Why is Christ Superior to Mohammad?

aug31Having written about the difference between God and Allah, what of Christ verses Mohammad.

First off, Christ proved himself to be the Son of God. Neither did he deny it. Matthew 16:16( KJV) reads, “And Simon Peter answered and said, ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.'” If he wasn’t, as the Qu’ran claims, he would have rebuked or corrected Peter. Instead, he praised him and called him blessed.

Martha also wasn’t rebuked or corrected in John 11:27 (KJV). “She saith unto him, ‘Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.'”

But Mohammad was only a man and very sinful too. He performed no miracles which weren’t self-fulfilling slight of hand. Neither did he teach the truth. Had he done so, he would have affirmed the Bible’s record of Christ.aug31a

Jesus was much more than Mary’s son. Mohammad taught in sura 3:45 that, “The Angels said, ‘O Mary, Allah gives you good news of a Word from Him. His name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, well-esteemed in this world and the next, and one of the nearest.'”

Furthermore, if Mohammad was a prophet sent from God, why did he blaspheme the central tenet of Christianity, namely the crucifixion of Jesus? In sura 4:157, it says, “And for their saying, ‘We have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah.’ In fact, they did not kill him,nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them as if they did. Indeed, those who differ about him are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it, except the following of assumptions. Certainly, they did not kill him.”

aug31bMy hope is to challenge such blasphemous beliefs in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? If Christ didn’t die and if he was a sinner like us, Christianity would be just another religion. Instead, it’s the truth in which we can fully trust.

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Saturday Song: Big Brother and the Holding Company, “Piece of My Heart”

Sep02This song always reminds me of September, 1968. I was back at Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and Blind, facing three more months of misery. My only comfort was a pocket radio which my parents bought me.

With some songs, I even remember the moment I first heard them. As I trudged up the grassy hill to the dorm after lunch one sunlit Saturday, this great song came blasting out of the speaker. I immediately loved it.

Hear “Piece of My Heart” here.

The woman in the song sure had a difficult time loving her two-timing man. She adored him but he was being an inconsiderate jerk to her. Sadly, this happens all too often.

In our Christian walk, we frequently encounter people who need plenty of forgiveness. Old habits die hard and we all slip back into them easily. Holding grudges is one bad habit we need to ditch immediately or sooner.

Neither is this a new problem. Matthew 18:21 (KJV) says, “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?”

But Jesus replied in Luke 17:4 (KJV), “And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.” In other words, there is no limit.

And why should we keep forgiving difficult siblings in Christ, apart from the fact that Jesus said so? 2 Corinthians 2:7 (KJV)explains, “So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.”

So, what do you think of this song and what I wrote? Please comment in the box below. But if you’d rather not, have a great weekend anyway.

Salvation Assurance in the Bible Vs. the Qu’ran

aug29Since our heavenly Father loves us and sent Christ to die and save us, we can rest assured regarding our eternal home in heaven. Better still, we’re sealed for that day with the Holy Spirit.

And though we mustn’t grieve him with our rebellious actions and thoughts, we’re still guaranteed to be eternally with the Trinity. Ephesians 4:30 (KJV) promises, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

But this is what the Qu’ran says will happen to the believers of Allah. Sura 39:61 claims, “And Allah will save those who maintained righteousness to their place of salvation. No harm will touch them, nor will they grieve.”aug29a

Some Christians also believe that we can lose our salvation. They quote Hebrews 6:4-6 (KJV) which reads, ” For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”

The people mentioned in this passage aren’t born-again believers but those, like Judas, who were mere seekers of the good things Christ offers. We read in 1 John 2:19 (KJV) that, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”

aug29bIt truly is a blessed assurance that we are saved forever. We do stray, as sheep are wont to do, but we’re still in the Good Shepherd’s flock.

I’ll emphasize this in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People need to understand fully that their salvation depends on the finished and irrevocable work of Christ on the cross.

 

Saturday Song: Berlin, “Take My Breath Away”

eyeWhenever I hear this song, it brings back all the feelings and experiences to mind from August of 1986. I went to a hospital in the town of Stony Plain to have an operation on my right eye.

What made this operation frightening for me was that it was the only eye I could use to see. My left eye went blind in 1974 so I felt great trepidation about this one also losing sight.

Hear Berlin’s song here.

At the time, I attended a house church which insisted that people with enough faith could be healed. Since my eyes never improved during the many prayer sessions, the elders assumed I lacked the faith to receive such a gift from God Almighty.

Consequently, I felt petrified. What if God let me go blind? What would I do for work because my job involved a lot of reading? These and other worries hounded me day and night.

Worse yet, a bubble formed on my retina but the doctor didn’t explain what caused it. I feared that my distorted vision would be permanent.

When the doctor told me a week later that the bubble was dissolving, I felt chagrinned. All that worry was for nothing. My eye recovered and I was employed for another nine years at my job.

In all the years at that church, nobody explained about God’s providence to me. No matter what happens, our heavenly Father does everything for our eventual good and his glory. That’s why Scripture says in 1 Peter 5:7 (KJV) “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

Did you like the song and what I wrote? Please tell me in the box below. But if you’d rather not comment, have a wonderful weekend anyway.

God’s Providence Vs. Allah’s

aug24As I’ve pointed out before, God and Allah are poles apart when it comes to their characters. They can’t possibly be the same being. This shows up as true when it comes to providence.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ pointed out god’s kindness to even unthankful people. Matthew 5:45 (KJV) says, “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

But sura 2:172 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.”

aug24aOur God doesn’t have a fast-burning fuse either. Joel 2:13 (KJV) says, “And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.”

But take note of sura 2:201-202 which reads, “And among them is he who says, ‘Our Lord, give us goodness in this world, and goodness in the Hereafter, and protect us from the torment of the Fire.’ These will have a share of what they have earned. Allah is swift in reckoning.”

aug24bHow nice it is that 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) assures us, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

This is one verse I will love to add to my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? The Qu’ran claims that Allah is merciful but it contradicts itself. Properly understood, the scriptures don’t.

Sin in the Bible and Qu’ran

aug22Both 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.”

aug22aJesus 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.”

aug22bThroughout 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 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.