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June 8th, 2012
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My Take: Syria’s Christian conundrum

Editor’s note: Hind Aboud Kabawat is a Syrian attorney. She is also a conflict resolution specialist and senior research analyst at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, which is based at George Mason University in Virginia. The views expressed in this article are solely those of Hind Aboud Kabawat.

By Hind Aboud Kabawat, Special to CNN

(CNN)–One of the most perplexing aspects of the Syrian revolution is the deep ambivalence felt by so many of the country’s Christians when faced with the prospect of freedom after four decades of authoritarian dictatorship. Some Christians have enthusiastically embraced the prospect of democratic change and a more open civil society, but many have not.

As a Christian, this provokes a great deal of sadness in me and others who are committed to transforming Syria into an open, democratic, inclusive, secular and religiously tolerant society. But the problem is that many, if not most, Christians in Syria do not believe that this will be the outcome of changing the regime.

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  1. Seriously.......

    I dont understand why the syrian christians are so relcutant to drop their existing secular goverment rule, that lets them worship in peace for a new democratic change called Muslim Brotherhood whos opposition is fighting along side saudi wahabists and al qaeda

    Freedom, freedom, freee doom!

    June 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    June 10, 2012 at 6:49 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!.!.

      June 11, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  3. Kindness

    Kindness
    For you.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from som other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    June 9, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
    • Reality

      Only for the new members of this blog:

      Solving the issues in less than 100 words. This is so easy one wonders why it took so long: (from a PowerPoint slide)

      SAVING 1.5 BILLION LOST MUSLIMS:
      THERE NEVER WERE AND NEVER WILL BE ANY ANGELS I.E. NO GABRIEL, NO ISLAM AND THEREFORE NO MORE KORANIC-DRIVEN ACTS OF HORROR AND TERROR LIKE 9/11 AND NO MORE SUNNI/SHIITE CONFLICTS.

      SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:
      THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY AND THEREFORE NO MORE VATICAN COVERUPS AND NO MORE CONFLICTS WITH NUNS.

      SAVING 15.5 MILLION FOLLOWERS OF JUDAISM:
      ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.
      (prob•a•bly

      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.)

      Added details upon request.

      June 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  4. John Stefanyszyn

    Miss Hind Aboud Kabawat

    Ref to your words..."As a Christian, this provokes a great deal of sadness in me and others who are committed to transforming Syria into an open, democratic, inclusive, secular and religiously tolerant society."

    It is clear that your first love is freedom of rights and freedom of all religions.
    There is One and Only One God , to whom Christ His Son is the Only Way of Life.
    This is not inclusive of a belief and way that believes that all gods / religions are right.
    This is no room for "secular" in Christ...he is the One True Way.

    It is clear that for you Christ is a PART of the way of life that includes and embraces all religons and all gods.

    The Holy Spirit is Only from the One True God.
    When Christ will return He will be the Only King...with the One Way of God.

    June 9, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • Nii

      JOHN
      When u read the Gospels carefully u will realise that there is no religion discussed by Christ but rather spirituality.
      The Church was to be a movement to promote spirituality not religion.
      In John 3 Christ describes spirituality in full to a religious man, Nicodemus! Repent!

      June 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • Jesus was a homless bum

      Get off your knees, burn an x in your head, denounce god worship the devil.

      June 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      "The Holy Spirit is Only from the One True God.
      When Christ will return He will be the Only King...with the One Way of God"

      AMEN!.

      June 11, 2012 at 12:12 am |
  5. Kindness

    For you.
    A thought to consider without a typical ego response

    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from som other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    June 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Reality

      Solving the issues in less than 100 words. This is so easy one wonders why it took so long: (from a PowerPoint slide)

      SAVING 1.5 BILLION LOST MUSLIMS:
      THERE NEVER WERE AND NEVER WILL BE ANY ANGELS I.E. NO GABRIEL, NO ISLAM AND THEREFORE NO MORE KORANIC-DRIVEN ACTS OF HORROR AND TERROR LIKE 9/11 AND NO MORE SUNNI/SHIITE CONFLICTS.

      SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:
      THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY AND THEREFORE NO MORE VATICAN COVERUPS AND NO MORE CONFLICTS WITH NUNS.

      SAVING 15.5 MILLION FOLLOWERS OF JUDAISM:
      ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.
      (prob•a•bly

      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.)

      Added details upon request.

      June 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  6. junior

    Even atheists can't agree on the same thing. How is that for a cultural reflection?

    June 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • just sayin

      You're still just as stupid the 3rd time you post it.

      June 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • just sayin

      Stand firm in the faith, be of good courage. God bless

      June 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • junior

      "Stand firm in the faith, be of good courage. God bless"

      Thank you

      June 8, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • No God

      Stand firm in the stupidity be brainwashed, question nothing. Your a sheep. No god.

