Do you know what the Bible says about Justice?

The Nugget:

Exo 22:22 Do not mistreat widows or orphans.

Exo 22:23 If you do, they will beg for my help, and I will come to their rescue.

Exo 22:24 In fact, I will get so angry that I will kill your men and make widows of their wives and orphans of their children.

I have used the God’s Word (GW) translation to help modern-day readers understand what is being said more clearly.

My Comment:

I might just as well have titled this Bible study “Do you know what the Bible says about politics?”

For you to get an accurate understanding of what the Bible has to say, you MUST become aware of how the Bible uses figures of speech. When the Bible makes reference to “widows and orphans” (which it does very frequently), it is NOT referring only to widows and orphans or the fatherless. Widows and orphans (by the figure of speech called Synecdoche of the Species) are put for every kind of afflicted, namely, all who suffer injustice or wrongdoing at the hands of anyone else. “Anyone else” includes criminals, bullies, unjust judges, the government, media, and politicians.

The Bible is the most relevant and up-to-date Book on the planet. When what is said is stated in modern English its relevance is not only very clear, but most shocking.

But to begin to understand and appreciate what the Bible has to say you MUST study it, not just read it! One most essential way to study the Bible is by using what are called cross references. Cross references are verses found elsewhere in the Bible that shed light on or clarify or say something more about the subjects found in the verse you are studying. When you read cross references you will gain insight beyond what you ever had before, and gain it from the Bible itself.

The point of the “Daily Nugget” passage given above (Exodus 22:22, 23, 24) is that if someone is wronged, and they cry out to the Lord in prayer, God promises to hear that prayer and render justice in that case Himself. As the Bible elsewhere says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

If you should ever be the object of injustice, unfair dealing, even oppression or the denial of your rights, it is obvious what you should do first. Let God hear your complaint. Leave it to Him to take action on your behalf. Ask for His assistance and guidance in determining what to do. One thing you must never do:  do not take vengeance upon anyone or anything yourself. God clearly tells us to stand to the side to make room for Him to wreak the vengeance as required (Romans 12:19).

Rom 12:19 Dear friends, don’t try to get even. Let God take revenge. In the Scriptures the Lord says, “I am the one to take revenge and pay them back.” (CEV)

Rom 12:19  Don’t take revenge, dear friends. Instead, let God’s anger take care of it. After all, Scripture says, “I alone have the right to take revenge. I will pay back, says the Lord.” (GW)

If you have suffered injustice, the first thing is to pray to God and let Him know. Of course He already knows everything, but if you want an answer to prayer, you must actually pray (James 4:2, “Ye have not because ye ask not”). Then do not neglect the normal avenues of recourse available to you. If these normal avenues do not succeed, continue praying to God about the matter until you see His answer.

What has any of this to do with politics? I noticed today while studying the cross references I have gathered in The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury or The Cross Reference Guide to the Bible that they led to many other passages, and several passages got my attention:

Jer 22:13  “How horrible it will be for the person who builds his house dishonestly and his upper rooms through injustice. He makes his neighbors work for nothing and doesn’t pay them for their work.” (GW)

Isa 10:1  How horrible it will be for those who make unjust laws and who make oppressive regulations. 

Isa 10:2  They deprive the poor of justice. They take away the rights of the needy among my people. They prey on widows and rob orphans. 

Isa 10:3  What will you do on the day you are called to account for these things, when the disaster comes from far away? Where will you run for help? Where will you leave your wealth? 

Our economy is stifled because of unjust laws and oppressive regulations. What good laws we have are not properly enforced. If the laws were enforced as written, the cost of everything related to medical care would be reduced by as much as 80%. If that were the case, you could pay the full cost of medical care and medicine out of pocket for what the deductible or required copayment costs now. And you would not have to buy insurance, or you could purchase it for much less. Monopolies are structured such that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. And why are things kept this way? Follow the money. Politicians are being bribed to pass health care legislation to benefit the monopoly interests that in turn pay for the cost of election campaigns of the politician.

Psa 94:20 But you are opposed to dishonest lawmakers (CEV)

I read on Facebook the other day where one of the moderators of a closed group stated that the Bible and Christianity have nothing to do with politics. In context, the issue was that the moderators did not want anyone to post comments about political issues. That is the group administrators’ prerogative. But you can see that the general assertion that Christians should have nothing to do with politics because the Bible does not address those issues is clearly mistaken. The Bible addresses far more than I have been able to present here.

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Attributes of Allah analyzed, compared with the attributes of the God of the Bible

My Comment:

I must express my thanks to Vijay Chandra, missionary to the Fiji Islands, for contributing this article.

The Article:

THE ATTRIBUTES OF ALLAH ANALYZED, COMPARED WITH THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD OF THE BIBLE:

Sura 13:13. “The thunder hymneth His praise and (so do) the angels for awe of Him. He launcheth the thunderbolts and smiteth with them whom He will while they dispute (in doubt) concerning Allah, and He is mighty in wrath”.

Sura 19:94 “There is none of all that are in the heaven, and on earth but he shall come unto the Compassionate as a SLAVE”.

 

Muslims claim that their Allah of the Quran is superior, powerful, merciful, compassionate, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient—but as one reads the Quran there is no indication of his power [no miracles ] or of Allah being Compassionate (Allah takes vengeance) and the Allah of the Quran cannot be compared with the God of the Bible.

The verses referred to above, namely Suras 13:13 and 19:94, are a fitting introduction to the doctrine of Allah’s attributes. They express the effect these attributes are intended to have and do have on His faithful ones and explain in a measure the reason for the usual Muslim classification of Allah’s attributes (His 99 names as seen in the Quran).

 

Through fear, manipulation, forceful conversion, terror, and lies, every Muslim lives all their lives subject to bondage to Muhammad and his evil intentions and lustful desire. Muslims are forced to submit to Muhammad and not to Allah. Islam is a reign of fear. We want to look at the Attributes of Allah as to whether Allah is the true God:

 

Islamic theologians divide the attributes of Allah into three classes:

The attributes of wisdom, of power, and of goodness.

But the more common division is divided into two classes:

  1. Terrible attributes.
  2. Glorious attributes.

 

The former [terrible attributes] are more numerous and more emphasized than the latter, not only in the Quran but in the Tradition and in daily life.

 

If one tries to classify the names given to Allah [99 names of Allah], we find the following.

  1. Seven names [Suras 66, 67, 72-74, and 86] describe Allah’s unity and His Absolute Being.
  2. Five names speak of Him as Creator or Originator of all nature [Suras 11, 12, 13, 62, 63]
  3. There are 24 titles which characterizes Allah as merciful and gracious to his believers [Suras 1, 2, 5, 6, 14, 16, 32, 34, 38, 42, 47, 56, 78, 79, 81, 82, 89, 92, 94, 98, 99].

All are glad to acknowledge that these are indeed wonderful titles or names used in the Quran.

But on the other hand, there are 36 names or titles to describe Muhammad’s uses of Allah’s power, pride, and absolute sovereignty [7, 77, 84]. And in addition to those ‘terrible attributes’, there are five which describes Allah as ‘hurting’ and ‘avenging’. According to these ‘terrible attributes’, He is a God (monotheism). Note the article [a]. The Bible in John 1:1-3 states “…was the Word and [the] Word was with God.” [Notice that the article ‘a’ is not there].

