| Re-Posted via VOM Newsroom |
The Iranian government is showing increasing concern about the large quantities of Bibles entering the country, according to VOM contacts.
Government advisor Dr. Majid Abhari recently announced the seizure of 6,500 copies of the Bible between the cities of Zanjan and Abhar in northwest Iran, according to Mohabat News. He accused the missionaries in charge of the operation of using money and propaganda to influence people in Iran, specifically youth.
“With regards to the activities of these Christian missionaries to deceive people, especially youngsters, they have begun a huge campaign by spending huge sums and false propaganda for deceiving the public,” Abhari told a government news agency.
Bible confiscation is common in Iran. Prior to this event, police officers and revolutionary guards seized and burned 300 Bibles on a routine bus inspection in November 2010.
Abhari expressed concerns about the large quantity of Bibles recently imported and circulated in Iran. He said, “These books were made with the best paper in the world [and were] pocket size. The important point in this issue that should be considered by intelligence, judicial and religious agencies is that all religions are strengthening their power to confront Islam.”
Many government officials believe the purpose of Christians is to directly confront Islam, reports a VOM contact. According to VOM contacts, Iranian officials have always been against Muslim conversions to Christianity. However, three decades of extensive propaganda against Christianity has not deterred many Iranians from seeking the gospel.