Who is the "Ruler of This World?"

  Who is the "ruler of this world" that Jesus is talking about in John 12:31 and John 14?

1) Jesus defeated him 2,000 years ago 

  "Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out." John 12:31


2) This ruler had no power over Jesus 2,000 years ago

  "I will not talk with you much longer, because the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over Me." John 14:30

3) This ruler is the spirit behind all sin

  "And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens, the spirit now working in the disobedient." Ephesians 2:1-2

4) This ruler is the enemy of God and the source of all evil 

  "For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens." Ephesians 6:12

  It is clear from Scripture that "the ruler of this world" is Satan. 


  So why then do Muslims say that Jesus is speaking about Muhammad in that verse? 

  Is Muhammad:

  - the enemy of God?


  - the spirit behind all sin?


  - the source of all evil who had no power over Jesus during His lifetime on earth and who Jesus defeated 2,000 years ago?


  As they say, "A text without a context is a pretext." Muslims get themselves into these predicaments when they quote the Bible without checking first if it truly says what someone else has told them it says.
    

Jesus is Lord! 

  See also:

  Who is the Comforter in the Gospel of John?

The Name It and Claim It Religion?

  Day in and day out, Muslims keep asking Christians, "Where in the Bible is the word 'Bible?' Where in the Bible does God call you 'Christians?' Where in the Bible is the word 'Christianity?'"

  These questions all presuppose that such laws actually exist in the Bible, and so we would like to ask our Muslim friends... 

  where in the entire Bible of both Old and New Testaments does Yahweh God ever say:

  1) the Messiah will not be proven to be God unless He first claims that, "I am God. Worship Me?"

  2) His followers are not His followers if He does not first call them by a certain name?

  3) His Book is not His Book unless He has first given it a name? 

  4) the noun referring to the practice of following Him must also be named by Him?

  5) the Triune Godhead does not exist unless God first names it in His Book as "The Trinity?"

  We have shown many times that Yahweh never sent Muhammad and that therefore there is no connection between his claims in the Quran and God's truth in the Bible. And so the Muslim's only option now is to show us where we can find these alleged commands in our Bible. Only then will they become in any way binding on us or the Jews. 

  In short, just because Allah names things in his Quran doesn't mean the same rule applies to Jews and Christians. "He named it and you claim it" just won't work here.

  So where are these "laws" in the Bible, Muslims?




Jesus is Lord! 


  See also:

   An Eye for An Eye?

   http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/06/an-eye-for-eye.html

  Why Did Allah Need to Borrow Material from Jewish Rabbis?
  
  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/06/why-did-allah-need-to-borrow-material.html


What Jesus Has Made Clean?

  In Mark 7, we read that keeping the dietary laws is insufficient to make a man pure in the eyes of God:

17 When [Jesus] went into the house away from the crowd, the disciples asked Him about the parable.


18 And He said to them, “Are you also as lacking in understanding? Don’t you realize that nothing going into a man from the outside can defile him?


19 For it doesn’t go into his heart but into the stomach and is eliminated.” (As a result, He made all foods clean.)


  Scholars say that Mark was a disciple of the Apostle Peter and that Mark simply put down in writing what Peter preached and taught. In this passage, the Gospel of Mark tells us that Jesus made all foods clean.


  In Acts 10, that very same Apostle Peter receives a revelation from heaven:


13 Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat!”


14 “No, Lord!” Peter said. “For I have never eaten anything common and ritually unclean!”


15 Again, a second time, a voice said to him, “What God has made clean, you must not call common.”


  This portion of Scripture was a reminder to Peter of the Lord Jesus' instructions that they were to preach the Gospel to all men, Gentiles included. This is a teaching that Muslims reject because it belies the claim of their prophet Muhammad claim that it was he who was sent to all mankind and not Jesus.

  But this Acts passage also reminds us that the One Who had already made "these foods clean" was God. When Mark wrote that it was Jesus Who had made all foods clean, it was in keeping with the teaching of the rest of the Bible that Jesus is God.


  In 1 John 1, we read,

 7 But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 

  Come on, Muslims. Say Amen and be cleansed!

Jesus is Lord!


  See also:

  Where does Jesus say I Am YHWH God in the Bible?


