New Testament Vs. Qu’ranic Prayer

jul18Another way in which God and Allah differ is in the matter of prayer. For example, we can see by the prayers of Jesus and his disciples that it was a conversation with the loving and caring Father.

Christ spoke to God in Luke 10:21 (KJV). “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, ‘I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.'”

And even the Jews prayed to God in a personal way, Though they often prayed with wrong motives. As Christ pointed out in Luke 18:11 (KJV), “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.'”

When the apostles were persecuted, they too addressed God as a person. After praising him, they said in Acts 4:29 (KJV), “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,”

Even in Old Testament times, people prayed to the Lord and brought before him their petitions. As just one example, Daniel 2:23 (KJV) says, “I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter.'”

jul18aBut in Islam, the devout Muslims recite prayers. Sura9:71 reads, “The believing men and believing women are friends of one another. They advocate virtue, forbid evil, perform the prayers, practice charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. These—Allah will have mercy on them. Allah is Noble and Wise.”

In some Christian churches, they also say rote prayers. But this isn’t found in the Scriptures. Even what some call the “Our Father” or “The Lord’s Prayer” is a template and not to be repeatedly recited without understanding.

Sura 4:101 shows that prayers were recited but could be shortened if need be. “When you travel in the land, there is no blame on you for shortening the prayers, if you fear that the disbelievers may harm you. The disbelievers are your manifest enemies.”

I’ll be jul18bwriting more about this in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Muslims think we’re the ones bound for the “hellfire” but they are the ones headed for that place of punishment. I’ll expand on that extensively in my book.

Jesus: Son of God or Mere Prophet

jul11As I have shown before, Jesus is the Son of God. But Muslims believe he was merely a prophet. So who’s right?

Luke 9:18 -20 shows that Christ was thee Messiah and no mere prophet. “And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, ‘Whom say the people that I am?’ They answering said, ‘John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.’ He said unto them, ‘But whom say ye that I am?’ Peter answering said, ‘The Christ of God.'”

No true prophet would have let Peter say such a thing but Jesus, who is God, praised him for it. Matthew 16:17 (KJV)says, “And Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.'”

Neither would any mere prophet say what Christ said in John 8:58 (KJV). “Jesus said unto them, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.'” Jesus used the sacred name of God in that seemingly awkward sentence, causing the Pharisees to pick up stones with witch to stone him for blasphemy but he escaped.

jul11aBut the Qu’ran states in sura 2:135-136, “And they say, ‘Be Jews or Christians, and you will be guided.’ Say, ‘Rather, the religion of Abraham, the Monotheist; he was not an idolater.’ Say, ‘We believe in Allah; and in what was revealed to us; and in what was revealed to Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the Patriarchs; and in what was given to Moses and Jesus; and in what was given to the prophets—from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him (Allah) we surrender.'”

Additionally, sura 3:59 claims, “The likeness of Jesus in Allah’s sight is that of Adam: He created him from dust, then to him, ‘Be,’ and he was.”

jul11bThis clashes head on with what Christ himself declared to John in Revelation 1:8 (KJV). “‘I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,’ saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Now how could a created being say such a thing?

So much more could be written on this topic so I’ll save it for my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People need to know that Jesus is coequal with God and therefore is to be worshiped.

Trinity Vs. Supposed Sin of Shirk?

jul6Continuing on with this month’s topic, I need to show that God is triune and not a single deity. The best place to start is at Christ’s baptism.

Matthew 3:13-17 (KJV) describes the scene this way. “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, ‘I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?’ And Jesus answering said unto him, ‘Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.’ Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'”

Now how could God be a singular entity when the Spirit of God and Jesus were in the same place when God spoke from heaven?

Likewise, God spoke from heaven in John 12:28 (KJV). “‘Father, glorify thy name.’ Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, ‘I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.'”jul6a

But Qu’ran 4:116 says, “Allah will not forgive that partners be associated with Him; but will forgive anything less than that, to whomever He wills. Anyone who ascribes partners to Allah has strayed into far error.”

Also, how could the Old Testament address God in the plural form (read Genesis chapter one) and show himself to be a triune being in the New Testament, yet the Qu’ran claims he has no partners? If God and Allah were the same being, he himself would be guilty of the sin of shirk, ascribing partners to himself.

I’ll be wrijul6bting more about this in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Foolish Christians believe that God and Allah are the same but I’ve shown here without equivocation that they aren’t.

God Loves Jews and Christians But Allah Hates Them?

jul04This month, I want to show how different the God of the Bible is from Islam’s Allah. Far too many Christians, who ought to know better, assume that God and Allah are the same person. They most certainly are not.