 

He is a God who ‘abases, leads astray, avenges, withholds His mercies and works harm’. Finally, there are four terms used which may be said in a special sense to refer to the ‘moral or forensic’ in deity [Suras 4, 29, 51 and 85], although we do admit the merciful attributes are in a sense moral attributes.

There are only two occasions in the Quran that reference the moral attributes of Allah and both are doubtful in Islamic theology. We find that the ‘terrible attributes’ of God’s power are repeated many times in the Quran. The net total of the moral attributes is only found in two verses of the Quran which mention that Allah is Holy and Truthful in the Islamic sense of these words. [What a contrast to the Word of God, the Bible].

 

 

The Quran shows and traditions illustrate that Muhammad had in a measure a correct idea of ‘the physical attributes’ [used in the theological sense of Deity], but he had a false conception of His moral attributes or no conception at all [Muhammad was not educated at all]. He saw Allah’s power in nature but did not have even a glimpse of His holiness and justice. Romans 1:18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 describes God, His eternal Godhead, and power as the Creator. His holiness is clearly seen, but man does not see the error of worshipping the creature more than the Creator, worshipping men more instead of worshipping God. The so-called prophet has no conception of the holiness of God, not any idea at all. Why is this? Since he did not have any idea of holiness, hence in the Quran holiness is ignored. Everything in the Quran put forward concerning ‘the purity’ and holiness of Him who is represented Thrice Holy in the Bible can be applied to any unbeliever or a respectable person. The Quran is silent on the nature of sin. Not only is the Quran silent as to sin’s nature, the Quran tells next to nothing about sin’s origin, result, and remedy.

 

In this respect, the sacred book of the East stands in marked contrast with all other sacred books of the pagans and the Word of God in the Old and New Testaments. According to Melanchthon [the German reformer in the days of Martin Luther], in his introduction to a Latin Quran, Melanchthon thinks Muhammad “was inspired by Satan, because he does not explain what ‘sin’ is and shows not the reason of human misery.”

The verses of the Quran that treat sin are following [Suras 4:30, 2:80, 4:46, 14:39, 2:284-286, 9:116, 69:35, 86:9, 70:19-25, 47:2,3].

[Sura 47:2] And those who believe and do good works and believe in that which is revealed unto Muhammad – and it is the truth from their Lord – He riddeth them of their ill-deeds and improveth their state. Pickthall, M. M. (Ed.). (n.d.). The Quran. Medford, MA: Perseus Digital Library.

The nearest approach to a definition that can be seen from these verses is that sin is a ‘willful violation of known law’, sin according to most Islamic theologians ‘is a conscious act committed against known law’, wherefore sins of ignorance are not numbered in the catalog of crimes. This idea of sins gives rise to the later Judaic distinction of sins small and great [Matt 22:36, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” The Scribes divided them all up: 248 affirmative ones (the number of the members of the body); 365 negative (the number of days in the year): 248 + 365 = 613 = the number of letters in the Decalogue. Some were great and some were small (or heavy and light). The question was as to great and small (as in Mat 22:38); not the greatest and least (CB). cf. Sura 4:30-31, “[30] Whoso doeth that through aggression and injustice, we shall cast him into Fire, and that is ever easy for Allah. [31] If ye avoid the great (things) which ye are forbidden, We will remit from you your evil deeds and make you enter at a noble gate.”] on which are based endless speculations of Muslim commentators. Some say there are seven great sins; idolatry, murder, false charge of adultery, wasting substance of orphans, usury, etc. Others say there are seventeen, still, others catalog seven hundred, without entering into the fruitless discussion as to just what constitutes a ‘great sin’ or ‘small sins’.

It is noted that to the Muslim ‘all sins expect the Kebira’, ‘great sins’ are regarded with carelessness and no qualm of conscience. Lying, deception, anger, lust and such like are all smaller and lighter offenses, all these will be ‘forgiven easily if men keep clear from great sins’. Muslims have a very poor view of sin. It may be that Muhammad must have got all these kinds of sins from the everyday lives in Arabia. The Quran has a defective view of sin while the Bible gives the description of sin in a proper way—and explains the result of sin—death [Rom 3:23].

 

Another important distinction between the scriptural doctrine of sin and Muslim teaching which has a direct bearing on our interpretation of Allah’s attributes are the terms used for sin.

  1. The most common word used in Quran for sin is ‘thanib’, although other terms are used [haram], forbidden.
  2. The words ‘permitted’ and ‘forbidden’ have superseded the use of ‘guilt’ and ‘transgression’. The reason is found in the Quran: nothing is right or wrong by nature but becomes so by the fiat of the Almighty [Muslims believe in ‘the fiat’]. What Allah forbids is sin, even should he forbid what seems to the human conscience right and lawful. What Allah allows is not sin and cannot be sin at the same time he allows it, though it may have been sin before or become sin after.
  3. There is no distinction between the moral and ceremonial law. While the Bible speaks about moral and ceremonial laws this distinction is not even implied in the Quran. The lack of distinction between moral and ceremonial is to be seen most of all in the traditional sayings of the prophet [the question is this: ‘is his word inspired or he is simply giving his own thoughts on these ceremonial and moral laws’]. These traditions to a Muslim have equal authority as the Quran. Two examples:

 

  1. The prophet, upon whom be prayers and peace, said, one dishes of ‘usury which a man eats, knowing it is sin, is more gracious than 36 fornications and whatsoever has been so nourished is worthy of hell fire’.
  2. The taking of interest has seventy parts of guilt, the least of which is as if a man commits incest with his mother: ‘the trousers of a man must be to the middle of his leg—but whatever is below that is in hell-fire’. [Allah of the Quran does not understand the degrees of sin].

According to the Quran, it is the repetition of the creed that counts more and not the reformation of the character; and all other considerations are of less importance. For Muslims, repeating the creed is the door into the religion of Muhammad:

The Quran teaches that the first sinner was Adam [Sura 2:35], and yet the belief of Muslims today is that all the prophets, including Adam, were without sin [another contradiction]. The portion of unrepentant sinners is eternal [Sura 43:74-78] and there is no repentance possible [Sura 26:91-105]. But the Word of God says much about repentance and forgiveness [Christ preached repentance in the Gospel of Mark 1:15, Matthew 3:2, Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38, 3:19. 17:30, 2 Peter 3:9], while the Quran provides no provision for ‘repentance or forgiveness’ by Allah. All the wealth of Arabic vocabulary is exhausted in Muhammad’s fearful descriptions of the awful torments of the doom.

The conclusion one comes to from the study of the Quran is that Allah does not appear bound by any standard of justice. For Muslims, the worship of the creature is heinous to the mind and yet Allah punished Satan for not being willing to worship Adam [Sura 2:28-34, “[34] And when We said unto the angels: Prostrate yourselves before Adam, they fell prostrate, all save Iblis. He demurred through pride, and so became a disbeliever.”]. Why is this? It is because Allah is merciful in winking at the sins of His favorites such as the prophets and those who fight in His battles, but is the quick avenger of all the infidels. He reveals the truth to his prophets, but also abrogates it, changes the message or makes them forget [Sura 2:105, 106, “[106] Whatever communications We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or like it. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things?”]. The whole teaching of Muslim exegetes on the subject of Nasilch and Manoolch, or the Abrogated verses of the Quran, is opposed to the idea of God’s immutability and truth. According to this teaching, Allah can change, while the God of the Bible does not change [Mal. 3:6, Ps. 102:27, Num 23:19, Lam 3:22]. Muslims should call upon the Lord God and repent of their sins. This is the Gospel, the good news. There are at least 20 cases given in which one revelation superseded, contradicted, or abrogated previous revelation to Muhammad. Allah’s moral law changes, like his ceremonial laws, according to times and circumstances. Allah can do what he pleases whether right or wrong. The Quran says he is the best plotter, he mocks and deceives, he is easy upon those who accept the prophet’s message [Suras 8:29, 3:53, 27:51, 16:4, 14:15, 9:51].

