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.
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.”
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
[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 […]
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] […]
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 […]