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Which God provides salvation for us? New Site

While godversusreligion.com will continue to focus on God – often looking at the differences between what God says in the Bible and what religions say in their practices and interpretations of God’s Word – the new site – whichgodsaves.com will focus on the “gods” of different religions and how they view (or don’t) salvation – with salvation loosely defined as saving us for the next life, not for another life here on earth, and certainly not for oblivion after this life. 


Are Muslim and Christian “jihadists” driving us to the End-Times? 2

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series What God versus religion is about

In the days of Noah, people were evil in their hearts.  Tell me – how great is the evil in our hearts when even our talk of religion – what’s supposed to be our beliefs about God – turns into the kinds of things it is today?  How much evil does it take for one Catholic to call another Catholic equal to a jihadist?  How much evil does it take to have some Catholics call other Christians equal to a jihadist?


Jesus – God, or just a prophet?

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series God: Christianity and Islam

All of this sounds very good. There’s nothing in here that, as Christians, we would disagree with. All is well. But – is it really? I left out some things. Some very important things. All of the parts where Islam and Christianity disagree as to who Jesus really is. Below is the full text of the quotes from the Qu’ran – words that present a very different picture from the Jesus that we know and love, and count on for our hope of salvation and everlasting life.


God: Christianity and Islam – Home page

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series God: Christianity and Islam

… in the very first article – “what religion was Abraham” – that there are promises made by God (the Jewish and Christian God of the Old Testament) to Abraham, Hagar and Ishmael. At the beginning of this whole controversy – Abraham – there was a common God. A God that made promises to Abram / Abraham, Sarai / Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, Isaac.
It’s not unlike the scenario we have today with the various religions / denominations / sects that believe the others are apostates that will go to Hell. They started out believing the same thing. Then something changed.


I can’t read – in The Bible and The Qur’an

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series God: Christianity and Islam

In any case – we seem to have one (or both) of the scenarios from Isaiah –
Isa 11-12 What you’ve been shown here is somewhat like a letter in a sealed envelope. If you give it to someone who can read and tell her, “Read this,” she’ll say, “I can’t. The envelope is sealed.” And if you give it to someone who can’t read and tell him, “Read this,” he’ll say, “I can’t read.”


Should I not be concerned about [Nineveh] that great city?

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series God: Christianity and Islam

Seriously. One of God’s own prophets was angry about the people God wanted to save actually listening to the message and being saved. Sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it. Don’t be too quick to say yes, it’s unbelievable. Because …


Religious fundamentalism threatens global peace?

Religious fundamentalism threatens global peace! How often do we hear this?   And our own president blames Christianity as much as any religion.  Maybe more. What is the truth though? Is this statement legitimate?   What does history really tell us? Post Views: 14


The problem of killing infidels

45 times the Qur’an says Allah (Allah / God) is oft-forgiving. How then can one justify killing anyone who is thought to be an infidel? Who is to say that God won’t forgive them?   For instance – Sura 3:31 Say (O Muhammad to mankind): “If you (really) love Allaah then follow me (i.e. accept Islaamic Monotheism, follow the Qur’aan and the Sunnah), Allaah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” Khan, Dr Muhammad Muhsin. English Translation of the Qur’an (Kindle Locations 671-672). . Kindle Edition. Whether one is a follower of Islam or not – does this not say that Allaah is Oft-Forgiving and Most Merciful?  What chance does God have to be merciful or forgiving if one kills the infidel before God does either or both of them? A bit earlier, we read – Sura 3:8 (They say): “Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower.” Khan, Dr Muhammad Muhsin. English Translation of the Qur’an (Kindle Locations 630-631). . Kindle Edition. Note the words – “after you have guided us”.  If you were […]


Not a madman?

For, this fellow-man of yours is not a madman; Quick – who said that in the midst of an end-time prophecy? And what’s the significance of it? Here’s a hint.  Just before this, the prophecy includes these things: the sun goes dark the stars go dark mountains vanish the seas are boiling Hell and paradise can both be seen the deeds of men are made known OK – who is it? Post Views: 6


Over the top claims about World War III?

