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Pakistan: Kid of Courage Stands “Alone”

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Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand (Ephesians 6:13, NIV).

The Assembly
On September 17, 2007, the teachers at a public school in Pakistan called all the students to a special assembly. At the assembly, a teacher announced to the entire school that the “Injil” has been changed and is now false. “Injil” is the name that Muslims call the New Testament of the Christian Bible.

Has the Bible Been Changed?
Most of the people in Pakistan are Muslims. Muslims follow the teachings in a book called the Quran. The teachings in the Quran do not agree with the teachings in the Bible. However, the Quran speaks highly of the Injil (New Testament), which was written hundreds of years before the Quran.

So Muslims have a problem. The Quran says the Bible is good, but the Bible does not agree with the Quran. For example, the Bible says Jesus is the Son of God who offers salvation from sin to those who believe in Him and follow Him. The Quran says Jesus is not the Son of God and that people are saved by doing good deeds.

Muslims solve the problem by saying that the first Bibles were true. But they say the Bible has been changed and is now not true. They do not know, or do not understand, that early copies of the Bible have been found. The early books prove that there have been few changes in the Bible over the years. The message is the same in the early books and in the Bible today.

Standing Alone
A Christian boy at the school assembly heard what the teacher said about the Bible. He stood up among all the Muslim students and Muslim teachers. He said boldly, “The Bible has not changed. But whoever reads it is changed.”

Radical Muslim students screamed at the Christian boy. He will not have an easy time at school for the rest of the year. But he continues to stand firm in his faith in Christ.

The boy was the only one who stood up for Jesus at the assembly, but he was not really “alone.” People mocked Jesus and “hurled insults” at Him, too. (See Mark 15, NIV.) Jesus understands, and He is with those who stand “alone” for the truth.


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