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Thomas Jefferson: Christianity and Islam August 2014

Some American Muslims are trying to use the Founding Fathers of the United States in order to suit their purpose. For example, Hassan Shibly, the executive director of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) for South and Central Florida, was asked by a local TV newscaster about the statistic concerning 50% of Americans not trusting Islam, Muslims and their Islamic law system. Hassan replied, “They [Americans] will be shocked to really realize that if you study for example Thomas Jefferson – where did he get the idea of freedom of religion? They [He] did not get it from Europe. He got it from the Qur’an which was in his library and from the Muslim tradition [Sunna] which has the values of freedom of religion, freedom of speech. That’s where, you know, we got many of our principles as American citizens. People are shocked to hear that.”

Submission = Surrendering to God June 2014

Is there anything common between Islam and Christianity that we may use to help Muslims to know more about Jesus and the assurance of salvation that he grants? Yes there are many. For example, Muslims usually tell us that Islam teaches ‘submission to God.’ Here is something to share with them on this subject.

Islam and Christianity both claim to be revealed and historical faiths. Both claim that the purpose of our lives is to ‘surrender to God’s will’. They claim that God intervened in the lives of people to lead them into 'the straight path'. Muslims and Christians believe that God chose to reveal himself and his will to people by speaking through prophets and apostles. He enabled them to share his message with their fellow human beings in order to explain our existence on earth and our direction for the future.

Who do Muslims say Jesus is? April 2014

Some Muslim organizations boldly campaign with the claim that “Jesus is Muslim.” One may wonder why the present tense? Like Christians, the majority of Muslims believe in the second coming of Jesus. However, they see him in a subordinate role to that of the prophet of Islam. According to them, Jesus will be under a Muslim Amir, a leader, showing his complete adherence to Islam. Some Ahadith (Islamic traditions) indicate that on his arrival, Jesus will ask Christians and Jews to become Muslims. A battle will begin. Jesus will destroy all the crosses and pigs.

World Peace & Reconcilliation Programs February 2014

World peace! What an idea! Everyone would certainly like that! After all, we represent the Prince of Peace don’t we? However, it is a theological misconception to believe that we are here on earth solely to make peace. Jesus never said that. Nowhere in the Bible do we find Jesus telling us to find common ground with other faiths, ideologies and philosophies. Rather, He commanded us to declare the Gospel and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20).

Good news for everyone! December 2013

O night divine, O night when Christ was born”

Many versions of “O Holy Night” beautifully describe this night as found in the Gospel (Luke 2:8-14). God sent Jesus, the Word, into this world as Savior of those who receive him. Jesus is the great sacrifice given by our Heavenly Father to forgive our sins and restore us back to His own fellowship in Heaven. The angel said, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)

You may be surprised that in Islam, there is also a special night known as ‘Laylat Al Qadr’ – the night of “power” traditionally celebrated during the last night of the month of Ramadan. Many Muslims pray continuously during this night for mercy, forgiveness, and salvation. This practice is also called Ihya’ – (meaning revival, also means to spend the night in prayer). It is believed that the angel Gabriel came to Muhammad on such a night, beginning with the exhortation: "Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists)," (Sura 96:1ff).

How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? October 2013

How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? (See 2 Corinthians 6:15) 

Many people today, in the name of interfaith and multiculturalism, misinterpret the “Love thy neighbor” command of the Bible (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39). Instead of helping unbelievers embrace salvation through Jesus (thus obeying the Great Commission Jesus gave us to make disciples, teaching them to obey him – Matthew 28:18-20), they embrace whatever non-Christians believe. They adopt a policy of “live and let live.” They think that there are many ways to reach God and that perhaps Jesus is also among other paths. This deliberately devalues the uniqueness of what Jesus said: “No one can come to the Father but through me” (John 14:6).  Such an attitude or interpretation is an obvious indication of breaking the Covenant with God. In fact, it amounts to spiritual treason on the part of those who call themselves followers of Christ. Such views and behavior desecrate the Divine Truth and actively encourage others to do so as well, thus paving the way for eternal destruction.

