Human Free Will and the Problem of Evil

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One of the garden variety objections usually thrown out by atheists and skeptics – especially after a tragic event – is: “Why can’t God just instantly fix all the injustices, wickedness and outrages in the world? If God is so good why is this world so messed up?”

Notice, these folks imagine God to be like a wishing well. Just toss a coin in and your dreams come true. This is not how God works and such a narrow concept of God evinces ignorance. God will still fix these evils at the end of the age – in His own time – not ours.

Many of the atrocities, disorder and outrages in the world stem from man’s free will and humans, to an extent, can “fix” some of these problems. The question is, why do we always blame God for what we entirely caused? This blame-shifting mentality is as old as Eden. Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, but the serpent had no one to blame.

God cannot instantly “fix” the mess in the world because to do so will override human free will. Now what does free will means? It’s the ability of mankind to make willing choices that have real effects.

It is the ability to choose between different possible courses of action unimpeded; it’s the power to make decisions. I’ve had some dear Christians say rather brazenly, “There’s no such thing as ‘free will’ in the Bible.” They are either repeating someone’s line or their adherence to a theological system precludes them from seeing it.

The term “free-will” appears several times in the Bible. It occurs as “freewill offerings” (Ex. 36:3; Lev. 7:16; Amos 4:5), “freewill offering to the LORD” (Ezk. 46:12) and offerings from “everyone who is willing” and “each man whose hearts prompts him to give” (Ex. 35:5; 25:2). If the concept is an illusion, it wouldn’t have been alluded to.

The heart is the seat of the will and emotions. Free will is very essential to man’s relationship with God. He calls us to love, obey, serve, worship and to do so by choice. Without free will, it will be impossible for us to love or hate, choose or reject, submit or rebel. For example:

Loving God
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deut. 6:5)

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30)

Love can only come willingly; you can’t compel someone to love you. God in His love gave us the freedom to serve and love Him with the whole of our hearts. This command is meaningless if we don’t have the power of choice.

Service
Be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you” (1 Sam. 12:24)

David admonished Solomon “acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts” (1 Chr. 28:9)

Choice
Joshua said “then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites…” (Jos. 24:15)

If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own” (Jn. 7:17)

But you are not willing to come to me to have life” (Jn. 5:40)

If people are not willing to come to God or Christ, then there must be a choice to be willing. In fact, God’s warnings and ultimate judgement are meaningless (if not mockeries) if humans lack a free will.

I have seen this time and again when people trapped in false religions willingly seal their hearts to the truth of the Christian Faith and this prevents them from learning anything. The Bible warns: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart” (Heb. 4:7)

Obedience
If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land.” (Is. 1:19)

If my people would but listen to me, if Israel would follow my ways, how quickly would I subdue their enemies and turn my heart against their foes!” (Ps. 81:13-14)

Coming to God
Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live” (Isa. 55:3)

Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28)

The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life” (Rev. 22:17).

Seeking God
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me” (Prov. 8:17)

Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts” (Isa. 55:6-7)

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (Jas. 4:8).

Praying for God’s will on earth

Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10)

This shows that not everything that happens on earth is God’s will, otherwise there would have been no use for this prayer. To assert that everything that happens is according to God’s will and man has no power to decide logically implies that the rapes, murders, wars and evil in the world today are God’s handiwork. That’s theologically abhorrent.

Rejecting His ways
“I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me” (Isa. 1:2)

I am bringing disaster on this people, the fruit of their schemes, because they have not listened to my words and have rejected my law” (Jer. 6:19)

But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves…” (Luke 7:30)

Ezra said “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him” (8:22)

Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water” (Jer. 17:13b)

They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor…” (2 Pet. 2:15).

A major objection raised to the reality of the free will is that God foreknows and wills all things, otherwise we can’t believe, trust and rely on His promises. This was an argument raised by Martin Luther in The Bondage of the Will. But this is faulty on 3 counts:

1. Scripture doesn’t imply that God knows all things beforehand because He has caused it, much less that He must cause it in order to know it. Granted, God knows everything that will happen before it happens. That’s why the Bible is full of prophecies. But foreknowledge is not the same as predestination.

To know something in advance is not the same as predetermining that it will happen. God doesn’t need to predestinate something in order to know it will happen. For example, in Job’s case, God knew he would be would stand the trials, but God wasn’t the author of his troubles.