As I noted in a previous post, God is jealous, meaning protective, of his people who he loves. He chose Israel out of all the peoples of the world to be the ones through whom his beloved son would be born. As he spoke through one of his prophets in Zechariah 1:14 (KJV), “So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.”jul04a

The Queen of Sheba noticed God’s love being lavished on Israel and said to Solomon in 1 Kings 10:9 (KJV), “Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.”

And as Christ’s most impulsive disciple noted in 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV), “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises ofjul4b him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:”

But the Qu’ran refutes this by saying in sura 3:64, (translated by Ali ‘Imran) “Say, “O People of the Book, come to terms common between us and you: that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate nothing with Him, and that none of us takes others as lords besides Allah.” And if they turn away, say, “Bear witness that we have submitted.:

This verse denies that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are divine. Why would God say they were before this and then deny it? Either he’s inconsistent or Allah isn’t the God of creation.

The Bible shows in Malachi 3:6 (KJV) that, “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

Here is additional proof that Allah can’t be God. Why would he love Christians when sura 3:151 states, “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.”

I could list so many other examples of the vast difference between God and Allah but I’ll save them for my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People need to realize that ONLY in Christ is there salvation from hell. And before our Lord was born, people such as Abraham were saved by their trust in God, not their own works.

What Else Does God Feel?

jun27I’ve previously dealt with God’s wrath but which other emotions does he feel? Surprisingly to some, he feels a wide range of them.

The Lord finds the threats of us puny beings humorous. Psalms 2:4 (KJV) says, “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.”

Psalms 37:13 (KJV) likewise states, “The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.”

God also feels regret. In Genesis 6:7 (KJV) he says, “And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” The word “repenteth” in that instance means that God felt regret.

The Lord also feels gladness. Examine what Deuteronomy 30:9 (KJV) says. “And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:”jun27a

We also know from prophecy that Jesus, the second member of the Trinity, felt sorrow. Isaiah 53:4 (KJV) describes him this way. “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”

God also felt frustrated at those who habitually turned from him. Numbers 14:11 (KJV) shows his exasperation. “And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have showed among them?”

jun27bI could list other scriptures showing the range of emotions felt by all three members of the Trinity. Instead, I’ll save those for my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Far from being always angry, the Father feels joy, sorrow, and even regret. People need to understand that God isn’t some sort of impersonal force but a dynamic and infinitely wise deity.

What Does ‘Jealous God’ Mean?

jun22One of the saddest stories I’ve heard is of Oprah Winfrey’s rejection of the Lord. While sitting in a Baptist church one Sunday, the preacher said God was a jealous God. In her ignorance, she assumed that God’s jealousy meant that he was petty and a control freak. So she turned away from her heavenly Father and has adopted all sorts of erroneous philosophies.

What does ‘jealous’ actually mean in God’s case? He seeks to protect and defend his name, all that he is, and those who trust in him alone. He warned about worshipping false gods in Exodus 20:5 (KJV) when he told the Israelites that, “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;” That’s important to note since it’s part of the Tenjun22a Commandments.

False gods do nothing to help their worshippers and are actually demons in disguise. Look at what the Apostle Paul wrote to his protege in 1 Timothy 4:1 KJV). “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”

Likewise, he wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:20 (KJV), “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.”

God also came to the aid of Israel when they repented and he repaid the wickedness of their enemies. Here’s what Nahum 1:2 (KJV)says. “God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.”

Paul also clears up what the Lord’s sort of jealousy means when he wrote in 2 Corinthians 11:2 (KJV), “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”

From these, and many other scriptures, we can see that God’s jealousy isn’t the mean sort as ours is. He wants the best for us and he takes great umbrage at any denigration of his holy reputation.

jun22bFor this reason, I’m saving my money so I may publish my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven. People need to understand who God is and why sin is so odious to him. May God use my writing to steer people right.

Why Does God Demand Praise?

jun20To answer this question, we must keep in mind that God is radically different compared to us. Firstly, he’s eternal. Psalms 90:2 (KJV) says, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

And contrary to the ideas of some, God is merciful. Psalms 100:5 (KJV) reads, “For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

Moreover, he wants to give eternal life to those who believe and trust in Jesus Christ. In John 6:40 (KJV), the Lord declares, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

He is also incredibly patient, as 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) shows. “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.”jun20a

The heavenly Father is also wise beyond any level of wisdom we could attain to. Isaiah 40:28 (KJV) explains, “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”

The Lord is also just. He judges the hearts of people and plays no favourites. Look at what Deuteronomy 32:4 (KJV) says. “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are jujun20bdgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”

With all these laudable attributes, plus more I could list, God is far more benevolent, wise, and patient than we could ever hope to be. This is why I’m writing my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? So many wrong ideas have been spread about the heavenly Father that I feel compelled to challenge them. My book might even be used by God to save somebody from eternity in hell.