Because They Believe God Punishes Sin


Pray for this family and especially the children, who have been split up and may never see their parents or siblings again:

Officials in Norway have moved to place five children that were seized from their parents on charges that included “Christian radicalization and indoctrination” up for adoption, reports state.

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The children, including a nursing infant son, have now been placed in three separate foster homes while their parents have been given extremely limited visitation rights. Although both parents can see their infant son twice a week, only Ruth can visit with her two oldest sons once per week while neither parent can visit their daughters.

“They said it was the belief of the parents, the Christian belief, and they said this creates a handicap in children because they are telling children that God punishes sin, and this is wrong in their point of view,” Bodnariu said. “In the [formal] accusations, they didn’t mention the religious aspect, only make the case on abuse, even though there is no evidence.”

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Image information:

Source: Emigration-of-the-Huguenots-­-1566-by-Jan-Antoon-Neuhuys

I chose this painting because this case reminds me of the suffering the Huguenots endured after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.  During that time of persecution, Protestant children were often forcibly taken from their parents and given to Catholic families to be raised as Roman Catholics.  The book The Escape: The Adventures of Three Huguenot Children Fleeing Persecution by A. VanderJagt gives a good feel of this time in an easy to understand manner.


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