Persecution used to worry me sick when I was a young boy, horrendous accounts from Malawi under Dr Banda & Idi Amin's reign of terror in Uganda just reinforced the knot of tension in my stomach..............Not healthy for a young mind!
I tried to talk to my parents about it & they said I should not dwell on it as it may never happen to me...................but it WAS happening to some brother or sister somewhere in the world............... why wouldn't it happen to me?
They said in their kind & caring way 'You think too much.'
But I knew I would give in & agree to signing anything with the very first finger nail being pull out, the first slice of a blade through part of my body.
I kept hearing Jehovah wont let you suffer beyond what you could bear.
How would he know what I could bear? Would he be watching & deciding 'No I wont step in just yet I think Ed could stand having another finger cut off & then thinking to himself 'Hmmm no not just yet he could still endure having a red hot poker shuvved up his backside'.
I would try to understand when does my 'loving' heavenly father, my 'friend', in his heavenly wisdom stop approving of me being tortured & actually save me?
I know my real father would've done all in his power to the point of losing his own life to protect me from the evil.
Do you think its right for a child to think of all this at such an impressionable age?