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Christians in Hiding

Egypt

When Monifa was a teenager, she lived with her family in Egypt. Monica’s family were Muslims, but one evening they heard part of a Christian program on the radio.

Monifa was curious about what she had heard, so she began to listen to the program more often. Her parents were not happy about it, and they warned her to stop.

Monifa asked a Christian boy at her school to tell her more about Jesus. But he was afraid he might get in trouble if he shared his faith with a Muslim. Monifa found some information online at an Internet café. Then one day she saw a Bible at a Christian bookstore, so she took it to the restroom in the store to read it secretly.

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Comparing Christianity and the Religion of the Pharaohs

Ancient Egyptian Religion
Christianity
God Historians believe ancient Egyptians worshipped many gods, though not all were worshipped in the same area or time period. One ancient king is said to have worshipped only one god, but it was not the God of the Bible. Christians believe in one God (Deuteronomy 6:4).
Followers The ancient religion died out little by little as Christianity spread in Egypt. In recent times, some non-Christians outside of Egypt have taken an interest in Egyptian gods. (These gods are false gods according to biblical beliefs.) Some New Age followers in the U.S., for example, now pray to Isis, an Egyptian goddess. More than 2 billion people in the world today call themselves Christians.
Holy Books No single book was considered holy. The Egyptian Book of the Dead was a collection of spells and magic that supposedly helped the dead deal with the afterlife. Christians believe the Holy Bible is the word of God (2 Timothy 3:16).
Afterlife Many archaeologists believe rulers had the pyramids built to serve as their tombs. They believed they could enjoy material possessions after death. Their bodies were preserved as mummies because they believed preserving them would help their soul survive properly. In heaven believers enjoy unbroken fellowship with God for eternity. (See Romans 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:8, and 1 Thessalonians 5:10.)
Salvation Egyptians believed they would be judged after their death for their deeds done on earth. One belief was that the dead person’s heart would be weighed with a feather on the other side of the scale. If the heart was heavy with evil deeds and weighed more than the feather, the person would not have a good afterlife. Doing good deeds is not enough for salvation. (See Ephesians 2:8,9.) Salvation is by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Egypt: Twins Risk Flunking for Jesus

Egypt

Andrew and Mario are twins living in Egypt. In 2007, when they were 13, the boys were required to take a test to pass to the next grade in school.

Andrew and Mario refused to take the test.

Islamic Studies
The twins and their mother are Christian. Their father used to be a Christian, too. But he decided to leave his family, marry a Muslim, and become a Muslim.

Children in Egypt are under the control of whichever parent is a Muslim. Andrew and Mario were placed in Islamic studies class at school because of their father’s religion.

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Leila: An Egyptian Kid of Courage

Egypt

Into the Den of Infidels is a book that tells the stories of Muslims in Egypt who continued to seek the truth even in the face of great obstacles. The following true story is taken from the book. It has been edited.

Leila was the oldest of four sisters in an Egyptian family. (The photo shows a girl in Egypt washing her clothes.) Her father was a strict Muslim who went to the mosque to pray five times every day. Her mother was a Muslim, too, but was not as strict in following Muslim practices.

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Egypt: The Christian and the Imams

Egypt

One day, an Egyptian Christian visited two imams from a large mosque. An imam is a Muslim religious leader, and a mosque is a Muslim place of worship. (The photo to the left shows the inside of a mosque.)

The Christian told the imams, “I have some questions about Islam and would like to know more.” (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) The imams were delighted. Maybe they mistakenly thought the Christian wanted to become a Muslim.

Egyptian Muslims who become Christians are often persecuted by their families and the authorities, and are often treated unfairly. But Christians who convert to Islam are welcomed by Muslims. Some Christians in Egypt are tempted to become Muslims so they will have more privileges and fairer treatment from Muslim neighbors and officials.

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