Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Sin in the Bible and Qu'ran

Both the Bible and the Qu'ran preach against sin. Even so, the attitude is starkly different regarding transgressing commandments.

Sin grieves God. Psalms 78:40 (KJV) reads, "How oft did they provoke him in the  wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!"

And as I pointed out before, God doesn't enjoy punishing people. Lamentations 3:33 (KJV) states, "For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve  the children of men."

Jesus also wept over Jerusalem and the people who refused his salvation. He knew what would come in A.D. seventy when he said in Matthew 23:37 (KJV), "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!"

But what does the Qu'ran say about sin? Sura 40:40 says, "Whoever commits a sin will be repaid only with its like. But whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, and is a believer—these will enter Paradise, where they will be provided for without account."

Furthermore, Allah is claimed to be merciful and forgiving but rejecting the message Mohammad brought is a grievous and unforgivable sin. Sura 6:49 states, "But as for those who reject Our revelations, torment will afflict them because of their defiance."

Throughout the Qu'ran, Allah is pictured as a distant and uncaring deity. Not so with the God of the Bible. This is one reason I'm writing a book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? People need to know that rejecting God is to reject the greatest love one could ever find.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Saturday Song: Eric Burdon & The Animals, "Sky Pilot"

I remember feeling offended by this song when I heard it in the spring of 1968. To me, Eric Burdon was saying that God was inept and that prayers were futile in the face of monstrous carnage. Because we, through Adam and Eve, chose to do things our way, God let us suffer the consequences.

Hear Eric Burdon and the Animals' "Sky Pilot" here.

I now understand what Eric was getting at. He was examining the matter of how God could let horrors like war happen. But not being instructed by the Holy Spirit, he couldn't comprehend the vast plan God has for each human life.

How wonderful it is that we aren't stuck with this damaged world forever. Isaiah 65:17 (KJV) promises, "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind."

And as the Lord says in Isaiah 66:22 (KJV), "For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain."

Here's another assurance of the good eternal life to come for believers. The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:13(KJV) that, "Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."

So, what memories come to you when you hear Eric's song? And what do you think of what I wrote? Please leave me a comment in the box below. Or if you don't wish to do that, have a wonderful weekend anyway.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Weakness Vs. Strength in the Bible and the Qu'ran

Another point on which the Bible and the Qu'ran differ is on strength. While the Bible shows that God uses our weakness, the Qu'ran shows Allah's hatred of it.

The Apostle Paul certainly learned this value of yielded weakness. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV) he wrote, "And he said unto me, 'My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.' Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

Furthermore, there were times when the Lord fought for Israel. He did so to show them he could save by many or by few. Look at what 2 Chronicles 20:17 (KJV) says. "Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you."

But in Islam, its weak people are supposedly strengthened so they can fight for Allah. Sura 8:66 reads, "Allah has now lightened your burden,  knowing that there is weakness in you. If there are a hundred steadfast among you, they will defeat two hundred; and if there are a thousand of you, they will defeat two thousand by Allah's leave. Allah is with the steadfast."

Sura 8:15-16 explains the war-like nature of obedient Muslims. "O you who believe! When you meet those who disbelieve on the march, never turn your backs on them. Anyone who turns his back on them on that Day, except while maneuvering for battle, or to join another group, has incurred wrath from Allah, and his abode is Hell, what a miserable destination!"

These are just some of the verses and suras which show the infinite difference between Christianity and Islam's deities. I'll be mentioning more differences between all other religions verses Christianity in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Only Christianity is based on the fact that we can't save ourselves. Only God through Christ's sacrifice on the cross is able to save us.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

God Takes No Pleasure in the Death of the Wicked

As I've written before, the Bible and the Qu'ran differ as to the role of who avenges wrongs. But the Bible goes further by saying that God doesn't enjoy the death of sinners.

Certain critics of Christianity claim that the Old Testament God was vengeful and petty. If so, why did he command one of his prophets to say what he said? Ezekiel 33:11 (KJV) reads, "Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?"

