Know Your Bible

VOL. 10                           March 13, 2011                           NO. 11

 Ahmed El-Mabdawy's Challenge
     The Gainesville Sun (Gainesville, Florida) reported Friday, February 25, 2011 on a speech by Ahmed El-Mahdawy who is the administer of the Hoda Center mosque in Gainesville. During the speech El-Mahdawy suggested that people should realize the parallels between Islam and Christianity. “There is not a single thing that you will find in the Koran that is not in the Old Testament or the New Testament,” he said. He further explained that Muslims believe in a single god and that Jesus Christ, Moses and others were Muslim.
     Those attending the function were seeking to bridge the gap between the religion of Mohammed and the religion of Jesus. While the efforts are commended for the effort of bringing understanding and peace it should be noted the lack of clarity on the part of El-Mahdawy concerning the teaching of Jesus who understood fully that He was the Christ. Jesus prayed to His Father in John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” You will not find that in the Koran.
     If the gospel writer Matthew (who was one of the twelve apostles) is to be believed then Jesus knew He was the Christ. Matthew referred to Jesus as the Christ seventeen times in his gospel. Fifteen times in his gospel Matthew makes reference to Jesus fulfilling prophecy including seven times the life of Jesus fulfills the Old Testament writers. The gospel of Matthew is a documentary on the Jewish lineage of Jesus to prove that He is the Christ, the Son of God. “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1). You will not find that in the Koran.
     Another apostle of Jesus named John wrote of the character of Jesus as being God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:1-5). This sets Jesus apart from any man that has ever lived or ever will live. No man can embrace the character of God as Jesus of Nazareth (Acts 2:22). You will not find that in the Koran.
     The apostle John records the great discourse of Jesus before His death (John 13-17). Jesus explained that He would be leaving to prepare a way of salvation and was questioned by another apostle named Thomas. He said to Jesus, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:5-6). This single verse sets Jesus apart from all religious leaders. Jesus unmistakably, undoubtedly, succinctly declared entrance to Jehovah God was through Jesus Christ and no other means is available. There is only one way, one truth and one life and no one – mark His words – no one will be allowed to come before the “Father except through Me”! That eliminates all others – every man who has ever lived.
     One man named Jesus Christ is the only hope men have. He is the only one that eternal life can come. Only through His blood can a new life after death be given. And you will not find that in the Koran or any other book written by man.
---Kent Heaton 
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Basic Differences In Islam and Christianity
     To show the basic differences in Islam and Christianity, all I would need to do is post a picture of the twin towers of the Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Muslims try to convince us that this was done by a small radical fringe element, and that Islamic people worship the same God we do. They claim they only want peace with Christians. However, the Qur'an teaches Muslims that Christians are the enemy. "Fight those who believe not in God nor the last day...nor acknowledge the religion of truth...until they pay the Jizya (tribute tax) with willing submission" (Qur'an 9:29). The very name "Islam" is an Arabic word for "submission." Muslims are prohibited from taking Christians for friends and those who do so are counted as wrongdoers (Qur'an 5:52; 9:23). Here are some key differences in Islamic beliefs and Bible teachings.
1) Muslims claim that Ishmael rather than Isaac was the son promised to Abraham and that God's promises would flow through him. The Qur'an claims that Ishmael purified God's house and raised its foundations (2: 126, 128); that he was one of the patriarchs (2:137; 3:85); that he was exalted with Elisha, Jonah, and Lot (6:87); and that he was a messenger and prophet (19:55). However, the Bible says that Ishmael would be "a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward his brothers" (Gen.16:12).
2) Muslims claim to be believers in Jesus when they talk with Christians. They offer a booklet, "We Believe In Jesus." But nothing could be further from the truth! The Qur'an declares, "Allah has not taken on a son nor is there any deity along with Him..." (23:91). The Qur'an denies that Jesus is God's Son, the resurrection of Christ, and Muslims discount His message as lies.
3) Muslims claim there is only one person in the Godhead. The Qur'an teaches, "So believe in ALLAH and HIS Messengers, and say not, 'they are three.' Desist, it will be better for you. Verily, ALLAH is the only One God. Holy is HE, far above having a son" (4:172). The Qur'an teaches that one who confesses Jesus as God is an "unbeliever," is "forbidden heaven," and deserves "fire" and "grievous punishment." The Bible teaches there are three persons in the Godhead: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19; 1 Jn. 5:7). Further, the Bible teaches that Jesus was, is, and forever will be, God (Mk. 2:5- 10; Rom. 9:5; Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:3).
     The Muslim disposition toward those who disagree with them is ISLAMIC JIHAD. They consider all non-Muslims the enemy and give only three choices for us: 1) Convert to Islam; 2) Pay the protection tax and agree not to oppose Islam; or 3) Die.
     The nation of Islam is not a far away place that is insignificant to us. It is a religious system with religious ideals that has become a great threat, not just to our way of life, but to our ability to function in peace as Christians. Over one fifth of the world is now Muslim and it is the fastest growing religion in the United States. Don't be duped into thinking they desire peace. We need to fight back, not with violence and hatred, but with the Sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:10-17).
---David A. Beck
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Those who complain most are most to be complained of --
Matthew Henry.
Courage isn't having the strength to go on -- it's going on
when you don't have the strength.
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