  Did Messiah Come Only for the Lost Sheep of Israel? (Lost Sheep Series)


  Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (Lost Sheep Series)

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2015/07/jesus-and-samaritan-woman-lost-sheep.html

  Jesus and the Centurion (Lost Sheep Series)

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2015/07/jesus-and-centurion-lost-sheep-series.html

  The Chosen People Chosen to Bless All People (Lost Sheep Series)

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-chosen-people-chosen-to-bless-all.html



More Writing on the Wall?

  More proof that Yahweh of the Bible did not send Muhammad...

  Yahweh God is big on writing while Allah of the Quran depended fully on the fallible memories of men (and they failed him big-time!). Here are some of the facts.

  The Lord Himself writes:

  When He finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, He gave him the two tablets of the testimony, stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God. Exodus 31:18 

  The Lord said to Moses, “Cut two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Exodus 34:1 

  Moses was told to write:

  The Lord also said to Moses, “Write down these words, for I have made a covenant with you and with Israel based on these words.” Exodus 34:27 

  The Israelites were told to write:

  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:9 

  The priests were told to write:

  “Then the priest is to write these curses on a scroll and wash them off into the bitter water." Numbers 5:23 

  The king was told to write:

  When he is seated on his royal throne, he is to write a copy of this instruction for himself on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. Deuteronomy 17:18 

  The prophet Isaiah was told to write:

  Go now, write it on a tablet in their presence and inscribe it on a scroll; it will be for the future, forever and ever. Isaiah 30:8 

  The prophet Jeremiah was told to write:

  This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: “Write down on a scroll all the words that I have spoken to you, Jeremiah 30:2 

  The prophet Ezekiel was told to write:

  “Son of man, write down today’s date, this very day. The king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day." Ezekiel 24:2 

  The prophet Habakkuk was told to write:

  The Lord answered me: Write down this vision; clearly inscribe it on tablets so one may easily read it. Habakkuk 2:2 

  Not a single prophet or author of a Bible book was illiterate or worse still, proudly touted to be illiterate as Muslims do with Muhammad. While Jesus' apostles were ordinary folk such as fishermen and tradesmen, that did not mean they were illiterate. Instead, the Bible describes a couple of them as "unschooled," meaning simply that they had never gone to yeshiva, or Jewish seminary.

  According to many Muslims, however, Muhammad was illiterate. Worse still for Islam, it seems Allah never told him to write anything down or get someone's help doing it. Which is why he lost so much of the Quran to failed memories and the Battle of Yamama. 

  If Muhammad was, in fact, illiterate and Allah never told him to get someone to put the whole Quran down on paper, then the blame belongs solely to Allah  that 3/4ths of the Quran has been lost forever. So much for his promise to preserve the Quran!    


Jesus is Lord!


  See also:

  Much of the Quran is Lost!


  Was Muhammad Illiterate?
  





Do Muslims Pray As Jesus Commanded?

  Muslims make many claims. Some claim that they pray just as Jesus did. Others claim that they are better followers of Jesus than Christians.

  But to follow Jesus means to follow His commands. Do Muslims pray as Jesus commanded?

  No, they do not.

  Instead, they do the exact opposite.

  Jesus commanded,

  "Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people." Matthew 6:5

  Where do Muslims pray?



  Jesus commanded, 

  "... when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." Matthew 6:6




  But wait. There's more.

  Jesus commanded,

 7 "When you pray, don’t babble like the idolaters, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words. 

 8 Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him." 

  What do Muslims do when they pray? They pray memorized prayers 5 times a day, contrary to Jesus' command.


  But wait. There is still more.

  Jesus said,

 9 “Therefore, you should pray like this:
      Our Father in heaven..." Matthew 6

  Where Jesus instructs us to pray to our Heavenly Father, Muhammad taught his followers that their Allah is not a father (Surah 5:18; 19:88-93; and 21:26) and they are not his children. Muslims are only Allah's slaves.

  Did Almighty God create you to be a slave...

  or His child?

  You can take a hint from what King David had to say about the One True God in Psalm 139:

13 For it was You who created my inward parts;
     You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I will praise You
     because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.
     Your works are wonderful,
     and I know this very well.

15 My bones were not hidden from You
     when I was made in secret,
     when I was formed in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw me when I was formless;
     all my days were written in Your book and planned
     before a single one of them began.