But some folks will point to verses such as Deuteronomy 7:2 (KJV) which says, "And when the LORD thy God shall deliver  them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them;  thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto  them:"

People neglect to remember the context of this and other verses which command genocide. The descendents of Israel were weak and prone to worship idols. The seven nations in the Promised Land were extremely cruel, even roasting their babies alive to appease their demon god Molech.

Leviticus 20:2 (KJV) shows how seriously God took this barbaric practice. "Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel,  Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that  sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall  surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with  stones."

I've written before about Christ's command to love our enemies and do good to them but Islam contradicts this. Sura 3:118, as one of many examples, reads: " O you who believe! Do not befriend outsiders who never cease to wish you harm. They love to see you suffer. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, but what their hearts conceal is worse. We have made the messages clear for you, if you understand. "

This "convert or suffer" mentality is at odds with the Bible. That's why I'll point this out in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Those who assume we worship the same deity as the Mohammedans need to see how different the two of them are.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Saturday Song: Al Wilson, "The Snake"

What a story this song tells. A woman has pity on a poisonous, half frozen snake. So she places him by the fire to warm up and then leaves for work. But when she comes home, she ends up being betrayed by the very one she helped.

Hear Al Wilson's song here.

This is so true of life. Though we Christians are commanded to love our enemies, we must also exercise prudence. As Jesus said to his disciples in Matthew 10:16 (KJV), "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."

Satan is also described in Scripture with metaphors such as a serpent, Leviathan, a dragon, and a ravenous lion. He never physically became  any of these creatures, as some folks allege. These metaphors are use to describe the nature of the Devil, not his physical form. He's only a spirit and spirits have no mass.

As for me, I can relate well to this song. People who I thought were my friends just wanted something from me. Once I was of no use to them, they discarded my friendship.

I'm also sure that we all have had people who we helped suddenly turn on us. If you feel up to it, please post your experiences in the comments box below. If you don't feel like doing that, have a wonderful weekend anyway.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Hadiths Vs. Epistles, Their reliability

Another factor regarding the New Testament and the Islamic writings is their authorship. We know that the nearer the writing was done after an event, the more accurate it is.

In the case of the gospels and the epistles, they were written as early as thirty years after Christ's resurrection. Once the disciples and apostles realized that Christ wasn't immediately returning, they began to write down all that transpired during his incarnation.

Furthermore, people copied the epistles and sent them to others who copied them. There was no central authority which dictated what went into them, apart from the Holy Spirit of course.

Luke 1:1-4 (KJV) shows exactly what was going on at that time. "Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed."

We don't know what happened to Theophilus but we do know about Timothy, Philemon, and other gospel workers who received letters from eyewitnesses of Christ's ministry. This, by the way, is what determines which books are canonical, meaning reliable as written by the apostles or people associated with them.

But the Qu'ran, supposedly the next installment of God's revelation to humanity, was gathered in a different way. The following information comes from an article on www.bible.ca. After Mohammad died, Muslims noticed that there were divergent views on what Mohammad said. So a man named Abu Bakkr  set out to piece together a standardized version of Mohammad's sayings. He also ordered the destruction of all other versions which people had. Therefore, the Qu'ran isn't exactly what Mohammad claimed to have received from the angel Gabriel.

A collection of stories of Mohammad and his companions was also compiled into volumes of books later on called the Hadith. Its purpose was to explain the Qu'ran and is held as the second-most authority on Islam by Muslims.

Having heard arguments on God and Allah being the same deity, I feel compelled to add this subject to my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? People need to know that God and Allah are polar opposites in every possible way. Only faith in the saving work of Christ will gain us access to eternal life in heaven.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Role of Government in Islam Vs. The Bible

God and Allah differ greatly on the role of government. Christians understand that the government is given by the Lord to punish evil and to reward obedience.

The best example of this is found in Romans 13:1-8.

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good.

But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

But in the Qu'ran, the commands of Allah are more important. Sura 4:59 says, "O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you dispute over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is best, and a most excellent determination."

