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 […]

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 […]

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 […]