful and will not sell of rent to active and blatant homosexuals. They go to court; they lose. Livelihoods are destroyed. Christian professors are being sacked from university jobs because of their  faith. I do not recall any stories about liberals or Muslims being sacked for their beliefs.

I could go on. I won't. I think you get the idea. Sin still exists, even in our "modern," progressive age. Men can be turned into haters rather quickly. They will even strap bombs to their own chests in order to rid the universe of those vile (fill in the blank.)

I remember that at the turn of the 20th century, Europe was a hotbed of international socialist love and peace. But, the instant the war broke out (thanks to Gavrilo Princip, who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and just happened to die in prison at Terezin), the Europeans of many nations became rabid nationalists crying for the deaths of their socialist "brother."

Pray, friends, for the courage* to face whatever trials may come. Pray that you will be able to stand. And pray for Jesus to come soon.suppose that means that I will also, once again, be starting a new blog, since I won't be

So we are seeing some of the sights we have not visited while living here. Among these visits was one to a place called Terezin. This was a concentration camp during WWII. It is about a 45 minute ride from Prague. The camp was originally a fort to protect Czech lands from Prussian invasions.

During WWII, the Nazis, created a concentration camp here and turned the entire town of Terezin into a Jewish ghetto. The camp was "technically" not an extermination camp. It was a collection point and transportation center for transport to such places as Auschwitz and Treblinka. Yet, more than 30,000 people died at Terezin. The causes of death included torture and battings by the guards, starvation, and epidemics.

The cremation ovens (one is pictured here) were very busy, although it is claimed that no live persons were ever cremated. The cruelty portrayed in this, one of the "lesser" concentration camps, is astounding. As we went through the camp, the words that kept coming to both Sandra and myself were: "man's inhumanity to man."

But that kind of cruelty is a thing of the past, right? Think again. Remember what's going on in Nigeria, where Christians are killed regularly (for being Christians) and hundreds of young girls were abducted. How about Kenya, the site of numerous attacks and bombings in recent years. All over the Arab lands, intolerance and violence are regularly perpetrated, mostly in the name of religion. The list could go on, but you can look these things up yourself.

Thankfully, that can't happen in America, right? Once again, I urge you to think again. Persecution of Christians, in general, is high in the US. Just ask any baked, or florist, or landlord who attempts to stay faithful and will not sell of rent to active and blatant homosexuals. They go to court; they lose. Livelihoods are destroyed. Christian professors are being sacked from university jobs because of their  faith. I do not recall any stories about liberals or Muslims being sacked for their beliefs.

I could go on. I won't. I think you get the idea. Sin still exists, even in our "modern," progressive age. Men can be turned into haters rather quickly. They will even strap bombs to their own chests in order to rid the universe of those vile (fill in the blank.)

I remember that at the turn of the 20th century, Europe was a hotbed of international socialist love and peace. But, the instant the war broke out (thanks to Gavrilo Princip, who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and just happened to die in prison at Terezin), the Europeans of many nations became rabid nationalists crying for the deaths of their socialist "brothers."

Pray, friends, for the courage* to face whatever trials may come. Pray that you will be able to stand. And pray for Jesus to come soon.

*Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for theLord your God is with you wherever you go.”

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