Since Islam is a theocratic religion, only what Allah and his prophet said applies. Sura 5:47 instructs, "So let the people of the Gospel rule according to what Allah revealed in it. Those who do not rule according to what Allah revealed are the sinners."

In Christianity however, only laws preventing us from worshipping the Lord or commanding us to do something contrary to his commandments are what we must disobey.

I'll be writing more about this in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? In all matters other than what Christ has taught us, we must obey our secular leadership. We don't take the law into our own hands as the Qu'ran prescribes to the followers of Allah.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Saturday Song: 'Tar and Cement' by Verdelle Smith

Even though I was only nine years old when I heard this song on my mom's radio, it still touched my soul. This was because I had been sent from my home in the town of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta to a school for blind children in the metropolis of Vancouver B.C.

In this song, the person left the familiarity of the small town for the money and excitement of the big city. Like many people, the grass seemed greener on the far side of the fence.

When the protagonist returned to that once-small town, it had become acres of tar and cement. Gone were the lilacs which perfumed the air. Gone was the child-like joy of running through the grass and enjoying merely being alive.

Fort Saskatchewan is now a city. Where a farmer's field and the town dump used to be is now a conglomeration of big box stores. And half of the forest at the creek where I used to play has become a parking lot for fast food joints and industries.

Even the vibrant downtown has been subdued because of big box stores siphoning off customers. And the Fort Hotel, one of my favourite landmarks, burned to the ground back in 2010.

As I've pointed out before, we can't relive the past. So what can we do? Follow the Apostle Paul's example. Philippians 3:13-14 (KJV)reads,  "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

Thursday, 3 August 2017

But Christ Declared All Foods Clean

Here again is another discrepancy between the Bible and the Qu'ran. The Old Testament had prohibitions against certain foods but those were only for the Israelites and procylites. It was given to them by God to keep them separate from the idol-worshipping nations around them, as were the other ceremonial laws.

But Jesus blasted the Pharisees for turning common sense health rules into onerous religious duties. Mark 7:18-23 (KJV) shows that food doesn't make a person spiritually unclean.

"And he saith unto them, 'Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?' And he said, 'That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.'"

But the Qu'ran seeks to limit the diet of people and to make rules as a religious test again. Sura 2:172-173 says, "O you who believe! Eat of the good things
We have provided for you, and give thanks to Allah, if it is Him that you serve. He has forbidden you carrion, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and what was dedicated to other than Allah. But if anyone is
compelled, without desiring or exceeding, he commits no sin. Allah is Forgiving and Merciful."

Apart from carrion, which only a starving and desperate person might eat, we don't have to worry about what goes into our mouths as Muslims and orthodox Jews do. It's more important to be spiritually clean than to abstain from certain foods to make oneself look holy.

And neither were the health laws of the Old Testament meant as a punishment but a blessing to Israel. Look at what sura 6:146 says. "For the Jews We forbade everything with claws. As of cattle and sheep: We forbade them their fat, except what adheres to their backs, or the entrails, or what is mixed with bone. This is how We penalized them for their inequity. We are indeed truthful."

Perhaps one reason for prohibiting pork is found in sura 6:146. "Say, “Shall I inform you of worse than that for retribution from Allah? He whom Allah has cursed, and with whom He became angry; and He turned some of them into apes, and swine, and idol worshipers. These are in a worse position, and further away from the right way."

I'll be writing more on this subject in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Far too many people wish and hope to be in paradise when they die but only those who know Christ personally will go there. This is why I feel compelled to write about this crucial truth.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

No Salvation in Islam?

If God and Allah are the same person, as some allege, why is there such a contradiction between the Bible and the Qu'ran regarding salvation? It makes no sense to have Christ die for our sins and then nullify what he did on the cross.

Acts 2:38 (KJV) is one of many Bible verses which show that it's only faith in Christ's atonement which saves. "Then Peter said unto them, 'Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.'"

