And now the commentary on this verse:
Christian villages in Iraq. Christians beheaded in Libya and this report from Garissa, Kenya where 147 students, mostly Christians, were massacred:
A student told The Associated Press, “If you were a Christian, you were shot on the spot.”
Another who escaped through a window said, “The attackers were just in the next room, I heard them ask people whether they were Christian or Muslim, then I heard gunshots and screams.”
One witness described his best friend begging for his life, pretending to be a Muslim; when he couldn’t recite a Muslim prayer, he was shot to death.
Another recalls seeing three girls praying for help: “The mistake they made was to say, ‘Jesus, please save us,’ because that is when they were immediately shot.”
* Scripture quotation comes from John 16:2-3