This morning I saw a post that completely shocked me.  It was an image of a 9yo boy in Thailand who had been beheaded by Muslims.

The post stated,

“Then they hanged or beheaded the rest of his family. Yet another example of Muslim on Buddhist violence in a country where Muslims are only a small minority.”

According to Live Leak, a website that is against censoring and dedicated to exposing the truth,

“more than 4,000 people from police and teachers to monks and children have been killed in the past 7 years by Muslims in south Thailand, but hardly a word in the mainstream media…”

Furthermore,

“In Southern Thailand Muslim gunmen continue killing and threatening innocent citizens. The Muslim insurgents have threatened to kill 20 teachers and have distributed fliers that said, ‘WANTED: 20 Deaths of Buddhist teachers.’ Muslim terrorists object to the education system which teaches Buddhist culture that is not acceptable in Islam. The attacks are intended to force Buddhists to leave the region because Muslims want to create an independent Muslim nation in the three southern provinces.”

Such violence has plagued our world since the fall into sin.  As an American we are all to often protected from such images as these.  Yet ironically we recreate such violence in our entertainment because it is safe, because it is not real.  Why do we hide from this?  In church we talk about supporting the fight against human trafficking through giving money, but it is still not real.  It is not until we see such violence that it becomes real.

What I am about to do is show you is a comparison of two clips that may offend some and may be to real for others.    One is a clip from the film, The Cove.  It shows the violent butchering of baby dolphins.  In contrast, the next clip is of a family in Thailand who were murdered violently.  These clips are both very graphic and very real.  The reason I want you to see these is because we need to face reality.

We live in a world of violence.  Both of these clips should have the made the same impact.  They awaken us to a reality that violence is real.  Many people respond to these clips in anger, blaming the Japanese fisherman, or the Muslim extremists.  Some go even as far as to blame God for letting these people do these things.   No matter who or what you blame we are still left with the problem.  The problem is deeply rooted in all humans hearts.  We can point the finger at those who were caught red handed in the act but the reality is that our finger needs to be pointed at our own hearts.

1 John 3:15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.

1 John 4:20 If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.

Matthew 5:43-45 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous…

Jesus points out the problem in all of our hearts.  We are all guilty of this reality and we deserve to be judged as murders. But I have good news.

While the blood of Abel (Genesis 4:10) and all those murdered in this world cry’s out for justice, Jesus’ blood (Hebrews 12:24) cries “Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing” and “It is finished.”

So today, ask God to forgive your sin against your brothers and sisters.  Ask God for salvation from sin through the blood of Jesus.  Ask God to change you from the inside out and be an ambassador of peace.   You will be surprised that God gives you a love for those who do unjust things, because you were as them and have been transformed by the power of God.

Stop pointing fingers and deal with the sin in your heart.

Be Blessed,

Sean Trank

PS. It was suggested that I post a good site that you can use if you want to go and make a difference.  What a great idea. shorttermmissions.com is a great site to find a group of believers who are already planning a trip to Thailand and many other countries.  You can use their search engine and go just about anywhere.  Let me know if you do so I can connect you with people who want to support you.

Peace

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About Sean Trank

My name is Sean Trank. I aspire to help those who want to succeed. I am a promoter of many things and I love making good ideas known. I also have a unique sense of humor that has been honed and shaped from having a Jewish Christian background...or maybe it is because my childhood house had lead-based paint. Ok so please explore this website .

26 responses »

  1. themahdiblog says:

    For the love of yourself please don’t call murderers and terrorists Muslim. Please. Most muslims today even the peaceful ones aren’t really muslim.
    All this is a side show, modern day Islam isn’t islam at all, islam existed before the prophet muhammad because it’s not a religion, it’s a way of life, the quran states that abraham was muslim even in pre islamic times, because islam is not about praying 5 times a day, it’s about defeating our evil thoughts by knowing God on a personal level. It’s not about protecting the religion from the world, it’s about protecting God from yourself, muslims today are not doing that they bought the illusion of the devil, they are lost.
    I know this because I found God, I’m a true muslim, my blog explains more.
    http://themahdiblog.wordpress.com

    • Sean Trank says:

      Why does God need our protection?

    • Dan Nelson says:

      I am sorry but it is for the love of myself that I must ask what does the Qur’an teach that indicates such violence against another human being. Or, how are these extremists misinterpreting the Qur’an that they would act this way? I have read it and it seems that this is what the holy book is instructing all who follow Allah to do. For example Surah 9:5, which plainly says kill all infidels. It is hard not to take this literally and I would be interested to hear how you would interpret this verse? Would you throw it out or just say it means something else? Would all Muslims agree with you? Would Allah agree with you?