 

Yet He [Allah] rewards those who worship Him for their obedience on account of His promise and beneficence, not on their merit or of necessity, since there is nothing which He can be tied to perform, nor can any justice be supposed in Him nor can He be under any obligation to any person whatsoever. According to the Tradition, the seven attributes of the Deity are life, knowledge, purpose, power, hearing, sight, and speech. Even granted they are used in a superlative sense they would still describe only an Intelligent Giant.

 

What must have been Muhammad’s Idea of the character of Allah when he named Him the Proud, The All-compelling, The Slayer, the Deferrer, The Indulgent and The Harmful. Nor can the mind reconcile such attributes with those of goodness and compassion without violence to the text of the Quran itself. According to these attributes, Allah is two-faced. The attributes of Allah can no more be made to agree than can the Suras which he sent down to Muhammad. But in neither case does this lack of agreement, according to Muslims, reflect on Allah’s character.

 

When God is once called The Holy in the Quran [Sura 59:23],

[23] He is Allah, besides Whom there is no god; the King, the Holy, the Giver of peace, the Granter of security, Guardian over all, the Mighty, the Supreme, the Possessor of every greatness Glory be to Allah from what they set up (with Him). Shakir, M. H. (Ed.). (n.d.). The Quran. Medford, MA: Perseus Digital Library.

the term does not signify moral purity or perfection. One Muslim commentator on the word ‘holy’ states it means “the complete absence of anything that would make Him less than He is.” This leaves out the idea of moral purity and uses at the most the word [tahir] as a synonym, a word which means ceremonially clean, circumcised etc. In the Muslim dictionaries too, the idea of holiness [for kuddus] in the Old Testament sense is absent. If one studies the word [tahir] it simply means an ‘outward purity of the body’. Muslims, when they go to their prayers, wash their ears, eyes, hands, and feet: they are more focused on the external than internal.

It is a hopeless case to look for the doctrine of the holiness of God and the necessity of purity. The whole idea of moral purity and utter separation from sin is unknown to the Quran’s vocabulary. One further thought we get from the study of Muslim ideas of God’s attributes: “it is the key to the ‘Pantheism of Force’”.

 

The seventy-second, third, fourth and fifth names on the list of attributes are called ‘mother’s of the attributes’: i.e. they are fundamental ideas in the conception of God’s ‘Essence and Substance, the First and the Last’. This is to Muslim’s “the verse which all the names of Allah holds, As in one sky the silver stars all sit”. Whether Muhammad himself intended to teach the ideas of pantheism or had any idea of the import of these terms does not alter the fact that they spell pantheism to many of his followers. If pantheism is the doctrine of one substance, it is taught here. God is inside and outside of everything. He is the phenomena [Dhahir] and the power behind the phenomena [Batin]. Sufis delight in this verse. On this revelation of God, they built their philosophy after the Vedanta school of the Hindus.

Looking at the Attributes of Allah, one does not find consistency in what the Quran says about Allah—is he really a god or created by the distorted mind of Muhammad.

 

When one looks at the Attributes of God as he is revealed in the Bible, we find a vast difference as compared to what is seen in the Quran.

 

  1. The Attributes of God may be classified into two categories

 

  1. His infinite power.
  2. His Personality attributes, like Holiness and Love.
  3. Aseity—it means God is so independent that He does not need us [Acts 17:25, “Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things”]. This verse is often related to God’s self-existence and His self-sufficiency.
  4. Eternity. He has no beginning and no ending, in contrast to Allah, The eternity of God concerning his existence beyond time [Ps 90:2, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”]. God has no beginning, no ending or succession of moments in his own being and he sees all time equally yet God sees events in time and acts in time. He is not confined to time because He is the creator of time. Time does not rule Him but he rules the time.
  5. Goodness

The graciousness of God is a key tenet of Christianity [Ex 34:5-6, it is one of his attributes: “Yahweh, Yahweh, The Compassionate and gracious God” [1 Peter 2:2-4].

  1. Holiness

The Holiness of God is that He is separate from sin and incorruptible [Isa 6:3, Rev 4:8].

 

  1. Immutability—it means God cannot change [James 1:17, Mal 3:6], while the Quran says Allah changes. Love is another attribute of our God [1 John 4:16, John 3:16] while in the Quran love is not mentioned.
  2. Omnipotent—which means God is all powerful [Matt 19:26]. The God of the Bible is Omniscient: He is the all-knowing God [Acts 15:18, Romans 16:27]. The God of the Bible is Omnipresent: He is everywhere at the same time [Jeremiah 23:24].
  3. Oneness. The oneness or unity of God refers to his Being One and only. Christianity is monotheistic [Deut 6:4, Mark 12:29]. The Trinity of God refers to Him being three in One. God is understood to be a unity of Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit [Matt 28:19, 1 John 5:7]. He is sovereign [Isa 46:10] while Allah is the god of Muslims only.

In conclusion:

The word God has different meaning with Allah’s. God means to ‘invoke’ or call upon. While Allah means deity or god. God promises salvation for those who believe on Him while Allah wants followers to do good work, even to kill others, lie, use deceptions—then they will be in Allah’s paradise.

God has three representations: the Father, Son, Holy Spirit while Allah is the lone god of every Muslim. God preaches the forgiveness and removal of sin while Allah wants his followers who sin to be punished.

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #468, Psalm 122:6

The Nugget:

Psa 122:6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. 

My Comment:

President Trump is most correct when he determined to regard and declare Jerusalem to be the capital city of Israel and will place our embassy there.

Criticism of this move is misplaced. The enemies of Israel don’t like this new stance on the part of the United States of America. But get this straight: the enemies of Israel are the enemies of God.

There are too many utterly misguided and misinformed Christians who fail to stand for Israel. These Christians are ignorant of the Bible, the Word of God. I have even come across a few Christians that are for North Korea and against their own country, the United States of America, claiming the United States is in the wrong. They would also claim, no doubt, that Israel is in the wrong. I suppose all would agree that no nation is entirely in the right. We ought to support what is right and withhold our support from what is not right.

Some Christians mistakenly believe that the nation of Israel in our day has nothing to do with the Israel of Bible times. They are against so-called Jewish Zionists and against Zionist Christians. That shows that if these Christians have been reading the Bible at all, they have been reading it with blinders on. Many Christians who fail to see present day Israel as the fulfillment of Bible prophecy are Amillennialists–they do not believe that Jesus Christ will return to this earth to set up His kingdom to literally reign as king over the whole earth from Jerusalem upon the Throne of David. Many Calvinists are woefully ignorant and misinformed about Bible prophecy pertaining to the nation of Israel. And yes, I dare to call them out on this!

