Which Religion is the Misogynistic one?

Oct18, QuranFeminists, in general, rail against Christianity, calling it misogynistic and patriarchal. But these folks fail to recognize their own hypocrisy. Having studied the Qu’ran, I find that it’s far more patriarchal and misogynistic than what Christianity is accused of being.

For starters, the Qu’ran allows men to have up to four wives each. Look at what sura 4:3 (anNisa’) says. “If you fear you cannot act fairly towards the orphans—then marry the women you like two, or three, or four. But if you fear you will not be fair, then one, or what you already have. That makes it more likely that you avoid bias.”

While it’s laudable to provide for orphans and women who have lost husbands, the real God frowns upon bigamy. The Pharisees asked Jesus about divorce and he gave the heavenly Father’s answer as to how many wives a man should have. Mark 10:7-9 (BBE) says, “For this cause will a man go away from his father and mother, and be joined to his wife; And the two will become one flesh; so that they are no longer two, but one flesh. Let not that which has been joined together by God be parted by man.”

Additionally, sura 4:34. (anNisa’) says that disobedient women can be beaten. “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, as Allah has given some of them an advantage over others, and because they spend out of their wealth. The good women are obedient, guarding what Allah would have them guard. As for those from whom you fear disloyalty, admonish them, and abandon them in their beds, then strike them. But if they obey you, seek no way against them. Allah is Sublime, Great.”

Oct18a, marriage documentsBut what does God, through the Holy Spirit, say men should do? Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:25 (KJV), “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”

And in Colossians 3:19 (KJV), Paul admonished, “Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.”

Regarding widows, the New Testament is clear that kinsmen or the church should care for those who are elderly. Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 5:16 (KJV) that, “If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.”

Oct18b, book standing and openedA few verses earlier, he said widows who are young shouldn’t be put on the church list since they are likely to remarry. That insured genuine needs could be met.

I could probably write a whole book just on this subject. Instead, I’ll add this to my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Islam claims to be superior to Christianity but careful study has shown me how inferior it is, even to the Old Testament.

On Saturday, I’ll post about another song mentioning Jesus. For a few years, it was trendy for secular bands to sing about our Lord.

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Was Muhammad a Real or False Prophet?

Oct15, prophets of Baal drawingSince Christ was more than a mere prophet, though he did hold that office, was Muhammad also God’s prophet? Some Christians might be convinced of that but the Bible makes it clear who is and isn’t a prophet which he had sent.

First of all, God sent prophets from Israel to the Israelites. As the scriptures in Deuteronomy 13:1-3 state, “If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;’ Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”

And as I pointed out before, the Israelites came through the line of Isaac, the child of promise.

Oct15a, runners , different coloursAdditionally, God gave his prophets the power to do miracles. We see the works of Elijah, Elicia, Moses, and others which verify that those men were speaking for God.

But some spoke from their own ideas, as Jeremiah 23:21 (KJV) shows. “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.”

Notice too that when angels appeared to people, they always began by saying, “Fear not.” But Muhammad claimed to have seen the angel Gabriel while he was in a cave. According to him, Gabriel never said “fear not,” but he pushed him down and said, “Recite.”

Oct15b, my writing officeAdditionally, all the prophets sent by God agree regarding what he spoke. Luke 24:25 (KJV) shows just how the message given to them was consistent. As Jesus said to two of his followers, “Then he said unto them, ‘O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:” Then he explained to them how the Christ had to suffer, die, and rise again.

Since Muhammad was a self-proclaimed prophet with no miracles to his credit, I’ll write more about that in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? God never contradicts himself and neither do his messengers contradict what he spoke.

On Thursday, I’ll show that it’s Islam which is the misogynistic belief system, not Christianity as some feminists assert.

Did Christ Say He Was God?

Oct10, Jesus and the senturianContinuing along in my examination of differences between God and Allah, Was Christ really divine? Muslims assert that he was a great prophet but not the son of God. The Quran says in sura 2:22, THE HEIFER, “He who made the earth a habitat for you, and the sky a structure, and sends water down from the sky, and brings out fruits thereby, as a sustenance for you. Therefore, do not assign rivals to Allah while you know.”