  Read the Bible today and meet Yahweh, your loving Father!  


Jesus is Lord!


  See also:

  YHWH God, A Father?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/05/yhwh-god-father.html

  Do Muslims Pray Like Jesus?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/did-jesus-pray-same-way-muslims-do.html



Deedat, Logic and a Fire Truck

  Since Jesus never said the exact words, "I am God. Worship Me," Muslims say Jesus cannot be God.
  Apparently the problem is one of a lack of logic in the thinking of the Muslim who first posited this argument. He was the Muslim showman named Ahmed Deedat, now deceased.

  If we follow Deedat's logic, a fire truck cannot be a fire truck unless it says "fire truck" on its side. It can contain all the fire-fighting men and equipment such a vehicle may require and go from one fire to the next doing its job saving lives and property, but to Deedat's adherents, it will never be one unless it has the words "fire truck" on its side. Hence the need for this important warning:


  Muslim Deedat Fans, please note as well that this sample truck DOES have the words "Fire Dept" on its sides. But according to Deedat's poorly conceived argument, this necessarily means that the truck is a Fire Department, which in actuality is the office which dispatches fire trucks. Sadly, fire departments are housed in buildings without wheels or fire equipment, which means that this fire truck will not meet your criteria for what a fire truck is. Thus, it will remain unavailable to you to save the lives of you and your family should you ever require its services, God forbid.

  That is, for as long as you insist on following Deedat's bad logic.

  The moral of the story is: do not unthinkingly accept everything your showmen, imams or apologists tell you. Instead, think each claim through for soundness, rationality and good old common sense.

  Soon enough, you will find yourselves reading the Bible and giving your lives to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.



Jesus is Lord!



  See also:

  Ahmed Deedat on the Deity of Christ: Rebuttal #1, Dr James White

  Ahmed Deedat on the Deity of Christ: Rebuttal #2, Dr James White

  Ahmed Deedat on the Deity of Christ: Rebuttal #3, Dr James White

  Ahmed Deedat on the Deity of Christ, Dr James White



The Chosen People Chosen to Bless All People (Lost Sheep Series)

  Was Jesus sent only to the Lost Sheep of Israel, as He said? Yes, of course He was. But there is a bigger picture we all need to see. We need to read Jesus' own words within the context of the whole story, which goes back to a promise God made about 2,000 years before Messiah:


  In Genesis 12, Moses writes about what Yahweh God told Abram, a man from Ur of the Chaldeans, or what is known today as Iraq.

 1 The Lord said to Abram:
Go out from your land,
your relatives,
and your father’s house
to the land that I will show you.

 2 I will make you into a great nation,
I will bless you,
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.

 3 I will bless those who bless you,
I will curse those who treat you with contempt,
and all the peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.

  God chose Abraham to make of him a nation.

  From that nation He would create a holy people, separated for His purposes. He made them distinct from all the other peoples for a reason. They would not dress as the others dressed. They would not eat as the others ate. And they would not worship as the others worshiped.

  They were made a sanctified and holy people because out of that people would come the Promise to beat all promises. Out of them would come...

  the Messiah. 

  The Messiah Whose very name announced His Message: Yeshua, which means "Yahweh Saves."

  The Messiah Who would bring salvation for all.

  To the Jew first, and then the Gentile.

  Read again what Yahweh promised Abram (italics mine for emphasis):

  "... all the peoples on earth
   will be blessed through you."
   Genesis 12:3

  God's Chosen People have been richly blessed, but they have also suffered much. If we read our Bibles correctly, more of both are still to come. But neither the blessing nor the suffering have been pointless because, through it all, they serve the purposes of God... the fulfillment of His promise to Abram. 

  Yes, Jesus was sent only to the Lost Sheep of Israel. But that mission had a greater outcome that had always been a part of The Plan:

  to bring Yahweh's salvation to all the ends of the earth! 


Jesus is Lord!


  See also:

  Jesus and the Centurion (Lost Sheep Series)

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2015/07/jesus-and-centurion-lost-sheep-series.html


  Did Messiah Come Only for the Lost Sheep of Israel? (Lost Sheep Series)

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2015/07/was-messiah-coming-only-for-lost-sheep.html

  Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (Lost Sheep Series)

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2015/07/jesus-and-samaritan-woman-lost-sheep.html



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