Sunday, January 25, 2009

Shining God’s Light on the Koran – Choosing the Truth or Suffering the Consequences

Sam continues his on-going series which contrasts the Judeo-Christian Bible with the Islamic Koran on a variety of topics. He aims the beam of the Biblical laser on the Koran to expose, to reveal what it really says. See his previous articles here.

Choosing the Truth or living a lie is no game!


Blasphemers, Unbelievers, Disbelievers & Idolaters

Idolatry, blasphemy, unbelief, and disbelief are all negative words concerning religion. Idolatry is the worship of someone or something which is not the true God. Blasphemy is deliberate profane or contemptuous speech, writing, or action concerning God or anything held to be divine (1). Unbelief implies a lack of belief perhaps because of insufficient evidence (2). Disbelieve is a refusal to believe, the absence of belief, and the rejection of something as untrue (3).

These terms are often used in the Koran and also in the Holy Bible. In Islam and Christianity the meanings of these terms are opposite making, the two religions eternally at odds with each other. Only one religion is correct, or neither religion is correct. They both cannot be correct. Nor do they have the same deity. You must choose which is correct by recognizing the truth. If you do not recognize the truth, and choose incorrectly: torment in eternal fire is your destiny (Surah 18:102 in the Koran and Revelation 20:15 in the Bible). It’s Truth or Consequences!, the choice is ultimately yours!

THE KORANIC ACCOUNT

Unbelievers are those who declare: “God is the Messiah, the son of Mary (4).”

They do blaspheme, who declare: “God is the Messiah, the son of Mary (5).”

They indeed have disbelieved who say: “Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary (6).”

Certainly they disbelieve who say: Surely Allah-He is the Messiah, son of Marium (7).

They indeed disbelieve who say: Surely, Allah-He is the Messiah, son of Mary (8).

God revealed His will to the angels, saying: “I shall be with you. Give courage to the believers. I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers! (9)”

When thy Lord inspired the angels, (saying:) I am with you, so make those who believe stand firm. I will throw fear into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Then smite the necks and smite of them each finger (10)
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When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every finger tip of them (11).

When the Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, so make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. So smite above the necks and smite every finger tip of them (12).

We (Allah and Gabriel) have prepared hell for the unbelievers to dwell in (13).

On that day We shall present hell to the disbelievers, plain to view (14).

Surely We have prepared hell for the entertainment of the unbelievers (15).

Surely We have prepared hell as an entertainment for the disbelievers (16).

Allah is only One God. Far is it removed from His transcendent majesty that he should have a son (17).

God is but one God. God forbid that He should have a son (18).

Allah is only one God: Far be it from His glory that He should have a son (19).

Allah is only one God. Far be it from His glory to have a son (20).

THE BIBLICAL ACCOUNT

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not (John 1:1-5).

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth (John 1:8-14).

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him (John 1:17,18).

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born (John 3:1-4)?

Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered (John 3:5-10).

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 14-19).

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.


But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God (John 3:20-21).

The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him (John 3:35,36).

For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him (John 5:22,23).

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount (II Peter 1:16-18).

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full (I John 1:1-4).

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh (Philippians 2:2,3).

Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith (Philippians 3:4-9):

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, (I Timothy 2:5-7).

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire(Revelation 20:11-15.

COMMENTARY

The Koran clearly states that God does not have a Son and that Jesus is not God. One translation of the Koran states that unbelievers claim Jesus is God. A revision of that translation states that it is blasphemy to call Jesus God or Allah. I do not know which is considered worse: Blasphemy or being an unbeliever? The Koran does not say what happens to blasphemers but it does say that unbelievers, idolaters, and disbelievers are to have their heads and finger tips removed. This is blatant savagery masquerading as a religion that some politicians including our former President dare to claim to be a “peaceful religion.”

The Holy Bible clearly states that Jesus is both God and man and that He has existed from eternity as God. He created all things.

We have the eye witness accounts of John, Peter and Paul. John said our hands have touched Him and beheld His glory. And John said His glory was as the only begotten of the Father.

Jesus provided grace and truth. By living a sinless life He fulfilled the law of God. As both God and man He represented man before God. As God He was able to receive in Himself the sins of the whole world and take the wrath of God against those sins and still survive. This enabled Him to be the only mediator between God and man. As man He could represent all mankind before God since mankind is all of one blood. As the infinite God He was able to reduce a finite number of sins to zero and be reunited with the Father since He Himself was sinless and immortal.

He died at the time of His own choosing and not as a result of the crucifixion. His body did not decay in the tomb. And His blood that was shed has never decayed. We have the Shroud of Turin as a witness to the deity and crucifixion of Jesus.

God the Father paid the price to forgive the sins of all mankind through Jesus. Whoever repents of their sins by confessing to God that they are a sinner and believing that Jesus died for them and invites Jesus into their heart through prayer will be saved. As scripture says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of Lord shall be saved (21).” And Jesus is the Lord.

God paid for the right for Him to forgive mankind of their sins. This satisfied His holiness and His justice, because He does not acquit sin. The God of the Koran acquits sin. He has no way of eliminating people’s sins. Overlooking the sin does not get rid of the sin. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins (Heb 9:22). This shows that the god of the Koran is neither holy nor just and that he is not the same god as the God of the Holy Bible.

Islam totally disregards the eyewitness accounts of those who saw Jesus before and after the resurrection. When the apostle Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians he referred to over 500 people who had seen Jesus after His resurrection. And many of these witnesses were still living at that time (I Corinthians 15:6).

Jesus said that if you don’t honor the Son as you honor the Father, you don’t honor the Father. Islam does not honor Jesus as the Son of God. Therefore, Islam cannot and does not honor God.

Jesus said that people won’t come to Him because their deeds are evil. Islam will not allow people to go to Jesus for salvation, or even read the Bible on their own. This shows that Islam and its leaders are evil.

Jesus is the judge of the whole earth. Everyone will appear before Him for judgment at the end of the age. He will judge from a Great White Throne. And the people before Him will be judged according to their works. Whosoever’s name is not found written in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Those who refuse to receive Jesus will be tormented by fire endlessly

CONCLUSION

According to the Koran, Christians are disbelievers. They have a personal relationship with God whereby they have experienced God’s manifestation to them. So they know that Islam is a false religion.

Muslims do not have a personal relationship with God. Therefore they have not had a personal contact with God whereby they know Him from experience. If you want to have your own personal relationship with God, you can pray this simple prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ please forgive me of my sins. and come into my heart and life.”

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