In Islam, joining or assigning partners to Allah is the unforgivable sin of shirk. This is so reprehensible to them that they are commanded to deal harshly with any “disbeliever” who teaches the doctrine of the Trinity. As it says in sura 3:151, FAMILY OF IMRAN, “We will throw terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they attribute to Allah partners for which He revealed no sanction. Their lodging is the Fire. Miserable is the lodging of the evildoers.”

This sura contradicts what God said to Jesus and those watching his baptism in Luke 3:22 (KJV). “And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, ‘Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.'” Notice that the Holy Spirit was also present, nullifying any argument against a triune God.

Oct10a, Jesus and PilateFurthermore, God called Christ his beloved son when he was transfigured, showing his pre-incarnate glory. Mark 9:7 (KJV) says, “And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son: hear him’.”

But did Jesus actually say he was God? He didn’t say those exact words but it’s clear from the scriptures that he knew he was divine. In John 8:58 (KJV), Jesus answered the Pharisees question about how he could have known Abraham and yet he wasn’t even fifty years old. “Jesus said unto them, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.'”

That wasn’t a poor grammatical choice on Christ’s part. He spoke the holy name of God. Exodus 3:14 (KJV) shows that’s what God called himself. “And God said unto Moses, ‘I AM THAT I AM:’ and he said, ‘Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, “I AM hath sent me unto you.”‘”

Oct10b, pen 2, fountainBecause the divinity of Christ is crucial to our salvation, I’ll stress its importance in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? If Jesus were a mere prophet, he couldn’t atone for the sins of all who trust in him for forgiveness of sins. But since it’s through him that we obtain salvation, we must believe he’s divine and therefore able to pay our debt to God.

On Saturday, I hope to post about a touching song about a father’s love for his rascal son.

Who Was the Child of Promise, Isaac or Ishmael?

Oct8, baby boy beeing spoon-fedMuslims believe that they descended from Ishmael, the son born to Abraham’s concubine. But as the Bible says many times, Isaac was the promised heir. Quite naturally, Muslims think they’re right and that our scriptures were tampered with. I’ll address that topic another time but for now, I need to show how Isaac was the one promised to Abraham.

Now it is true that Ishmael was born first but he wasn’t the child God promised to give Sarah. We can see that in Genesis 16:3 (KJV) where it says, “And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.”Oct8a, Isaac on the altar

But we see who the child of promise was in Genesis 17:19 (KJV), “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.”

Since the word “seed” is singular, we know it means Christ. He was promised from the beginning to be the saviour of humanity. As Galatians 4:28 (KJV) explains, “Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.” All who belong to Christ are counted as children of promise.

Oct8b, QUILLWe also can tell that Ishmael had a different temperament than Isaac. Genesis 16:12 (KJV) describes him this way. “And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”

We who believe in Christ need to know the truth but we also must reject error. That’s why I’m writing my book You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Just as bank tellers can recognize a counterfeit bill, so we need to be so familiar with the truth that any lie will become blatant and obvious to us.

 

Was Muhammad the Prophet Like Unto Moses?

Oct04, Moses and law on 2 stone tabletsAs I wrote before, Islam and Christianity aren’t compatible. Neither does the Quran agree with Holy Scripture on many crucial points.

This prophet, which Moses said would come, is a case in point. Look at what Deuteronomy 18:15 (KJV) has to say. “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;”

Moses clarified the point in Deuteronomy 18:18 (BBE) when he said, “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.”

Notice that in these scriptures, Moses added “from among their brethren” to his prophecy. Those brethren he spoke of were the Israelites.Oct04a, Jesus and the woman caught in adultry

But Muhammad was an Arab. How could an Arab be part of the Israelite line? He also lived more than two thousand years later and in a completely different land than Israel.

Muhammad never claimed to be the Son of God but Christ did. As Jesus said in John 15:24 (KJV), “If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.”