Neither can we work to earn heaven. Look at what the Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:8 (KJV). "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"

Even in the Old Testament, the Lord planned for Christ to be the agent of salvation. Zechariah 9:9 (KJV) reads, "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass." This came to pass on what we call Palm Sunday.

Acts 4:12 (KJV) reinforces the fact that Christ alone is our saviour. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

But the Qu'ran contradicts the Bible by saying in passages such as sura 39:61, "And Allah will save those who maintained righteousness to their place of salvation. No harm will touch them, nor will they grieve."

Sura 5:84-85 also claims, "And why should we not believe in Allah,
and in the truth that has come to us, and hope that our Lord will include us among the righteous people? Allah will reward them for what they say, Gardens beneath which rivers flow, where they will stay forever. Such is the reward of the righteous."

Sura 7:56 also says, "And do not corrupt on earth after its reformation, and pray to Him with fear and hope. Allah's mercy is close to the doers of good."

I could include so many more verses and suras showing the stark difference between the God of the Bible and Allah. I'll save that for my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Those who believe our heavenly Father and the harsh-natured Allah are the same entity will be in for a rude awakening on Judgement Day.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Saturday Song, 'El Paso'

My good friend Abbie Taylor has been writing a feature on her blog called "Saturday Song" where she writes about significant music in her life and she also provides links to them.

I like this idea so much that I've decided to do this on my blog too. After all, religious subjects can be intense and burdensome. So let's have one day of lightness to offset the heaviness.

"El Paso" is my favourite Marty Robins song. It's the earliest song I can recall. In 1959, I was only three years old but somehow the song stuck with me.

Though "El Paso" is about murder, jealousy, and cowboy justice, this song gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Like in the movies, the actors all get up and become themselves again when the director yells, "Cut!"

That's how I feel when I hear Marty's classic song. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

End Times Destruction of Wicked Vs. Jews and Christians

This might be news to some Christians but Islam also mentions the end times and the end of the age. But their version is different than what the Bible teaches.

The Apostle Paul gives this account of what will happen at Christ's return when he wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 (KJV), "For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (rise before) them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

But when Christ returns, it will be a fearful time for all who don't believe in him. This includes Muslims. Jesus said in Luke 23:30 (KJV), "Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us."

But sura 52:44-47 claims, "Even if they were to see lumps of the sky falling down, they would say, 'A mass of clouds.' So leave them until they meet their Day in which they will be stunned. The Day when their ploys will avail them nothing; and they will not be helped. For those who do wrong, there is a punishment besides that; but most of them do not know."

The Qu'ran also refutes what Christ said about heaven. Sura 44:51-58 claims, " As for the righteous, they will be in a secure place. Amidst gardens and springs. Dressed in silk and brocade, facing one another. So it is, and We will wed them to lovely companions. They will call therein for every kind of fruit, in peace and security. Therein they will not taste death, beyond the first death; and He will protect them from the torment of Hell. A favour from your Lord. That is the supreme salvation"

But Jesus, answering the Sadducees' question of a woman who had seven husbands, stated plainly in Matthew 22:30 (KJV), "For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven."

The Qu'ran also teaches that Christians and Jews are among those who will be sent to "the hellfire" on the last day. Sura 26:87-103 claims that Abraham prayed, " "And do not disgrace me on the Day they are resurrected. The Day when neither wealth nor children will help. Except for him who comes to Allah with a sound heart. And Paradise will be brought near for the righteous. And the Blaze will be displayed to the deviators. And it will be said to them, 'Where are those you used to worship? Besides Allah? Can they help you, or help themselves?' Then they will be toppled into it, together with the seducers. And the soldiers of Satan, all of them. They will say, as they feud in it. 'By Allah, We were in evident error. For equating you with the Lord of the Worlds. No one misled us except the sinners. Now we have no intercessors. And no sincere friend. If only we could have another chance, we would be among the faithful.' Surely in this is a sign, but most of them are not believers"."

