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Monday, May 28, 2007

[ShBride #18] Fire

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"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12 (NASB)

Today meet my new friend, Zeina. She is a 20 year old petite Shiite girl with huge brown eyes and long, wavy, dark hair down her shoulders. She loves a guy named Ali and wants to get married, but her uncle, who is in charge of her, is forbidding her to see him.

Before I tell you about our recent conversation, let me explain a term she used. It is the word, Sayyed, and in this case, it refers to a Shiite who traces his lineage to one of the Twelve Imams, revered Shiite leaders from the past, who now provides daily spiritual guidance to specific Shiite communities.

"Do you follow a Sayyed?" Zeina asked me.

"Well, I know about them," I responded.

She smiled. "You know everybody in my neighborhood has to follow one of the sayyeds, it is just the way it has to be."

In Zeina's neighborhood, nearly everybody really does follow one particular leader - Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah of Lebanon, whom you heard about in the last Shiite Bride email.

We went on to talk and Zeina sighed deeply over the political divisions currently in our land.

"You know, in heaven..." I was just beginning to tell her about that great multitude in heaven when people from every tribe, tongue, language, and nation will fall down and worship Jesus.

"In heaven!" she declared. "We aren't going to heaven. We are all going to the fire (hell). We are all going to end up in the fire." She said it with such resoluteness that it shook me to my core.

"You don't have to end up in the fire!" I told her. "There is a way, a clear way to heaven...."

Right then we were interrupted and we never got back to the conversation, but will you pray that I get to reunite with her and share the Good News with her soon?

Friend of the Shiite Bride, join us in praying for young Shiite men and women like Zeina who follow earthly leaders, but in their hearts know they are going to hell. Pray that they hear the Good News and experience God's gift of salvation. Pray that more Shiites will find salvation in Jesus! 

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