Hugh’s News & Views (Founding Fathers And . . . Islam)

THE FOUNDING FATHERS AND THE RELIGION OF ISLAM

Circumstances have a way of changing one’s plans. I had intended to write this week on “The Second Coming of Christ,” the theme of my sermon this past Sunday morning. However, because of the events in Paris last Friday and the continuing political correctness views toward the Islamic religion here in our own country, I have decided to say a few things under the above heading. The essay on the second coming will run next week, D. V. Continue reading

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Muhammad or Jesus? by Apologetics Press

Here is a very simple yet very well written article comparing and contrasting what the Koran teaches about Jesus with what the Bible teaches about him:

Muhammad or Jesus?

by Dave Miller, Ph.D.

Muhammad: “Those who say: Allah hath chosen a son…speak nothing but a lie” (Surah 18:4-5).

Jesus (through John): “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?… Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either” (1 John 2:22-23). Read >>

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A QUESTION OF VERACITY (credibility)

It is my goal to read the Surah via three different translations and to consider the remarks presented by these translators especially in relation to what the Bible actually teaches. In other words, what does the Qur’an say about what the Bible teaches? Does it assert something the Bible does not? Does the Qur’an misuse the Bible? Please my first article in this series.

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In Surah 2:23, the Qur’an sets forth an evidentiary test. The focus of this test is in ascertaining whether or not one can know “that there is revelation” from Allah. This is called a “concrete test” (Yusuf), the challenge given to man is for him to produce a Surah that “can inspire spiritual truth in such noble language” (footnote 42). Reading the words of Maulana one gets a better sense of what might be in mind. “Is it a question of mere style and diction?” After asking the question, Maulana says the Qur’an gives no indication of such, but its “chief characteristic….is the wonderful transformation which it accomplished, and it is to this characteristic that it lays claim in the very commencement when it says that this Book is a guide” (Maulana, footnote 36). Asad gives a different perspective than Maulana, but somewhat akin to Yusuf: one is to come forth with a Surah and a witness to “attest that your hypothetical literary effort could be deemed equal to any part of the Qur’an” (footnote 2:14).

This is not all that we should understand. “…every word of the Qur’an gives expression to divine majesty and glory in a manner which is not approached by any other sacred book” (ibid). Thus, in conjunction with this portion of the 2nd Surah (2:23), there are three other places where this challenge is set forth: Surah 10:38, Surah 11: 13, and Surah 17:88. In 10:38 and 11:13, the charge is laid against Muhammad that he forged this word rather than received it in revelatory fashion. In 10:38, his challengers are asked to bring forth a Surah and a counter to what he has offered, and in 11:13, his challengers are asked to bring forth ten Surahs. Yusuf gives nothing in the way of commentary on this, but references his words in 2:23. Maulana does comment on 11:13 and connects it to Surah 17:88 where we are told that there was an initial challenge given by Muhammad to his objectors to produce a similar work as that which is found in the Qur’an; later, this challenge is reduced for an objector to produce only ten Surahs, and finally, the challenge is for one to produce a single Surah (as stated in 2:23).

SUMMARY CONCLUSION: From the preceding we are to understand: 1) there is a concrete test of verification and authenticity, 2) an objector to the Qur’an should be able to produce something comparable to the Islamic holy book, otherwise his objection has no merit, 3) the style and diction is of great quality and majesty, 4) that the Qur’an merits the status of divine inspiration is seen in the lives transformed from ungodliness to godliness, 5) there is no other book given among men that is uncorrupted, the text standing pure. In this light, Yusuf Ali tells us that the Qur’an “is the only revealed Book whose text stands pure and uncorrupted today” (footnote 2289). More will be said on the corrupted text later.

A CONTRAST IN METHODS: This is to be understood in contrast to that which the Scripture says of itself and verifiability. First, there is the historicity of the Scriptures that can easily be verified (or not). For instance, one can check on the places mentioned in Scripture to ascertain accuracy. One can consider the people mentioned in Scripture against the historical records of the various nations. Josh McDowell has a chapter on the reliability of the Bible, the Old Testament especially. He writes: “The Old Testament has been shown to be reliable in at least three ways: (1) textual transmission (the accuracy of the copying process down through history), (2) the confirmation of the Old Testament by hard evidence uncovered through archaeology, and (3) documentary evidence also uncovered through archaeology” (New Evidence, p. 69). Contrast this veracity methodology with that which is proffered by the Qur’an.

