Groups of Muslims who have witnessed the Islamic State's crimes in Iraq and Syria, are turning away from Islam and instead towards Christianity, claims theologian Iben Thranholm.
While Europe seems to be more and more tolerant of Islam and its maxims, and drops its own Christian foundations, there is a hidden development in the Middle East that can completely turn the religious map we know today, upside down.
There are indications that the brutality of the Islamic State is not winning new supporters, as previously thought, but instead gives a tremendous backlash.
Groups of Muslims who are witnessing the Islamic State's horrible crimes in Iraq and Syria, begins, not only to question their faith, but are turning away from Islam. They are angry and frustrated with Islam, and will not be part of it anymore. Often they turn away from Islam and become Christians.
Missionaries in Islamic countries and Christian relief organizations actually speaks of a biblical revolution and a powerful spiritual revival. This applies to countries such as Iran, Jordan, Afghanistan and in Iraqi and Syrian areas which are not controlled by the Islamic State.
But how can it happen that Christianity flourishes in countries where being a Christian can cost their lives?
It makes an impression on Muslims and Yazidis that Christian organizations provide emergency assistance, not just to its own but to all in need, regardless of creed and background. Many in these areas are accustomed to think only of their own survival, but among the Christians they see unusual human aid.
Aid agencies do not preach when providing assistance. But many of those who receive help, come back and ask questions. They are attracted by the humanity they have experienced, and would even like to be a part of it.
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