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In the Spring of 2010 A.D., numerous advocates of free speech in America started an internet movement called “Everybody Draw Mohammed.” It began in response to American media giants like The New York Times, Viacom, and Comedy Central self-censoring images and news about Islam and Mohammed. There were threats that certain Americans would end up like Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who was murdered for criticizing Islam/Mohammedanism.
The idea was that if all freedom loving folk would draw Mohammed, then they could not kill us all, or at least the threat level directed at specific individuals would diminish. However, Islam’s goal is not just to stop us from drawing Mohammed. Islam’s ultimate goal is to dominate the world both religiously and politically. Islam is not just a religion, it is also a system of government based on a set of ideas that are not compatible with freedom of conscience.
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These pictures are of members of the Islamic Jihad in Palestine. They are of the sort of fellows that would like to kill you for drawing a picture of Mohammed, or for being Christian, or for not being the right kind of Muslim. Do you want to see an image of Mohammed? Look. Unfortunately, they are the face of Mohammed.
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There is another image of Mohammed: the word of Mohammed.
Mohammed says when they reject Allah’s word, then use the sword; (for example: fight the non-Muslims until they readily pay the protection tax. Koran, Surah 9:29). However, this is the word of man. God’s word is powerful and does not need swords. The true Prophet “Jesus commanded Peter, ‘Put your sword away!'” (John 18:11). Then later, Jesus told the pagan governor of Palestine:
“My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
God’s word does not need swords. Jesus is the true Prophet. His followers conquered the pagan Roman Empire without the sword. In fact, they did not even knock over the pagan idols.
In response to the radical “reforms” of Karlstadt who sought to destroy images, Martin Luther said:
Once, when Paul came to Athens (Acts 17 [:16–32]), a mighty city, he found in the temple many ancient altars, and he went from one to the other and looked at them all, but he did not kick down a single one of them with his foot. Rather he stood up in the middle of the market place and said they were nothing but idolatrous things and begged the people to forsake them; yet he did not destroy one of them by force. When the Word took hold of their hearts, they forsook them of their own accord, and in consequence the thing fell of itself… For the Word created heaven and earth and all things [Psalm 33:6]; the Word must do this thing, and not we poor sinners.
In short, I will preach it, teach it, write it, but I will constrain no man by force, for faith must come freely without compulsion… [God’s word] is almighty, and takes captive the hearts, and when the hearts are captured the work will fall of itself.
[Luther’s works, vol. 51: Sermons I. III-78. Philadelphia: Fortress Press. (1999, c1959). Emphasis added].
Nor did Paul resort to mere insult, but instead he reasoned with the pagans according even to their own poets. (Acts 17:28). (With freedom comes responsibility, and the purpose of free speech is to tell the truth. Mere insult devoid of reason is an abuse, not a use of free speech).
God’s word created heaven and earth (Psalm 33:6), therefore, God’s word is also powerful enough to change the heart of sinful man. True believers can trust God’s word alone.
Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Luke 21:33). Why did Jesus say this? Because His words are Truth. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the true God, except through Jesus. (John 14:6).
God does not need our services, but it is our privilege to speak His word; and His word does not lose its power simply because it is in our mouths.
Many Muslims are opposed to drawing any prophet (including Jesus) or any person or animal. The Taliban believes that photographs are a sin. (Religion Facts.com). But if we stop making pictures or depicting Jesus or any prophet out of fear, we will have surrendered to the Jihad. We will have become Mohammedans, because to act like a Mohammedan is to be a Mohammedan whether the motivation is faith or fear.
The true God wants to first change our hearts with His Word, but others are more concerned with immediate earthly results. Have faith. God’s word is our strength. Jesus said,
“a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.” [John 16:2-3].
Who is the true God and the true Prophet? The true God has a different character than Allah and Mohammed; the natural man cannot understand Him.
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“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (This was foretold by the prophet Isaiah 53:5, NKJV). Jesus paid the consequences for the sins of the whole world. Your sins have been paid for by Jesus, now treat your fellow man as Jesus has treated you. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the true God except through Jesus. He is the one God. (John 8:58, 14:6).
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