Good News & Bad News

April 2007

In Africa, every year six million Muslims convert to Christianity, and very few Christians convert to Islam. In Iran, every day 50 boys and girls convert secretly to Christianity, despite the threat of capital punishment for doing so.

However, some Western women in Europe are embracing Islam. In the Netherlands, Karin van Nieuwkerk writes that women are “attracted to Islamic conceptions of manhood and womanhood and to its clear moral boundaries and rules…. Women regain the possibility of living according to their ‘feminine nature.’ Contrary to Western socialization, Islam values motherhood and the nurturing qualities of women…. In Dutch society women are obliged to earn an income and Islam permits women to stay at home and raise children.”

Modesty also attracts women to Islam. One woman became a Muslim because she thought that the "hijab is liberating because it forces people to judge a woman according to her intellect instead of appearance." The hijab, a headscarf and sometimes a veil that covers the face except for the eyes, reassures the husband that other men cannot see his wife’s beauty; only the husband can see his wife’s beauty. (This according to www.mer­, Jan. 15.)

In the West, Catholicism has largely given in to feminism. The rates for Catholics are similar to most others when it comes to contraception and abortion. For most Catholics, there are few moral boundaries between the sexes, motherhood is not valued the way it once was, and girls and women are coaxed into the marketplace. Modesty is forgotten.

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New Oxford Notes: April 2007

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I seriously doubt the veracity of this article. The figures are not right - 50 conversions a day in Iran? 6 million African Muslims convert to Christianity per year where apostasy's penalty is death? Please cite some some sources for these "facts." I doubt little the European comments but you will always find muddled-headed people who do not know or retain their faith. Posted by: tomoxford
April 11, 2007 09:36 PM EDT
The figure of six million African Muslim converts to Christianity is discussed in this
Al-Jazeerah intervew
between Maher Abdallah and Shiekh Ahmed Katani.
Posted by: charing cross
April 26, 2007 03:27 PM EDT
It seems like we always have a tendency to be mesmerized by numbers instead of understanding the hermeneutic implication of what is taking place. I've always understood that the Catholic Church will last because our Lord promised He will be with us "till the end of time". I am convinced that a passage in Sr. Mary of Agreda's book, The Mystical City of God where it relates in some details how the very people who followed Jesus in the 'Hosanna' day were the same people who yelled and screamed "Crucify Him!, Crucify Him!" the following day, is an accurate prefiguration of how the condition of Christianity will be towards the end times.
This is also confirmed by the passage in the Chapter 12:17 of Revelation where it says: "Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God's commandments and bear witness to Jesus. It took its position on the sand of the sea."
There is no need to argue who that Woman is (unless you are one of those unstable Catholics who keeps tinkering with Catholic teachings). But it is very clear that unless you are indeed with that Woman, you will not be among the rest of Her offspring, those "who keep God's commandments and bear witness to Jesus."
And for some mind-boggling reasons, non-Catholics who profess to read the Bible over and over, could not see the significance of the Calvary scenario where the only one left at the foot of the Cross was our Blessed Mother and very few other followers. All the rest - including all the Apostles, except John - ran away like squirrels! These are the people who only recently were declaring that they will defend the Messiah with their lives!
Numbers should not scare us. What we should really pray for is that we will stay with the Mystical Body until that Body is crucified for the salvation of humanity, where that same Body will say "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" and "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do,"...
Posted by: humblesoldier
April 07, 2008 07:37 AM EDT
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