      You say that Abraham is a Muslim? But even before Abraham was born, Jesus was there. (See John 1) This way of life you speak of, does it rely on your own will power to live it or does it rely on higher power to hold you firmly to it? According to Jesus the Spirit of Heaven is for those who are weak in spirit. What do you think that means?

      Have a blessed Day.

    • Themahdiblog says:

      thanks for your questions. I will answer in greater detail later I’m working now.

      But in short, islam and religion is about reaching inner peace, inner peace can only come from the inside, once a person becomes reliant on the church or the mosque to know god, it becomes a relationship where the person is more likely to do evil because they can always go somewhere or to someone to repent, and that’s already gone too far. Inner peace is when you understand a god on a personal level, between you and yourself not when

      • Themahdiblog says:

        Not when you rely on someone else to get you there. Relying on someone is corruption.

      • Sean Trank says:

        I can agree that relying on someone else can be corrupted, however faith in Jesus is relying on God to save you. Jesus reveals through His death , Resurrection, and quite literally by God’s voice that Jesus and the God are one. His name shall be called Emmanuel which means God with us. We cannot have faith in a Jesus who is just a man, but we can have faith in a Jesus who is God in flesh. I know many Muslims who cannot conceive the idea that God would humble Himself, but He did and he dies to take our punishment for sin. Not so we can do evil and keep coming back to get our sins forgiven, but so we can have this inner peace you speak of. Jesus was called the prince of peace. When you invite Jesus into your heart, he transforms you from the inside out through God’s power not through our own. The same unconditional love that God has for us is given to those who submit to God’s transforming power and the fruits of God’s spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. Have you read the book of John?

      • Themahdiblog says:

        You make argument, my answer is already written in my blog, but here it is.

        I’m a true Muslim, and I can assure you that jesus is the son of God, God before he was the God in heaven was, will be, and is our DNA. He is the part of us that deals with intuition, animals are not as self aware as us because they work mainly on intuition, that limitation in awareness is complete omnipotence, it’s God. I’m not going to tell you that we are all the sons of god, because we are not, jesus understood God in a way only a few or none of iwill never comprehend. Jesus found god inside of him, he followed life on intuition to get there, he didn’t listen to the jewish and other religious leaders,

      • Sean Trank says:

        Those are nice ideas about Jesus but that is not what scripture has revealed about Jesus. For example when Jesus taught the disciples how to pray he says, “Our Father who is in heaven…” Jesus does not say our Father who is inside us all. God is above all not in all. The book of John also reveals that Jesus and God are one.
        John 1:1-5
        In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understooda it.

        I think you need to have a understanding of who Jesus is before you can define what He came here to do. Have you read the New Testament? My friend, if you have not let me send one to you or refer you to a website where you can read the Gospel.

  2. Themahdiblog says:

    And when he went on intuition,in fact God found him, he is his son when you do good in life just because of that god finds you, and you find him. Father and son.

    • Sean Trank says:

      If you are focusing on your own goodness to find God you will be like the man in Matthew 19:16-22

      Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
      “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”
      “Which ones?” the man inquired.
      Jesus replied, “‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,’d and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”
      “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
      Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
      When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

      Do you understand? Your power to do good deeds is your final idol. In all your goodness you are still an idolater because you trust in your own power to save you and not in God’s grace.

      Jesus calls us to surrender our selves to God and become a new creation, no good deed can outweigh the bad. We need God to pay our debt and He has done so through His Son Jesus.

    • Phil says:

      Interesting… So you call yourself a true Muslim… what do you think a true follower of Jesus is?

      • themahdiblog says:

        So I said I’m a true Muslim, OK.

        I’m a true Muslim because I don’t look at religions as sects, a sect or a cult creates division, the us vs. them concept.

        Religion at its basic is always about reaching enlightenment, it’s not about proving who is wrong and who is right.

        Religion is about who is going to go to heaven, but not because they are from a specific religion, the ones to reach heaven will do it by defeating them devil or their own evil thoughts and actions, humankind can defeat the devil as a whole, but one person at a time, individually with yourself. How you get there is up to you.

        in my Blog, I argue that humans, like animals, have a part of them that deals with intuition alone, animals work on intuition alone for the main part but they still know wrong from right, A rat as disgusting as we perceive it will never have sexual intercourse with a dead rat, all animals have intuition, they already know what is wrong and what is right, that part is intuition, it’s God.

        Humans have Intuition in them too, God, but we also have the ability to judge, the power to think, thinking is refusing intuition, it’s refusing God. but I’m not saying humans shouldn’t think, Humans should think Good thoughts, not the good thoughts other people and society tells us to think, the good thoughts that relate tom intuition, Religion tells us not to kill another, but we already know that it’s wrong. Take the good from religion, not the bad. the bad being what others tell us to do.

