A powerful post from The Anchoress.
ISIS wants the engagement, and so they will have it; the capture of these Syrian Christians is all about tempting the supernatural forces behind Christianity (and the Judaism from which it springs) into battle with the forces behind Islam. The world-outrage at their beheading 21 Coptic Christians has apparently left them feeling triumphant. With 90 or so Christians now under their hands, they may — like ringmasters desperate to keep your attention — promise something “bigger”, a more spectacularly gruesome slaying meant to strike fear into the West.
Of course, they will lose; the more Christian martyrs create, the more their own fate shall be sealed. The Coptic Martyrs now reside in heaven, where they are already being implored by us to intercede for the world before the Throne of the Almighty, who sends forth his angels and empowers things seen and unseen, toward his purposes.
They will lose because they do not understand the people they are slaying, and this is also why they are misreading their own effect. They think they have horrified the world, but they have only frightened the worldly. In the meantime, they have drawn Christians nearer toward one-another, and narrowed the lines of separation. They have reminded some Christians that the life of faith is not about politics and headlines; it is about the eternity, which we seek.
If a jihadi rejoices because he thinks his “martyrdom” will deliver a rather passive-sounding paradise full of numerous virgins, the families of the Christian Martyrs rejoice because they know that from heaven their loved ones have become supernaturally empowered.
The more martyrs ISIS creates in heaven, the weaker it will become on earth. Because of things visible and invisible.
Can ISIS make a lot of noise? Yes. Can they cut a terrible swath of destruction as they continue? Yes. Can they spill a great deal of human blood? Yes, and they will.
But ultimately, ISIS will still lose, because evil always loses. They will lose because, as Osama bin Laden stated after 9/11, they “love death for the sake of Allah, but our enemies love life.”
Yes, we do, and we embrace it all, both here on earth, and in heaven, where we are eternal.
ISIS cannot defeat an enemy that cannot die. They will finally lose. And when they go to the death they love and serve, they will discover the reality of the nothing; the eternity of the empty, because the Creator is the All-in-All, the Light and the Life which draws all things to itself. To separate oneself from that is to cast oneself into the place where God is not.
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be
through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race
the light shines in the darkness
and the darkness has not overcome it.
– John 1:1-5
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