“Despite the pressures and threats on one hand and the ban of printing and selling the gospels on the other hand, Christianity is increasingly spreading among the youth and families in Iran,” Mohabat News reports.
10/15/2011 Iran (Mohabat News) – Despite the pressures and threats on one hand and the ban of printing and selling the gospels on the other hand, Christianity is increasingly spreading among the youth and families in Iran. The word of God is making its way into many Iranian homes.
Iranian Christian News Agency "Mohabat News" reports, that according to the article 13 of the Islamic Republic of Iran's constitution, "Iranian Christians, Jews and Zoroastrian minorities are the only recognized religious minorities, who, within the limits of the law, are free to perform their religious rites and ceremonies, and to act according to their own canon in matters of personal affairs and religious education." Article 14 also states that "the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Muslim citizens are obligated to behave honorably towards non-Muslims and to interact with them with justice and good ethics and that they should honor their human rights."
But it's not like that in the real world. The freedom and good ethics described in books is replaced by threats, imprisonments, beatings and hangings for these minorities, especially Christians. The government does not tolerate these minorities nor does it give them the right to live without fear.
According to the news published by Mohabatnews on 14 March 2011, the office of Contraband Search and Seizure along with the Revolutionary Guards discovered two boxes, each containing 300 New Testaments in a routine border inspection of a bus, and after removing them from the bus, burned them.
The rapid growth of the Christian faith in Iran seems to have caused significant concern and even fear in the hearts of the leadership of the Islamic regime which has sparked increased suppression of Christians especially in the last year. After the Supreme Leader Ali Khameniei's speech regarding the need to oppose and silence the home-based churches, a brutal and inhumane crackdown along with numerous arrests of Christians inside Iran has been witnessed. It is shameful to see the authorities show complete disregard for the sacred Scriptures of more than two billion Christians around the world, while burning those scriptures with disrespect.
The penetration of Bibles into Iranian homes
Despite the pressures and threats in one hand and the ban against printing and even selling the gospels within Iran on other hand, Christianity is increasingly spreading among the youth and families and the word of God is making its way into every Iranian house.
According to the reports published by the government-run website –Hamseda- the head of the Islamic Thoughts and Culture's research center, acknowledged the penetration of the Torah and Gospel (Old Testament and New Testament) among Iranians in a ceremony in auditorium of the office of the Islamic propaganda. He said "Today, the gospel is available in three thousand languages around the world, while the number of translations of the Quran hardly reaches one hundred.