Sunday, June 21, 2009

Shining God’s Light on the Koran – who is your father?

Happy Father's Day!

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.


Is GOD the Father to All Men?

The question at hand is, do all men and women have God as their father? A second question is, how does God become ones Father to those He chooses to save? Thirdly, can anyone become a child of God?

John 3:7, 9
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

John 3:13-16
And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 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.

John 3:17-19
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.

THE KORANIC ACCOUNT

The only true religion in Allah’s eyes is Islam (Surah 3:19).

“Every child is born in Islam: it is his parents who make him a Jew or a Christian” ((B. 23:179) a saying of the Prophet, commentary on the Quran in “The Holy Qur’an” page 140, by Maulana Muhammad Ali, Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha’at Islam Lahore Inc. U.S.A.).

Speak positively. Glory be to Allah! He has not obtained for His Own; a son. He has no joint ownership with anyone in His kingdom. He does not need an assistant due to any inability. Announce His majesty and esteem Him highly (Surah 17:111).

He, who is sovereign over the heavens and the earth, Who has begotten no children, and Who has no partner in his sovereignty. He has created everything, and established it all in its proper place (Surah 25:2).

Declare: Allah, He is One: Eternal. On Him all depend. He begets no one, nor is He begotten. There is none like unto Him (Surah 112:1-4).

People say: “Allah has begotten a son.” Nonsense, He is self-sufficient. All that is in heaven and earth belongs to Him. You have no right to make such a statement. Do you speak against Allah what you know nothing about (Surah 10:68)?

COMMENTARY ON THE KORANIC ACCOUNT

According to Mohammad, children are born believing in Islam, which according to the Koran is the only correct religion. Allah is pleased with no other.

Basic in the teaching of Islam is that God, Allah the Arabic word for God, is one person and definitely not a trinity of persons, as is the case of the God of the Judeo-Christian Bible.

According to the Koran, Allah has no children and most surely has not begotten any. There is no one else of equal stature. This means that one cannot be a child of Allah. Believers in Islam, it would appear from the Koran, have no father nor does Allah appear to desire to have anyone as his child. Moslems are apparently fatherless with no spiritual father. It is a father who looks after and cares for his children because he loves them. Allah it appears has no fatherly love for those in Islam. Why then should Allah ever care for them. It is beneath the dignity of Allah to ever be a father.

THE BIBLICAL ACCOUNT

John 1:1-18

1-5: 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.

1:6-9: There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

1:10-13: 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.

14-18: 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 bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 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.

Hebrews 2:9
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. .
Hebrews 2:16
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

Matthew 18:3-5
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receives Me.

Matthew 19:14
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto Me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLICAL ACCOUNT

God does not delight in the death of anyone. Instead He prefers that people repent of their sins and be saved. He is not willing that any should perish. If this is the case why would God save only a chosen few? The fact is He gives the right to anyone, who truly believes on Jesus, to be a child of God and to be saved. One must believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. That He lived a sinless life. That Jesus took your sins in His own body on the cross and received the wrath of God for your sins and all the people in the world. You must believe that Jesus rose from the dead. You must repent of your sins. You need to confess to God you are a sinner, and invite Jesus into your heart.

Jesus said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not: For of such is the Kingdom of God.” Jesus said “children”. He did not say: some children or only this child. He said “children” as in all children. No child was excluded in this statement. That means that all children can be saved. Otherwise how could Jesus say, “Of such is the kingdom of heaven”. How else could Jesus say, “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.”?

God’s provision for sin extends to all men and women. When Jesus received the sins of all mankind into His own body on the cross no one was excluded. The Apostle John writes that Jesus is the propitiation, or payment, for sin but not only for our sins but also for the sins of the whole world. No one is excluded. Scripture says, “That He (Jesus) by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” No one is excluded. Jesus is the only mediator between God and men. This includes all men. Again; none is excluded.

People have a choice. It is written, He (Jesus) came unto His own and His own received Him not, but as many as received Him to them He gave the right or power to become the Children of God even to them that believe on his name (John 1:11, 12). No one is excluded by God but some people choose to exclude themselves. God knew before creation who would exclude themselves and those who would accept His gift of salvation. Those then that He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).

COMPARING & CONTRASTING THE KORAN WITH SCRIPTURE

In the Koran Allah (God) has no children. Not even you can be his child nor is Jesus his child. Allah of the Koran does not want children and it is beneath his dignity to have children.

In the Holy Bible we read that God is a Father. He is the Father of His only begotten Son and the Father of those who believe on Him. You can become a believer and have a personal relationship with God the Father in heaven and become a part of His family so He can care for you and about you just as a good father whould.

CONCLUSION

You can have God as your Father right now, today if you like, and you will have eternal life given to you by Him.

If you want eternal life you must believe that Jesus is God in flesh, that He received the wrath of God for your sins, and that He rose from the dead. You can repent of your sins right now and invite Jesus into your heart. A sample prayer is, “Lord Jesus Christ forgive me of my sins and come into my heart.”

REFERENCES

The Koran passages are a paraphrase of several English translations.
The Koran, translated by N.J. Dawood: A Penguin ClassicThe Qur’an, translated by M.H. Shakir: Tahrike Tarsile Qur’an, Inc.The Holy Qur’an, translated by Maulana Muhammad Ali: Ahmadiyya Anjumann Isha’at Lahore Inc. U.S.A.
The Koran, translated by Marmaduke Pickethall: Everyman’s Library
The Holy Bible is the King James translation of 1611 from the WORD program by Tom Hills with the New Creations Ministries

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