        So Jesus, Before Jesus was the Son of God, he was just another man on earth, another man in the eyes of other people, not in the eyes of God, we live with other people so it’s fair to assume he was just a person to the rest of the people before revelation, so a true follower of Jesus is someone who belles in his message, we aren’t following prophets, we are following God, how we get there is up to us, we find it inside of us when we are ready, I follow all Men and Women who teach forgiveness, and the other good virtues, these men and women teach these virtues not because they learned that they were good from other people, they found it inside of them, they found God.

        A true follower of Jesus is one who strives to understand God on a personal level, not at a church or a mosque, but in them. Going to a church or a mosque is good, but only if you make it productive, you get out of it what makes sense to you, because what makes sense to you is the truth, it’s your intuition, it’s God.

        And I’m not saying we can defeat all our bad thoughts and actions, we can strive to do it on a personal level, because if everyone changed just a little bit of themselves, we make huge strides as the whole of mankind. The devil might only affect us a little on a personal level, but as a whole he is suffocating us, we are dying, we are surrendering our will to the devil, ignorance breeds ignorance, hate breeds hate, love breeds love, and thinking that You are powerless to make a change because you are only a small voice in a sea of darkness is the devil’s way to defeat us, furthermore, waiting for a messiah figure to arrive is the epitome of all illusions,, the concept of the one messiah saving the entirety of man kind is an illusion because for one person to do so, he would have to be of such Grandeur, then we see all the injustice on earth, we think of redemption, we associate redemption with our redeeming figure and not with ourselves, we tell ourselves that it’s OK, because Jesus will save us, we have transferred our duty to someone else, so we live in sin because we tell ourselves that everything is going to be just fine. In fact, Jesus will come to save us, but until we show him that we are able to help him do it. We can only help him do it because it’s our purpose, we can’t completely defeat the Devil ourselves, but by trying we are fulfilling our destiny, and Jesus will then know that if he came, he will have the support of a stronger mankind.

        Jesus has the hand of God with him, if Jesus was meant to defeat the devil with the hand of God alone, why doesn’t God just strike the devil right now? why didn’t he strike him dead in heaven? because it’s our redemption, God doesn’t need redemption, it’s our redemption because we asked for it, Adam and Eve asked God for redemption, so when we try in our personal struggle to defeat the devil, God will send Jesus with his power to finally defeat the devil, he will send him because we showed a real ability to change, a real desire to become Men and Women who deserve to be in heaven. Jesus will strike the Devil down with the hand of God, and that’s God’s way of granting us redemption.

        To conclude, it is not correct to call Jesus the redemption of man kind, because we individually are the redemption of man kind, when we try to redeem ourselves, God will send Jesus and redeem us for good, Jesus is redemption for mankind because mankind wants redemption, not because God wants to give it to us without us trying.

        Thanks, I was going to write about the divinity of women today, instead I will use my reply to write about Jesus and redemption.

        You guys are truly my fuel. Thanks a lot.

  3. themahdiblog says:

    Sean, you are proving my point.

    When you go to Church or to the Mosque, they give us a book, I know Muslims have a superiority complex about the Quran claiming it’s the only pure book of God, not changed ever, and that the Bible has been corrupted, but you are missing the whole point…
    It doesn’t matter what book they you read, the only thing that matters is what you get out of it, but in reality, they give us holly books and teach us the meanings in them, we aren’t using our intuition to understand the true meaning. We use it to justify religious war, and national pride, we are missing the whole point.

    About Matthew 19………

    If you read my blog, you would know that I’m asserting that heaven and hell are places that exist in reality, as well as the faint memory of when Adam and Eve were there, the faint memory is written in all holly books. We fell out of grace, and we are on earth repenting, repenting means defeating the Devil on earth, why? because we made that promise to God, God granted Adam forgiveness because Adam said he wouldn’t listen to the devil anymore and he would be obedient, I believe this to be true, heaven and hell are real places. and God is real in real life as well.

    The point you missed is that we promised God to defeat the devil, he told us how to get there: “do not steal, do not kill” Do not kill is intuition, a wolf will kill to eat but it would never kill just for that, follow the way of God “the good side of our intuition” and don’t be so attached to your possessions on earth, and you will reach enlightenment.

    Enlightenment only comes from the inside, but it proves that God exists in heaven as well. It is that faint memory God in heaven, before we fell from grace. and the thing about it is that you would know if you were there. You just do.

    I don’t know what else I can say!

