"...the Bible tells us that we're created in the image of God. And instead of believing that, we've decided to create God in our image. So now we can all make up our own god. Since there isn't any real God, we make up our own god. And so, our gods are the gods we feel comfortable with." - Dr David Paul JeremiahThe link to the above video was sent by a Catholic friend.
The opening part of video at 2:35 mentioned people stopped believing God created us and now they are their own god.
It strikes the right chord against those with preferential version of God as only compassionate, but ignore tenet of Islam on belief in the hereafter, and existence of heaven and hell. Some liberal Islam blogger believe we die as any plant and animal to be reduced to compose heap..
It maybe inappropriate to some Muslims to use a Pastor's lecture to justify the cause of religion over secularism. More so, on a Friday.
However, though Senior Pastor Dr David Paul Jeremiah is promoting his evangelical cause and few Christian doctrines such as original sin are not concurrent with Islam, there is universality in the message he brought.
It is not about looking at differences but a common message.
Jeremiah's message has relevance to Muslims and all Malaysians, who profess to a revealed faith and adhere to the first tenet of the Rukunnegara, which is Believe in God.
Secularism should not be allowed to seep in and redefine the nation's law and encroach into spiritual life of all Malaysians.
And Malaysians of all religion should fight to defend spirituality against God-less secularism.
Movement against syariah law
There was a session which had touched on syariah law.
One Dr Farouk Musa claiming to profess Islam and leading a group called Islamic Rennaisance Front argued for the proposal to rid the power of the syariah court through a proposed constitutional amendment of Schedule 9 of the Federal Constitution.
Among the participant of the discussion was elDato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the claimed PM-in-waiting and perpetual PM inspirant.
His rival and deputy Dato Seri Azmin Ali was represented by his supporter, human rights activist, and Deputy Minister, Sivarasa Rasiah.
There were familiar legal and human right activists faces behind the political parties DAP and PKR of the current government of Pakatan Harapan.
The strategy undertaken by this anti-religion liberals is aimed towards the "official" and constitutional status of Islam as described in Article 3 of the Federal Constitution as "religion of the Federation".
Though the freedom to profess and practise other religion are safeguarded under the Constitution, they are up in arms against administrative and legal manner on conversion of Muslims to other religion, religion of children from parents divorced due a party converted to Islam, and status of faith of deceased registered as Muslims.
The intention is to create inter-faith friction between Malaysians of different faith, specifically non-Muslim against traditional Islam practitioners and Islamic authorities.
The strategy extended to infiltrate Muslims of different Mazhad, or syiah or philosphical inclination to create a sectarian clash among Muslims.
Liberal Muslim thinking is prevalent in such groups and political parties PKR, PPBM and DAP.
While groupings of Wahabi inclination have infilterated public policy through NGOs IKRAM, political party Amanah, and PPBM, and new thinking using misinterpreted "Rahmatan lil alamin" as promoted by Minister Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
"Rahmatan lil alamin" means the universality of Islam is to bring rahmat or good tidings or benefit to all of mankind. However, it is seen as weakening the status of Islam as religion of the Federation and leaning more to defending the interest of other religion instead of their right.
The extend of Mujahid's handiwork goes to destroy Islamic institution like Tabung Haji through deceipt and manipulation. They announced a profitable first quarter and the latest profitable first half from kitchen sinking and excessive provisions.
The truth remains hidden and the details should reveal that it is not a positive development. The bonds that is supposed to be issued for May is not known to have been issued.
The increase in incremental profit for second quarter is less than first quarter. Hidden the first time net outflow of deposits and poorer quality but more costly Haj this year. It is due in a different posting.
Preserving spirituality in public life
The stated intention of this grouping of lawyers, human rights activist, LGBT promoter and liberal-western emulator politicians are disguised as causes towards greater religious freedom and tolerance vis-a-vis religion of majority, Islam.
However, the real intention and implication is more far reaching to the spirituality and morality of all Malaysians.
In the lecture by Jeremiah (transcript here), he advocate the existence of God should provide the basis for absolute values of right and wrong. Ethics and morality should remain within the dictate of God and not defined by the minority of lawyers, activists, politicians and bureaucrats or in short, man.
Though seen from a Christian perspective, Dr Jeremiah stressed the need for religion as guide on society, government, and public morality. To extend that, men and women of faith should resist the effort by liberals and lawyers to stop acknowledging the role of religion.
From that perspective, it is not to the best interest of both Muslims and also non-Muslims to allow secular thinking of liberal and human rights activist to proliferate.
It may seemed to be the fight for freedom of religion and empowering the religion of the non-Muslims. The truth is otherwise as it is aimed at all religion eventually.
By allowing the movement to disempower syariah law for Muslims to determine their code of conduct, it will eventually encroach into the affairs of the chosen religion of non-Muslims. It happened and visibly seen in the west.
It may not be difficult for non-Muslims to digest but defending the syariah court for Muslims consequently means preserving spirituality in everyday life and protecting the sanctity of their own choice of faith.
Ponder over it. The interfaith disputes are administrative in nature and should be solve together in the spirit of 1Malaysia than the atmosphere of adversary and cocophony of Malaysia Baru.