COURAGE IN THE FACE OF IMMINENT DANGER
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D
It has been said that a coward dies many times before his death but the valiant tastes of death but once! Recently, the hate-filled, demon-controlled Islamic terrorist who was responsible for the deaths of 3,000 people on September 11, 2001 was executed by US Navy seals in his hide-out in Pakistan.
The man who had bravely called for thousands of jihadists (Muslim extremists) to become suicide bombers for Allah, died like the coward he was. When the Navy seals entered his bedroom, he shouted, “I am not him” and shoved one of his wives in front of himself to take his bullet. The brave Islamic murderer hid behind his wife’s skirt. Here you can see the difference between a civilized man who would seek to protect his wife and an animal like Osama bin Laden.
The book, ‘Redeemed in Peace’ (Pada BeShalom in Hebrew) tells the account of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (Rayatz), the sixth Lubavitcher rebbe. The Rayatz lived in Russia during the Russian Revolution of 1917 and fought to keep Judaism alive in the Soviet Union. Some of the Jews in Russia were communists and they created the Yessektsiya, a special “Jewish Affairs Section” run by Jews who instigated purges to stamp out God from their hearts. Rebbe Scheersohn was invited for interrogation by the Council of Critics of Religion.
They claimed that they engaged in criticism of the religion of Israel, and as such had already called in a few rabbis and listened to their answers. Now, they wanted to hear the opinion of Rabbi Schneersohn on issues related to Kabbalah and Hasidism. Their questions were expressed in Russian, but the Rebbe insisted on answering in Yiddish.
NO MAN OR DEMON WILL CAUSE ME TO CHANGE MY PRINCIPLES, EVEN BY A LITTLE BIT.!!!
The Rebbe explained that ‘no man or demon has been born or will be born that will cause me to change my principles, even by a little bit.’ One of the interrogators pointed a gun toward the Rebbe and said: ‘This toy removes the principles, fear of it opens the mouth, and the speaker becomes mute.’
The Rebbe replied coolly: ‘You are quite wrong. This toy only impresses infidels and cowards. They have only one world and many gods. But we have just one G-d and we believe in two worlds. So this toy that you showed me not only is not scary, but makes no impression on me.’
SAUL OF TARSUS was converted on the Damascus Road after Jesus Christ appeared to him after His resurrection from the dead. He said: ‘But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I MIGHT FINISH MY COURSE WITH JOY…’(Acts 20: 23-24);
‘…For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die in Jerusalem for the NAME OF THE LORD JESUS.’ (Acts 21: 10-11)
What a difference between the Jewish Rabbi Schneersohn and the great Christian apostle St. Paul and the schnivelling killer of innocent men, women and children Osama bin Laden!