As I pointed out in earlier posts, many who say, "Lord! Lord!" will be sent to outer darkness. Only those who have a personal relationship with Christ and who follow him will have eternal life. This is why I'm writing my book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? People need to know this and be warned against putting off repentance until it's too late.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Accuracy Vs. Embellishment

Since most of us know the Bible stories, I'll just quote the embellishments and inaccuracies of the Qu'ran in this post. Being that it was written more recently than the New Testament, it should contain fewer details rather than more.

First of all, consider what sura 4:54 says. "Or do they envy the people for what Allah has given them of His grace? We have given the family of Abraham the Book and wisdom, and We have given them a great kingdom." What book and kingdom did Abraham ever get?

Furthermore, ponder this absurd statement. Sura 3:67 reads, "Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a Monotheist, a Muslim. And he was not of the Polytheists." Oh really? Jews and Christians weren't in existance back then.

The Bible nowhere counts Ishmael as a prophet, yet sura 4:163 claims, "We have inspired you, as We had inspired Noah and the prophets after him. And We inspired Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the Patriarchs, and Jesus, and Job, and Jonah, and Aaron, and Solomon. And We gave David the Psalms."

Nowhere does the Bible say that Abraham disowned his father, yet sura 9:114 claims, "Abraham asked forgiveness for his father only because of a promise he had made to him. But when it became clear to him that he was an enemy of Allah, he disowned him. Abraham was kind and clement."

Neither did Abraham see or do like what Sura 6:76-78 says. "When the night fell over him, he saw a planet. He said, 'This is my lord.' But when it set, he said, 'I do not love those that set.' Then, when he saw the moon rising, he said, 'This is my lord.' But when it set, he said, 'If my Lord does not guide me, I will be one of the erring people.' Then, when he saw the sun rising, he said, 'This is my lord, this is bigger.' But when it set, he said, 'O my people, I am innocent of your idolatry.'"

And whenever did this happen? Sura 2:125 claims, "And We made the House a focal point for the people, and a sanctuary. Use the shrine of Abraham as a place of prayer. And We commissioned Abraham and Ishmael, 'Sanctify My House for those who circle around it, and those who seclude themselves in it, and those who kneel and prostrate.'"

Furthermore, when was Moses struck by lightning and then God resurrected him? Sura 2:55-56 reads, "And recall that you said, 'O Moses, we will not believe in you unless we see Allah plainly.' Thereupon the thunderbolt struck you, as you looked on. Then We revived you after your death, so that you may be appreciative."

Sura 19:54 says, "And mention in the Scripture Ishmael. He was true to his promise, and was a messenger, a prophet." Really?

The Bible nowhere lists Ishmael as a prophet. All it says is that God would make of him a great nation.

And remember when Jacob's brothers sold Joseph into slavery? They didn't say anything about racing to him when they brought back the torn robe of many colours with goat's blood on it. Sura 12:17 alleges, "They said, 'O father, we went off racing one another, and left Joseph by our belongings; and the wolf ate him. But you will not believe us, even though we are being truthful.'"

Furthermore, sura 12:21 states, "The Egyptian who bought him said to his wife, 'Take good care of him; he may be useful to us, or we may adopt him as a son.' We thus established Joseph in the land, to teach him the interpretation of events. Allah has control over His affairs, but most people do not know."

Potiphar never said they wanted to adopt Joseph. He was just a servant. Read the rest of sura 12 and you'll discover even more discrepencies between Holy Scripture and the Qu'ran.

Remember how the birth of John the baptist came about? Sura 19:10 claims, "He (Zechariah) said, 'My Lord, give me a sign.' He said, 'Your sign is that you will not speak to the people for three nights straight.'"

Zechariah was without speech until John was born and his relatives wanted to know what he would name the boy. Neither did he ask for a sign.

And any one familiar with the Christmas pageant will do a double take when they read this. Sura 19:23 says, "The labor-pains came upon her, by the trunk of a palm-tree. She said, 'I wish I had died before this, and been completely forgotten.'"