2. We can believe, trust and rely on God’s promises because He is God and “it is impossible for God to lie” (Heb. 6:18). He doesn’t have to will all things for Him to make or keep His promises. We can trust Him because He is faithful and sovereign, and He will fulfil His Word regardless of the will or actions of man or nature.

3. It’s unbiblical and fallacious to assert that God’s foreknowledge eliminates human free will. God being Sovereign can effect His eternal purposes unhindered and yet allows man freedom of choice. Both man’s free will and God’s Sovereignty are presented in Scripture (cf. Ps. 75:6-7; Jer 10:23; Rom. 8:28 etc). To deny either is to espouse a heresy.

Many Calvinists and Lutherans will perhaps find this indigestible, but we don’t accept something just because someone influential said it. We need to examine the Bible for ourselves in arriving at truth. Even Augustine of Hippo, whom Calvin and Luther fondly admired wrote:

“Therefore we are by no means compelled, either, retaining the prescience of God to take away the freedom of the will, or, retaining the freedom of the will, to deny that He is prescient of future things, which is impious. But we … faithfully and sincerely confess both” (The City of God, V. 10. 1977, 35).

Conclusively, the evils we see in the world today are results of people who have rejected God and His Word and have chosen to serve Satan and sin. Therefore, they have no moral anchor, no empathy, no reason, no hope, no direction, no shame, no conscience, no understanding of right and wrong, and most of all, no willingness to even listen to any other view except their own.

 

How Influential was Muhammad?

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Prophet Muhammad’s greatness needs to be examined

Ever since Michael Hart ranked Prophet Muhammad as the most influential figure in his 1978’s book, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, he has been over quoted.

It doesn’t matter that Mr. Hart is an astrophysicist, not a historian; or that he is a xenophobe who loathes Muslim immigration to the West, his ranking is the needed horse and Muslim apologists must ride it to death.

Interestingly, they substitute the term “influential” with “greatest” when quoting Hart. Never mind, these guys are experts at polishing brass into silver.

Did they check up the meaning of “influential” before canonizing Mr Hart as a crypto-Muslim historian?

The word “influential” means: “exerting or possessing influence” (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary)

It means “having a lot of influence on someone or something” (Cambridge English Learners Dictionary)

It also means “someone or something that has an impact on or shapes how people act or how things occur” (The American Heritage Dictionary of English Language)

That a person is “influential” doesn’t mean he is “great.” A person can be negatively or positively influential. Hitler was ranked the most influential by TIME magazine, that doesn’t make him great.

Aleister Crowley was ranked the most influential man of the 20th century, but he was a rabid Satanist.

Osama Bin Laden was ranked by St. Petersburg Times as the most influential man of the decade. Does that make him a saint? No.

Granted, Muhammad was influential, but was his influence a positive or a negative one? That is the real question. To answer this, one needs to look at the regions most influenced by him. This is what this piece intends to do.

1. Studies have shown that Muslim majority countries like Pakistan or Jordan are less economically stable than minority Muslim countries like India or Israel.

In the UK, Muslims have the highest drop out rate and lack of qualifications of any religion. They also have the highest male and female unemployment rate.

In Ireland, Muslims have the highest unemployment rate.

In Belgium, Moroccans and Turks have a five times higher unemployment rate of the native population.

In Australia, Muslims have twice the unemployment rate of non-Muslims and 40% of their children live below the poverty line. The typical Muslim cry, “racism,” won’t cut it since Islam is not a race.

When Mitt Romney said in 2012 that the GDP differences between Israel and Palestine reflects a contrast of values, it blew the cap off the heads of the Palestinians who roared back that the GDP gap was due to oppression, checkpoints and blockades.

If this was true, why then was Israel’s GDP at the time higher than oil-rich Saudi Arabia by 13 places? There are no Israeli check points in Saudi Arabia, yet in spite of being an oil-rich country, it was behind Israel.

In Israel, while 56% Jewish women and 52% Christian women are in the workforce, only 19% of Muslim women and 59% Muslim men are officially part of the workforce.

This probably accounts for an average Israeli family earning double the income of the average Arab family. This is not racism, this is Islamism.

When Muslim fail in the West bank, they blame Israeli check point. When they fail in Australia or Europe, they blame racism. But when they fail in Somalia and Saudi Arabia, who is to blame?

The point is this: responsibility is a missing element in Islam. This religion inculcates irresponsibility into its victims. Muslims are not taught to take responsibility for their actions but to shift blames.

