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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.


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 …


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: 4


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. […]


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 […]


Ishmael, Pharaoh, Moses – and Esau

[73:15] We have sent to you a messenger, just as we sent to Pharaoh a messenger. … [73:19] This is a reminder; whoever wills, let him choose the path to his Lord.   Based on these verses, what is the Qur’an really saying about the path to God? Apparently there are choices to be made.    Christians and Jews should all know the story of Moses.  But there’s a few things we saw before that I’d like to remind you of – just in case you’ve forgotten.  The Israelites were in Egypt because of the famine that took place hundreds of years earlier.  Shortly before the drought began that caused the famine, Joseph had been sold, by his brothers, into slavery.  They sold him to Ishmaelites.  Those Ishmaelites took him to Egypt, where he rose from being a slave to being the number two person in all of Egypt.  All this because of a band of Ishmaelites. Fast forward about 400 years, and we have Moses being sent by God to confront Pharaoh and set the Israelites free.  Then comes the plagues.  And finally – freedom for the Israelites.  If you’d like to read the previous post to get more […]


Moses, Pharaoh, praying at night, more abrogation, and the assembling of the Qur’an

  In the 3rd Sura of the Qur’an, we are again sent to the Old Testament to understand the background of these verses. This time – Moses and Pharaoh. There is also an interesting command to pray at night. Finally, we see 6 verses stricken and replaced by others.  Once more, the stricken verses seem to replace forgiveness towards unbelievers with harsh penalties.  There is a pattern developing – even in these first three Suras.  To understand this pattern, we’ll also look at how the Qur’an came to be a written document.  Below is Sura 73 – as originally revealed.  (More or less.  I say this, because there are disagreements as to whether all of the verses were part of the original revelation.  Some feel [73:20] was actually a later revelation, but was included as part of this Sura.) Sura 73, Cloaked — part 1a – praying at night [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] […]


Jonah Abrogated. Islam Hijacked?

If what we see in the Middle East today is a hijacked version of Islam – then Islam was hijacked before the Qur’an was put in written form!  However – we must never lose sight of the fact that God has plainly stated he loves the Muslim people.  And so should we. Hard to believe?  It sure seems impossible to believe.  And yet – as we’ve seen – this is the only possible conclusion when we consider the words of the Bible that all Christians and Jews believe is the Word of God.   As usual – the question comes down to – do we just  believe in God or do we actually  believe God? This is part of a continuing series.  If you haven’t read the earlier references to Jonah – please do. Otherwise, this probably won’t make much sense. It’s best to start at the very beginning – but it’s getting pretty long now, so I encourage you to at least check out the Jonah references.  There is a list of the entire Islam series here. Yes – Jonah was abrogated. Of course – there is disagreement between various Muslim sects as to whether this is really true. That disagreement […]


Jonah revisited – from the OT to Christianity and Islam

Yes.  Jonah, the reluctant prophet with 4 short chapters, has ties to both Christianity and Islam. This isn’t going at all like I expected when I started this project.  I went into it with the feeling that Muslims and Christians couldn’t possibly be talking about the same God.  And I expected to be writing about the evidence to prove that.  But the deeper I look, the more I realize that they did start with the same God.  The evidence is there – in the Old Testament.  In the history that Judaism, Christianity and Islam all have in common. Then something happened.  We learned about abrogation in my last post – Abrogation in the Qur’an.  Before looking at  The Abrogation of Jonah, let’s look at the impact of Jonah – how his actions and prophecy related to all three peoples – Jews, Christians, and Muslims.  Of course, in Jonah’s time, there were no Christians or Muslims.  But like so many OT prophecies, they existed at multiple levels.  There was the immediate impact – there was possibly a Messianic link – and finally “end times” events.   But – while the actual religions were not there by name – the ancestors of those who would […]


Abrogation in the Qur’an

Abrogation.  This is how a religion can talk about peace, incite violence, and claim no contradiction in what it teaches. Some in Islam say there is no such thing as abrogation.  We’ll shortly see that the Qur’an itself puts the lie to this statement. Others say abrogation is the key to understanding Islam. If you’ve read the previous articles in this series, then you understand the importance of  [68:48] You shall steadfastly persevere in carrying out the commands of your Lord. Do not be like (Jonah) who called from inside the fish.  But that verse was abrogated! This article will look at abrogation – what it means- and what is the impact of having verses abrogated.  Then, we’ll return to the Jonah question, so see how it fits in with the first paragraph above. Post Views: 111