God plainly declares that He regards Israel as “the apple of His eye.”

Deuteronomy 32:10

10  He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

Zechariah 2:8

8  For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.

These utterly mistaken interpreters of the Bible would have us believe that God has replaced natural Israel with the Christian Church, transferring the blessings promised to Israel spiritually to the Church, but conveniently leaving the curses to Israel. That is just so much nonsense. The promises of the great Abrahamic and Davidic Covenants are still in force and are yet to be fulfilled. God is not finished yet. God is not finished with Israel. Have Calvinists and others forgotten Malachi 3:6? They and everyone else need to get their Bibles out, shake the dust off them, and start searching the Scriptures carefully to see what they actually say:

Mal 3:6  For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Here are the cross references I have collected for this important verse:

I am the Lord. Gen 15:7; Gen 15:18; Gen 22:16, Exo 3:14-15; Exo 6:2, Lev 18:5, Neh 9:7-8, Isa 41:13; Isa 42:5-8; Isa 43:11-12; Isa 44:6; Isa 45:5, 6, 7, 8; Isa 46:4, Jer 32:27, Hos 11:9.

I change not. God the Father is immutable (Psa 33:11, %Mat 12:32; +*Mat 28:19 note. Heb 6:17; %Heb 13:8). Gen 6:6, *Num 23:19 <rp. 1Sa 15:29, Psa 102:26-27, +*Isa 31:2; Isa 59:1, Dan 6:26, Hos 13:14, +*Rom 11:29, Heb 1:12; *Heb 6:17; *Heb 6:18; +*Heb 13:8, **Jas 1:17, +*Rev 1:8; Rev 22:13.

therefore ye sons of Jacob. Lev 26:42 note. Num 23:27, **1Ki 8:23, Neh 9:19, Psa 78:38; Psa 78:57; Psa 103:17; Psa 105:7-10, Isa 40:28-31, Lam 3:22-23, Rom 5:10; **Rom 8:28-32; Rom 11:28-29, *Php 1:6, **2Th 2:13; **2Th 2:14.

are not consumed. +**Lev 26:42; +**Lev 26:44; +**Lev 26:45, **Psa 89:34, +Isa 1:28; +*Isa 41:8; +*Isa 41:9; +**Isa 54:7-10; +**Isa 55:3; Isa 64:5, +*Jer 33:20; +*Jer 33:21 note. **Lam 3:22, Eze 16:60, Amos 9:9, **Zec 10:6.

Notice especially the references to Leviticus 26:42, 44, 45,

Lev 26:42  Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land. 

Lev 26:44  And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God. 

Lev 26:45  But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD. 

And no, these promises have NOT been fulfilled already! Stephen, the first Christian martyr on record in the Bible, tells us plainly in his final sermon that Abraham has not yet received what God had promised him,

Act 7:5  And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child. 

The point is, that the promise was made personally to Abraham that he would himself inherit the promised land, but Abraham himself never personally possessed the land God promised to him. It is for this reason that God, who cannot lie, must resurrect Abraham and bring him personally into the promised land in order for the Abrahamic Covenant to be fulfilled. How many Bible scholars have failed to notice the explicit statement of Scripture here, which declares that Abraham did not receive the inheritance, and have taught the opposite, and worse, have spiritualized and transformed the covenants into something they were never meant to be, taking to themselves or the church the blessings promised to Abraham and the Jews, but very carefully leaving the curses to Israel, literally interpreted at that.

The author of Hebrews declares the same thing that Stephen did:

Heb 11:13  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

Heb 11:39  And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 

Back to the issue I started with. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. That has always been the case. I am thankful that President Trump has kept his promise to support Israel. From the standpoint of the Bible, that may be one of the most important things Mr. Trump ever did:

Gen 12:3  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. 

It is very unwise to take a position against Israel, as our former President did. It is better to place our country on the path to God’s blessing, not His curse.

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Part Two: The Structure of Quran and Contradictions in the Quran

Part Two: The Structure of Quran and Contradictions in the Quran:

 

The Islamic scholar Ali Dashti comments on the defects of the Quran. He says, “Unfortunately the Quran was badly edited and its contents are very obtusely arranged. All students of Quran wonder why the editors did not use the natural and logical method of ordering by date of revelation as in ‘Alib’ Abi Talebi’s lost copy of the text.” It is very strange that a Muslim scholar says this.

 

The standard Islamic reference work, Concise Islamic Encyclopedia of Islam, refers to the “disjointed and irregular character” of the text of the Quran. There are no original manuscripts of the Quran. Due to Muhammad’s unexpected and sudden death, there was made no preparation of his writing to be taken down. Instead, this was taken up by his followers. We do not know who his followers were, and if they were educated followers; we hardly know the names of his followers, though some are known. They only could write down what they could remember of what he said or prophesied.

 

Again, the Concise Encyclopedia of Islam says that “The Quran was collected from the charred surfaces on which it had been inscribed, from pieces of papyrus, flat stones, palm leaves, the shoulder blades and ribs of animals, pieces of leather, wooden boards, and the hearts of men.” The Muslim scholar Mandudi admits that the Quran was originally recorded “on leaves of date palm, the bark of trees, bones,” etc. This strange combination of materials on which the Quran was written is verified by all general reference works and encyclopedias and by the standard reference works of Islamic scholars. When there was nothing around which could be written on, the attempt was made to memorize Muhammad’s revelation as closely as possible. [The Bible was not written like the Quran].

According to Mandudi the task that confronted the followers of the so-called prophet after his death was to gather together the scattered sermons of Muhammad, some of which were written on perishable materials, and others which were not written down were committed only to memory [The Bible was not written like this; the disciples of Jesus wrote the Gospels. Matthew’s Gospel was written by Matthew. Dr. Luke wrote the Gospel and Acts as he was an eyewitness to the events of the book of Acts. Apostle Paul wrote his epistles, etc.].

 

This introduced problems or created difficulties as some of the tree bark crumbled or got broken by the heat of the Middle Eastern hot sun and some stones were lost. Ali Dashit notes that animals at times ate the palm leaves or material on which the Suras had been recorded. And some of those who were the only ones who remembered certain Suras died in the battle before they had the chance to commit to writing what they heard. Much confusion remained as the memory of one person did not match the memory of another.

 

  1. Looking at the order of the Suras [Quran].

 

  1. There are 114 Suras, or revelations given by Muhammad, and they are not arranged in the chronological order in which Muhammad received them. There are no dates or years mentioned. There are many contradictions and mistakes in the Quran. Instead, they are laid out from the longest Sura to the shortest without regard to any other kind of order.

Muslims claim that the Quran is always written in 1st person, i.e., that Allah himself is always speaking to man. Such a claim does not fit the text of the Quran. There are many sections in which it is clear that it is not Allah but Muhammad who is speaking. In the Bible, by contrast, we see that God is speaking to His prophets, and God spoke as Christ was being baptized and also on the mount of transfiguration.

 

The Bible is written from chronological order—starting with creation, the fall of man into sin, the great flood, the Tower of Babel, the calling of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, accounts in Exodus, etc., and right to the NT—to Revelation. The Bible gives us the complete picture; the Bible is complete and perfect with no contradiction. But when one has a look at the Quran, because of its disjointed and disordered condition, we are left with the feeling of incompleteness. We are left hanging after each Sura because there is no longer any connection from one Sura to another Sura.