Blaming one’s failures on someone else is a slavish mentality. It shows itself each time there is a Muslim terrorist attack and Muslims quickly rush to position themselves as victims rather than dealing with the violence in their midst; it’s a cheaper way to live.

They got this from Muhammad and it has affected their economic life as well.

2. The Quran says: “No misfortune can happen on earth or in your souls but is recorded in decree before We [Allah] bring it into existence…” (Sura 57:22).

In fact, “no soul can believe [in Islam] except by the permission of Allah” (Sura 10:100).

This fatalistic principle is adhered to mostly by the Asharites and Hanibal Muslims. An opposite school of thought – the Maturidis and Mutazilites – cite Quranic verses about human free will instead of blaming Allah for every misfortune. Notwithstanding, this fatalistic ideology is more entrenched in Islamic thinking.

When a crane collapsed and killed 118 and injured 400 Muslim pilgrims in September 2015, the first response was: “It was an act of God.”

When 1,420 people died in a stampede due to poor ventilation in 1990, the Saudi king at the time, Fahd bin Abdulaziz, said “It was God’s will, which is above everything … It was fate.”

When Muslims slaughtered Christians in Northern Nigeria in 1991, the president of the country then (Ibrahim Babangida) said “It has been ordained by God that these things will happen.”

This narrative is repeated every time there is an epidemic, a terrorist attack, a collapsed building or natural disaster where human lives are lost. Muslims just shrug their shoulders and say their line: “It is Allah’s will” and go back to their beds.

This explains why even with the oil money, most Islamic nations have no welfare or social safety net for the poor, the handicapped or the elderly.

If you have an accident and can’t work again, it’s Allah’s will, pick up a pan and become a street beggar. If a woman’s husband dies or divorces her, Allahu akbar! If she is pretty or young enough, she could still get taken by some rich old man, otherwise, pan handling and suicide are the options left.

In a map showing top ten richest Islamic nations, not one of them gives foreign aid to disaster-stricken countries. It’s understandable. Why muster charity for others when Allah has decreed their misfortunes?

“In these codes,” writes Mustafa Akyol in the New York Times, “human free will is easily sacrificed to fatalism, science and reason are trivialized, and philosophy is frowned upon. Consequently, ‘God’s will’ becomes an easy cover for intellectual laziness, lack of planning and irresponsibility.”

3. Muhammad’s low view of women echoes all through the teachings of Islam. He said:

“Bad omen is in the women, the house and the horse… after me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women” (Bukhari 7:30).

Speaking to a group of women, he said “I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you” (Bukhari 2:541).

Hence, the more Islamic a region is, the more women are abused and relegated to the backroom.

In Mauritania, more than 1,800 domestic violence against women have been reported.

In Gaza, 51% women suffered the same in 2011 alone.

In Algeria, Yemen, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, there are no laws against marital rape.

In Palestinian territories, only 17% of women are employed despite a literacy rate of 93%.

In the UAE, 14% of women are in the total work force.

A UNICEF report shows that 12.1 million women are subjected to female genital mutilation in Sudan. In Syria, over 4,000 cases of rape and sexual mutilation have been reported.

In Lebanon, there are no laws against sexual harassment of women.

Northern Nigeria has one of the highest rates of child marriage (rape) in the world. Is this a blessing to the human race or a curse? You figure that out.

In Saudi Arabia – the cradle of Islam – women can’t drive a car because it would “undermine social values.”

It wasn’t until late 2014 that the ban on women voting or holding a public office was lifted by their king. Yet, Saudi women can’t open a bank account, leave their homes or even travel without a male guardian (mahram).

In a certain case, a teenager who was gang raped was punished more than her rapists because she didn’t have a mahram with her when she was violated. Saudi women can’t wear make-ups, go for a swim or try on clothes when shopping (The Week UK, Dec., 14, 2015).

Saudi banks, offices and universities have different entrances for men and women. Yes, men and women who mix in public will face criminal charges.

Their public transportation, parks, beaches and amusement parks also have separate places for both genders.

Muslims tell us they need to hide their women behind a dark screen because they are “precious,” but we all know the moral economy behind such injunctions – asymmetrical gender relations – a culture that punishes women harshly but gives men a pass when it comes to sex.

4. Islamic ideology is a travesty of justice, intelligence and civilization. Little wonder majority Muslim countries have less than 600 universities for 1.4 billion people.

