Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bibles That Carry Warnings

It has now been discovered that Bibles seized from The Bible Society of Malaysia have been desecrated with a warning that they were not to be published or used anywhere in Selangor, before the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) released to Sarawak Christians on November 14, 2014.
A photograph circulated on Facebook of what is said to be the warning stamp in the Bibles
To JAIS, the Bibles were probably thought of as being quasi-religious texts that belonged to 'non-believers'. After all, the Islamic view of the Bible is based on the belief that parts of the scriptures may contain God’s revelations, but some of that has been corrupted (tahrif), not to mention that a lot of text has been added which was not part of the revelations. Or so they believe.
To Christians, of course, the Bibles are sacred.
Are JAIS going to defend themselves by claiming that everything and anything they do on behalf of Islam is righteous? Therefore, the violation of the Bibles was necessary?
To Christians, they will surely ask the question. How dare they defiled something as sacrosanct as a Bible?
But surely, the issue is about respect. And the stamping of the Malay and Iban Bibles was a blatant act of disdainful disrespect – that only goes to show how dastardly these so-called 'Muslims' are wont to do in the name of safeguarding their religion. In the process, they are ready to trample on other religions. To them, it is a zero-sum game.
The Islamic authorities acted in bad faith when they returned the Bibles. It is no longer about turning the other cheek. The meek nature of Christians in this country has taken flight.

Also the mystery as to why the seized scriptures were returned to the Association of Churches of Sarawak and not to BSM was finally answered.
MAIS (Selangor Islamic Religious Council in English) had explained that they had been directed by the Sultan to "dispose of these Bibles containing the word 'Allah' by returning them to the ACS" and on strict conditions that they were not to be distributed in Selangor, especially among Muslims, and were only for Christians in Sarawak to use. Aaahhh, HRH gave the instruction.
I was still in KL on Saturday afternoon and I attended the OUM Toastmasters meeting. I was the General Evaluator and again, we started late. And we also heard a mixed bag of speeches and evaluations. Overall, the meeting was decent. BTW, I was voted Best Evaluator even if I had “roasted” the speaker – he didn’t meet his speech objectives at all. In fact, I would go so far as to say it wasn’t even a speech. My meeting score was a 2.5 over 10.


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