Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants told a crucified Christian that if he loved Jesus, he would die like Him, according to an Iraqi believer who survived the jihadists' atrocities in a village in the Nineveh Plain.
In an interview with ADF International, Marijam (not her real name) recounted how ISIS militants stormed her brother's house and beat him up because his family was Christian. When he started defending his wife and children, they threatened to crucify him just like Jesus Christ.
"We will crucify you like your dog, Jesus Christ," the terrorists told Marijam's brother.
To make matters worse, the jihadists made his children watch while he was being tortured and beaten with rods and sticks with sharp nails. They ripped his clothes apart, spat at, kicked, and stabbed him from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Then, they nailed his hands to a wooden cross and let him hang while his family watched before shooting him in the mouth.
"My wife's brother was crucified by Daesh," Esam, the Christian man's brother-in-law, told World Watch Monitor. "He was crucified and tortured in front of his wife and children, who were forced to watch. They told him that if he loved Jesus that much, he would die like Jesus."
As of now, the Christian man's wife and children are now in Sweden being aided by an organization.
In a separate incident, 29-year-old cook Karlus was hung from the ceiling of a jail with a rope attached to his left foot. The young Christian was also sexually abused by three women clad in niqabs, but he survived the weeks of torture.
Karlus was told that he would be shot dead, but he was instead released on the day scheduled for his execution. He was later able to flee to Kurdistan and seek asylum in Jordan.
Although he acknowledged that what they experienced at the hands of ISIS was not easy, Karlus emphasized the importance of forgiveness. He said it may be part of his destiny and God's plan for him.