Recollections of survivors of war imprisonment and experiences of the expelled people, who returned to their homes after the Bosnian peace accords. Many of them ask themselves very common question: “Why ? For what reason did it happen ?” I myself have been asking the same question. I lived under siege for four years in Sarajevo. My life hung on the thread because of the sniper bullets and shrapnels. I survived and I naturally want to understand why. Why did the Bosnian war happen to me ?
Since God is the party that was attempted to be ruled out of the lives of entire nations, wouldn’t it be wise to understand what God has to say about such an affair ? Of an affair to build something, to build life, government, family, without God ? Here is what God has to say about it:
“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.” (Matthew 12,43-45, NIV)
By proclaiming publicly “god didn’t exist” the nation of Yugoslavia and whoever was found within its border, has spiritually opened the door wide to all demons, that finally destroyed that house and all lives within the house. These demons found their homes in bodies of criminals, who put on the uniforms and committed atrocities. This is one answer, to my own search of why it happened to me. Because I lived in the idol-worshiping communist family, the dubious project which ended in 1992 siege of Sarajevo with the same weapons, my family helped produce. See, the same demons that tricked my father in not believing god even existed, climbed up the hills and fired the lethal shells, attempting to take my own life. That is the answer to my question “why”, as far as I am concerned. I really don’t know about the answers to questions of others, but I am certain there are similarities.
I can try blaming one ethnic group or another, but that is not where my answers are. Blaming the labels, which the devil put on other people, makes the matter worse for me. Twenty years ago I repented for my sin and accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and savior. May it be forever so for me and whoever else is seeking for the answers to the question: “why”.
About Today’s Bosnian Version Bible Translation
The TBV is a modern translation of the Holy Bible into Bosnian using original language sources of Hebrew and Greek and localized weights and measures. Our vision is to see the readers of our translation be restored to righteousness. Our mission is to serve two groups of people: the retired and the teenagers, who represent the most neglected groups in terms of Bible knowledge opportunity in accepting the good news of God’s plan for their life. Our translation process is such that it asks the translator what the text of the Bible means in today’s context. Using knowledge of Greek and Hebrew, the final product is such that it allows the reader to read without hindrance and easily understand God’s word in today’s language.