With reference to the events in Paris with Charlie Hebdo, (link) someone wrote that only the God of the Bible gave the command that blasphemers should be stoned, the Koran is silent about it. In Leviticus 24:10-16 God does say the blasphemer must be stoned.
The principle about when the Old Testament laws should be applied in our times is that if a law is not repeated in the New Testament, it no longer applies today (link). The blasphemy law of the Old Testament is not repeated in the New Testament. Jesus did warn that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.1 Yet there is not a word about stoning, burning or punishing.
In Islam blasphemy is impious utterance or action against Allah, Mohammad or anything to do with Islam. The Quran and the Hadith condemn blasphemy, but they don’t specify a punishment for it. Contrary to the claim that Allah did not wish worldly punishment for blasphemers in the Koran, the opposite happens in real life.
- Salman Rushdie wrote the book, Satanic Verses, published in 1988 in the UK. The Muslims were angry, because Rushdie wrote a novel about the verses that were removed from the Quran because they said the devil deceived Mohammed to include them.2 So they bombed many bookshops that sold his book, and Khomeini issued a fatwa to kill Rushdie. He was protected by the police, but had to move many times.
- There were threats and protests against the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten for publishing cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad in 2005.
- There was the massacre at Charlie Hebdo on 9 January 2015, and a previous attempt to burn down the building.
- At least six churches have been looted or burned in Niamy, Niger. There were also protests in Karachi (Pakistan), Khartoum (Sudan) and Algiers (Algeria). This was in response to Charlie Hebdo’s latest edition with a picture of a weeping prophet Muhammad.3 Nobody knows why the Christian churches are burned for what Charlie Hebdo depicts.
Why do Christians not retaliate when their Lord is insulted? It is because Jesus taught us that we are to love our enemies.4 Even when the Pharisees and others did their best to insult Jesus and curse Him, He still prayed, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ 5
Conclusion: God does not need His followers to protect His honour and name. He will not use His followers to defend Him. They are needed to spread the message about the Kingdom. God is unassailable in heaven, eternal, glorious and everlasting. Sticks and stones cannot hurt God.
NB! Please note the difference between the God of the Bible and Allah. The God of the Bible is a Trinity, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Islam denies it, because their ‘God,’ Allah, does not have a son. They are not the same.
- Matthew 12:32
- Wikipedia, The Satanic Verses Controversy.
- BBC News, 17 January, 2015.
- Matthew 5:43-46
- Luke 23:34a
There are few people who are not aware of the simmering hostilities in Israel between Palestinians and Israelites. After the murder of three Israeli boys and one Palestinian boy, conflict erupted again. Since Israel is usually depicted as the scapegoat, the following information is intended to set the record straight.
- On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the British mandate over Palestine should be ended. The next day Arab hostilities against Israel broke out. Why?
- On May 15, 1948, Israel was invaded by Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. The Arabs outnumbered the Jews 40 to 1 in soldiers, 40 to 1 in equipment and 5,000 to 1 in area. On 24 February 1949 the War of Independence was ended, with Israel as the winners. Why did the Arab nations attack Israel since Israel did not provoke them?
- On Monday, October 29, 1956, the Sinai war began. The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Muhammad Salah al-Din, said early in 1954, The Arab people will not be embarrassed to declare: We shall not be satisfied except by the final obliteration of Israel from the map of the Middle East. 1 One continual refrain was that the Arabs would only be content with the annihilation of the Jewish nation. Why?
- The Six Day War, June 5, 1967, took place because of the intolerable situation of the Arab nations against Israel. Israel overran the forces of Syria, Egypt and Jordan. Why the continual desire to eliminate the nation of Israel?
- The Yom Kippur War began on Saturday, October 6, 1973. Israel was attacked by Egypt and Syria. Israel was caught off guard and hopelessly outnumbered. The war was ended on October 25, with Israel the victors. 2 Why was Israel again attacked?
- Since then hostilities have never ceased. Why?
The Bible gives the answer to the why’s. God said to Abraham, ‘The whole land of Canaan [Israel], where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you….’ 3
Three times God promised Abraham that, ’…all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’ 4 What was the blessing? It was the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Who denies the Messiah? Islam. Why? Because it believes that the Bible is a corrupted book. The Koran is the final revelation of Allah, even superseding the Bible. How does Islam intend to prove the validity of its claim about the Koran? By destroying the nation of Israel to prove that God could not keep His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that Israel belongs to their descendants.
So Islam, through the Arabs, fights against the God of the Bible. Will they succeed? No! Nobody has ever beaten God in any contest. Not even the devil, the strongest enemy of God, could ever do that.
What do we learn? Just as Israel, the nation of God, has been under continual assault, so the Bible, the Book of God, is under continual assault. Just as the Bible has not been destroyed, so the Israelite nation will not be destroyed either. Both are from God, and God never fails.
- Al-Misri, April 12, 1954, cited in Jewish Virtual History, The Sinai Suez Campaign, Background and Overview
- Willmington’s Guide to the Bible, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Wheaton, Illinois, 1984, p 977-981
- Genesis 17:8
- Genesis 12:3b; 18:18b; 22:18