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The Mission

He's broken the treaty.
He's already been beaten.
He's one of the people of the book.
Fetch the nails, rope and wood.
He's a Christian, 
that was his admission.

Reject your beliefs - 
and you will be released.
Say Jesus was not God.
Do you understand?
They tied rope around his wrists.

Repeat after me, or your pain will increase. 
Say Jesus is not God.
They shackled his ankles.

Repeat after me -
and you will be in peace.
Say Jesus was not on the cross,
Say he was not dead!
They restrained his head.

Crossing sticks,
they made a crucifix,
tied the rope around it,
from his wrists.
We will kill you if you defy!
Say Jesus did not die!

Finally -
he replied.
Jesus is my lord,
I will not forsake him,
for that -
I will face the sword.

Nails driven through his palms,
first left, then right.
Blazing hot sun,
searing into his skin.
Now his ankles -
would be nailed to the splint.

Say God Is One!
Allah never had a son!
Tearing through his skin,
as the nails were blunt.

They drove the nail through the other one.
As they raised the cross,
his skin began to rip,
hanging by the nails,
which they had impaled.

It seemed like days had passed,
this one, felt to him -
like it would be the last…

Then they returned,
they would soon confirm,
his fate -
for what he would not embrace.

Repeat after me, 
you will then be set free!



They smote his throat,
because Allah,
he would not invoke.

As his life slipped away,
he knew it was something -
he could never say.
The Muslim God, was not his,
he would -
never submit.
He was a Christian - 
and that was his mission.

Ninety thousand Christians were murdered for their faith around the globe this year, which amounts to one being killed every six minutes, Italy’s CESNUR religious study group said.
Christians are now the most persecuted religious group in the world, Massimo Introvigne, director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), told Vatican Radio.

According to CESNUR statistics, around 500,000 Christians around the globe are unable to practice their faith completely freely, Introvigne said.

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