 

An example of this disjointed and disordered issue of Quran

 

One Sura will deal with some pedestrian matter such as Allah wanting Muhammad’s wives to stop arguing and bickering in his presence while the next Sura attacks the idols of the Arabians. Contrast the 66 books of the Bible written over a period of more than one thousand years by at least 40 different authors with the Quran which only came through one man, Muhammad. The Quran has lots of biblical materials. Since Islam claims that the Quran was ‘handed down from heaven and that Muhammad can not be viewed as its human author,’ it is interesting to point out the Arabic of the Quran is the dialect and the words of someone who was a member of the Quraysh tribe living in the city of Mecca. If the Quran were written in some heavenly perfect Arabic, why then does it clearly reveal that it was spoken by someone who was a member of the Quraysh residing in Mecca? The Quran in its dialect, vocabulary, and content reflects the style of its author Muhammad and not Allah. Thus it needs to be asked, did Allah speak an Arabic dialect? If he did, where is the proof? One sees Muhammad’s fingerprint over all the Suras. The Quran is not written in perfect Arabic. It contains many grammatical errors as one sees in the following Suras: [Sura 2v17,192/3v59/4v16,5v16, 7v160 13v28, 20v66, 63v10].

 

Ali Dashti says the following, which is very important for Muslims to know:

 

“The Quran contains sentences which are incomplete and not fully intelligible without the aid of commentaries, as well as foreign words, unfamiliar Arabic words and words used with other than normal meaning, adjectives and verbs inflected without observance of the concord of gender and number, illogically and ungrammatically applied pronouns which sometimes have no referent and predicates which in rhymed passages are often remote from the subject.” To sum up, more than 100 Quranic aberrations from the normal structure of Arabic have been noticed. There are over 100 words found in the Quran that are not even in the Arabic language: there are Egyptian, Hebrew, Greek, Syriac, Ethiopian and Persian words and phrases in the Quran. The question is asked how Muhammad who was illiterate could write? Did he know all these languages, or did he simply copy from other sources including the Bible, twisting its words, abusing and misusing them for his own convenience?

Some of the original verses of the Quran were lost. For example, one Sura originally had 200 verses in the days of Ajesh but by the time Utham standardized the text of the Quran, it had only 73 verses, a total of 127 verses had been lost. As John Burton’s book, The Collection of the Quran, states concerning Muslim claims that the Quran is perfect, that the Muslim account of the history of Quran texts is a mass of confusion, contradiction, and inconsistencies.

 

One interesting way that some of the original verses of the Quran were lost is that a follower of Muhammad named Abdullah Sarah would make suggestions to Muhammad about rephrasing, adding, or subtracting from Suras. Muhammad took his advice as Sarah suggested.

 

Again Ali Dashti explains what happened:

“Abdullah renounced Islam on the ground that the revelations from God [Allah] could not be changed at the prompting of a Scribe such as he. After his apostasy, he went to Mecca and joined the Qurayshite. It is no wonder that when Muhammad conquered Mecca one of the first people killed was Abdullah, for he knew too much and opened his mouth too often.” Not only have parts of the Quran been lost but entire verses and chapters have been added to it after the prophet had died.

 

Example:

Ubai had several Suras in his manuscript of the Quran which Uthman omitted from his standardized text. Thus, where the Quran was in circulation before Uthman’s text which contained additional revelations from Muhammad that Uthman did not find or approve of, he failed to place them in his text. So the following can be said about the Quran, that there was never a single manuscript of the Quran. When the prophet died there existed no singular codex of the codex text—writes Casper Farah in his book on Islam. The older copies of the Quran differed much from Caliph Uthman’s later copy. He ordered the older ones to be destroyed, some of which had many more Suras than others.

 

Some of the older materials have survived and have been received by scholars. Arthur Jeffery, a Western scholar, has shown beyond all reasonable doubt that Uthman’s text did not contain all the Quran, neither was what it did contain correct in all its wording.

 

As to the Muslim claim that the Quran cannot be translated, it is amazing to us that English Muslim Mohammad Pickthal could state in the very introduction to his translation,

“The Koran can not be translated” [page 7]. He translated the Quran into the English language. The claim that the Quran cannot be translated is clearly refuted by the existence of many such translations. The Quran was written by man and Muhammad continued to add to the Quran as he saw fit. Since the Quran claims to be free from all error as a proof of its inspiration [Sura 85v 21-22], the presence of just one error in the Quran is enough to cast serious doubt on that claim. Muhammad came 600 years after the Lord Jesus Christ. The Quran thus comes after the completion of the N.T. The Quran itself claims that it is the continuation of the Bible and it will not contradict [Sura 2v136].

 

What it means in logic is that wherever the Bible and the Quran have a conflict or contradiction the Quran is to give way, NOT the Bible. This is particularly true when the text of the Quran contradicts the text of the Bible. The Muslim position is that the ‘same’ God [Allah] revealed the Bible and the Quran. Thus the Quran will never contradict the Bible, otherwise Allah would be contradicting himself. It is obvious that if Allah contradicted himself, he is not perfect and if he is not prefect, then he cannot be God [Allah].

 

THE MANY ERRORS IN THE QURAN

 

There are errors regarding the days of creation. When one adds up all the days mentioned in Sura 41v9+10-12 the Quran says that it took God eight days to create the world [4 days+2+2] but the Bible says God created the whole world and everything in six days [Gen1,2]. Also in Sura 7v51 and 10v3 the Quran agrees with the biblical account of only 6 days. If 8 days is correct then the Quran in Sura’s 7 and 10 are wrong; if 6 days is correct, then the Quran in Sura 41 is wrong. This is clearly a mistake.

 

The Quran says that one of the sons of Noah refused to go in the ark and was drowned in the flood [Sura 11v32-48], but according to the Bible all 3 sons of Noah went into the ark with him and were saved from the flood [Gen 7:1-3,7]. And Sura 11v44 claims that the ark rested on the top of Mount Judi while the Bible says Mount Ararat.

 

MISTAKES ABOUT ABRAHAM:

 

The Quran says that Abraham’s father’s name was Azar, but the Bible says his name was Terah [Sura 6v24/Gen 11:26]. Abraham did not live and worship in the valley of Mecca [Sura 14v37-40] but in Hebron [Gen 13:18]. Sura 37v100-112 says that it was Ishmael who was sacrificed but the Bible says it was Isaac Abraham went to sacrifice [Gen 22:2].

Abraham did not build Kabha as the Quran says in Sura 125v25-127. And he was not thrown into the fire by Nimrod as the Quran says in [Sura 21v68-69 9v69]. This error is very serious because Nimrod lived many centuries before Abraham. How then did Nimrod manage to throw Abraham into the Fire when Nimrod had been dead for centuries?

 

ERRORS CONCERNING MOSES:

 

It was not Pharaoh’s wife who adopted Moses as the Quran claims in Sura 28v8-9. It was Pharaohs’ daughter [Exo 2:5]. Noah’s fold did NOT take place in Moses’s day [Sura 7v136 compare 7v59. The Quran says Haman lived in Egypt during the time of Moses building the Tower of Babel [Sura 27v4-6, 28-38, 29v39, 4v23-24, 36v37. But Haman lived actually in Persia [Book of Esther].

