Despite pressures and threats on one hand and the ban of printing and selling gospels on the other hand, Christianity is increasingly spreading among the youth and families in Iran. The word of God is making its way into many Iranian homes.
Mohabatnews, The Iranian Christian News Agency (www.mohabatnews.com ) reports that according to Article 13 of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s constitution, “Iranian Christians, Jews and Zoroastrian minorities are the only recognized religious minorities, who, within the limits of the law, are free to perform their religious rites and ceremonies, and to act according to their own canon in matters of personal affairs and religious education.”
Article 14 also states that “the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Muslim citizens are obligated to behave honorably towards non-Muslims and to interact with them with justice and good ethics and that they should honor their human rights.”
However, Mohabat News says the situation in Iran is not like that in reality.
The news agency says: “The freedom and good ethics described in books is replaced by threats, imprisonments, beatings and hangings for these minorities, especially Christians. The government does not tolerate these minorities nor does it give them the right to live without fear.”
According to an article published by Mohabat News on March 14 this year, the Office of Contraband Search and Seizure, along with the Revolutionary Guards, discovered two boxes, each containing 300 New Testaments in a routine border inspection of a bus and, after removing them from the bus, burned them.
The agency says: “The rapid growth of the Christian faith in Iran seems to have caused significant concern and even fear in the hearts of the leadership of the Islamic regime, which has sparked increased suppression of Christians especially in the last year.
Source: Assist News | Michael Ireland