What does Matthew 10:34 say? Which issues are forbidden in line with Christianity? Are you able to describe the sacraments?
If these questions appear exhausting – even unanswerable – to you, you are fortunate to not be a Christian asylum seeker in Sweden.
Since a few years again, the Swedish Migration Board tries to distinguish between “actual” converts from Islam to Christianity that danger persecution of their international locations of origin, and “faux” ones who solely search an affordable option to acquire asylum, by asking numerous questions.
Sweden being a really secular nation, most officers who provide you with these questions usually are not Christians themselves. Moreover, they do not have a lot information about Christianity – although they could assume so themselves.
Me and a few mates determined to conduct an experiment. We designed a take a look at known as “Am I a Christian” based mostly on actual questions the Swedish migration board had been asking converts the final couple of years.
Other than the three talked about above, the take a look at included questions like “What number of components does the New Testomony have?”, “What is the distinction between the Protestant church and the Orthodox church” in addition to the inflammatory “What are your ideas on the New Testomony being very anti-women?”
The take a look at went viral. Pastors, clergymen, bishops, theologians, celebrities… all types of individuals answered the questions and shared their outcomes on social media. Inside 4 days, over 100,000 folks had participated. Solely 300 of them scored greater than 60 % right solutions.
“Am I a Christian” sparked an enormous debate. Most individuals agree that the questions converts face are too exhausting and don’t actually say something about whether or not somebody’s religion is real or not. A number of questions show a secular bias and an ignorance of what true Christian religion is about.
Because the Swedish Council of Church buildings has identified, clergymen and pastors have much better competence to acknowledge real Christian religion. Thus, their testimonies ought to weigh heavy in these kinds of investigations.
The Migration Board themselves gave contradictory replies. Their representatives each defended the utilization of these kinds of questions, and on the exact same day denied that they’re getting used in any respect.
Over the last couple of weeks, many extra examples of ridiculous questions have been unearthed. In December 2018, a convert was labeled as disingenuous as a result of he couldn’t account for what All Saints Eve was about. Earlier, one other convert was instructed he doesn’t have to evangelize as a result of “the Church of Sweden doesn’t do missions”.
Much more absurd, one convert was requested to recite the Lord’s prayer. His interpreter mistranslated one line to “ship us from visitors accidents”, which made the Migration Board condemn the convert to deportation since him “solely praying for defense towards visitors accidents” was handled with suspicion.
It is a full-blown disaster. Real Christians are being deported to international locations the place Christians are persecuted just because Swedish authorities officers are incompetent and hostile in direction of Christianity.
Micael Grenholm is the editor-in-chief for Pentecostals & Charismatics for Peace & Justice and pastor of Mosaik Church in Uppsala, Sweden.