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NEWS ALERT: Malaysia Releasing Confiscated Bibles

Thursday, March 17, 2011 | Tag Cloud

By Worthy News Staff

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (Worthy News)-- Malaysian Christians on Thursday, March 17, awaited two shipments of 35,000 confiscated Bibles after the government promised to release them.

The Bibles were seized by authorities in Malaysia's Kuching Port because of the use "Allah" as a translation for "God," which officials said many Muslims find objectionable. About 60 percent of Malaysians are Sunni Muslim, which is the nation's official religion, although the constitution also guarantees freedom of religion.
But in a new development, the Performance Management and Delivery Unit, which impounded one shipment of 5,000 Bibles in 2009 and another 30,000 in January, said the language issue should be resolved through discussion.
The agency's chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Idris Jala, who is Christian, has been designated as the point man for talks with the Christian community, the English-language Malaysian newspaper The Star reported.
Malaysia's Home Ministry, which oversees the dispute, initially justified withholding the Bibles saying there was a legal case under appeal that needed to be resolved.
It was a reference to the ruling by Kuala Lumpur's High Court in December 2009 that allowed the Catholic newspaper, The Herald, to use the word Allah as a translation for God.
No appeal hearings have yet been scheduled, but dozens of churches and a few Muslim prayer halls were attacked and burned in the wake of the initial 2009 ruling.
The Prime Minister's office reportedly said the government chose to release the Bibles because it was "committed to resolve amicably any inter-faith issues".
Christians said among the shipments are tens of thousands of copies of the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs in the Malay language. Distributor Gideons International imported the books from Indonesia for distribution in schools, churches and other institutions in
Betong and other Christian areas in Malaysia's Sarawak state. It comes ahead of local elections in the area, which has a significant Christian population and where the governing National Front parties need to increase electoral support, analysts said.
Reverend Hermen Shastri, general secretary of the Council of Churches of Malaysia, welcomed the government's decision to release the Bibles, but cautioned in published remarks that more needed to be done."We maintain the position that it is an inalienable right for Christians to read their scriptures in any language," he explained, adding this was a "basic human right".
Under Malaysian law, Bibles distributed in the country must be stamped "for Christians only."
Christians comprise about nine percent of the mainly Muslin population of nearly 29 million people. About 19 percent of Malaysians practice Buddhism. Among other religious minorities are practitioners of  Chinese religions and philosophies, Hinduism and other traditional faiths. (With reporting by Worthy News' Stefan J. Bos)
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  1. Subject: Alerting muslims on Truth and the coming of Christian Saviour King Jesus Christ in this Last Days

    Why the claimt of Truth from quran and Islam, need to be reviewed under historical research and The Holy Bible, The Word of GOD?

    If GOD can lie, God is also Satan. So, who invented lies in quran verses?

    Quran Allah said Jesus Christ was not crucified,…Read the deception of the quran writers = “ they did not slay him, neither crucified him, only a likeness of that was shown to them “ (quran 4:156 ). iF Allah is all knowing, why Allah lied what Jesus knew about His death. Mt.20:17,”As Jesus was going up to Jerualem, He took the 12 disciples aside, and on the way He said to them,20:18”Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and The Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn HIM to death, 19 and will hand him over to the gentiles to mock, to scourge, and to crucify; and the third day He will be raised up.”… Who actually commanded the Holy Communion?.. The Master!

    Why the use of Jews sacred writings to support Arab Muhammad ? God said,” Thou shalt not steal” “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”. Muslims Arabs, Islam abused the following verse. Deuteronomy 18:15, “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren(not Arabs), like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken,” Why Islam lied when Lord Jesus had claimed Deuteronomy18:15 in Luke 24:44, “And He said unto them, these are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the Law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.” Moses wrote about Lord Jesus and not Muhammad of Islam. John 5:46,”For if you believed Moses , you would believe me, for he wrote about me.47 But if you don’t believe his writings, how will you believe my words? “www.mwtb.org/pages

    People can see Muhammad, can know him. So, how can The Counselor be interpreted as Muhammad of Islam? John 14:15 “ If you love me, keep my commandments. 16 I will pray to the Father, and HE will give you another Counselor, that He may be with you forever, 17 The Spirit of Truth, whom the world can’t receive, for it doesn’t see him, neither knows him. You know Him, for He lives with you, and will be in you.” How is that the gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John agreed with one another and not the Quran of Muhammad?? Can Muhammad be interpreted as The Holy Spirit when deliberate mistakes are read in the quran when placed next to The Bible. John 14:26 “But The Counselor, The Holy Spirit, whom The Father will send in my Name, He will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you.”

    True God of Moses fight for the Jews against Pharoah! Quran Allah requires Muslims to fight for Him thru jihad doctrine. How can They be the same true God? Why Muslims bow to a Mecca stone? Kaabah is surely pagan in ancient Arabic history? This type of worshipping broke God’s 1st and 2nd 10 commandments given to Moses in Mount Sinai. Moreover, Lord Jesus never teach jihad or violence but love for God and neighbors.www.bible.ca: http://www.chick.com

    Quran Allah has NO SON! So, can He be the true God when He is not The Father to Lord Jesus as THE SON! Here it speaks about 2 persons, being from God. Even in the old testament, God hinted He has THE SON. Proverbs 30:4, “ Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if thou canst tell?”…Lord Jesus is prophesied in Isaiah 9:6 “ For unto us a SON is given and the government shall be upon His shoulder and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” See genesis “Let us create” Read John 1 In the beginning was The Word….www.letusreason.org

    If you love Truth from the True God whom He has send His SON, Lord Jesus to a fallen world to redeem and to fight the father of LIES, a chief fallen angel, Lucifer, devil or Satan, you can help to print and circulate this paper for all Muslims to read and to know… even for the world, before King Jesus Christ returns and take His judgment throne to planet earth. Amen.

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