Christianity insane to non-believers, author describes

Sunday, January 20, 2013
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The Insanity of God is the title of a new book written by Nik Ripken, which contends that persecution is good.

The Insanity of God (book cover)Ripken tells OneNewsNow he came up with the title during a lengthy discussion about what to name the book.

"In our mind was this whole thing about a God who would send his only beloved son to the world and what would the world say about us going to Somalia and putting ourselves at risk," he explains.

"And so the whole 'insanity of God' thing grew out of God's love and that God is so different that from the world's point of view what we do and what he did is insane."

And for Muslims, Hindus and others who come to understand how much God loves them, he says "it almost seems like insanity to them." But for those of other faiths who do not understand that important point, Christians are targeted for persecution.

"For instance, for years in Somalia before they killed off the believers there, one believer took me to an insane asylum," Ripken says. "You talk about horrible. He showed me the room that he was locked in and the chains outside that he was chained to sit on the porch of the insane asylum. The belief in his family and his clan was that if you leave Islam and embrace the love of Jesus Christ, you had to be crazy -- and so they'd lock you up in an insane asylum."

Ripkin says persecution is a byproduct of people coming to Jesus "and, therefore, the more persecution we see generally, it's due to more people coming to Christ." Ripken has worked in some of the world's most dangerous places for Christians -- such as Somalia -- and interviewed more than 600 Christians who have faced persecution. The end result is the book "The Insanity of God."

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