The United States has 5,785. While the US has over 1.1 million scientists, the Muslim world has produced only 300,000 that can be called “scientists.”

In the last 105 years, 1.4 billion Muslims have produced only 8 Nobel Laureates. One of them, Naguid Mahfuz, had his novel banned in Egypt and was stabbed in the neck by another Muslim for “heresy.”

It’s a known fact that Muslims have a high rate of illiteracy, perhaps a consequence of following an illiterate hero. No, this is not the fault of the Jews or America, it is Islam. It keeps people ignorant, unproductive and lazy. It fills the minds of intelligent youths with fiqh, Sharia, the arts of defecation, copulation and urination until their mind regresses into 7th century ideologies.

Sura 5:41 says “As to the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hand: a punishment by way of example from Allah…”

The Encyclopedia of Islam informs us that amputating the hands of thieves was introduced into Arabia by a pagan named Walib bin Mughirah.

Indeed, ancient societies maimed criminals as punishment because they didn’t have prisons or reform schools where criminals could be held or morally modified to become useful to the society.

Allah’s law of amputating hands has outlived its usefulness; today people are no longer stigmatised for having a cut hand, since some health or accident problems could warrant amputation. Muhammad and his Allah couldn’t see beyond their time.

Also, there are different forms of theft today – with the pen, credit cards and the Internet – which are more sophisticated to detect. How can amputating hands deal with these since one might not necessarily need a hand to carry them out?

Aside from the use of prosthetics, a person without limbs can still steal, whether by aiding and abetting theft or organizing a gang of thieves with his speech.

Amputation changes nothing because stealing comes from the heart (Mark 7:21-23). When a person is regenerated and becomes “a new creature” in Christ, rather than stealing, he would find fulfillment in “working with his hands” and giving to others (2 Cor 5:7, Eph 4:28). Even in the Old Testament, the punishment for theft was not amputation, but returning what was stolen in folds.

That Muhammad couldn’t deal with sin in a relevant or wise way proves that he was negatively influential to mankind.

The Quran tells us: “Travel in the land and see the end of those who rejected the Truth [Islam]” (Sura 16:11).

Ah, yes, but today we see the lands of these rejecters of Islam flourishing in milk and honey while the lands of the accepters are lined with starving beggars, torn apart by wars and troubled by pestilence.

We see many Muslims fleeing decades of the hardships and backwaters in their own countries to study, shop and seek medical care in kafirland – and in some cases, indulge their base instincts in the pubs and strip clubs.

Evidently, Muhammad’s influence on mankind has been more devastating than the influence of AIDS, Cholera, Nazism or any other biological and social plague.

The extent to which a region holds to his teachings is the extent to which human lives are cheap, dictatorship thrives, barbarity lives, women are abused and violence is prevalent.

These are the bad fruitage Jesus warned us to look out for. We therefore reject Muhammad and his Islam (Matthew 5:18).

The Cost of Leaving Islam

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Most converts to Islam announce their defections from the rooftops, but ex-Muslims, especially in Islam-dominated areas, can’t enjoy such a luxury. Leaving Islam attracts serious consequences ranging from alienation to imprisonment to death under Sharia law.

Perhaps this is why some Muslims are clamouring for Sharia law in several countries. It’s an effort to halt the daily exodus of people out of Islam.

Liberal Muslims try to drown this intolerable streak with slippery narratives like, “There is no compulsion in Islam,” but this line of defense can be easily disproved.

The Arabic word for apostate is murtad. A turning away from Islam into unbelief is termed ridda while an apostasy into another religion (such as Christianity) is kufr.

Here is what the Quran says about apostates:

“If they repent it will be better for them; and if they turn away, Allah will afflict them with a painful doom in the world and the Hereafter, and they have no protecting friend nor helper in the earth” (Sura 9:74).

“Therefore do remind, for you are only a reminder. You are not a watcher over them. But whosoever turns back and disbelieves, Allah will chastise him with the greatest chastisement” (Sura 88:21-24).

“How shall Allah guide a people who disbelieved after their believing and (after) they had borne witness that the Apostle was true and clear arguments [or signs] had come to them… their reward is that upon them is the curse of Allah and the angels and of men all together” (Sura 3:86-87).

These scare-mongering Quranic verses are psychological blows, but they raise a point: Muhammad made up his Allah as a fearsome monster. He used his god as a convenient scarecrow to hold his followers under the claws of Islam through fear.