Neither did Jesus speak as soon as he was born. Sura 19:29-34 reads, "So she pointed to him. They said, 'How can we speak to an infant in the crib?' He said, 'I am the servant of Allah. He has given me the Scripture, and made me a prophet. And has made me blessed wherever I may be; and has enjoined on me prayer and charity, so long as I live.'And kind to my mother, and He did not make me a disobedient rebel. So Peace is upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the Day I get resurrected alive.' That is Jesus son of Mary—the Word of truth about which they doubt."

Additionally, the Qu'ran denies Christ's deity. Sura 19:88-92 reads, "And they say, 'The Most Merciful has begotten a son.' You have come up with something monstrous. At which the heavens almost rupture, and the earth splits, and the mountains fall and  crumble. Because they attribute a son to the Most Merciful. It is not fitting for the Most Merciful to have a son."

I'll expand on these outrageous claims of the Qu'ran in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Those who hold to the Chrislam doctrine need to be shown the extent of their error.

Friday, 21 July 2017

New Testament Vs. Qu'ranic Treatment of Women



If God and Allah are the same person, why the sudden change in the treatment of women? It would seem that God, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, should arbitrarily change marriage and divorce laws.

Jesus ratified the ancient covenant of marriage when he said in Matthew 19:5-6 (KJV), "And said, 'For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?' Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."

This prompted the Pharisees to ask why Moses allowed divorce to happen. Jesus replied in Matthew 19:8 (KJV), "He saith unto them, 'Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.'"

Islam, on the other hand, affirms polygamy. Sura 4:3 sets out how many wives a man may have. "If you fear you cannot act fairly towards theorphans—then marry the women you like—two, or three, or four. But if you fear you will not be fair, then one, or what you already have. That makes it more likely that you avoid bias.

And speaking of divorce, the Qu'ran also allows it for the sake of dissatisfaction. Sura 66:5 says, 'Perhaps, if he divorces you, his Lord will give him in exchange wives better than you: submissive, believing, obedient, penitent, devout, fasting—previously married, or virgins."

The New Testament doesn't have any instruction regarding dividing worldly inheritance. Even so, Jesus and the apostles focused on the eternal inheritance in heaven. Luke 12:13-14 (KJV) states, "And one of the company said unto him, 'Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.' And he said unto him, 'Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?'"



But look what the Qu'ran says about dividing the earthly inheritance. Sura 4:11 states, "Allah instructs you regarding your children: The male receives the equivalent of the share of two females. If they are daughters, more than two, they get two-thirds of what he leaves. If there is only one, she gets one-half. As for the parents, each gets one-sixth of what he leaves, if he had children. If he had no children, and his parents inherit from him, his mother gets one-third. If he has siblings, his mother gets one-sixth. After fulfilling any bequest and paying off debts. Your parents and your children—you do not know which are closer to you in welfare. This is Allah's Law. Allah is Knowing and Judicious."

And look at what sura 4:34 says about the treatment of women. "Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, as Allah has given some of them an advantage over others, and because they spend out of their wealth. The good women are obedient, guarding what Allah would have them guard. As for those from whom you fear disloyalty, admonish them, and abandon them in their beds, then strike them. But if they obey you, seek no way against them. Allah is Sublime, Great."

But Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:25 (KJV), "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;"

I could write so much more on this topic but this post is getting too long. Instead, I'll save it for my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? People need to understand that the God of the Bible and Allah are diametrically opposite to each other.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

New Testament Vs. Qu'ranic Prayer

Another way in which God and Allah differ is in the matter of prayer. For example, we can see by the prayers of Jesus and his disciples that it was a conversation with the loving and caring Father.

Christ spoke to God in Luke 10:21 (KJV). "In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, 'I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.'"

And even the Jews prayed to God in a personal way, Though they often prayed with wrong motives. As Christ pointed out in Luke 18:11 (KJV), "The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.'"

When the apostles were persecuted, they too addressed God as a person. After praising him, they said in Acts 4:29 (KJV), "And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,"

Even in Old Testament times, people prayed to the Lord and brought before him their petitions. As just one example, Daniel 2:23 (KJV) says, "I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter.'"

