Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Anti-Conversion Law In Gujarat

We got the news last night that the law that had been sitting in the Gujarat State Assembly since 2003 that would prohibit converting from one religion to another - Passed.

The Amendment to the Freedom of Religion Act passed saying that one person cannot convert to another religion without informing the district magistrate (mayor) first. Kind of an oxymoron if you ask me - A Freedom of Religion Act that says you Can't convert without asking government's permission....

The archbishop of Gandhinagar said, “it is outrageous that the civilian authority should be given power to judge matters of faith”.

With you on that one.

So, in light of this new Amendment to the Freedom of Religion in our state we've made the following plan:

"Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart...On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord,... For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

Taken from portions of 2 Cor. 4 (vrs: 1, 3-5, 17-18)

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