The Afghan Convert

... Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.
36 Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.
37 They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated -
38 the world was not worthy of them.
Hebrews 11:35-38

This morning, my husband sent me an article from Canada.com. Abdul Rahman is an Afghan, a former Muslim who converted to Christianity some 16 years ago. He is now imprisoned for his faith and could be executed. It has been suggested that he may be insane and therefore unfit to stand trial.
I am curious to know what qualifies this man as being insane? Is it the fact the he converted? Apparently he "doesn't talk like a normal person." What can I say to this but
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."
20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
1 Corinthians 1: 18-20

It is my hope that this man will not be executed. If he is, may he be a shining example to all Christians, especially those of us here in the West who have never been tested. We have it too easy.


Mark said...

My question is whether Afghan authorities believe he MUST be insane in order to follow Christ, not that he is insane from a psychological pov.

Haven't found an answer to that yet.

Anonymous said...

Supposedly, it says in the Afghan constitution (from way back when) which is based on Muslim law (and probably the Koran) that if someone converts away from Islam, they can be sentenced to death. I am curious to know why they waited 16 years before enforcing that. Anyway, the news media down here in the States wants President Bush to step in and ensure that the newly formed Afghan democracy does not exercise its "democratic right" to enforce the law of their land. Unfortunate as it is, having a foreign power step in and tell you you can't exercise your own laws after touting that as their whole goal would be a lot worse than having this man's Christianity tested by possible death - something the martyrs of old faced. It seems like he is sane enough to know what he signed up for when he became a Christian 16 years ago. I just hope that if I had to stand that kind of test, I would pass.

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