 

ERRORS CONCERNING MARY:

 

Her father’s name was not Imran as Quran claims in Sura 66v12, She did not give birth to Jesus under the palm tree [Sura 19v22] but in a stable [Luke 2:1-30]. Muhammad clearly made up fraudulent speeches and miracles for her [Sura 19v 23-26].

 

The only way a Muslim can find peace, salvation, and joy is in Jesus Christ [John 14:6].

Islam is the fear of religion by forceful submission to Muhammad. It manipulates, oppresses and plays with minds of people, using threats and coerced conversion by way of brutal force. Muslims can have hope when they submit to the Lord Jesus Christ that they will be in a heaven where they will dwell eternally and not in a paradise where, as the Quran says, Muslims will enjoy sex with virgins, etc. This religion is false and will not advance because Muslims are killing Muslims these days.

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #467, Job 23:12

The Nugget:

Job 23:12  Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

My Comment:

Job valued the Word of God and desired it more than his necessary food. In our day many are in need of developing a strong desire for spiritual food found in the Bible. The best way is to plunge in and do the reading.

Many students over the years told me they “hated reading.” That showed me that they had not really done much reading yet. I sometimes gave my students the option to choose what ever book they liked to read for a book report. In any case, I made every attempt to help students find books that would interest them. I also found a way to create individualized reading lists in the form of a short, three-book “reading ladder.” I would suggest an easy book to start with on a given subject that interested my student. Then I had them read a harder book. Lastly, I had them read a book meant for adults on that subject. I found that what the student learned from the easy book prepared them for the book at the middle level of difficulty. That prepared them with enough background knowledge on the non-fiction subject that interested them to read the adult level book with ease. I also prepared a fiction book list arranged on the same principle. For at least some of my students, that changed their mind about reading. They now wanted to read.

When it comes to Bible reading, the same thing is true. Begin reading the four Gospels in the New Testament. It helps to go back and read each book more than once. Each reading will increase your understanding. Once you get into Bible reading in earnest, you too will experience what Job did:  reading God’s Word will become as necessary to your life as eating meals regularly already is.

If I were to arrange the Gospels in the form of a reading ladder, I would select Mark’s Gospel as the first rung of that ladder. I would follow that by John’s Gospel. The third rung would be Matthew’s Gospel, and the final rung would be Luke’s Gospel. From there I would encourage the reading of the book of Acts, which is Luke’s continuation of the events that followed the life of Christ.

“Read, and take your nourishment in at your eyes, shut up your mouth, and chew the cud of understanding.”  Congreve

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Some alleged Bible contradictions answered

 

My Comment:

The following list of contradictions was posted in chart form on Facebook today by a Muslim poster. I attempted to answer the supposed contradictions, but I do not think my comment successfully posted on Facebook (maybe it was too long), so I present it here, minus the chart.

The Muslim Challenge (listing 5 contradictions):

(1A) Men have seen God:

The intended reference is not Genesis 32:20 as given, but Genesis 32:30,

Genesis 32:30

30  And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

King James Version

(1B) No man has seen God:

John 1:18  No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

That is, hath seen God as He is in Himself, or apart from some form assumed to render Himself visible: and thus this passage and the following references are not contradictory to Gen 32:30, or Exo 24:9-10, or Exo 33:11, or Mat 5:8. Moreover there is reason to believe that, on the occasions recorded in the Old Testament, it was The Word or Christ who appeared in the form of that nature in which he was afterwards to be revealed. Compare Isa 6:1 with John 12:41, and 1Co 10:4; 1Co 10:9.

(2A) God doesn’t keep anger forever (Jeremiah 3:12)

Jer 3:12  Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.

Notice that there is a condition or requirement that God set before them, which, if met, would result in God not keeping His anger forever, the condition of returning, or repenting.

(2B) God keeps anger forever, Jeremiah 17:4,

Jer 17:4  And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever.

God clearly states that since they did not repent, but continued in their idolatry, that His anger would burn forever. Sin, unrepented of, has some rather unpleasant eternal consequences. There is no contradiction here for those who read the context carefully (see Jeremiah 17:2, 3).

(3A) God creates man then animals, Genesis 2:7, 19,

Gen 2:7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (KJV)

Gen 2:19 Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. (ESV)

(3B) God creates animals then man, Genesis 1:24-27,

Gen 1:24  And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

Gen 1:25  And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Gen 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

No contradiction to be seen here once more than one English translation is checked. Furthermore, the account of creation is stated in terms of its order in Genesis chapter one; Genesis chapter two expands upon what was told in chapter one and most assuredly does not contradict it.

(4A) Man can be righteous, Genesis 7:1; Job 2:3; James 5:16,

Gen 7:1  And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

Job 2:3  And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

Jas 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Noah and Job are seen righteous before God because of their faith and obedience to the revealed word of God. They each believed God and followed His word.

The righteous man of James 5:16 is the person who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, and in this context, was a functioning member of the local church, the community of saved individuals who trusted Christ for salvation, and in this case was an elder of the church who could be called upon for prayer support.

(4B) Man cannot be righteous, Romans 3:10,

Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Notice that Romans 3:10 is a quotation from Psalm 14:3,

Psalms 14:1-3

1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

2  The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

3  They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

King James Version

 

In context, therefore, the reference is to the fool who has said in his heart, “There is no God.” No such person, of course, would be considered righteous by God.

 

(5) Two blind men healed on the road (Matthew 20:29) may seem to contradict the account in Mark 10:46-47 of one blind man healed on the road. It is common for one author to focus on the more prominent individual and name just him, while another author will mention the presence of two that were healed. This is not a contradiction. Furthermore, sometimes similar accounts appear to be contradictory when in actuality they make reference to two different incidents which differ in detail. There is no contradiction here.

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The Witness of John to Christ

The Nugget:

Joh 5:34  But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. 

My Comment:

A Muslim poster asked the question, “Why do Christians worship Jesus?”

He then posted a list of nine reasons from the New Testament which he believes demonstrate that Jesus is not God and that Jesus should not be worshipped:

(1) Jesus explicitly announced who God is:  John 17:3;  Mark 12:29.

(2) God explicitly said that he was God in the Old Testament:  Isaiah 45:22;  Isaiah 46:9;  Psalm 46:10.

(3) God said he is not a man:  Numbers 23:19.

(4) Jesus claimed to be a man:  John 8:40;  Acts 2:22.

(5) Jesus admits that he is NOT a divine by saying that there is ANOTHER that bears witness of him:  John 5:32

(6) God knows everything but Jesus doesn’t know:  Mark 13:32;  Mark 11:13

(7) There is no unequivocal statement or unambiguous statement that Jesus himself said “I’m God” or where he said worship me. In fact, Jesus said in John 14:28 my father is greater than I, and in John 10:29 he said “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my father’s hand.”  Matthew 12:28;  Luke 11:20;  John 5:30.

(8) It is clearly mentioned that Jesus was a messenger:  John 14:24;  John 17:3.

(9) Jesus clearly said that salvation is not to believe that he came to be crucified and not to believe that Jesus is God or son of God:  Matthew 19:16, 17, 18.

My Response:

I did not answer all nine points. That would make my comment or post too long. I chose to focus upon Point 5. I have answered Point 7 just recently here; I have also answered Point 3 on this site already.

My Answer:

Your claim as I have copied below goes far beyond the supporting evidence you cite, so your claim is NOT sustained:

Jesus admits that he is NOT a divine by saying that there is ANOTHER that beear witness of him.
[Jn.5.32][There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.]

