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Amazing Facts about the Bible

Amazing Facts about the Bible

Is the Bible truly God’s Word? Has the Bible changed and altered over time? How?
Is the Bible full of contradictions and discrepancies? Was the Bible corrupted as Muslims claim? Was Moses the author of a part of the Bible? Who are the authors of the New Testament?
In this video, Dr. Jerald Dirks, a former Christian, answers all of the above-stated questions.

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What Is the Story of the Red Letter Bible?

What Is the Story of the Red Letter Bible?

What is the story of the Red Letter Bible? What is the meaning of red and black letters in this version of the Bible? What are the words that Jesus really has said in the Bible? How many times did the Christians change the Bible of King James? Was the Bible written during the lifetime of Jesus?

In this video, Sheikh Ahmed Deedat answers such questions in a simple and interesting way. https://spacenews.com/momentus-ceo-resigns-amid-u-s-government-concerns/.

 

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Source: Wakeupcall85 Youtube Channel

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Salvation in Christianity

Salvation in Christianity

salvation

Salvation is a powerful word that the dictionary defines as the act of preservation or deliverance from destruction, difficulty, or evil.

Humanity looks for salvation in this world in order to be saved in the Hereafter and gain the pleasure of God and His eternal Heaven, but saved from what? What is the purpose of salvation? In the Following, we tackle that concept of salvation from the Christian perspective.

Salvation is a powerful word that the dictionary defines as the act of preservation or deliverance from destruction, difficulty, or evil. Theologically, it is a spiritual rescue from sin and its consequences. More specifically, in Christianity it is associated with redemption and the atonement of Jesus. Christians believe that humankind is considered wayward and sinful due to the original sin that states that humankind is born already affected by the sin of Adam and therefore separated from God, and in need for redemption. To understand the concept of original sin, we have to look at the story of the first human beings in Paradise.

The story of Adam and Eve in the Eden in Genesis

God created man on the sixth day out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Now, God planted a garden in Eden and He put the man called Adam there. And it was beautiful.

Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you should not eat from it: for on the day that you eat thereof you surely die.

Then, God thought it wasn’t good for man to be alone, so He made a help mate for him. God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and He took one of his ribs and then closed Adam’s flesh. And from that rib, God made a woman called Eve and brought her to the man. So, a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cling to his wife and they shall be one flesh.

The devil, also known as Satan, was an angel of God. He was one of the most beautiful angels in heaven. He became jealous of God and wants to be God, but he knows that he cannot be all good, so instead, he is all bad. He competes with God to win people’s souls by trying to get them to do bad things and join him. He will try anything to get you to do what he wants. He has many faces and many names. In the story of Adam and Eve, Satan goes inside the serpent and talks to Eve.

Now, the serpent (Satan in disguise) was trickier than any other beast in the garden and he asked Eve if God truly said not to eat from any tree of the garden. Eve told the serpent that they could eat of any tree except the tree in the middle of the garden, and not to even touch it or else they would die. To this, the serpent replies, you will not die! God knows that the day you eat from that tree your eyes will be opened, and you’ll be like gods, knowing good and evil and will live forever.

When Eve heard this, she took the fruit from the tree and ate it and then gave some to Adam. Note that it does not indicate what type of fruit just that it was from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and evil. Then, the eyes of both were opened and they realized that they were naked, so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then, the man and his wife heard the sound of the God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, so they hid themselves in the trees. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

Then, God asked, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” And Adam said, “The woman you put here with me, she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

And God said to Eve, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me and I ate.”

And the Lord said to the serpent, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your bell and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring [a] and hers; he will crush [b] your head and you will strike his heel.”

And the Lord said to the woman, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”

And the Lord said to Adam, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, you must not eat from it, cursed is the ground because of you through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 1, 2 and 3)

They were driven by God out of the Garden of Eden; away essentially form God’s presence. They had to leave the special relationship that they had with God. In essence, it was not just that Adam and Eve were chased out of the Garden by God, but the entire created order had fallen to a state of separation from God. To sum it all up, this is what is known as the “original sin.” Mankind, all being descendants of Adam and Eve, has inherited it.

For Christians, salvation is the restoration of the original created order coming back to a relationship of love and trust between God and creation. So, this answers the question, what Christians are saved from? They are saved from a state of estrangement from God and saved for a life of abundance in relationship with God.

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Source:

1- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqBQzfy7yyg

2- Islamreligion.com

3- Biblegateway.com

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Jesus the Messiah – Audio Book

Jesus the Messiah – Audio Book

Jesus the Messiah

Do you want to know about what Islam says about Mary, the Virgin?

Do you know what the status of Jesus the Messiah in Islam is?