      June 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Why would you expect atheists to agree on things? That's silly. It'd be like expecting nonbelievers in unicorns to agree on fiscal policy or non-stamp collectors to agree on politics. You need to research critical thinking and/or logical argumentation. Try your local library.

      June 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  7. junior

    Even atheists can't agree on the same thing. How is that for a cultural reflection.

    June 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  8. Nude Nuns with Big Guns

    Isn't the Conundrum that guy tattooed from head to toe in blue puzzle pieces? No wonder the Syrians are confused.

    June 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • junior

      He cheated because he didn't have to put the pieces together.

      June 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  9. I am the god of science bow down to me atheists

    Where were atheists on 9/11?
    Where were atheists when a "Christian" decided to bomb some abortion clinic?
    Where were they when churches become a business?
    Where were they when cult terrorize?
    When science kills people do they even care or rebel?
    When science created the first man-made weapon that could kill a nation in seconds,did any rebel?

    They claim God should do something about all the evil in this world yet..they also don't do a dang thing to even help.I don't mean helping the poor or feeding the hungry..I'm talking about stopping what they claim is evil.

    Half the time most tend to their lives while they blame God for not helping a starved child in Africa but its not happening to them..when it happens to them it's totally different

    June 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • ME II

      "They claim God should do something about all the evil in this world yet..they also don't do a dang thing to even help.I don't mean helping the poor or feeding the hungry.."
      An Atheist wouldn't expect, or claim, God to do anything, since He doesn't exist.

      "I'm talking about stopping what they claim is evil."
      In an ethical sense, generally, Atheist's think that religion is evil.

      June 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • 2 2=Goddidit?

      Yet they still do.

      June 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • No God

      We don't blame your imaginary god for anything. It does not exist. We blame those or the things responsible, not god or the devil it some other myth.

      June 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • just sayin

      So you believe atheists are psychic and can sense evil coming? Idiot

      June 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Answer

      Anything that gets rid of those darn retarded religious people is fine with me.

      June 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • No proof for "No God" claim

      Even murder them?

      That makes you like them

      June 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • No God

      No proof of any god ever in the history of time. God is man made that is why there is no scientific, concrete, absolute proof of any god. There is more scientific evidence for extraterrestrial beings, or even bigfoot. Not one trace from "god" itself. That's a fvcking irrefutable fact. All holy books were written by men about gods. Not the other way around. That's fact.

      June 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • No proof for "No God" claim

      yet no proof that man exists by accident has ever arose in the field of science as total pure solid fact?

      Seems like many atheists create their own religion

      June 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      I think its a fantastic idea to "create your own religion," but I know of no intelligent person who would say that "man exists by accident," so I have no idea what that's supposed to mean. Science and evolution describe HOW certain processes work, not that things are or aren't the result of an "accident." When people use the term "accident," they are automatically taking assuming a bias in order to speed up the explanation. If you trip over a curb, it's an "accident" because you didn't intend to do it, but that "accident" is perfectly explainable by the laws of physics and the cause and effect of your step and the height of the curb and the speed of your body and all sorts of actual, measurable processes. You just use the term "accident" because you didn't calculate as much data as you needed to consider and so your motion had unintended results.

      Strawman arguments are stupid by definition.

      June 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
  10. just sayin

    Perhaps the Christians there should paint red crosses on them and run around and see if God protects them from the snipers?

    June 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • just sayin

      The cross of Christ is foolishness to those who are perishing. God bless

      June 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • A Serpents Dump

      The turds of god are smelly to those who have their heads up their butts. God kills.

      June 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • find an atheist

      find unnatural filth

      June 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      @find an atheist

      If you really think that you're honoring your god with that sort of tactic, then you two deserve each other. Enjoy your disease.

      June 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  11. Reality

    Solving the issues in less than 100 words. This is so easy one wonders why it took so long: (from a PowerPoint slide)

    SAVING 1.5 BILLION LOST MUSLIMS:
    THERE NEVER WERE AND NEVER WILL BE ANY ANGELS I.E. NO GABRIEL, NO ISLAM AND THEREFORE NO MORE KORANIC-DRIVEN ACTS OF HORROR AND TERROR LIKE 9/11 AND NO MORE SUNNI/SHIITE CONFLICTS.

    SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:
    THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY AND THEREFORE NO MORE VATICAN COVERUPS AND NO MORE CONFLICTS WITH NUNS.

    SAVING 15.5 MILLION FOLLOWERS OF JUDAISM:
    ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.
    (prob•a•bly

    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.)

    Added details upon request.
    Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslim souls:

    June 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    June 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      June 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • A take

      Prayer changed those whom you despise Jes

      June 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Jesus

      "Prayer changed those whom you despise Jes"

      Lying is a major sin.

      June 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • junior

      Are you sure lying is a sin? Then you do embrace religion. So would you say it is a venial or mortal sin?

      June 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
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