The culprits who sprayed a Bible verse a Catholic Assyrian church in San Fernando Valley, Calif. have yet to be identified – but a church staffer is saying there was definitely deeper meaning behind the vandalism.
The assailant and/or assailants vandalized Mar Shaleeta Ancient Church of the East with Bible versus referencing mass killings of 185,000 Assyrian’s, a Christian based Middle Eastern sect, that has made headlines in the last months, as they move back to parts of their Iraqi homeland outside of Mosul, which was predominantly controlled by ISIS for the past two years.
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ChorBishop of the 19-year-old Catholic establishment, Father Athanasis Toma said about the hate triggered acts, that “When I read the verse, I realize it’s really not just graffiti.”
“It’s aimed toward a specific nation. It’s hatred toward a nation. The meaning of that verse struck me hard. That’s someone who knew what they were talking about.”
In front of the religious relic fountain, the phrase, “Jehovah Lives” and “2 Kings 19:35” is spray painted in blue and says:
Then it happened that night that the angel of the LORD went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead.
The same Old Testament Biblical references were made in three other locations, four in total around the church’s facility, including on a sidewalk, DailyNews reported.
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There was also an “X” on plaques that feature the Nicene Creed, a Catholic based profession of faith, according to the United States Catholic Bishops.
In addition to that, a message from Gospel of Matthew 19:26:
“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”
The Assyrian population is one of the oldest Christians in the world.