A deeper look into the Jonah question

The “Jonah question” is turning out to be tougher than expected. There’s a difference between God hating what people do – and hating the people themselves. Let’s see if that could help with the “Jonah question”. This is part of a continuing series looking at God in the Qur’an, the Old Testament and the New Testament.  If you haven’t read it yet, part 1 is here. Review [68:48] You shall steadfastly persevere in carrying out the commands of your Lord. Do not be like (Jonah) who called from inside the fish. [68:49] If it were not for his Lord’s grace, he would have been ejected into the desert as a sinner. [68:50] But his Lord blessed him, and made him righteous. [68:51] Those who disbelieved show their ridicule in their eyes when they hear the message and say, “He is crazy!” [68:52] It is in fact a message to the world This is the closing for Sura 68 – telling Muhammad to not be like Jonah. Looking Deeper So far, we’ve seen that there was an expectation for Muhammad to have either already known about Jonah from the Old Testament – or else to have done the reading himself to […]


Pope: Ridding stereotypes key to Christian-Muslim relations

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis says the most effective antidote to violence among Christians and Muslims is learning about each other and then accepting differences. Francis also told participants Saturday of a meeting promoted by the Pontifical Institute of Arab and Islamist Studies that only by carefully listening can interreligious dialogue make progress. He said “patience and humility” are essential for deepened Islamic-Christian dialogue while merely superficial dialogue will only yield “stereotypes and preconceptions.” I might add that a really good examination of Christianity, Islam and Judaism would reveal a surprising number of commonalities as well.  After all, The Holy Books of all three religions have a common starting point – God and Abraham. Rather than just accepting the differences, maybe we should look deeper into them to see if there isn’t more in common.  And when we’ve found that, if we really truly believe in the same God of Abraham, then see if we can’t – through prayer and careful study – see what is God’s plan for all of His children.  The same God made promises to Abraham about both Ishmael and Isaac.  Is it unreasonable to assume that He doesn’t have a common plan of salvation for all […]


The Jonah Question of Sura 68 – Part 6

In the previous article, we saw that Muhammad was told not to be like Jonah. This is a complex, but critical issue.  With God’s command to Jonah – it was an outreach from the Hebrew people to the Ninevites (which is in modern day Iraq).  It was unheard of.  Jonah at first rejected it!  But then, with some “encouragement” from God – Jonah went on his mission.  And he succeeded. So how does this relate to Muhammad? The only way to know is to look into the roots of Jonah’s experience, and how that fits in with both Christianity and Islam.  After all – both of them were prominent in Muhammad’s time.   It’s complicated.  It’s not easy.  But I believe it will be most enlightening. So I welcome you to come along on the journey. To really understand what’s happening here with The Jonah Question, I highly recommend at least reading the article that raised the issue. Review [68:48] You shall steadfastly persevere in carrying out the commands of your Lord. Do not be like (Jonah) who called from inside the fish. [68:49] If it were not for his Lord’s grace, he would have been ejected into the desert as […]


Don’t Be Like Jonah – Sura 68 Part 5

Do not be like (Jonah) who called from inside the fish. At the end of a very long and difficult revelation, Muhammad is told to not be like Jonah. What does this mean? Among other things, it obviously means that either Muhammad already knew the story of Jonah from the Jewish Bible – or he was expected to go get a Jewish Bible and learn about it from there! Let’s check this out further.  Sura 68 – The Pen Order of Revelation – 2 Traditional order in Qur’an – 68 Sura 68 addresses the following: 1.  The sense from the Prophet that his first revelation was actually from an evil spirit. This appears to be confirming what his wife told him – that Muhammad was not crazy / hallucinating / etc. 2.  Confirms that God can see what people are doing. 3.  Compares the revelations to the Prophet to what others are told by their idols (gods). 4.  Says that God can take care of Himself. 5.  Tells Muhammad not to be like Jonah. Part 1 was covered in concerning the first revelation. Part 2 was covered in God can see what people do Part 3 was covered in Compare […]


God Can Take Care Of Himself – In The Qur’an and The Bible – Sura 68 Part 4

  [68:44] Therefore, let Me deal with those who reject this Hadith; we will lead them on whence they never perceive. Ge 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” John 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  These are statements from the Qur’an, The Torah (1st 5 books of the Old Testament) and The Injil (The Gospels from the New Testament).  Each is representative of how God deals with unbelievers in each of these three books. Post Views: 9


