"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you." 1 Peter 4:12 ESV
Many people often say "Why me?" "Why my country?" because they are surprised. Peter tells us not to be surprised, but to be prepared, so that when trials come, we know why they are there, and though we be sad, we can still have joy.
"But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you." 1 Peter 4:13â€-â€¬14 ESV
If people don't know, most of the net is banned in China, No facebook, youtube, twitter, google, gmail, archive.org, cnn, and other popular news sites, reddit, japanese and chinese wikipedia, blogger, wordpress, bittorent, and most video sharing sites.
But I disagree that we can be so dogmatic on these things, since it's not mentioned in the bible, and we have to piece together clues and read in too much into the text.
It's no different than trying to figure out many of the doctrines of the end times, luckily we are told not to worry about, as each person considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.â€ť
I do agree with your conviction Frank, but I don't blame the movie makers, as I often wonder why it took so long for a movie like this to be even made, and why believers never made it? There is no shortage of christian films.
It's no different than asking why it took Martin Luther King to fight for blacks, and not believers.
In the end God's will is done, and justice comes to all, the unborn, the unbelievers, and the believers.
Maybe Frank this is something you should get involved in, encourage your church to invest in making such kind of media.
While I can see this being abused in the future, and it's a sign of things to come for western countries, almost everything that is listed is actually good, it's the police doing their job. Though if you know this country, there is no rule of law, and this is hardly ever enforced unless someone powerful wants you in jail, most stats are faked.
Most of it is to combat illegal bankruptcies, which if ever was enforced in the U.S.A, businessmen like trump would never could become president.
When I was a boy and just got my new cellphone, I tried for the first time the mobile data internet, and got my parents 1000$ bill. I found out I wasn't alone, and many kids did that. There was no warning, or even to shut off the data from overcharge. They've been targeting kids since the beginning.
the guy below who calls himself Euthanasia, you are sinning, I may not be perfect, but I do my best to be a faithful peacemaker.
I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 1 Corinthians 1:10â€-â€¬11 ESV
Thank you Quiet and for anyone else with a burden for china. I often look at the news from a different perspective, from the inside... looking out, and just get upset that so much of what is written is wrong, or twisted by the journalists.
But unless I open a teleportal and drop you into China, it is really difficult to explain.
May God open up opportunities for your churches to personally visit China someday.
didn't we have like 5 news articles this week about that very controversial church with thousands of members meeting in an apartment refusing to register and pretending to persecuted for the gospel but actually their goal was bring democracy to communist lands?
Or how about from the same organization and their approval of religious people idolizing their crosses and calling that a good Christian thing to do?
Gee, I wonder how many times next week will hear the same stories repeated over and over again.
Every pastor says that christian bookstores are filled with theological equivalent of poo, yet get their news from just as equally poopy Christianity today.
Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord , and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Psalms 37:1â€-â€¬3 ESV