“Over The Top Claims That This Is World War III” Just Plays Into Hands of ISIS according to President Obama. First of all, is it true that ISIS even wants to have World War III? Strictly speaking – No – it’s not true. What they actually want is Armageddon.  World War III isn’t their end game. Neither of the first two World Wars produced Armageddon, so another world war actually falls short of what they want. Here’s part of what the Qur’an has to say about “The End” – 96. Until, when Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj (Gog and Magog) are let loose (from their barrier), and they swiftly swarm from every mound. 97. And the true promise (Day of Resurrection) shall draw near (of fulfillment). Then (when mankind is resurrected from their graves), you shall see the eyes of the disbelievers fixedly stare in horror. (They will say): “Woe to us! We were indeed heedless of this; nay, but we were Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.).” 98. Certainly! You (disbelievers) and that which you are worshipping now besides Allaah, are (but) fuel for Hell! (Surely), you will enter it. 99. Had these (idols, etc.) been aaliha (gods), they would not have […]


Praising God in The Bible and Qur’an

  Praise God!  This is something that Christians and Muslims both agree on.   Yes, some question whether we believe in the same “God”.  That’s the whole point of this series – to examine that most important question. More on that later.     For this one, let’s look at the next Sura, #1 – which would be the 5th by order of Revelation.  The translation is by Rashad Khalifa. It’s quite short.  Very much to the point. [1:1] In the name of GOD, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. [1:2] Praise be to GOD, Lord of the universe. [1:3] Most Gracious, Most Merciful. [1:4] Master of the Day of Judgment. [1:5] You alone we worship; You alone we ask for help. [1:6] Guide us in the right path; [1:7] the path of those whom You blessed; not of those who have deserved wrath, nor of the strayers. The truth is, except for maybe verse 7, I dare say most Christians would think it was said by a Christian – and – most Muslims would think it was said by a Muslim. God as gracious and merciful – something we both believe. God as Lord of the universe – of everything – […]


The Book of Life – And a Book of Death?

  Christians know of the Book of Life.   But what about a Book of Death?  Maybe more correctly a book of the wicked?   Where does this come from – and what is the significance of it?   I was reading a fiction novel last night, and came across something that I had to check out to see if it was for real – “The names of the infidels I meet in this country are listed in the Sijjin. They are destined for hell just as the scroll records,” said Ismad.” — from Enemies Among Us, by Vince Flynn The obvious question – is there really a Sijjin – a book of the wicked?  I’ve been reading and studying the Qur’an and did’t remember seeing this (yet).  It actually there – in Sura 83.   It’s 86th – by order of revelation – so it’s one I haven’t yet reached for my detailed research.  But I was so struck by the fact that it’s said to exist that I didn’t want to wait to at least bring it up. The Book of Life For Christians – the Book of Life has the names of those who will be in Heaven. […]


The problem of registering Muslims – or any group

  Donald Trump Sets Off a Furor With Call to Register Muslims in the U.S.   Sure – it sounds great to some people.  If they don’t think about it too much.  Even a little bit of thought would (should?) bring up all sorts of reasons why it’s not good at all. But then, how many of us actually do what my wife calls “play the movie forward”?  If we did, we’d have to take a hard look at ourselves – but the look may be more than worth the time and effort.   There’s this saying about when you point – some number of fingers point back at yourself.  Some say three.  Others say four, although my thumb isn’t capable of pointing back at me without a great deal of effort.  Either way – the “point” (pun intended) is that there are more fingers pointing back at us than there are pointing at the person to whom we point. Here’s the first part of the article from the New York Times that this story comes from. Under assault from Democrats and Republicans alike, Donald J. Trump on Friday drew back from his call for a mandatory registry of Muslims […]


False Choices – Abortion

  Against abortion = against women’s health!   Or so we’re told to believe. But is that the real choice?   To look at the msn.com home page today, it would seem that abortion isn’t really news at the moment.  Although two videos have been released showing planned parenthood offering money for organs coming from abortions – with the promise of 8 more to come – nothing exists on the MSN home page today about that story.  NOTHING! One of the “Editors Picks” that is there – Obama to Jon Stewart:  You’re leaving before me?   Seriously – that’s a bigger story that body parts being sold? Have we really sunk that far? Back to the original “choice”. There certainly are times when a woman’s health is an issue – and abortion can save a life. There was also a time when doctors would allow the mother to die in order to save a child – because having children was essential to survival. I’m not saying either of these is “right” or “wrong”.  In some cases, there are legitimate, extremely difficult choices to be made.   In the end – those choices are between the people making them and God.  It’s […]


Who would you not vote for?