Muhammad’s life was marked by curses and threats. He too knew he and his Allah had no power to make these statements happen. This was why he had to resort to killing his enemies by himself.

Islamic scholar, Abu’ala Maududi declares:

“To everyone acquainted with Islamic law it is no secret that according to Islam the punishment for a Muslim who turns to kufr (infidelity, blasphemy) is execution.”

My point exactly. You see, it’s not really Allah who is doing the “afflicting” or “chastisement” of apostates, it is his loyal worshipers doing his job for him. Or let’s say, Allah is using their hands to punish the apostates.

Other passages say:

“They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them, and choose no friend or helper from among them” (Sura 4:89).

Islamic scholar, Abdallah Baidawi explains this:

“Whosoever turns back from his belief (irtada), openly or secretly, take him and kill him wheresoever ye find him, like any other infidel” (Mufradat-Ghand’ul Quran, p. 191).

Some Muslims claim that the Arabic word rendered “helpers” here is “auliyah” which also means “leaders” so the verse intends to say Muslims should not accept a corrupt leader.

Even if we accept such a twisted explanation of an otherwise clear text, the question remains: why should such a leader be killed at all? If Islam is the truth or it has a superior logic, there would be no need to kill those who oppose or leave it.

Sura 2:217 says “…But whosoever among you shall turn back from his religion, and die an infidel, their works shall be in vain in this world, and the next; they shall be companions of [hell] fire, they shall remain therein forever…”

A Quranic commentary explains this:

“In short, the fate of an apostate is worse than that of an original disbeliever. This is why Jizyah [penalty tax] can be accepted from an original disbeliever while a male apostate who does not return to Islam is killed. If the apostate is a woman, she is imprisoned for life” (Mufti Shafi Usman, Maanful Quran, 1:536).

Another passage says:

“But if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor rate, they are your brethren in Faith … And if they break their oaths after their agreement and (openly) revile your religion, then fight the leaders of unbelief- surely their oaths are nothing – so that they may desist.” (Sura 9:11)

Note: the Arabic word they rendered as “fight” is “quatelo” which means “kill.”

The passage was directed to the pagans and “people of the Book” and it was the last Sura Muhammad recited. Muslims were only to stop slaying them when they embraced Islam or paid jizya. Maududi explains:

“Here the ‘covenant breaking’ in no way can be considered to mean ‘breaking of political covenants.’ Rather, the context clearly determines its meaning to be ‘confessing Islam, and then renouncing it’… war should be waged against the leaders instigating apostasy” (Quranic Commentary, pp. 12-23).

The Quran does not explicitly state that apostates must be killed. One of the reasons was adduced by the Encyclopedia of Quran (ed. Jane McAuliffe, 119):

“At the early stages, the Prophet did not have the effective power to deal with the apostates and thus the Quran adopted a considerably lenient attitude. With the growing strength of the new religion that attitude changed into a confident and less compromising one.”

Another reason is that the Quran doesn’t address all the fundamental tenets of Islam. It fails to cover all the areas of Islamic beliefs.

For example, nowhere does the Quran explain the rites of Islamic prayer or pilgrimage. Muslims have to turn to the hadiths and the records of the first generations of Muslims to properly practice Islam. This militates against the claim that the Quran is a complete book.

In a hadith, Muhammad is quoted as saying:

“The blood of a Muslim who confesses that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that I am his Apostle cannot be shed except in three cases: In Qisas for murder, a married person who commits illegal sexual intercourse and the one who reverts from Islam (apostate) and leaves the Muslims” (Bukhari 9:83:17).

Mu’adh ibn Jabal narrated:

“A man who was a Jew embraced Islam and then retreated from Islam. When Mu’adh came, he said: I will not come down from my mount until he is killed. He was killed” (Abu Dawud 38:4341).

After Ali burnt some apostates to death, Ibn Abbas said:

“I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9:84:57).

What is quite striking is the how these narrations were recorded without any apology or remorse. It indicates the extent to which Islam destroys human compassion and reason.

In another place, Muhammad predicted that in the latter times, there would be some young Muslims with no faith who would leave Islam like an arrow leaves a quiver. This was his remedy:

“So wherever you find them, kill them, for who-ever kills them shall have reward on the Day of Resurrection” (Bukhari 9:84:64).

There you have it. Kill an ex-Muslim and get a reward in the hereafter! Tell me, how does Islam differ from destructive cults which call for the death of ex-members with a promise of a reward?

