Our hearts go out to the Muslim communities in Christchurch, especially those families grieving for the loss of loved ones at the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques on friday 15th March, 2019.
At 1.40pm a lone gunman entered the Al Noor Mosque and commenced an unspeakable act of Satanic evil, the result of which was the loss of 42 lives before continuing to Linwood Mosque where another 7 were killed. One more died later in hospital. A further 48 innocent people were injured, some seriously. Innocent people involved in prayer were callously gunned down in a terrorist act of hate.
Christians, Muslims, and Jews all believe there is a God, and also believe Satan is real. All good comes from God, all evil from satan. We human beings have the capacity and responsibility to choose the good and reject evil. All believe that every person is of equal value to God and should be to us. All believe that we all must stand before God and be judged in the next life.
Some verses from the bible that teach us how to act to everyone irrespective of race, religion, or wealth.
God has made of one man all nations of the earth. Acts 17 v 26
You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way. Exodus 23 v 21
Love your neighbour as you love yourself. Mark 12 v 30
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful,. and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13 v 4-7
Three things will last forever - faith, hope, and love - and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13 v 13
Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. Matthew 7 v 12
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honourable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Romans 12 v 17 - 18.
Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Hebrews 12 v 14
You must not murder (The 6th commandment given to Moses around 3,400 years ago). Exodus 20 v 15
Don't let evil conquer you, but conquer evil with good. Romans 12 v 21
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. Matthew 5 v 6
God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. Matthew 5 v 9
Let your speech always be gracious. Colossians 4 v 6
God created everything through Jesus, and nothing was created except through him. He gave life to everything that was created , and his life brought light to everyone, The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has never put it out. John 1 v 3 – 5
New Zealand National Anthem.
God of Nations at Thy feet, In the bonds of love we meet, Hear our voices, we entreat, God defend our free land, Guard Pacific's triple star, From the shafts of strife and war, Make her praises heard afar, God defend New Zealand 3
Men of every creed and race, Gather here before thy face, Asking thee to bless this place, God defend our free land, From dissension, envy, hate, And corruption guard our state Make our country good and great God defend New Zealand
Peace not war shall be our boast, But, should foes assail our coast, Make us then a mighty host, God defend our free land, Lord of battles in thy might, Put our enemies to flight, Let our cause be just and right, God defend New Zealand
Let our love for Thee increase, May Thy blessings never cease, Give us plenty, give us peace, God defend our free land, From dishonour and from shame, Guard our country's spotless name, Crown her with immortal fame, God defend New Zealand.
May our mountains ever be Freedom's ramparts on the sea, Make us faithful unto thee, God defend our free land, Guide her in the nations van, Preaching love and truth to man, Working out thy glorious plan, God defend New Zealand.