Burned Bibles left outside church

 

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said last week it received a report that copies of the Holy Bible had been set on fire at a 
church property.  

The incident was reported on 7 May at the East End Seventh-day Adventist Church premises, according to police.  

RCIPS Chief Inspector Patrick Beersingh did not state whether officers were further investigating a case or if that probe might lead to any arrests.  

“It would appear the person or persons have a gripe with God or the church,” said church Pastor Ivor Harry. “I along with the congregation cannot think of why anyone would want to do this act.” 

According to Pastor Harry, the first burned Bible was found in the parking lot by a church member around December. Since that time, three more have been found burned, including a Bible that had been doused in kerosene and was placed at the church door. 

Pastor Harry said he thought nothing of it when the first Bible was found, passing it off as someone playing a prank or just part of garbage being burned in the community. He said he disposed of it without notifying anyone. 

About a month later, another Bible was found in the parking lot and in a few weeks when a third burned Bible was found, the church decided to get together to discuss the matter, he said. 

Pastor Harry said during that meeting it was decided to get the police involved. Church members said they believed that whoever was burning the Bibles was trying to send a message to the church, or was having an issue with God or the Bible, he said.  

“The church came together to pray about the incidents and for the person or persons carrying out the act, that God would meet them were they were and answer all their questions,” Pastor Harry said. 

Church members contacted the RCIPS and police responded and took the information, promising to look into the matter. 

Under the Cayman Islands Penal Code, it is an offence to make an “insult to religion of any class”. The code in section 122 reads: “A person who destroys, damages or defiles any place of worship or any object which is held sacred by any class of persons with the intention of thereby insulting the religion of any class of persons or with the knowledge that any class of persons is likely to consider such destruction, damage or defilement as an insult to their religion is guilty of an offence.” 

When a church member found the fourth burnt Bible soaked in kerosene at the door of the church, Pastor Harry said he figured this was a deliberate act being carried out and he notified the police himself. 

“It is strange we never thought anything of it at the time, but once we saw the repetition of it we thought it was a deliberate act,” he said. 

Pastor Harry said he is not aware of the church having any falling out or grievances with anyone in the community. He said the church is there to engage people in the community and its “ears are open” to issues anyone may have with the church or God.  

“We are prepared to make contact with the person to meet and discuss the issues,” he said. “If the person is doing this act as a prank we are asking that person to treat the word of God with a little more respect.” 

According to Pastor Harry, the police consider the incident serious and have assured the church they will be looking into the matter. 

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9 COMMENTS

  1. From time I was a boy, my grandmother use to say that too much Bible could make you crazy. And she was a Christian lady.

    There are alot of things in the Bible that dont apply to us. Not everything in the book can be taken literally, and not everything should be applied to our day. When Pastors tell you that it is the Truth and ALL Truth, you know that is not logical, seeing that what was Truth to people back then, is not Truth to us now.

    Nevertheless, burning the Bible to me is like destroying a part of our culture, becaue it was the Bible that was Caymanians first reading book in schools. The Churches in our early days, played a major role in educating the people. The Bible in schools were considered an historical text book. Cant see why anyone would go to the extreme of burning the book.

    SOMEONE IS DEFINITELY SENDING A MESSAGE TO THE CHURCH

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  2. These days nothing seems to be sacred anymore. The person(s) responsible for this dastardly, irreverent and sacrilegious act has neither any reverence or respect God, the Bible, or the church. No one one can hurt God in any way, shape or form, because God is Almighty, all powerful, and the Creator of heaven and earth, and all life therein. The Bible says He is before all things and by Him all things consist. (Col 1:17). Those responsible for this evil and unwarranted act will only hurt themselves as Almighty God will effectively deal with them in due time.

    To the Pastor and members of East End Seventh-day Adventist church, I say, pray and commit the matter entirely to God. The Bible says Recompense to no man evil for evil … Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (Romans 12:17-19). God honors His word, His church, His people..

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  3. I find it surprising that Cayman has a blasphemy law. Religion, and whether one shares or respects it, is a matter of individual conscience.

    I doubt any prosecution would survive the introduction of the human rights law, however

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  4. I’m, in no way condoning the burning of the Bible…or any other religious book but…

    There could be more to this than meets the eye, given the history of the SDA church in Cayman…and their involvement in politics and religious controversies.

    SDAs do not follow the dictates of the Bible except where it supports the heresies of their false prophet, one Ellen G. White…they follow her writings, not the Bible.

    While investigating this incident, the RCIPS need to keep an open mind…

    They might very well be surprised at what they do find out.

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  5. The Almighty God is quite able to defend Himself and His word. He is the wrong one to trifle with.
    The scriptures tell us that God is not mocked and that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
    Burning the Holy Bible in such a malicious, disrespectful manner is a greater risk than one may realize. Believing that God is not real does not make it so.
    One may burn the Bible but remember that it is not smart or wise to challenge God.
    Once there was a fellow who denied doing something and wished that God would strike him dead if he had done it; not long afterward he was killed by a bolt of lightning that did not harm his friends who were within a few feet of him. I caution you, mind who you are playing with.

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  6. This is where I know firery talks a whole lot of crap! He just writes stuff from the top of his head.

    That he would say SDAs do not follow the Bible, just demonstrates plain ignorance on his part! From their inception in the 1840s, the Seventh Day Adventist, have always affirmed that the Bible, Old and New Testament, is the divine word of God! They compliment Ellen G Whites writings with the Bible for clarifying and interpretation.

    I was raised up with Adventist people. So I know what I am talking about.

    Fifery, PLEASE SPEAK THE FACTS AND WHAT YOU KNOW!

    Source: http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/fundamental/index.html

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  7. They compliment Ellen G Whites writings with the Bible for clarifying and interpretation.

    Thats exactly what I’ve said…apprentice.

    Lots of cults do that.

    True Christians follow the Bible and the Bible only.

    Try reading it for yourself, cover to cover.

    A bit touchy about other opinions that don’t agree with Ellen G. White and the SDAs aren’t you !

    Typical.

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