Considering the events and developments in the Middle East it is important to know that the history of mankind has been written in blood and that the historical account of mankind's atrocities over the centuries had to do with religious ideologies that resulted in political, territorial and economic conflicts in order to gain dominance in resources, power and territory.
Going back to the Egyptian Invasion of Asia in 1479 BC, the Persian Empire wars and the Alexander & Macedonian Conquests from 546 BC to 322 BC to today's war on Terrorism, there have been more than 70 major conflicts and wars, resulting in an unimaginable number of deaths.
As the people of this world are blinded by the spiritual powers of darkness that have transformed themselves into an angel of light through the different religions (2 Cor. 11:13-15), they do not realize that one of the greatest conquests in the name of Religion was introduced by Pope Innocent III in 1198 AD. The incredible cruelty of the Inquisition was to punish so-called heretics who disagreed with Catholic doctrines. People of all faiths were silenced in the most torturous ways and the properties of dissenters became the property of the Catholic Church, while the Pope's coffers were expanded.
In Europe you can still visit many castles that were built during medieval times that house large chambers in their lower quarters, where millions of people were tortured and murdered in the most cruel ways anyone can imagine. Some of the tools used for these hideous crimes are still on display in some locations. There are no official records of how many people were killed but some estimates range from 25 to 50 million people.
For a better understanding of the history of the Inquisition we invite you to read the articles 'The Mystery Babylon' and 'Popes and the Princes of This World' listed on this website.
Still today the Catholic Church has more than 1 billion members, who follow the same man-made and deceptive doctrines that were responsible for the deaths of millions of people. The atrocities and the beheadings and killings of innocent people by Islamic Extremists that we have witnessed lately from the Middle East is of the same spirit of darkness, as those orchestrated by the Catholic Church during the days of the Inquisition and by other religions.
Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, founders of the Mormon Church, used the same dictatorial methods to control the members of the church they founded, and to gain dominance throughout America and the world through its dogma of a false god and a false Christ (Matthew 24:24), which are after the wisdom of man and this world and not after God (1 Cor. 2:4-7). The history of the church has also included murder, e.g. the Mountain Meadows Massacre. The Danites were a secret organization and a special protective police force for Mormon Church Authorities. They also committed murder and other atrocities in the name of the church. For a better understanding of the history of the church we invite you to read the article 'Mormon Church ~ Cult and Spiritual Harlot'.
Under the reign of terror instituted by King Leopold II of Belgium (who ran the Congo Free State as his personal fief from 1885 to 1908), the population of the Congo was reduced by half -- as many as 8 million Africans (perhaps even 10 million according to some accounts) lost their lives.
The history of European Exploration, the Crusades, the American Revolution, America's Civil War, WWI and WWII, the Holocaust, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, 9/11, etc., etc. are all reminders of the trail of death as a result of the ideology of sometimes a single person.
The following are some facts of recent conflicts, just to name a few, and the total number of citizens killed.
Holocaust - 6 million
Vietnam - 3.1 million
Cambodia - 1.7 - 2 million
Rwanda - 800,000 - 1 million
Armenia - 1 million
Darfur - 300,000
Bosnia - 96,000
Iraq - 500,000
Syria - 500,000
You have wasted your time if you have been praying for peace as your prayers have all been in vain (Matthew 15:9) and world peace is not going to happen. Even Christ did not pray for this world (John 17:9).
The modern war on Terrorism cannot be won as it is a fight against religious ideologies. It is deep-rooted in hatred and division and the evil forces have no boundaries when it comes to the value of 'human life'. They do not value their own life, let alone the life of others. To reaffirm: all one has to do is revisit and study the history of the Inquisition and compare it to the fear and threats being spread in the name of religion today. It is all of the same spirit that by nature mankind was born with (Luke 9:55). The varying conflicts are just dressed in different uniforms and portrayed under different names.
Osama bin Laden declared that if they disposed of him that there would be a thousand others. Extremism in the Islamic World is growing at an alarming rate and spreading throughout the world. We invite you to read the articles 'World History and Developments in the Middle East' and 'Clash of Civilizations'. We especially draw your attention to the section 'Islamic Conquest by Muslim Population Growth'.
Through the information we have provided on this website we have attempted to show how mankind remains separated from the true and living God through the religious doctrines they follow and what they must do to be reunited with the true and living God and overcome the spirit of darkness and this world (1 John 5:4).
Unfortunately, mankind continues to prefer darkness over light (John 3:19), as they rather follow after the divisive religious and false doctrines that cannot bring salvation. Also, the media, as the voice of this world, continues to communicate those messages and issues that only deepens the spiritual blindness of the people of this world and that keep them in bondage. We invite you to read the articles 'Influence of the Media' and 'CNN Belief Blog ~ Sign of the Times'.
As a result mankind will continue to be subject to God's judgment (John 16:11; Romans 1:8; 2:5,8; 12:19) as things will continue to wax worse and wax worse (2 Timothy 3:13), including world-wide terrorism in the name of religion.
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