Ideally, making the Bible available to Malaysian Christians should be a “no-brainer”, i.e., nothing there to even think about. Yet, the issue has become a true “tempest in a teapot”.
First, let’s be clear that the Bible, in whatever translation, is a piece of literature. Many people feel that Muslims should read it. A friend related to me of his encounter during an inter-faith visit at a local church, where he was surprised at how compatible the preacher’s sermon was with Muslim belief until a certain point. He further said that as guests in the church, we may always politely dismiss the singing, gender-mixed social seating, and prayer forms. Continue reading