Oct04b, bibles-purchasedAdditionally, Muhammad did no miracles but Christ performed many. Jesus also fulfilled hundreds of Old Testament prophecies but Muhammad never did. Neither did Muhammad have a unique conception as Jesus did. And the body of Muhammad is still on the earth but Jesus rose bodily into heaven.

I could find many more examples of their differences but I’m sure you see my point. I hope the readers of my upcoming You Think You’re Going to Heaven? book do too. Since Muhammad isn’t the prophet like unto Moses, we can safely discard his commandments.

On Saturday, I’ll be posting a blog post about one of my favourite songs by the Canadian band, Klaatu. Stay tuned for that.

Are God and Allah the Same Person?

oct01, scales, antiqueThis month, I want to deal with the subject of Islam. Certain people teach that we worship the same deity as the Muslims. They reason that since both religions claim Abraham as their father, it must mean we worship the same creator. This is obviously false.

If God and Allah were the same deity, the Bible and the Quran would agree with each other. After all, the Old Testament and the New Testament agree. Neither contradicts the other.

But the Quran gainsays Holy Scripture in many places. It denies the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and many other tenets of Christianity. And as I pointed out before, it calls Jews and Christians “apes” and “pigs.”

Why would God suddenly change from being the heavenly Father, Son, and Holy Spirit tOct01A, Schneider & Schneidero being a single entity? Did he forget or lie when he said in Malachi 3:6 (KJV), “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

Jesus also said in Revelation 22:13 (KJV) that, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” How could he say that if he were a mere prophet as the Quran claims?

Furthermore, how could the Holy Spirit be a mere angel when Peter accused Ananias of lying to the Lord about the sale price of some land? Acts 5:3 and 4 (BBE) reads, “But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why has the Evil One put it into your heart to be false to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? While you had it, was it not your property? and after you had given it in exchange, was it not still in your power? how has this purpose come into your mind? you have been false, not to men, but to God.'”

This shows without doubt that God and Allah aren’t the same entity. Just as two people can have the same name and yet be totally different, so we can see by these verses and other statements in Holy Scripture that the god of the Muslims is not God at all.

Oct01b, scroll fragment 2I’ll be covering more of this topic in my upcoming book, You Think You’re Going to Heaven? A god by any other name can’t save people. Only the one who sent his son to die for the sins of sinful humanity can save us.

On Thursday, I’ll post about the false claim that Muhammad was the prophet like unto Moses. Muslims think this is true but it obviously isn’t.

The Born Basically Good Error

Sep27, Bruce, Roy, & Diane (kids)Liberal Christian denominations teach that humanity is basically good and all people need to do is be nice to one another. But these misled folks forget that we live in a fallen world where humanity has been corrupted by the fall.

Even in the beginning, humanity quickly sank into wickedness. Genesis 6:5 (KJV) shows just how bad folks became. “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

The very first human family was dysfunctional. After Cain’s offering to God was rejected, he became bitter. Genesis 4:8 (KJV) reports, “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.”

In fact, we are so corrupted that we can’t possibly even know how bad we are. Jeremiah Sep27a, priest, orthodox, cartoon17:9 (KJV) describes how far gone humanity is. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Isaiah 64:6 (KJV) shows that we have no hope of saving ourselves from God’s wrath. “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Even children aren’t innocent. Proverbs 22:15 (KJV) states, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”

Even David, a man after God’s own heart, was born under Adam’s curse. He admitted in Psalms 51:5 (KJV) that, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

Gospel means good news and this is the best news which any sinner can hear. Romans 5:15 (KJV) explains, “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.”

Sep27b, books and computerThis is the theme of my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People figure they aren’t so bad but even a small sin is an affront to the Almighty. We wouldn’t like it if there was a black speck floating in our glass of milk and the waitress said, “It’s only a little dirty.” Imagine how much more offensive our sin is to a pure and holy God.

On Saturday, I’ll post about a secular rock group and their song about Christ’s return.