    • Sean Trank says:

      I agree with the first half of what you are saying about Churches and Mosques giving books and instructing on how to think. However, you deductions on Heaven and Hell and our purpose in life are speculations based on your own reasoning outside of scripture. So my question to you is this, do you trust scripture? That God’s words are true and that God can control what has been written? Or are you building your own Theology based on what sounds good to you? For a follower of Jesus, he is the Rock on which we stand all other ground is sinking sand. Now many spiritualist today have chosen to take some of the teachings of Jesus, Buddah, Mohammad and even Obama and try to make a Theology out of it, but it cannot stand because one contradicts the other which means one is right and one is wrong. I challenge you to look fully at both sides and ask God which one is right and which one is wrong. And be ready to wait on the Lord, the answer may not come so quickly, but those who seek will find. Have you read the Gospel of John?

      • Themahdiblog says:

        Ok good points.

        I will kindly remind you that you are missing the point again, I’m writing a wordpress blog, multiple posts that will make a book, so I’m only blogging, you can get out of my story whatever you wish. Any reader can, some will think it’s a good story, some won’t like it, some will use it to attack me, and some will draw their own lessons, it’s not about me, it’s about you. You are so quick to ask me for my purpose which is what religion these days does, it tells you what to think.
        about the scripture, the story of adam and eve is almost identical in the bible as in the quran, of course in the bible the devil is an angel, in the quran he is a jin made from fire. How I interpret that in my book is up to me, what you draw out of it is up to you.
        jesus is a great figure, satan uses grandiosity to defeat us, for example I’m the mahdi in my story, the 12th apostle, it’s reality to me but I get dreams of grandiosity they over take me and I stop righting, I tell you I’m the 12th apostle and you say no way, because why would a prophet of god be blogging with me? The perceived grandiosity of a prophet will make you deny him, but in fact you are denying yourself.
        Your view of jesus is very grand, if he came you would never believe him because he already lives in your head as a perfect man. The illusion of life. Was jesus so grand the first time? No. if he came back in the same form, will you believe him. No.
        reader can

      • Sean Trank says:

        The first time Jesus came he was the suffering servant read (Isaiah 53)
        All the Jewish prophets foretold of the Messiah, if what they prophesied about came true we can trust that the one they prophesied of is also true.
        Have you seen the prophecies?
        Have you read the book of John?

  4. themahdiblog says:

    no I haven’t. but I read the prophecies of Islam about the second coming, they are basically the same. There is a real connection between Islam and Christianity.
    Did you know that a Christian gave birth to Islam? yes, In revelation concerning the prophet Muhammad, He saw an angel in the cave, he was trembling with cold sweats when he arrived to the house where he lived with his wife Aicha, he asked to be covered, she took him to he brother who by the way was a Christian in pre islamic times, and he used to write the bible in Hebrew so he knew it well, he was blind by the way, Muhammad tells Aicha’s brother his story, and he tells him that he saw the angel Gabriel, and that he is a prophet. Isn’t that a weird twist of faith.

  5. themahdiblog says:

    What I can emphasize is. Grandiosity is the mother of all Evils. It is the tool of madness. Sometimes when I get an idea for a post, I get strong cold chills in a well heated room, I realize that these ideas are not usual, this isn’t the way I usually think, but it makes complete sense to me, it’s connecting the dots, the chills are from the Grandiosity, my mind starts to run faster and faster because I’m in fact denying myself, It’s a state of short time madness, but when I reassure myself that I’m just another person, and that I’m writing ideas that are a result of a lifetime of trying to understand myself first, it gets a whole lot easier. I’m 31 years old.

    I tend to not hate people who think that Islam is evil, because I understand where they are coming from. Muslims have adopted a strict system of looking at religion, a system of absolutes, a system that trickles down from top to bottom, not the other way around, Religion is taught in schools and used to evoke national pride, the “one way” type mentality, and an over stress of information about how great Muslims used to be, that in itself is teaching kids Satan, and telling them that they are learning about God. So In a way, the Islam practiced today is evil, and it’s not Islam at all.

    God works in mysterious ways, because these ideas come to me as I debate people, and myself. So even an article that is at it’s core about Hate can produce a vast amount of grace. I thank you for that.

  6. themahdiblog says:

    I retract my statement about this article being about Hate. I didn’t pay attention to the content. I’m sorry.

  7. Taylor says:

    Did anyone notice that Sean is comparing Japanese fisherman to murderers? Seriously??? News flash… Humans kill animals and eat them. This shouldn’t be disturbing or “Awaken” anyone. The only thing wrong with this is the potential of over fishing and the potential toxicity of the meat. Sorry Sean… you lost a bit of legitimacy for the rest of your argument by starting out so weak.

    • Sean Trank says:

      The comparison is for those who value life. There are many who see the slaughtering of dolphins more tragic than the death of humans. My post is about facing reality not about what is more tragic. There is no argument here just a call to the unaware that injustice happens in all shapes and sizes to everybody and everything.

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