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Why defend the Koran?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
The God of the Bible does not command His followers to defend either the Bible, Jesus or any of the prophets or apostles. If one looks at the history of Moses (a murderer) and David (an adulterer and murderer) we notice that the Bible does not whitewash its people. They are real people, sinners saved by the grace of God, in love with the Lord and doing what He expects of them. Jesus told Peter to stop attacking the guards who came to arrest Him: 'Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword' (Matthew 26:52). If God wanted to defend Jesus, He would have sent angels to do it (Matthew 26:54).
In spite of that, the Bible and its followers have been under siege from the earliest times. Think about the Roman persecutions, the Communists, and lately the attacks of atheists and Islam. No evangelization by Christians is allowed in Muslim countries, except under the pain of death. Yet, Muslims can freely spread their message in so called 'Christian' countries (the word 'Christian' has become a euphemism for countries with a predominantly European population, which is no longer the case in most nations).
On the other hand, anybody who dares to say anything about the Koran or Mohammed is dabbling with his life. He can expect vicious persecution and even death. Allah apparently cannot defend himself as God can. The God of the Bible doesn't need protection. The message of the Bible spread supernaturally all over the world, carried mainly to other peoples and tribes by evangelists who were inspired to bring the message of good hope. In contrast with that the Koran was carried by the edge of the sword to different nations where the people were given the ultimatum: convert, pay taxes or die. It was an easy message to understand, although many chose to die instead of subjecting themselves to Allah. Allah is not somebody to be trifled with, because he has millions of eager defenders. It is also seen in how Islam works. Few people in Islamic countries dare to change to another religion. That is considered worthy of the most severe punishment, even death. There is no such a command in the Bible. People are free to follow the Lord, or leave Him. We have many such examples in the Bible. One of them is Demas who left because he loved the world (2 Timothy 4:10). He was not killed by Paul or any of the other disciples or apostles. Neither was Hymenaeus and Philetus (2 Timothy 3:17).
The principle is that a true deity can look after his own affairs (Acts 5:38-39). Nobody can stop anything He decides to do. That principle brings honor to the God of the Bible. He can look after Himself and His affairs.
Allah needs men to protect the honor of the Koran and Mohammed. They often do it by violence.