It is hard to comprehend the thought process: While seeking to escape violence from others, you turn to people, who are also seeking to escape the same violence, and commit violent acts against them. You would think that you, having left war-torn North Africa, would have seen enough hate and violence. You would think that this would have been enough and that you would have felt pity for someone with shared the same experiences and fears. This was not the case on a ship fleeing Libya for Italy.
Italy’s migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and an aid group said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident.
These people were seeking to escape Islamic violence and boarded a boat with Muslims. It is like, in a horror movie, the one hope of escape has been the hiding place of the killer. And this is the fear that Italy must face. There is a chance that the hate and violence will follow the immigrants to their shores.
The 15 were accused of multiple homicide aggravated by religious hatred, police said in a statement.
The survivors told the police,
During the crossing, the migrants from Nigeria and Ghana — believed to be Christians — were threatened with being abandoned at se
a by some 15 other passengers from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea Bissau.
Eventually the threat was carried out and 12 were pushed overboard. The statement said the motive was that the victims “professed the Christian faith while the aggressors were Muslim.”
So why did this happen? Why did these people act this way toward their fellow passengers? Well, we do not know any one thing that might have set this attack in motion, but there is one clear thing to be sure, these Christians were attacked because of their faith. Having escaped the Islamic State, they were assaulted and murdered for being Christian. These Muslims showed that there is little possibility for Islamic violence to end.
In fact, there would have been more deaths had the Christian passengers not worked together to resist.
AP tells us:
The surviving Christians, the statement said, only managed to stay on board by forming a “human chain” to resist the assault.
Once again, we see that the Biblical principle holds true. If you hate God, you love death (Prov. 8:36). It is the law of opposites. If God is life and you hate God, then you love the opposite of life. These fifteen people were quick to shed blood and point to the poison that is Islamic teaching. There can be no common ground between us and them. Christianity and Islam are incompatible. One or the other will have to compromise or be destroyed. The Muslim knows and believes this, and they are seeking to destroy Christians.
But we must trust that Christ will slay them with the sword of His mouth or the sword in His hand.
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And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”