The Coptic Christians of Egypt – even more at risk now with the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood
There are various estimates, but approximately 10 percent of the population of Egypt is Christian, the vast majority, nearly all, of these are Copts. This 10 percent amounts to several million persons.
Coptic Christianity differs from Orthodox, Catholic, and most Protestant Christianity in that the Copts believe in Monophysitism (from the Greek, meaning one nature). For the Copts, Christ was God, but not also man. This is in opposition to what the Council of Nicea reaffirmed, in 325 a.d., that Jesus was true God and true man (conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary). Most Christians believe in the two natures (divine and human) of Jesus. The Copts only accept that Jesus was the Son of God, the second person of the Blessed Trinity. (The Coptic belief is essentially the opposite of the Arian Heresy – which was the major reason behind the early Church fathers convening the Council of Nicea. The Arian Heresy denies Christ’s divinity and asserts that Christ was only human.)
Even before Mubarak was chased from power in February of last year, the Copts were suffering violence directed at them and at their churches and their homes. This violence has escalated since the departure of Mubarak, and is now likely to increase even more with the emboldened Muslim Brotherhood coming off its victory in the recent election.
Regrettably, with the current president of the United States and his secretary of state, we cannot realistically hope that the violence directed at Christians will be condemned (in any meaningful way) by the United States. President Obama stands ready to give aid to the Muslim Brotherhood as it assumes power.
http://www.persecution.com/ is the website of Voice of the Martyrs. This organization tracks and reports on the ongoing persecutions of Christians around the world. It is a good source of information.
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