Why Indian Christians Can’t Mention ‘Hell’ ‘Heaven’ or ‘Jesus’

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As reported by CBN News
Indian Christians are seeing an alarming spike
in violence since Hindu nationalist gained
power three years ago and a Christian aid
group says the persecution is only going to
get worse.

Hindu nationalists are pressuring believers to
abandon their faith and if believers don’t
convert, they face persecution.
“In states across India, militants have
threatened and killed church workers,” Paul
Robinson, the chief executive of Release
International, said. “Extremists have tried to
force Christians to renounce their faith and
convert to Hinduism. And they have bombed,
torched, vandalized and demolished churches.”
International Christian Concern (ICC) reported
earlier this week, Christians in the village of
Chhattisgarh were pressured to reconvert back
to Hinduism.
15 Christian families reconverted but some
refused.
“What crime have I committed that I should
pay the fine? I have not stolen anything. I
have not defiled any woman. I have not
quarreled. I have not killed anybody. If you
think going to church and worshiping Jesus is
the crime, I will commit this crime every day,”
55-year-old Kanesh Singh told village elders.
Shivaram Tekam told ICC Christians were
forced to give livestock, money, and other
gifts to the village deity during the
reconversion ceremony.
“They can stop me from going to church but
they cannot take Jesus from my heart. I will
find ways and secretly come to church,”
Tekam told a local pastor.
Strict conversion laws have been implemented
in five states making it nearly impossible to
evangelize or share the gospel.
Andrew Boyd of Released International told
Premier Christian the government aims to
make it a nation-wide law as the right-wing
Hindus expect that all Indians should follow
Hinduism.
“It’s based on the idea that conversion by
force should be made illegal. I think everyone
would agree that conversion by force would
be useless,” Boyd explained.
“But actually if you preach about Heaven then
it’s considered to be bribery, if you speak
about Hell then it’s considered to be a threat.
If you offer any kind of Christian charity then
it’s regarded also as bribery,” he added.
Members of the Dalit community are among
the most persecuted. They are known as the
“untouchables” and are considered the lowest
caste, but they are converting to Christianity
and it is angering nationalists.
“These people are converting to Christianity
and quite large numbers of them are
converting because they’re finding acceptance
and dignity and worth and that is provoking
quite a backlash,” he said.
Reports from Christian aid groups note the
intense persecution against believers.
Open Doors’ World Watch List list India as the
No.17 country where Christians are targeted
for their faith.
They claim that radical Hinduism has
“increased steadily” under Prime Minister
Narendra Modi.

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