This is truly bizarre.
Someone at the home office in Great Britain has denied an asylum request by an Iranian Christian on the basis that Christianity is a violent religion. And they cite Bible verses to make their case in the actual letter.
Here’s more from CBN News:
An Iranian Christian has been denied asylum in Great Britain, and the government agency used the Bible to argue against granting the request.
The man wrote in his request he had converted to Christianity because it is a peaceful faith.
However, the Independent reports Britain’s Home Office’s refusal letter cited passages from Revelation to say the Bible was “inconsistent” with his claim.
Even the man’s caseworker tweeted he’d never seen anything like this used to refuse asylum.
The refusal letter points to several biblical passages, including the End Times, saying, “These examples are inconsistent with your claim that you converted to Christianity after discovering it is a ‘peaceful’ religion, as opposed to Islam which contains violence, rage and revenge.”
I’ve pulled the two letter excerpts from the man’s twitter so you can see what passages they cite in their denial letter:
You know this is completely absurd. They cite passages in both Exodus and Leviticus from the Old Testament as well as New Testament passages from Matthew and Revelation. And they are all taken out of context.
With regard to the passage in Leviticus 27, God is simply promising that if the Israelites obey the covenant they made with Him and follow His statutes and commandments…“If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them”…then He will give them prosperity in the land and success against their enemies who try to conquer them.
In Exodus 34, God is simply trying to quarantine the Israelite people so that they can keep the covenant they made with Him at Mount Sinai. The Israelites had been in Egypt for over 400 years and during that time they worshiped many Egyptian gods. This is why they made a golden calf while at Mount Sinai, because that was one of the gods they worshiped in Egypt. God knows their penchant for this and therefore tells them to destroy the altars and gods made by the people of the land and not to make a treaty with them. If they don’t do this, they will fall right back into the worship of these foreign gods and break the covenant they made with the one true God. And as you know, that’s exactly what happened.
In Matthew 10 Jesus isn’t talking about an earthly sword, but a spiritual sword.
I could go on, but the point is that these passages were completely taken out of context by this moron in the British government. If I had to guess, they are probably listed on some anti-Christian website somewhere that accuses Christianity of being a violent religion.
It’s quite troubling that this would even happen to be honest. Sadly, I think it’s more evidence of where the world is headed in the great falling away of the last days, mentioned in the 2 Thessalonians 2.