But in Islam, the devout Muslims recite prayers. Sura9:71 reads, "The believing men and believing women are friends of one another. They advocate virtue, forbid evil, perform the prayers, practice charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. These—Allah will have mercy on them. Allah is Noble and Wise."

In some Christian churches, they also say rote prayers. But this isn't found in the Scriptures. Even what some call the "Our Father" or "The Lord's Prayer" is a template and not to be repeatedly recited without understanding.

Sura 4:101 shows that prayers were recited but could be shortened if need be. "When you travel in the land, there is no blame on you for shortening the prayers, if you fear that the disbelievers may harm you. The disbelievers are your manifest enemies."

I'll be writing more about this in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Muslims think we're the ones bound for the "hellfire" but they are the ones headed for that place of punishment. I'll expand on that extensively in my book.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Christ Vs. Mohammad on Enemies

One of many major differences between Christianity and Islam is the treatment of enemies. Christ famously said in Matthew 5:44 (KJV), "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;"

Just before that, he commanded in Matthew 5:39 (KJV), "But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also."

Christ's apostles likewise believed in living in peace with others. Romans 12:18 (KJV) admonishes, "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."

We don't repay evil for evil because that's up to God to repay. Hebrews 10:30 (KJV) instructs, "For we know him that hath said, 'Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense,' saith the Lord. And again, 'The Lord shall judge his people.'"

But Muslims are instructed not to even have unbelievers as friends. Look at what sura 60:1 says. "O you who believe! Do not take My enemies and your enemies for supporters, offering them affection, when they have disbelieved in what has come to you of the Truth. They have expelled the Messenger, and you, because you believed in Allah, your Lord. If you have mobilized to strive for My cause, seeking My approval, how can you secretly love them? I know what you conceal and what you reveal. Whoever among you does that has strayed from the right way."
 
And instead of praying for enemies, the Qu'ran says this in sura 8:12. "Your Lord inspired the angels: “I am with you, so support those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. So strike above the necks, and strike off every fingertip of theirs."
  
This, and many other comparisons, I want to include in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? We who believe in Christ must discern truth from poison. This is why God gave us his Word in written form. We therefore must understand truth from counterfeits.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Jesus: Son of God or Mere Prophet

As I have shown before, Jesus is the Son of God. But Muslims believe he was merely a prophet. So who's right?

Luke 9:18 -20 shows that Christ was thee Messiah and no mere prophet. "And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, 'Whom say the people that I am?' They answering said, 'John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.' He said unto them, 'But whom say ye that I am?' Peter answering said, 'The Christ of God.'"

No true prophet would have let Peter say such a thing but Jesus, who is God, praised him for it. Matthew 16:17 (KJV)says, "And Jesus answered and said unto him, 'Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.'"

Neither would any mere prophet say what Christ said in John 8:58 (KJV). "Jesus said unto them, 'Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.'" Jesus used the sacred name of God in that seemingly awkward sentence, causing the Pharisees to pick up stones with witch to stone him for blasphemy but he escaped.

But the Qu'ran states in sura 2:135-136, "And they say, 'Be Jews or Christians, and you will be guided.' Say, 'Rather, the religion of Abraham, the Monotheist; he was not an idolater.' Say, 'We believe in Allah; and in what was revealed to us; and in what was revealed to Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the Patriarchs; and in what was given to Moses and Jesus; and in what was given to the prophets—from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him (Allah) we surrender.'"

Additionally, sura 3:59 claims, "The likeness of Jesus in Allah's sight is that of Adam: He created him from dust, then to him, 'Be,' and he was."

This clashes head on with what Christ himself declared to John in Revelation 1:8 (KJV). "'I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,' saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." Now how could a created being say such a thing?

So much more could be written on this topic so I'll save it for my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? People need to know that Jesus is coequal with God and therefore is to be worshiped.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Trinity Vs. Supposed Sin of Shirk?

