The Deracination of the Oriental Christians from Iraq Heralds the End of Western Christianity
- The Deracination of the Oriental Christians from Iraq Heralds the End of Western Christianity
Dr. Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
June 14, 2010
No one among the hundreds of millions of Western Christians seems ready to show a genuine interest for the ongoing Aramaean Christian Genocide in Iraq. Yet, they should disregard all other subjects of focus and consider the incredible slaughter as their own personal affair.
The US-led invasion of Iraq proved to be a development worse than WWI for the millennia long Oriental Christianity which was embraced by the indigenous Aramaeans to be later diffused by them up to Central Asia and China.
Syriac Aramaic, not Greek, is the historically preponderant language for the Christians in Asia. Orthodox Christianity (pejoratively called Monophysitic by the Constantinopolitans) and Nestorian Christianity were diffused throughout Mesopotamia, Syria, Palestine, Arabia, Yemen, Persia and India before the explosion of Islam.
The fact that both denominations were rejected by the official doctrines of the Eastern Roman Empire and the Sassanid Empire of Iran prepared the Aramaean Christians for persecutions of minor climax, namely those occurred in the Islamic Caliphates. But when in the mid 8th century, Islam was the official doctrine of most of the territories between Afghanistan and the Atlantic, Nestorian Christianity was one of the three religions practiced in the vast region of Central Asia, northeast of the Islamic Caliphate and west of China. Nestorians were still numerous there and in China at the times of Marco Polo, which shows the deep roots of Nestorian Christianity in the most confined parts of the then known world.
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