[A reprise of something I wrote a number of years ago. Seems apropos given recent events.]
“Rejecting Islam is insulting God. We will not allow God to be humiliated. This man must die,” said cleric Abdul Raoulf, who is considered a moderate and was jailed three times for opposing the Taliban before the hardline regime was ousted in 2001. (Foxnews: Clerics Call for Christian Convert’s Death Despite Western Outrage)
The old adage goes, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” Apparently some dieties can’t be bothered to do things right.
I mean, let’s think about this… Can’t the “god” of Islam take care of himself? Does he really need the protection of a lynch mob of puny human beings? It seems to me that any “god” which needs a mere mortal to protect him from being humiliated isn’t really much of a god.
Once again, we see the true stripes of Islam. A “moderate” Islamic cleric is insisting that a man be put to death for insulting “god.” With this type of “moderation,” how can they be considered a forgiving and peaceful religion?
And what kind of “god” hides behind his followers demanding that they destroy those who “insult” him? Why wouldn’t he just prevent infidels from being born in the first place? At least he should be able to exact his own punishment without relying on others to do it for him. — Could it be perhaps he’s not an omnipotent “god” but an impotent deceiver masqerading as “god”? Is it really possible for God to be “humiliated” by the apostasy of one of his own creatures?
My take on this is that here’s a good opportunity for the “god” of Islam to prove himself. Let Allah deal with this “blasphemer” himself and stop hiding behind human mercenaries. If Allah was truly upset at this man’s apostasy, there would be no need for a trial. When Nahab and Abihu offended YHWH, he just torched them himself — he didn’t need someone else to do it. When YHWH wanted his people released from bondage in Israel, He stretched forth his mighty arm and led them out. He didn’t have Moses start a rebellion. He didn’t command His chosen people to strap explosives to their bodies and massacre the Egyptians until the Egyptians relented. YHWH did all the work — Himself.
This begs the question, who is the bigger God? The one who deals with things Himself or the one who needs others to do his dirty work for him?
The God of Christianity is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He is a God who forgives sin by taking the punishment for sin upon Himself. In the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God condescended to take on human flesh and be born of a virgin. Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience, and died the death that we deserve. He did this in order to pay the penalty for our sin. His victory over sin was made sure through His resurrection from the dead on the third day.
The God of Christianity dealt with sin Himself. He established peace between Himself and all mankind through His sacrifice and His work. Through His work, He made things right.
The God of Islam apparently can’t be bothered with doing things right — so he has others do his dirty work for him.
May the One True God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, continue to protect and defend all who are persecuted for the sake of His name. May He grant that they boldly confess Him who is the object of their faith – the one through whom we have forgivness of sins, Jesus Christ – even in the face of adversity. May He keep them faithful through whatever circumstance he permits them to encounter and assure them of their victory through Jesus Christ who overcame the power of sin, death and the devil. Amen.