Continuing on with this month's topic, I need to show that God is triune and not a single deity. The best place to start is at Christ's baptism.

Matthew 3:13-17 (KJV) describes the scene this way. "Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, 'I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?' And Jesus answering said unto him, 'Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.' Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, 'This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'"

Now how could God be a singular entity when the Spirit of God and Jesus were in the same place when God spoke from heaven?

Likewise, God spoke from heaven in John 12:28 (KJV). "'Father, glorify thy name.' Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, 'I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.'"

But Qu'ran 4:116 says, "Allah will not forgive that partners be associated with Him; but will forgive anything less than that, to whomever He wills. Anyone who ascribes partners to Allah has strayed into far error."

Also, how could the Old Testament address God in the plural form (read Genesis chapter one) and show himself to be a triune being in the New Testament, yet the Qu'ran claims he has no partners? If God and Allah were the same being, he himself would be guilty of the sin of shirk, ascribing partners to himself.

I'll be writing more about this in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Foolish Christians believe that God and Allah are the same but I've shown here without equivocation that they aren't.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

God Loves Jews and Christians But Allah Hates Them?

This month, I want to show how different the God of the Bible is from Islam's Allah. Far too many Christians, who ought to know better, assume that God and Allah are the same person. They most certainly are not.

As I noted in a previous post, God is jealous, meaning protective, of his people who he loves. He chose Israel out of all the peoples of the world to be the ones through whom his beloved son would be born. As he spoke through one of his prophets in Zechariah 1:14 (KJV), "So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy."

The Queen of Sheba noticed God's love being lavished on Israel and said to Solomon in 1 Kings 10:9 (KJV),  "Blessed be the LORD thy God, which  delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the  LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do  judgment and justice."

And as Christ's most impulsive disciple noted in 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV),  "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:"

But the Qu'ran refutes this by saying in sura 3:64, (translated by Ali ‘Imran) "Say, “O People of the Book, come to terms common between us and you: that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate nothing with Him, and that none of us takes others as lords besides Allah.” And if they turn away, say, “Bear witness that we have submitted.: 

This verse denies that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are divine. Why would God say they were before this and then deny it? Either he's inconsistent or Allah isn't the God of creation.

The Bible shows in Malachi 3:6 (KJV) that, "For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed."

Here is additional proof that Allah can't be God. Why would he love Christians when sura 3:151 states, "We will throw terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they attribute to Allah partners for which He revealed no sanction. Their lodging is the Fire. Miserable is the lodging of the evildoers."

I could list so many other examples of the vast difference between God and Allah but I'll save them for my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? People need to realize that ONLY in Christ is there salvation from hell. And before our Lord was born, people such as Abraham were saved by their trust in God, not their own works.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Why Thank God for Our Accomplishments?

Along with praise, God loves it when we thank him. But what about the things we've accomplished on our own, such as holding down a job or raising well-behaved children? The Bible shows us that we're given the strength and ability to do things like that.

First of all, we don't know the future. The Bible in Basic English renders James 4:13-14 this way: "How foolish it is to say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go into this town, and be there for a year and do business there and get wealth:' When you are not certain what will take place tomorrow. What is your life? It is a mist, which is seen for a little time and then is gone."

We tend to glory in our strength but God is the one who gives it to us. Our attitude is as foolish as the examples in Isaiah 10:15 (KJV) which reads, "Shall the ax boast itself against him that  heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that  shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it  up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood."

The truth is that without the power and gift of life from the Lord, we're helpless. Jesus said in John 15:5 (KJV)  "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that  abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for  without me ye can do nothing."

Also, our society despises weakness but God works best through yielded people without the might to do much. Look at what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV). "And he said unto me, My grace is  sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the  power of Christ may rest upon me."

Tragically, the people who mentored me when I was a new Christian didn't understand this. They wanted to wield the power of God for their own aggrandizement and taught me to want the same. My How I Was Razed book shows how futile that was and how the Lord is glorified in our inabilities.