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1-13-2016 Willful Ignorance

On January 7, 2016, Edward Archer shot and wounded a Philadelphia policeman. Archer was wearing a Muslim cloak, confessed he did this “in the name of Islam;” and his mother said he was a Muslim. But Philadelphia Mayor, James Kenney, said: “In no way, shape or form does anyone in this room believe that what was done represents Islam.” There are people who are “willfully ignorant” (2 Peter 3:5), that is, they refuse to see, or admit to, the facts. Peter was discussing “scoffers” who reject the abundant evidence for the world-wide flood in Noah’s day, but this applies to anyone who willfully refuses to accept plain truth. Jesus Christ said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV), and the willfully ignorant will claim “baptism has nothing whatever to do with salvation.” Jesus said, “if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” (Matthew 15:14 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptized, #blind, #muslim, #salvation, #willfully-ignorant

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12-8-2015 California Murders

On December 2, 2015, 14 people were murdered by 2 Muslims in San Bernadino, California, and more were seriously wounded. Before the bodies got cold, two things happened: (1) cold-blooded politicians called for “More Gun Laws.” This violates the Constitution we are under, and ignores the fact that California is one of the most gun-regulated States in the Union, but didn’t stop it. Guns don’t kill people, evil hearts do, and Jesus said, “out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:19 NKJV). (2) The ignorant New York Daily News headlined: “God Isn’t Fixing This.” Oh, but He IS! He “now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 NKJV), and will judge “each one,” “according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#constitution, #evil-hearts, #gun-laws, #murder, #muslim, #repent

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8-4-2015 Who Is Antichrist?

Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22 NKJV). Muslims are preparing a world-wide caliphate for “al-Mahdi [who] is ‘the rightly-guided one’ who, according to Islamic Hadiths (traditions), will come before the end of time to make the entire world Muslim” (MahdiWatch.org). Jews are holding their ground, awaiting the imminent coming of the “Mashiach.” John the Baptist sent men to ask Jesus, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” (Luke 7:20 NKJV). After performing miracles, Jesus said, “blessed is he who is not offended because of Me” (Luke 7:23 NKJV). All who are looking for some other “rightly-guided one,” or “Messiah,” are denying “that Jesus is the Christ.” They are “antichrist!”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#antichrist, #hadith, #jews, #messiah, #muslim

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2-5-2015   Jordan’s King Abdullah Bears A Sword, Too!

All authority belongs to God, and those to whom He designates. “Civil Government” is charged with corporal punishment, for in Romans 13:4 NKJV: “For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.” When ISIS savagely burned to death a Jordanian Muslim, Jordan’s King Abdullah wasted no time. Immediately two ISIS prisoners were hanged, and the King promised war against them to “be relentless and will hit them in their own ground.”  Jordan’s King is, himself, a Muslim, and that makes it even more amazing how God can get non-Bible believers to do His Will! Contact us for a free copy of my booklet, “Terrorism in the Streets.”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#corporal-punishment, #isis, #muslim, #sword

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!

#eternal, #islam, #jesus, #muslim, #quran, #resurrection