Peace from God or Peace from the World? August 2013

The USA was founded under God Almighty’s laws. The Pilgrims who were freed by fleeing (Matthew 10:23) from the tyranny of King James in England learned that the government of Christ begins in the heart of the individual. True religious liberty can only be built upon the genuine practice of self-government. In other words, every man is accountable to the One True God. In England, the powers that be were in this order: God, the king, and then the people. The new order of rule for our nation under the Mayflower Compact established in 1606 is God, the people, and then the government (the king). The reason is simple: Self-government, by its very nature, yields PEACE with everyone living in safety – “every man under his vine and his fig tree” (I Kings 4:25).                                    The USA was founded under God Almighty’s laws. The Pilgrims who were freed by fleeing (Matthew 10:23) from the tyranny of King James in England learned that the government of Christ begins in the heart of the individual. True religious liberty can only be built upon    medium_karen-333.jpg   the genuine practice of self-government. In other words, every man is accountable to the One True God. In England, the powers that be were in this order: God, the king, and then the people. The new order of rule for our nation under the Mayflower Compact established in 1606 is God, the people, and then the government (the king). The reason is simple: Self-government, by its very nature, yields PEACE with everyone living in safety – “every man under his vine and his fig tree” (I Kings 4:25).                                 The USA was founded under God Almighty’s laws. The Pilgrims who were freed by fleeing (Matthew 10:23) from the tyranny of King James in England learned that the government of Christ begins in the heart of the individual. True religious liberty can only be built upon    medium_karen-333.jpg   the genuine practice of self-government. In other words, every man is accountable to the One True God. In England, the powers that be were in this order: God, the king, and then the people. The new order of rule for our nation under the Mayflower Compact established in 1606 is God, the people, and then the government (the king). The reason is simple: Self-government, by its very nature, yields PEACE with everyone living in safety – “every man under his vine and his fig tree” (I Kings 4:25). The USA was founded under God Almighty’s laws. The Pilgrims who were freed by fleeing (Matthew 10:23) from the tyranny of King James in England learned that the government of Christ begins in the heart of the individual. True religious liberty can only be built upon the genuine practice of self-government. In other words, every man is accountable to the One True God. In England, the powers that be were in this order: God, the king, and then the people. The new order of rule for our nation under the Mayflower Compact established in 1606 is God, the people, and then the government (the king). The reason is simple: Self-government, by its very nature, yields PEACE with everyone living in safety – “every man under his vine and his fig tree”

 
Islam: Moderate or radical? February 2013

Some people think that radical Islam is merely an extreme version of Islam, based on a cultural-social ideology. Such a notion is only partly correct. When a Muslim wants to truly follow the Qur’an and Muhammad’s example, he or she becomes what today the Western media calls a radical or militant Muslim. Radical Islam’s primary objective is to dominate all those within its reach and suppress all other ideologies, movements, and beliefs in its path. Islam as a faith sees non-Muslims and other faiths as a threat. Christians and Jews, as well as people of other beliefs, have been persecuted around the world whenever a Muslim group decides to go back to practicing fundamental Islam. In many Middle Eastern and South Asian countries, Christians are forced to keep their faith undercover in order to avoid personal attacks.

Islam does not embrace freedom of any other ideology except its own. The Qur’an in three places mentions that Allah has revealed the religion of Islam to take over all others (Sura 9:33; 48:28; 61:9). To establish this goal, a Muslim has many avenues open to him or her: evangelism, population explosion, political influence and using force to the extent of even “killing for Allah” to “suppress and submit the opposition.” In the Qur’an, a Muslim is told, “Allah loves those who kill for His cause” (Sura 61:4). Islam includes the political and jurisprudential project of Shari’a (Islamic law).  Muslims who truly follow the Qur’an and the hadith recognize that Shari’a cannot be separated from Islam.

They that hope in the Lord shall renew their strength January 2013

Many believe that the day of secular humanism has dawned in America and that post modernism has triumphed. Somehow those who hold Biblical values so dear could not change the outcome of the election. Others say that 20% of Americans, who do not follow Jesus, voted 88% for the present result. What a huge shift in determining the ungodly direction America is going. The result of the behavior of the previous three generations that drifted from a love for Jesus and His teachings to new interpretations of Christianity and or the rejection of His values is now here.

At the ministry, Jesus to Muslims, it did not surprise us that more than 85 percent of Muslim voters voted for the present administration according to a poll by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).  What is surprising is how a major portion of those who call themselves Christians also voted in favor of the present policies, many of them which are anti-Biblical values held by the winning team of the present administration. The writing is on the wall. The present day situation reminds us of what Paul said:

There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,  treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God — having a form of godliness but denying its power … (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

So, should we lament and pack up and wait to see the demise of it all. No, our call is still the same: To help Muslims to know Christ and equip Christians to value the Gospel and share it with others, including Muslims.

Christians show some Christlikeness September 2012

 Once again, using their ‘freedom’ and ‘rights’, a group of people made a film about the life of Muhammad and it has enraged a lot of Muslims around the world. Some blame the film for their outrage and killing of foreign nationals and destroying foreign missions and others are driven to find any excuse to bring the dream of the world surrendering to Islam into reality.

Co-exist: A question of inclusivism June 2012

Dear Friend in Jesus! The gurus of post-modernism have taken over the social media along with making room for every idea you can think of in the name of ‘co-exist’. As usual colleges and universities are a breeding ground for such propagation to the extent that popular logos and names are used with such signs. See for example the University of Florida sign for the ‘Gators’ on one of its pages for Student affairs. The ironical side of it is that Muslims too use the ‘co-exist trend’ as to dilute and divert the critical attention of those who look at Islamic teaching with suspicion.

It is here - but let Him find us at His service April 2012

Dear Friend in Jesus! Since January I have been busy teaching at our home church in several areas of study. Last month we finished ‘A survey of the Old Testament’ and have now embarked on a series: The Truth about worldviews. So far we worked through the topic of secular humanism and post modernism trends in the societies today. We looked into our situation as Christians and how we may voice the Biblical alternative. Next we will step into a survey of some of the eastern ideologies and philosophies considering how, as Christians, we may find bridge-points to help the adherents to know about the Truth the Bible presents

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