....a time is coming when anyone who kills you
will think he is offering a service to God. John 16:2 (NIV)
All-Mighty Allah is the Lord of the Universe who deserves our
utmost respect, praise, worship, and submission. There is no creature
who compares to the Almighty One. Praise be His Infinite Glory,
Majesty, Justice, Mercy, Grace, and Eternality. All creatures are
dependent upon to the Supreme Lord of the Universe who has no need of
anything. The greatest of creatures whether an angel, an apostle, a
prophet, or a saint is nothing when compared to the Infinite One.
This is the teaching of all the true prophets of Allah. There is no
true prophet who would elevate himself to a sacred place of honor. The
Prophet Moses recounted in Deuteronomy that Allah held the sole place
of honor in the blasphemy laws of the ten commandments (Decalogue).
Moses was only a slave of Allah. He knew that he had sinned and that
perfection belonged to Allah alone. So, it was fitting that Allah’s
honor and glory should be respected and legally supported in the three
anti-blasphemy laws of the Mosaic commandments
1 "You shall have no other gods before me.
2 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of
anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You
shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a
jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and
fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand
[generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments.
3 "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the
LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. Deuteronomy 5:7-11
(NIV) See also Exodus 20:3-7.
Idolatry in Law
It would be inconceivable to have a true prophet legislate blasphemy
laws to safe guard his own honor and pride. As a person reads the
Decalogue, there is not a single mention about protecting the pride or
reputation of a prophet. This is not surprising, since Moses was only
interested in serving the Supreme Master, the Lord of the Universe.
Allah's true prophets would do nothing to support idolatry. To write
legislation to guard their names or honor would be nothing more than
carving an idol in law. While it might not be Idolatry in Art,
it would be Idolatry in Law. Idolatry in any form is religious
wickedness; it is sinful, evil and hateful to All-Mighty Allah.
Allah's name is sacred, not the name of Muhammad, Moses, or David! The
third commandment says, "You shall not misuse the name of the
LORD your God." Clearly, Muhammad’s name is not the name of
the LORD God.
Pakistan’s blasphemy laws mock the supremacy of Allah They give a
special legal and sacred status to Muhammad, a sacred status that
belongs to Allah alone. In essence, it legislates that Muhammad's name
is sacred and makes it into an object of legal devotion. While many
Muslims reject the term, Muhammadanism, the legal system of Pakistan
proves that Muhammad is given a sacred status that belongs to Allah
alone. This legal devotion is directly opposed to all true prophets. Pakistan’s
blasphemy laws are themselves blasphemous because they
elevate Muhammad to the level of Allah.
King David was head of Israel’s government and a true prophet.
King David's focus was upon the glorious name of Allah.
Prophet David never
legislated that any prophet's name was sacred, even though there were
many illustrious personages respected by David, such as Adam, Noah,
Joseph, Moses, or Joshua. The laws of blasphemy only applied to Allah.
King David knew that Allah was the Sacred One, the Praised One,
I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever
and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and
ever. Psalms 145:1-2 (NIV)
Queen Jezebel was familiar with Israel’s blasphemy laws. So, she
used the legal system’s blasphemy laws to convict
an innocent man, Naboth, to death. The scoundrels claimed, "Naboth has cursed both
God and the king." The wicked scoundrels used the
blasphemy laws against a pious and honorable man. Cursing God was religious blasphemy while
cursing the King was political treason. This humble and innocent
individual was stoned to death by the evil forces in the kingdom
by using Israel's anti-blasphemy laws.
But seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them testify that he
has cursed both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to
death." So the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth's city did
as Jezebel directed in the letters she had written to them. They
proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth in a prominent place among the
people. Then two scoundrels came and sat opposite him and brought
charges against Naboth before the people, saying, "Naboth has
cursed both God and the king." So they took him outside the city
and stoned him to death. 1 King 21:10-13 (NIV)
Nehemiah worked in the government of the Persian ruler, Artaxerxes
I Longimanus (ruled 465-424 B. C.). Still, Nehemiah considered the
name of the LORD to be the sacred and honorable name.
..."Stand up and praise the LORD your God, who is from
everlasting to everlasting." "Blessed be your glorious name,
and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. Nehemiah 9:5
The Prophet Isaiah exalted the name of the LORD God. The prophet
did not exalt his name and make it sacred. It would have been an act
of blasphemy against Allah, if Isaiah had made his name sacred. And,
it would have been murder, if he had some one executed for not
treating his name sacred.
In that day you will say: "Give thanks to the LORD, call on
his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim
that his name is exalted. Isaiah 12:4 (NIV)
Jesus Christ was mocked by the teachers of the law when they
came from Jerusalem. These teachers of Israel said that Jesus was
possessed by Beelzebub and that his miracles were done by the
powers of this demon. Using the term, Beelzebul, was particularly
offensive, because in Syriac it means the Lord of dung
(International Standard Bible Encylopaedia). No doubt, it was a
perversion of the Old Testament term, Baalzebul, or Lord of the house.
In either case, Jesus responded and said, "I tell you the truth,
all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them" (Mark
3:28). So, there is forgiveness available for anyone who has
blasphemed the name of Jesus. There was no suggestion that these
teachers of the Law ought to be executed by a human authority. Even
they had sinned against the Holy Spirit, their punishment would be
determined by Allah, the Judge of the Last Day.
And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons." Mark 3:22 (NIV)
I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin." Mark 3:28-29 (NIV)
Jesus the Messiah was condemned to death on the basis of anti-blasphemy laws.
Just like the wicked and corrupt Queen Jezebel of the Old Testament who condemned
Naboth to death for blasphemy, the religious leader condemned Jesus Christ to
death for blasphemy. Jesus Christ confessed that he was the Messiah (al-Maseehu)
who was prophesied in the Old Testament. Like most religious conservative
fundamentalists, the high priest and Pharisee were proud and wanted to dominate
the religious life of the Jewish community. They believed that Jesus Christ was a
threat to their religious status, so they wanted to have him executed. Jesus had
done nothing wrong. He healed the sick, cured the blind, fed the hungry, and
comforted the downcast. There was no way that Jesus could be condemned to death
for what he had done. So, the high priest use the blasphemy laws. In reality,
Shaitan motivated and worked hand-in-hand with these religious fundamentalists to
murder the blessed and sinless Messiah, using blasphemy laws.
But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him,
"Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?" "I am,"
said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of
the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." The high priest tore his
clothes. "Why do we need any more witnesses?" he asked. "You
have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?" They all condemned him as
worthy of death. Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck
him with their fists, and said, "Prophesy!" And the guards took him and
beat him. Mark 14:61-65 (NIV)
John learned that he was not to abase himself even to an angels nor to
worship it. It would have been a blasphemous act. The angel commanded,
I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had
heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel
who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, "Do not do
it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets
and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!"
Revelation 22:8-9 (NIV)
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