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

aug17Another 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.”

aug17bBut 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!”

aug17aThese 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.

God Takes No Pleasure in the Death of the Wicked

aug15As 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, thoaug15au 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. ”

aug15bThis “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.

Hadiths Vs. Epistles, Their reliability

aug10Another 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.”aug10a

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.

aug10bA 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.

Is Sin the Cause of Disabilities?

jul21aThe question of retribution for past or ancestral sin is one which people have pondered for millennia. In superstitious cultures, people assumed that disabled folks were cursed for some misdeed done in this or a previous life. Even I was the victim of such heartless speculation.

When I joined a charismatic house church, the minister and the woman in whose house services were held assumed I could be healed by them. After every attempt of the congregation as they spoke in tongues and placed hands on my head, my vision never improved. Instead of consoling me, the elders accused me of lacking faith to be healed

Instead of asking themselves if their faith was strong enough, they blamed me for hidden sin, lacking faith, ancestral sin, and lusting for sight. No matter how hard I squelched all doubts, my vision remained poor.
A minister in Zambia named Chipita Sibale preached a pertinent sermon recently on people to avoid and why they should be shunned. His comment on John 9:1-3 was especially relevant to me.

The passage in the Bible in Basic English reads, “And when he went on his way, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples put a question to him, saying, ‘Master, was it because of this man’s sin, or the sin of his father and mother, that he has been blind from birth?’ Jesus said in answer, ‘It was not because of his sin, or because of his father’s or mother’s; it was so that the works of God might be seen openly in him.'”

One fact that Chipita noted was that this uncaring attitude breeds indifference in people. They soon lack compassion for sufferers and blame them or their families for the disability.
This certainly was true of the cultic church which I stupidly attended for more than fifteen years. In retrospect, I can see plainly how heartless such judge mental people were.

In my book called How I Was Razed, I detailed the cult’s ridiculous doctrines and how the heavenly father rescued me. Read about this wonderful testimony of his loving grace at Amazon.

“Isn’t That Just Your Truth?”

two cents cartoonWhen talking to non-Christian people, I often hear this question. They assume that what’s true for me isn’t true for them and visa-versa. What they call “truth” is mere experience.

feb2aFor example, vacationers to the same location could hold different opinions. One could say it was lousy while the other could rave about how wonderful the place was.
hand-held magnifying glassTruth is true for all people. We know that light travels at the same speed throughout the universe. Gravity operates the same way too. All main sequence stars burn using the nuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium. Truth is what is, not what we experience.

An excellent Bible scholar named Ravi Zacharias told a story about an argument he had with a man who doubted that truth was true for all people. Ravi finally got through to him that we all avoid being run over by cars in whichever land we live. Therefore, a person’s philosophy won’t protect them from a collision.

feb18bMuch of the “your truth – my truth” argument is mere wishful thinking. People don’t want to admit that they’re born wicked. Nobody, including me, wants to honestly face their evil acts and impulses. This is why human beings fight so hard against Christianity.

My next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? will delve much deeper into this matter than I can on my blog. I’ve only written a few pages but I hope to finish the work by the end of the year. Like announcers say on the radio, “Stay tuned.”

Why Do Gospel Accounts differ?

Jesus on the cross.This is one of those questions which atheists use to stump Christians. They think that because there are differences in numbers of people or different dates which events happened on that it invalidates the gospels.

Christians who haven’t studied scripture and listened to excellent Bible scholars such as Hank Hanegraaff and John MacArthur are at a distinct disadvantage. They don’t realize that two of the gospels were eyewitness accounts and the other two were written by friends of eyewitnesses.

As I tweeted to one atheist, “think court. Judges look for similarities in witness testimonies, not discrepancies.” Only prosecutors seek inconsistencies but that’s not the way to understand scripture.

It doesn’t matter that there were one or two demon-possessed men from whom  Christ cast out the legion of evil spirits. The point is that it happened.
Ancient scrollsSome atheists stump naive believers with the two names for where Christ was crucified. The fact is that Calvary and Golgotha are the same names for the location of Christ’s crucifixion but they are derived from different languages.

The purpose for including or not including stories must be understood as well. Matthew wrote to Jewish believers while Mark wrote to Gentiles. John sought to show Christ’s deity while Luke was an investigative reporter.
cover of How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity
This post is getting long so suffice it to say that the gospels don’t contradict each other. Had they been exact copies, people could cite collusion between the authors.

Thanks to good Bible scholars and their radio shows, I’ve learned so much. Learn what I learned, and what I had to unlearn, by purchasing How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity. Written in narrative form, it shows how I was led out of error and into truth.

Isn’t Christianity a Cult?

feb11My previous post dealt with cults but some folks could claim that Christianity is one. After all, one man originated it. This isn’t the case for Christianity, as I explain below.

Christ fulfilled Old Testament prophecies. Being of the lineage of King David and born of a virgin, he fulfilled many messianic prophecies.

Jesus also perfectly fulfilled the law of Moses, the only one to do so. The Pharisees tried to dig up dirt on Christ but they couldn’t find a single thing which would disqualify him from being the long-sought saviour.

Jesus often referred to the Old Testament. Never once did he disparage or misquote those scriptures. Instead, he said that they spoke of him.feb11a

Neither did Jesus write a book. Mohammed, Joseph Smith, and others have claimed to have had special revelations but their writings were flawed.

Though Christ instituted holy communion and baptism for Christians, the moral code of the Old Testament is a part of the Christian faith.

Two writers of the New Testament wrote eyewitness accoufeb11bnts of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. Had they made it up, they would never have kept to their story in the face of execution and torture.

Cults refute many basic tenets of the faith they originated from. Apart from ceremonies which were types and shadows of Christ’s work on Earth, the New Testament upholds the Old Testament.

Many people don’t understand this difference. This is why I wrote How I Was Razed. Be sure to check out this glorious story of God’s providential guidance.

In my next post, I’ll deal with why the four gospel accounts differ. Atheists think it proves they aren’t true.