Doesn't Christianity teaches truthfulness?
The last time I checked, it does. In fact, there are numerous verses in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, detailing the wrongness of telling lies and not being truthful.
And with what's going on in the country right now, I can't help but wonder: would Jesus (pbuh) be pleased with what the church and the evangelists are doing?
Before I proceed any further, let me, first and foremost, state my stand vis a vis the whole "Allah issue" that seems to keep on coming up around every December.
Personally, and I definitely can't speak on behalf of the other Muslims in the country, on a general level, I seriously think it's too much ado about nothing. I am very confident in my faith that nothing - and no one - could even remotely tempt me to reconsider my religion.
I was born a Muslim and will die a Muslim. No matter how much I've sinned in this world, no evangelists could try to hoodwink me into believing that Jesus could save me from my sins, and that Islam is not the religion of truth.
Granted, I'm not like most Muslims in the country. I was brought up overseas, attended Catholic and International Schools - Gosh! I sound just like our Minister of Youth and Sports! LOL - grew up with different people from different race and religion, in different places with different cultures. The point I'm trying to say here is that, despite all the aforementioned, I'm still holding on to the religion that I was born into by choice.
Another fundamental difference I noticed is that, unlike lots of the Malaysian Muslims, I actually took the effort to read and learn more about my religion. I didn't just rely on the Islamic preachers for my understanding and knowledge.
So yeah, I'm quite confident in my Islamic faith.
Besides, if you were to really study the religion in its purest sense, you'd find that Islam is a very tolerant religion. And if every Muslim in the world - especially in Malaysia - take it upon themselves to really learn their religion - and not just rely on the preachers - none of the issues that are currently plaguing the country would even be an issue.
However, having said that, I also understand why my Muslim brethren in Malaysia are up in arms. Simply put, it's because of the duplicity and untruthfulness of the church and its followers.
This whole Allah issue is, to my mind, not about any religious persecution as the Christians like to keep on saying. It's also not just about politics, historical usage, and legalities; it really boils down to two things - Proselytization and The Church's Duplicity and Obduracy.
I don't, for one second, buy the church's or the evangelists' usual reasoning of wanting to use Allah. If they were true Christians, they should just come out of this duplicity and speak the truth, i.e. it's easier to convert the naive, the poor and downtrodden, and those who lack faith, by - and with - using Allah to describe their god(s).
Look, Christianity - like Islam - is an evangelical religion. It is part of the tenets of our faiths to propagate our religion. You are not really a good Christian - or Muslim - if you don't propagate your religion. no? Whereas in Islam there is no compulsion, Christianity, on the other hand, uses its stratagem of contextualization. The Christian missionaries 'localize' their religion - and every tools that come with it - to make it more understandable and relatable to their target audience.
This is where I seriously question the church's motives. As Christians, aren't they supposed to be truthful? Isn't it a sin to be deceitful? And what's worst, because they've allowed themselves - and inadvertently, their flocks - to be influenced and used by some unscrupulous politicians, they are now antagonizing the Muslims by showing their obduracy, with all their chest-thumping proclamations of "fuck the law" and/or "fuck the Sultan" while playing, at the same time, victims of imaginary 'religious persecutions."
And here's the most hypocritical part; did you know that the Catholics and the 'born-again' Christians don't even like each other? One doesn't even consider the other real Christians. (I guess it's a Malaysian thing, the Sunni-Shia thing being the same) And yet, with this 'Allah issue,' and in trying to antagonize the Muslims, they all seem to be united!
Did you know that the Catholic church in Shah Alam doesn't offer communions to those who were not baptized Catholics? I'm not trying to defend the Muslims but I've never heard of any mosques in Malaysia that prohibit non-Sunni Muslims from praying, have you?
See what I mean by deceitfulness?
Anyways, going back to what I was saying, the unfortunate thing - for the church and the Christians - is that, in Malaysia, proselytization to Muslims is prohibited by law. This is what the church and the Christians should be going after if they are being truthful.
Rather than going to court - and if you fail, go to town and play victims of non-existent 'religious persecution' - for just the right to use Allah in your publications, why not challenge the law that prohibits proselytization?
After all, in all honesty, that is what y'all really want, no? The only question is, in the words of SatD, "ada berani"?
Faith is such a powerful thing to those who have it. It allows people to believe in anything and everything their human minds couldn't fathom. Unfortunately, it also allows for the so-called preachers to systematically brainwash their believers into accepting things without the need to question.
As for me, I take comfort in what Allah swt said in the Qur'an:
"You shall not accept any information, unless you verify it for yourself. I have given you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brain, and you are responsible for using them."
Surat Al-Isra, Verse 36