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?
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.
… 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.
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 – […]
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. […]
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 […]
Is the gay marriage decision a wake-up call? You better believe it. The proponents are awake and know full well what they accomplished. If you’re a devout true believer of any of the religions of Abraham – Judaism, Christianity or Islam (in order of historical appearance) – then this question is for you. Do you realize what was accomplished? And how will you respond? Yes – I am asking this question of believers of all three religions. And yes – I mean true believers. Not those who have compromised their beliefs and think that God approves. Because the Holy Books of all three religions are very clear about this – He does not approve. He’s also very clear about how we should respond. Unfortunately, too many who claim to be true believers listen to that first statement on whether He approves – but not the second statement on how we should respond. What is the real issue? Early on, we read in Genesis 2:24 – a book read by all three Abrahamic religions – Ge 2:24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become […]
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. […]
I would have thought this would be an easy question. Who are God’s children? Apparently not so easy. At least not for some – Baptist Pastors Won’t Hear Ben Carson after Young Pastors Object That the answer to this question isn’t “all of us” raises a couple interesting questions. Which of us are not God’s children? Whose children are we? The “problem” This has to do with Dr. Ben Carson, who will probably run for president, speaking at the Southern Baptist Pastors Conference in June. Before getting into the problem, I’d like to draw attention to one statement that was made – “We are concerned because in our evangelical climate it is often easy to confuse what it means to be a follower of Christ with what it means to be a patriotic American,” the blog read. I completely agree with this one. I’d suggest that maybe nothing else even needed to be said. But they went further. “Certainly, we do not all worship the same God—we worship the Trinity whom Muslims and Jews would deny,” leaders of Baptist21 wrote on their blog. “And, the idea that we are all God’s children is at best the type of […]
Diplomacy or weapons. I get so tired of hearing these choices – like they are all we have. Conservatives say – the number one job of the government is to protect it’s people by killing the enemy. Liberals say – negotiate – war doesn’t solve anything. (yes – these are generalizations. please recognize that.) But there are problems with both. In the case of Islamic terrorists – my main question for the liberals is – how do you negotiate with someone who wants to kill you? I mean, really, is there a middle ground between life and death that one can negotiate to? my main questions for the conservatives is – do you really think you can kill all of them? The problem with negotiating with someone who wants to kill you Seriously – how can you negotiate with someone who’s religion (at least their interpretation of it – whether it be theologically right or wrong) says they must kill you in order to be guaranteed a spot in paradise? Do you really think they’re going to give up their version of Heaven – and let you live? If you’re on the opposite side from them, and you look like […]
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 […]