Idols in the Qur’an and the Bible – Sura 68 – Part 3

[68:41] Do they have idols? Let their idols help them, if they are truthful. 1Ki 18:24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire—he is God.” Both the Qur’an and the Bible warn about false gods and idols.  However – while the Bible places a heavy emphasis on miracles, the Qur’an does not.  Although – Muslims do consider the Qur’an itself to be a miracle. We’ll take a look at this, based on another section of Sura 68, compared with 1 Kings from the Old Testament and The Gospel of Mark from the New Testament.  Sura 68 – The Pen Order of Revelation – 2 Traditional order in Qur’an – 68 Sura 68 addresses the following: 1.  The sense from the Prophet that his first revelation was actually from an evil spirit. This appears to be confirming what his wife told him – that Muhammad was not crazy / hallucinating / etc. 2.  Confirms that God can see what people are doing. 3.  Compares the revelations to the Prophet to what others are told by their idols (gods). 4.  Says that God can […]


Qur’an Sura 68 (part 2) – God sees everything

This part of Sura 68 speaks to God’s awareness of everything going on. He knows who follows Him – and who doesn’t. He also knows who encourages people to stray away from Him. And finally – He encourages believers to not follow those who want to transgress. Let’s compare the verses from this Sura (The Pen) with what we see in Psalms from the Bible. If you’re a Muslim, as you read this, I encourage you to take an open look at the God of the Bible.  Remember, He is the same God who made promises to Abraham, Hagar and Ishmael.  The Qur’an anticipates that you will examine the Bible, with the Book of Psalms as one of the points of emphasis.  That’s what we’re going to do in this session – see the similarities between both books. If you’re a Christian, as you read this, I encourage you to do the exact opposite.  Remember the same promises – know that the God of the Bible did make those promises to Abraham, Hagar and Ishmael.  Take a fresh and open look at what David says – and how it relates to not just the people of Israel – but all of […]


Does God Cry?

Does God cry? Jesus did. You may remember when that happened. But do you know why Jesus cried? Do you know why God cries? Do you know why Allah cries? Do you know why YHWH cries?   This one’s an update from something I did in October 2011.  With all that’s going on in the world right now, it seems like a good time to update it.  As usual, updates are in rust colored italics. Do you think God cries when He looks at what we’re doing to His name?   Do you think God cries when He looks at what we’re going to each other? How about when He looks at what we’re doing to each other in His name? Don’t jump to conclusions here.  I’m not singling out any one person or group.  I think we all are guilty of using God’s name to do things to each other that He would not approve of.  Being a Christian myself, I’m starting with an example from Jesus.  But there’s something here for everyone. Does God cry? Jesus did. Many will remember the verse from John 11:35 – Jesus wept. For the trivia fan – it’s the shortest verse in […]


Intro to Sura 68 – The Pen. God’s promises to Abraham, revisited.

Among other things, Sura 68 is a response to Muhammad’s sense / fear that his first revelation was from a Jinn (an evil spirit).  It confirms to him that he is not crazy or hallucinating. This second Sura, in order of revelation, is quite long.   Other topics in Sura 68 will be covered in later posts.  But I think this one will be quite revealing for non-Muslims. If you’re not a Muslim – I encourage you to read on, and probably notice some things you hadn’t considered before. If you are a Muslim – I also encourage you to read on, and maybe see a different perspective towards you as a person – from a Christian. If you’re neither one, it will still be a different take on an important world issue.  Nothing like what you’ll find in the news reports – where seemingly neither the Bible or the Qur’an are actually being read or understood.  Already, this has been a fascinating journey for me.  Something I just need to share. Post Views: 114


Creation, as told in the Qur’an and Genesis

The first Sura in the Qur’an, by order of revelation, begins with the creation of man.  Let’s compare that to what’s in Genesis, from the Jewish Torah / Christian Bible. In the translation that I’m using, this verse is called The Embryo. In others, it is called “The Clot”.   The Arabic word used can be translated in various ways, including “clump of mud”. In any case, it’s meant to show that the creation of man was a wondrous event.     To get some background on how Islam, Christianity and Judaism all claim Abraham as the “father” of their religion, please see this post on What religion was Abraham?”.   Sura 96 – The Embryo Order of Revelation – 1 Traditional order in Qur’an – 96 The Qur’an is not presented by order of revelation to Muhammad.  Rather, it is arranged by the length of each Sura (or chapter) in the original Arabic language.  Therefore, I will give both the order of both the revelation to Muhammad and the printed Qur’an. This first Sura is actually two parts. The first part is verses 1-5, which is about the creation of man. The revelation is believed to have taken place in […]