.…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 (NIV)
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 then, if 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, “Worship God!”
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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