Second, the Lord Himself has set forth a method of testability for the Israelites in the long ago, “I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee; and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words which he shall speak in My name, I will require it of him. But the prophet, that shall speak a word presumptuously in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ And if thou say in thy heart: ‘How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?’ When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken; the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously, thou shalt not be afraid of him” (Deuteronomy 18:18-22, the Jewish Publication Society translation).

Jesus reaffirm this approach in John, “The Jews answered him, ‘It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.’ Jesus answered them, ‘Is it not written in your Law, “I said, you are gods”? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came–and Scripture cannot be broken–do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, “You are blaspheming,” because I said, “I am the Son of God”? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father” (John 10:33-38, ESV).

#credibility, #islam, #methodology, #muslim, #quran, #surah-2, #veracity

The Qur'an and Jesus

Perhaps you are not aware of what the Qur’an says about Jesus. That which is taught, one can learn in Surah 2 (a “Surah” will correspond to a “Book,” or perhaps a “chapter” in the Bible). For instance, in Surah 2:87, one learns that Jesus was mortal. One won’t read that in the verse, but Islamic commentators will declare it. “Maulana gives some instruction concerning the Qur’an’s use of the Arabic word for Jesus (Īsā), followed by the epithet ‘son of Mary,’ ‘to show that he was a mortal like other prophets of God’” (footnote 128 in Maulana Muhammad Ali’s translation and commentary on the Qur’an; from RT’s personal study notes of the Qur’an).

The significance of this is in relation to what the Scriptures teach relative to Jesus. Note what charge the apostle Paul gave to Timothy, a young preacher he left in Ephesus: I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time–he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen (1 Timothy 6:13-16, ESV).

One does not need any other reason to oppose Islam, though there are untold numbers more!

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The Son of Man is the Son of God

The religion of Islam will readily confess that Jesus was the Son the Man and its followers will quickly point out the number of times that Jesus referred to Himself with that title, but it readily denies that Jesus was the Son of God and its followers will quickly point out that Jesus never referred to Himself as such.

Regardless of the fact that Jesus did indeed refer to Himself as the Son of God and He confessed to be such before multiple people (Matthew 16:13-17, John 9:35-38) one of the key misunderstandings of Jesus’ nature when it comes to Islam is that the religion misses what the Son of Man taught about Himself when it comes to His authority.

In Mark 2:1-12 (a gospel that begins in a plain enough way concerning the nature of Jesus) Jesus proclaims and confesses to having the ability to do something that no mere righteous man would ever say unless it was absolutely true. After being accused of blasphemy Jesus tells a group of hard-hearted unbelievers He not only did what He did to prove a point, He said what He said so they wouldn’t miss the point – “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins….

The power, authority and ability on earth to forgive sins?! Jesus was a son and He was a man, but when Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of Man He was talking about much more than what you could see on the outside. It was a sign that pointed to who He was. It pointed to the Messianic nature that was on the inside, for only God Himself has the power, authority and ability to forgive sins.

Angels proclaimed it (Luke 1:35), the demons couldn’t deny it (Mark 5:7-8) and the apostles preached it (John 20:30-31) – Jesus, the Son of Man, is Immanuel, the Son of God.

If Jesus didn’t deny it, why should we?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 14)

#islam, #jesus, #nature-of-jesus, #son-of-god, #son-of-man

Nour Hadad 26 was arrested in Orland Park…

Nour Hadad, 26, was arrested in Orland Park, Ill. and charged with and confessed to beating her 2-year-old niece to death while baby-sitting. According to customary procedure police released a photograph of her to the press. However, Hadad’s husband, Alaeddin, immediately complained that her photo, without a head scarf, was an “insult” to Islam. A Muslim holy man explained, “They should respect the modesty of the accused.” As for me, I don’t see that a women who beats to death a 2-yr-old deserves any respect. But it should warn us where we are headed. The more society accommodates Islamic demands, the more they will expect. This is Just-A-Minute

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He’s not who they said he was after all!

For the last decade Muslims, at least in America, have gone to great lengths to try to convince Christians, among others, that Allah is the same person as the God of the Bible. Unfortunately for them, their own brothers in Malaysia have proved that teaching and stance to not be true, for a court in Malaysia has decided that no one in any religion other than Islam can use the name of Allah when it comes to religious conversations because, contrary to what they say and teach to non-Muslims, they don’t want Muslims thinking that Allah is the same person as the God of the Bible.

According to this situation, it seems to me that Allah isn’t who they said he was after all!

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:8-12 – NKJV)

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