John 5:32 says nothing about the divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. The person Jesus is speaking of, the “another that beareth witness of me,” is identified in the immediately following context as John the Baptist, who all knew bore witness to Jesus Christ:

Joh 5:32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. 
Joh 5:33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.

Joh 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. 
Joh 5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. 

The witness which John bore to Jesus Christ is recorded in the Gospel of John as follows:

John 1:6-8
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
King James Version

John 1:15-18
15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
King James Version

John 1:29-34
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
King James Version

John 3:26-36
26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.
34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
King James Version

The very words of John’s witness to Jesus Christ prove the divinity or deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read them carefully. Make sure you believe on the Son to have everlasting life, for he that believeth not shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth or remains upon him.

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How Jesus Proved His Deity

The Nugget:

Mar 2:9  Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? (KJV)

Mar 2:9 Which is easier, to say to the paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say to him, ‘Get up, pick up your pallet and start walking!” (William’s NT)

My Comment:

The discussion begun the day before yesterday regarding the fact that “Jesus never said ‘I am God’ or ‘Worship Me’ ” continued today.

If you read my response to a Muslim commenter it should give you increased insight about the account given in Mark 2 which I called attention to as a case where by necessary inference we must conclude that Jesus asserted His deity, and so Jesus did claim to be God.

The Muslim answer and my response:

Farhan Ahmed, you stated, “First, All messengers can say that if you obey God and his messenger your sins will be forgiven.”
 
I believe that if you read the account in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 2, that you will see that the man who was paralyzed that Jesus healed was not accused of committing sin. Nor is there anything in the record that suggests that he had asked for the forgiveness of sin.
 
It is true that in the religious culture of that time that the Jews believed that all disease was the result of personal sin. This fact is reflected in the question the disciples of Jesus asked as recorded in John 9:2, “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?”
 
Jesus answered in a way that teaches us that sin was not the cause of blindness in this case:
 
Joh 9:3  Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
 
Therefore, Jesus taught that the cultural belief held by the Jews that sin brought sickness as its punishment was not correct.
 
It is also true that in the culture of that time that the Jews believed that only God could forgive sin. The fact that the scribes who were present and heard Jesus announce the paralytic’s forgiveness of sins immediately thought within themselves that by saying this, Jesus had committed blasphemy, saying only God can forgive sin, shows that they understood that Jesus was claiming the power and authority on earth to forgive sin.
 
I do not recall any other person anywhere in the Bible who claimed for themselves the power and authority to forgive someone’s sins; only Jesus claimed that authority for Himself.
 
To prove to them that He had the authority to forgive sin, Jesus healed the man right before their eyes. The man who had been paralyzed got up and carried his mat or bed at the command of Jesus and walked out of the room and went home. Notice very carefully the order of the events in this account: 
(1) Jesus forgave the man’s sins; 
(2) the scribes discerned that this was blasphemy on the part of Jesus because only God can forgive sins; 
(3) Jesus asked them, which is easier, to forgive sins or to physically heal the paralytic? 
(4) Jesus then healed the paralytic; 
(5) Since the Jews believed only God could perform such a healing, the healing proved the implied claim to deity which Jesus had made.
First Jesus forgave, then he healed. The forgiveness was invisible to man, but the healing was visible to all and could not be denied.
 
This miracle that Jesus did confirmed His deity because in the culture of that time the Jews believed that only God could heal disease or infirmity in the manner they saw take place in their presence.
 
So, though you may believe that all messengers of God can announce to a person that the sins of that person are forgiven because they have obeyed God and His messenger, no other messenger but Jesus gave proof of the claim that forgiveness was granted on his own authority.
 
Following the text of Scripture carefully, as I have just done for you, it should be clear that Jesus claimed His deity when He announced the forgiveness of the paralytic’s sins. If that is not the case, then there would be no point to the scribes’ objection to what Jesus had said about forgiving the man’s sins. For this surely would not be blasphemy unless, as the scribes correctly discerned, the claim to grant forgiveness belongs exclusively to God Himself.
 
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Islam and its claims

Part One: Islam and its Claims.

[Note: this is the first of several articles by Vijay Chandra which he has graciously granted me permission to share with readers here on my Real Bible Study site]

INTRODUCTION

Islam is a very young religion. It came long after Christianity with much bloodshed. Islam, dated from 500-600 AD, originated in Mecca. The founder of this religion is Muhammad. He used force to suppress Christianity, forcefully proselytizing the people as he went around conquering different parts of Middle East, Turkey, etc. Islam used sword, slavery, and oppression to force people to accept Islam.

 

  1. Muhammad’s background:

At a very young age, Muhammad began to experience so-called religious visitations. But many of his family members never accepted his claim to be a ‘prophet’ and never embraced Islam. Tradition has it that he experienced Marilou’s vision; he claimed that a heavenly being had split his stomach, stirred his inside around, and then sewed him back up. It is referred to in Quran [Surah 94:1], ‘ Did we not open the breast for thee ?’ We are not told why this happened (if it is explained, show me in the Quran, for the Quran is not very clear about this event).

His mother Amnah was involved with the occult. Today in many Muslim countries Muslims indulge in witchcraft, sorcery, and fortune telling which is forbidden in the Quran itself [Surah 2v102], though some Hadiths indicate that certain types of spells or incantations [ruqyah] are permitted. It is interesting to note that the Quraysh tribe from which Muhammad came was particularly addicted to the cult of the moon god. As he grew up near Kahab, the 160 idols and the sacred magical black stone was considered ‘the good luck charm’ for his tribe. Therefore it is no surprise then to find out that this element of his religious upbringing was transferred into the religion of Islam and did not come from new revelation from Allah as Islam claims. Muhammad claimed that Allah had called him to be a prophet and an Apostle (a sent one). Refuting this claim in the Quran, we are told that Allah called Muhammad to be a prophet and apostle, but unfortunately, there are several alternative versions of these accounts.

 

Either one is right, or they are all wrong :

 