  People used to talk about who they would vote for. More and more, we seem to hear about who they would not vote for. But I have to ask, what exactly is accomplished by not voting for someone?   Let’s say we have two candidates – A and Z. Candidate A is from the party you would normally vote for.  However, Candidate A has a stance on one issue that you refuse to support. Candidate Z is from the party you would not normally vote for.  Not surprisingly, Candidate Z takes a position on many issues that are in opposition to your views. That one issue – let’s call it Issue #7 – with Candidate A caused you to not vote for that person. Therefore – you choose not to vote at all. Some people think this is the only option.  They can’t support someone in favor of Issue #7 – so they won’t vote at all. But – what have you accomplished by choosing not to vote at all? What about the very real possibility that Candidate Z wins? This happens because you are not alone in your opposition to Issue #7. You’ve told others not to vote for that person either. […]


Swearing by the moon – Bible (Old and New Testaments) & Qur’an

  One book shows swearing (taking an oath) by the Name of God. One book says not to swear at all. One book shows swearing by the moon. Do you know which book has each of these? How do you feel about each of these scenarios? Read on to learn more about this interesting topic.    The Old Testament  Lev 19:12 “ ‘Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD. Jos 23:6 “Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left. 7 Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them. 8 But you are to hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have until now. Ps 63:11 But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God’s name will praise him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced. Isa 45:23 By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in […]


Can the God of Islam take care of Himself?

 We saw earlier in the Qur’an where it says God can take care of Himself. It shows up again in Sura 73. But again – it’s abrogated.  This really begs the question – does Islam truly believe that their God can take care of Himself – or does He need people to do it for Him? Here are the relevant verses from Sura 73 – [73:10] And remain steadfast in the face of their utterances, and disregard them in a nice manner. [73:11] And let Me deal with the rejectors, who have been generously blessed; just give them a little time. [73:12] We have severe punishments, and Hell. [73:13] Food that can hardly be swallowed, and painful retribution. [73:14] The day will come when the earth and the mountains will quake, and the mountains will turn into a weightless pile. As you can see – verses 10 and 11 – the ones that tell believers to be steadfast and patient – and that God will take care of Himself – have been stricken.  They are replaced with – [9:5] Once the Sacred Months are past, (and they refuse to make peace) you may kill the idol worshipers when you encounter […]


Ishmael, Esau, and the Armor of God

   What ISIS Really Wants I was going to do this one later.  It came to me this morning, while I was sort of half awake and half asleep.  I’m still trying to get completely over this pneumonia thing – it’s a real pain.  Then I saw an interview with Graeme Wood who wrote an article for The Atlantic with the title What ISIS Really Wants.  Then I thought – I really need to at least get the shell of this out.  There’s an article I did a few years back on the amazing parallels in the “End Times” scenarios in the Christian Bible and the Islamic Qur’an.  Equally amazing are the different interpretations.  I’ll look for it and put it up later.  But this article starts to get into the “End Times” goals of ISIS.  As much as some would like to deny it – this is real.  Right or wrong – only God knows.  But it’s their philosophy – and we ignore it at our own peril.  Interestingly enough – I also think by ignoring it – we are also ignoring God. So – I’ve written about Ishmael and Esau before.  You can search this site for Esau to […]


Praying at night – the Qur’an and the Bible

  The Qur’an, in Sura 73, encourages praying at night.   How does this compare with what’s in the Bible? We’ll look at the New Testament to see how the two compare and contrast. And then look at what the differences mean.   The first thing I thought of when I read this was the verses in the Bible that relate darkness to evil and light to good.  Of course, that thought was quickly replaced with a stronger one that said – No, that can’t be what this is about.  After looking into it more, I think the second thought is correct.   Let’s look at what this Sura has to say.   [73:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful [73:1] O you cloaked one. [73:2] Meditate during the night, except rarely. [73:3] Half of it, or a little less. [73:4] Or a little more. And read the Quran from cover to cover. [73:5] We will give you a heavy message. [73:6] The meditation at night is more effective, and more righteous. [73:7] You have a lot of time during the day for other matters. [73:8] You shall commemorate the name of your Lord, to come ever […]