Jesus Christ said: “IF anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matt. 16:24).

The “if” there implies the freedom to accept or reject His way. In John 6:66 “many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.” He said to the others “You do not want to leave too, do you?” They replied “to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God” (vv. 67-69).

When you have the words of life and truth, you will not need to force people to listen to you.

Muhammad was the direct opposite of Christ. He neither had the word of truth nor life and the people knew he was a wicked man. The only thing he could use to bind people to his cult was the death penalty.

According to Tabari’s biography, after Muhammad’s death, many of the Arabs reverted from Islam and Abu Bakr ordered their deaths. It was recorded:

“But there was an old man among them, a Christian called al-Rumalus b. Mansur who said ‘By God the only error I have made since attaining reason was abandoning my religion, the religion of truth, for yours, the religion of wickedness. No by God, I will not leave my religion and I will not accept yours so long as I live.’ Ma’qi brought him forward and cut off his head” (Vol. 17:191).

So even back then – before the Islamic atrocities we read today – Christians were convinced Islam was a religion of wickedness and they chose to die rather than follow such a doomed vessel.

Islamic law stipulates that:

“When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostasies from Islam, he deserved to be killed … There is no indemnity [expiation] for killing an apostate” (Ahmad al-Misri, Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Law, p. 595).

Why the emphasis on killing the apostate? Another islamic scholar answers:

“Those Muslims who are weak in faith and others who are against Islam may think that the apostate has only left Islam because of what he has found out about its real nature.. So they learn from him all the doubt, lies and fabrications which are aimed at extinguishing the light of Islam and putting people off from it. In this case, executing the apostate is obligatory, in order to protect [Islam]…” (Islam Questions and Answers, Fatwa no. 12406)

In other words, Islam is so volatile that it can be easily extinguished by former Muslims. Therefore, killing apostates is meant to “protect” Muslims from learning the ugly truths about Islam.

This is a tacit admission that Islam cannot stand up to insightful inquiries and criticism.

Islam is just like Nazism, Communism or any other fascist movement that squelches opposition to its agenda.

This proves that Islam can never be from God, because one of the gifts God has given mankind is the gift of freedom. Every system that tries to remove this freedom of choice and conscience is a yoke of bondage.

The Question of  Kismet and Qadr

The whole idea of killing apostates actually does violence to the Islamic belief in fate (kismet) and predestination (qadr).

The Quran says:

“Those whom Allah wills to guide, He opens their breast to Islam; those whom He wills to leave straying,- He make their breast close and constricted … thus Allah lay abomination on those who refuse to believe” (Sura 6:125).

How can Allah lay abomination on non-believers if he made them non-believers? If Allah has predestined those who stay in or leave Islam, then, by ordering the death of ex-Muslims he is undoing his own work!

Is that reasonable? What would you think of a king who orders his servant out of the palace and then calls for his execution for leaving the palace? Wouldn’t you think he is a lunatic?

The Lord Jesus reveals to us the God who cares much about His creation. He illustrated Him as a shepherd who left 99 sheep to seek a sheep that went astray and rejoiced when it was found; a woman who seeks a lost silver piece out of 10 and rejoiced when it was found and a father who embraced his estranged son who returned to him.

He said there is likewise joy among the angels in heaven over one sinner that repents than the others who are still in the faith (Luke 15:2-32). What a far cry from the god of Islam!

When Peter denied Jesus and became a “murtad,” what did Jesus do? He extended the hand of forgiveness and reconciliation to him (John 21:17).

No death penalty, no imprisonment or threats of curses from angry angels. This is the glory of Biblical Christianity. Love, truth and freedom all walk together. The absence of these qualities in Islam marks it out as a diabolic cult that controls and deceives mankind.

A fatwa issued by the Mufti of Lebanon says that a Muslim who chooses to leave Islam “should be imprisoned for three days” to think about his decision and if he persists in his decision “then he or she must be put to death.”

This nefarious ideology blows the “Islam is a religion of peace” rhetoric into ashes. This is why when many Muslims are convinced of the truth of the Christian Faith, they still fear the implications of conversion.

But a truth-seeking Muslim must not be deterred by fear. Jesus has said anyone who must follow Him must be willing to lay down all that he has (Matt. 10:37).

Satan and his demons try to stop people from accepting the eternal life that Jesus offers with oppositions, imprisonments, tortures and fear of death. They do these to keep them in false and destructive religions such as Islam, which lead to eternal death.