  1. [ Surah 53v 2-8 and 81v 19-24] says that Allah personally appeared to Muhammad in the form of a man and he saw Allah and heard him.
  2. This claim was later abandoned because one reads in [Surah 16v20, Surah 26v192-194] that his calling was issued by the ‘holy spirit,’ but Islamic Scholars deny the personality of the Holy Spirit, and they do not believe in the Triune God. We are not told who, or what this ‘holy spirit’ may be—where did Muhammad get this name ‘Holy Spirit’? The Quran does not define the work of the Holy Spirit.  Only the Bible does. So it seems that Muhammad borrowed this from the Bible.
  3. A different account of his original call is given (in [Surah 15v8]) where we  are told that the angels came down  to the ‘prophet’ and announced that Allah has called him to be a prophet, but yet again this statement is contradicted in the Quran [Surah 2v97], where the  angel is named Gabriel who issued the call to Muhammad and handed down the Quran to him. The last point is ONLY used because it was Gabriel who played a role in the birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 1:26-38). Muhammad most surely got this name from the Bible.
  4. The Origin of Quran: To appease his pagan families and his tribe he decided that the best thing he could do was to admit that it was perfectly proper to pray and worship the  3  daughters of Allah—namely A-Lat, Al-Uzza, and Manet. Islam denies that the God of Bible has a son, so how come Allah has three daughters? This led to the famous ‘satanic verses’ in which he in a moment of weakness supposedly under the inspiration of Satan (according to early Muslim authorities) yielded to the temptation to appease the pagan mobs of Mecca [Surah 53:19]. This fact is supported in every general and Islamic reference work, Muslim or Western. This account cannot be denied that he sinned and when his disciples heard of his temptation he was rebuked and counseled. Then he reverted to worshipping Allah and he stated that Allah had canceled his past revelation (according to him the old revelation from Allah is null and void). The Quran forbids more than 4 wives but he had at least 16 wives in his harem.
  5. The Quran was supposedly handed from Allah to Muhammad; there were no human writers involved. The Scriptures were written by the inspired men of God (2 Tim 3:16, 1 Peter 1:10, 11, 12, 2 Peter 1:20, 21). Muhammad’s preaching and teaching stirred up unrest against him, even among his own families. At one point the hostility against him was such that the people of Mecca laid siege to the section of the city where he lived. He faced a very difficult situation.
  6. Islam claims that Muhammad and Jesus were both Muslim (how can this be when the Quran says that Mary was virgin and Christ was supernaturally born of the Holy Spirit?). The Muslims claim that both were sent by Allah, therefore, the message they both bring must be the same one otherwise Allah would be contradicting. The Quran uses the Biblical Gospels for information about Jesus. Thus, the Bible cannot be corrupted as Muslim scholars claim, otherwise the Quran would be corrupted.
  7. II: The Comparison between Jesus Christ and Muhammad and the Bible and the Quran:
  1. Prophecy:

The birth, life, death and the resurrection of Jesus was prophesied in OT and NT (Gen 3:15, Isa 7:14, 15, 16, 11:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 52:13—53:1-12, Mic 5:2). There are 33 prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus Christ. By way of contrast, the birth or life of Muhammad was not even prophesied by pagan soothsayers, let alone OT Prophets or NT Apostles.

  1. The birth of Christ was miraculous in that he was conceived by the Holy Spirit. The Quran and other Islamic scholars fully accept the virgin birth of Christ but there is nothing miraculous about the birth of Muhammad. He was the natural product of the sexual union of father and mother.
  2. Sinlessness.

According to the NT, Christ lived a perfect and sinless life (2 Cor 5:21, 1 John 3:5, Heb 4:15, 9:14, 1 Peter 1:19). But one finds that Muhammad was a normal human being engaged in the same sins which affected us all (Rom 3:23). He lied, cheated, twisted the Quran to suit his own lustful desires, killed thousands together with his supporters, and he failed to keep his own Quran. He was not sinless according to the Quran and was a sinner in need of the grace of the God of the Bible.

Jesus Christ performed miracles of raising the dead, healing every sickness, opening the eyes of the blind, multiplying bread to feed many—yet Muhammad, according to the Quran and traditions, never performed any miracles.

 

 

 

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Jesus never said I AM GOD or WORSHIP ME

The Nugget:

Joh 5:23  That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. 

My Comment:

We must know the Bible accurately ourselves so that we can answer correctly the questions others sincerely ask of us (1 Peter 3:15). Because very few Christians know their Bible accurately many in the world are not being reached with the true gospel message as it is revealed and taught in the Bible. Some simply have never read the Bible seriously for themselves. Others have swallowed, “hook, line, and sinker,” what others have taught them by way of a theological or doctrinal system, supposing that that system represents Bible truth accurately. Trust me, no popular system (like Calvinism, Arminianism, or any other “ism”) accurately represents the truth of the Bible. On this site I attempt to show you how to do Real Bible Study. I have shared with you in the October, 2010 Archives linked immediately to the right on this page the 24 Rules of Bible Interpretation that MUST be followed in order to understand and interpret the Bible correctly. Disregard these rules at your eternal peril!

Immediately below I share an example of how to use the rule of necessary inference to answer a sincere question posed to me this evening by a Muslim on the “Christianity and Islam Friendly Debate” Facebook site.

The Muslim Challenge:

Jerome smith 
Jesus never himself said that 
I AM GOD or WORSHIP ME.
I dont understand what is wrong with you people.
Jesus never claimed to be God but you people do.
He said I myself can do nothing as i hear i say.
You say he can do every thing .
You Christians believe him to be God as he was born miraculously without any father so adam (who is also called son of God in bible)did neither had father nor mother.
Jesus said 
There is only one God when speaking to israel
HEAR O ISRAEL YOUR LORD OUR GOD IS ONE.
So with due respect i want to ask you people do you understand english you english man.
The messenger is telling you that God is one but you are believing in trinity.

My Response:

 Farhan Ahmed, I appreciate the sincerity of your claim. But your claim involves a very interesting fallacy. The fallacy is that you are specifying the exact wording you would accept as proving the case I support when you and I both know that the wording you propose is not to be found in the Bible.

That is a diversion from the truth, not a refutation of the truth.

But let us consider whether the facts you deny would be supportable using your claim about what Jesus himself never said. I think it can be shown BY NECESSARY INFERENCE that Jesus Christ DID make such a claim and was so understood to have done so by both his friends and his enemies.

You have claimed that Jesus DID NOT claim what I claim he did claim. You said, “Jesus never himself said that I AM GOD or WORSHIP ME.”

(1) Did Jesus claim to be God?

In Mark 2:5, Jesus boldly stated to the sick man, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.”

It was well understood at the time of Jesus that only God can forgive sin. This understanding is reflected in the thoughts of the scribes who were sitting there and saw this happen. They reasoned in their hearts, “Why does this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?” (Mark 2:7)

Jesus, therefore, when he said “thy sins be forgiven thee,” proclaimed His deity. This means that Jesus claimed to be God.

(2) Did Jesus claim that worship was due him?

In John 5:23 Jesus said, “That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.”

The Father, of course, is God.

Jesus commanded that all men should honor the Son in the same way that they honor God the Father.

No one would disagree that we ought to worship God the Father.

To pay the same honor to Jesus Christ, we must worship Him in the same manner that we worship God the Father.

Jesus warned, “He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.”

Our eternal life strictly depends, Jesus said, upon both hearing and obeying His Word, and believing on Him (GOD) who sent Him (Jesus),

Joh 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

I trust my explanation clarifies this matter for you. I have not given my own opinion. I have given as my supporting evidence the very words of Jesus Christ Himself and the words as given in the Bible itself.

If you need further clarification or have any further questions, please let me know.

Thank you for raising such a good question for discussion.

What comes next?

I make no claims of expertise about Islam or the Koran. My missionary friend of many years, Mr. Vijay Chandra, served in the Fiji Islands working among Muslims and Hindus. English is his second language, but he speaks and writes very well. He has shared with me several of his articles about Islam, the Koran, and the Bible. I have been blessed to be able to help him clarify and correct his written English. In turn, he has given me his permission for me to post his articles here. He also has an article published in the Apologetics Journal less than a decade ago. I have that journal in my Logos Bible Software collection of scholarly journals (involving thousands of volumes!). So, Lord willing, I will see if I can post that article too in the very near future. I am looking forward to the privilege all of us who read here will now have to experience the blessing of learning  from this dear brother in Christ. Mr. Chandra mentioned to me that he was probably the only Christian serving in the Fiji Islands who owned a copy of my book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

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