Christians Persecuted In Burma For Turning To Christ, ‘Angering Buddhist Spirits’

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Christians face severe persecution in Burma, as watchdog groups such as Open Doors USA have pointed out. The nation was ranked 23rd on Open Doors’ World Watch List of places that are most hostile to followers of Christ for their faith, with believers regularly prevented from practicing their religion.
A Christian couple from Burma, who were previously Buddhists but have since turned to Christ, have been targeted by relatives who want to kick them out of their home for their Christian faith, and who believe that Christians are “angering spirits” associated with Buddhism.
The couple are said to have found Christ during a work stay in Thailand. But when they returned back home to their village in Burma, their relatives denied them the use of property they had bought.

Although the couple, who have two children, were finally given a small piece of land where they can live on a temporary basis, they are being denied the practice of their faith.

“Moreover, they were strictly prohibited not to receive any Christian pastor or guests at their home, and not to have worship services at their home,” an indigenous missionary revealed.

The relatives are reportedly monitoring the couple closely, and are threatening to kick them out if they receive any Christian missionaries.

Burma, officially called the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, has only a minority Christian community, who make up between 5 to 9 percent of the country’s population. Buddhism, which claims between 80 to 90 percent of the population, has been fused in the country with occult and spiritual beliefs that pre-date the religion. Professing allegiance to Christ alone is seen as angering the very spirits both villagers and urban dwellers hope to placate,” it added.

 

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