Sunday, March 30, 2014

Coptic Woman ‘Martyred for the Cross’ — ‘Body Torn’

The early 21st century is the time of the 'Third Jihad' (See Islam 101 for a good overview of the first two jihads), and we are seeing an increasing number of New Martyrs being killed because of their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and God. Here is another account of one of these Neo-Martyrs, the handmaiden of God Mary, whose murderers targeted her because she had a cross hanging from the rearview mirror of her car.

Think on this the next time you get behind the wheel, and see the cross dangling from your own rearview mirror.

Coptic Woman ‘Martyred for the Cross’ — ‘Body Torn’
by Raymond Ibrahim — March 29, 2014

Mary, the latest Christian martyr to be killed in Egypt

On his Twitter account, Coptic Bishop Raphaeil, who also serves as Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Christian Church, just wrote:

Oh how lucky you are, Mary, you who are beloved of Christ.  They tore your body because of the Cross.  Yet they offered you the greatest service and gave you a name of honor as one who attained the crown of martyrdom.

The bishop also quoted Christ in the Bible, “Yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service” (John 16:2).

Mary was killed during clashes between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian police, when the former, whipped into a frenzy after Friday mosque prayers, attacked a Coptic church, including by opening fire on it.  Along with Mary, three others were killed.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that she was targeted when Brotherhood rioters “noticed that she had a small cross dangling from the rear-view mirror of her car.”

Others said she was killed because she “was in possession of a firearm.”

It’s clear which version of events the Coptic bishop believes occurred — considering he asserts that she was martyred for the cross.

Incidentally, let us briefly contrast the Christian and Muslim notions of martyrdom.  Koran 9:111 declares:

Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah , so they kill and are killed. [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah ? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. And it is that which is the great attainment.

Even the authoritative Hans Wehr Arabic-English Dictionary translates shahid (Arabic for “martyr”) as “one killed in battle with infidels.”

On the other hand, Christian martyrdom has always meant being killed — as opposed to killing — on behalf of the Christian faith.

And this is precisely the definition that for centuries has applied to Egypt’s Copts, till the present moment.