Do you want to know more about Islam?

Enjoy listening to this concise 17-minute audio book!!

You can also download the book in a PDF format. Click here to download.

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Who is the Father of Jesus?

Who is the Father of Jesus?

Who is the Father of Jesus?

Muslims view Jesus as the son of Mary as well as a Messenger, Word and Spirit from God.

Despite the bitter disagreement among the followers of the three divine religions over Jesus – if he is a god, demi-god, prophet or a common person, they still agree that he was a son. However, they disagree once again over the being of whom he was a son.

As far as the adherents of Judaism are concerned, they ascribe Jesus to illegitimate birth, magic, and shameful death. They believe that God, as the creator of time, space, energy and matter, is beyond them, and cannot be born, die, or literally have a son. Judaism teaches that it is heretical for any man to claim to be God, part of God, or the literal son of God. The Jerusalem Talmud (Ta’anit 2:1) states explicitly: “If a man claims to be God, he is a liar.”

For two thousand years, Jews rejected the claim that Jesus fulfilled the messianic prophecies of the Hebrew Bible, as well as the dogmatic claims about him made by the church fathers – that he was born of a virgin, the son of God, part of a divine Trinity, and was resurrected after his death.

According to Jews, the Messiah must be descended on his father’s side from King David (see Genesis 49:10 and Isaiah 11:1). Even though Jesus could be the product of a virgin birth and had no father, he could not have fulfilled the messianic requirement of being descended on his father’s side from King David!

When it comes to the followers of Christianity, Jesus is seen as a son of various beings which may be deemed contradictory by many other people. In the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as: “Son of God”, “Son of man”, “Son of Mary”, “Son of the Blessed”, “Son of the Highest” and “Son of the Father”.

In the New Testament, we come to know that Jesus was also the child of the Holy Ghost. The story of his birth goes as follows:

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. (ST. MATTHEW 18-25)

In so far as Muslims are concerned, they view Jesus as the son of Mary and a Messenger as well as Word and Spirit from God. In the Qur’an, God says:

The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a spirit [created at a command] from Him. (An-Nisaa’ 4:171)

The Qur’an relates the story of Jesus’ birth as follows:

And mention, [O Muhammad], in the Book [the story of] Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place toward the east. And she took, in seclusion from them, a screen. Then We sent to her Our Angel, and he represented himself to her as a well-proportioned man. She said, “Indeed, I seek refuge in the Most Merciful from you, [so leave me], if you should be fearing of Allah. He said, “I am only the messenger of your Lord to give you [news of] a pure boy.” She said, “How can I have a boy while no man has touched me and I have not been unchaste?” He said, “Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, ‘It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed. So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a remote place. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said, “Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten.” But he called her from below her, “Do not grieve; your Lord has provided beneath you a stream. And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates. So eat and drink and be contented. And if you see from among humanity anyone, say, ‘Indeed, I have vowed to the Most Merciful abstention, so I will not speak today to [any] man. ” Then she brought him to her people, carrying him. They said, “O Mary, you have certainly done a thing unprecedented. O sister of Aaron, your father was not a man of evil, nor was your mother unchaste.” So she pointed to him. They said, “How can we speak to one who is in the cradle a child?” [Jesus] said, “Indeed, I am the servant of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet. And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakah as long as I remain alive. And [made me] dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me a wretched tyrant. And peace is on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive.” That is Jesus, the son of Mary – the word of truth about which they are in dispute. It is not [befitting] for Allah to take a son; exalted is He! When He decrees an affair, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is. [Jesus said], “And indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path.” Then the factions differed [concerning Jesus] from among them so woe to those who disbelieved – from the scene of a tremendous Day. (Maryam 19:16-37)

Being fatherless in Islam, Jesus is often referred to in the Islamic scriptures as “the son of Mary”. Jesus is mentioned in the Qur`an about 35 times. He is called “Jesus, the son of Mary”, “Messiah, the son of Mary”, “the son of Mary”, “Jesus” and “Messiah”. Out of the stated 35 positions, he is referred to as “the son of Mary” about 23 times to assert the Islamic attitude towards Christ as a human being who was born by a woman without a father for him to be a sign to people. In the Qur’an, there is a verse reading:

And We made the son of Mary and his mother a sign and sheltered them within a high ground having level [areas] and flowing water. (Al-Mu’minun 23:50)

Finally, we conclude that Jews, in the best-case scenario, consider Jesus a common person born by a common woman. Christians mostly think that he is the son of God. Muslims believe that he was a Messenger and Word and Spirit from Allah and that he had a mother but no father as a miracle substantiating the omnipotence of Allah, the Almighty.

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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