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The 99 Names of... Jesus? Part 1

Muslims claim either that Jesus never said He was God in the Bible, or that He is never called God in the Bible. This series of posts will not address those erroneous claims, as they are rebutted elsewhere on this blog.
  Rather, these graphics will show how names that Allah claims for himself in the Quran were already in the Bible in reference to Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, 500 years before Muhammad invented Islam, or are better displayed in Him than in anyone else.

  As with some other Islamic teachings, these facts leave one wondering why it is that the source of the Quran, who Muslims believe to be Almighty God himself, was unaware of just what Jesus and the Bible teach about Who God is as seen in the Person of Jesus, the one and only Son of God, Who is eternally God.

  Jesus is Lord!
  The research and graphics for this series of posts come to us courtesy of Jule N. Crown, who is a true jewel in Jesus' crown. God bless you, sis!
  Sources for the above:
  Allah's 99 names: ht…

Jesus the Source of Life?

Many in the world today continue to question whether Jesus is God, even as people did during His time here on earth. Some acknowledge Him as a great healer, some as a good teacher, but many still see Him as just a man. A good man, they say, but just that. Just a man. 

  But what did Jesus Himself say? We have covered Jesus' more direct claims to deity in other articles. Here we will tackle one of His not quite so direct and yet just as startling pronouncements.  

  We catch up with our story after the death of Jesus' good friend, Lazarus. Lazarus' sister Martha is understandably distraught and takes her pain to Jesus but, sadly, she is like the many who failed to grasp Who it was they were with:

John 11

21 Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. 

22 Yet even now I know that whatever You ask from God, God will give You.”

  Martha can only think that Jesus might have healed her brother had He gotten to him in time, while recognizi…

Who Was Judas' Double?

No reputable historian in the world today disputes the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. This because what was recorded in the Gospels was affirmed by secular sources as well, such as Jewish and Roman historians.

  Even the Jewish Sanhedrin, the religious leadership which ordered Jesus to be killed for blasphemy, documented His execution in their Talmud. Historians consider this as particularly strong proof of the facts since they consider the Sanhedrin as a "hostile" source of information. Hostile because admission of the act puts them in a bad light.

  Even Islam's favorite agnostic scholar, Bart Ehrman, agrees that Jesus died on the cross:

  "In any event, Tacitus's report confirms what we know from other sources, that Jesus was executed by order of the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate." -- Bart Ehrman, "The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings."

  In spite of all the available historical evidence, …

An Eye for An Eye?

As we said in a previous article, Muhammad "quotes the Bible (Exodus 21:23-25, cf. Sura 5:45) only partially and only once in his entire Quran." The passage from Exodus 21 says:
"If there is an injury, then you must give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, bruise for bruise, wound for wound." Exodus 21:23-25
  This command from YHWH God was issued by Him to ensure that no penalty for a crime ever exceeded the crime itself, which was common in that part of the world in Moses' day. YHWH's whole point was that justice must be fair. This was called in Latin, the Lex Talionis, or law of retaliation.
  Quoting from Matthew Poole's Commentary:
  "This is called the law of retaliation, and from hence the heathen lawgivers took it and put it into their laws. But though this might sometimes be practised in the letter, yet it was not necessarily to be understood and executed so; as may appear,
1. By the impos…

Why Did Allah Need to Borrow Material from Jewish Rabbis?

Muslims believe that Allah, the god of Islam, wrote the entire Quran himself and then passed it on to the angel Jibril, who then passed it on to their prophet Muhammad. But if the almighty god of Islam did, in fact, write the Quran, why did he have to "borrow" some of his material from Jewish Rabbis?
  While New Testament authors cite the Old Testament at least 263 times in their writings, Muhammad quotes the Bible (Exodus 21:23-25, cf. Sura 5:45) only partially and only once in his entire Quran. This is certainly strange for a man who claimed to be following the traditions of the prophets of the God of Israel, Who had said a lot of extremely important things over four and a half millennia.
  Instead, Muhammad appears to have taken his teachings from a variety of sources, the large majority of them unreliable. He borrowed from Arabian fables. He borrowed from Christian heretical sources such as the Gnostic Gospels. But he also borrowed from the Jewish Talmud.
  One particular…

Was Jesus Wrong About the Mustard Seed?

Was Jesus wrong when He said the mustard seed was "the smallest of all the seeds?"

  In Matthew 13, Jesus says:

31 “... The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 

32 It’s the smallest of all the seeds, but when grown, it’s taller than the vegetables and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches.” (see also Mark 4:30-32)

  Critics of the Bible have jumped on this, saying that Jesus was wrong because the mustard seed is not the smallest seed on earth. They are correct that it is not because, in fact, the world's smallest seed is that of a species of orchid.  

  But most critics usually ignore a very important principle of Bible interpretation, and that is: context, context, context. 

  Like all excellent communicators, Jesus always addressed His audience in ways that they would most readily relate to. He was not there to give a science lesson using knowledge available to readers in  the 21st century…

How Many Gods Do Christians Believe In?

How many gods do Christians believe in?

  As we have explained in previous articles, a few of which are linked to below, Bible-believing Christians believe in one and only one God. Orthodox Christianity never strays from the clear teaching of the Scriptures.

  Let us remind ourselves of what it was that Moses taught Israel:

  “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One." Deuteronomy 6:4

  Which we can transliterate to:

"Shema Yisrael YHWH Elohim (plural, and can be translated as "gods") echadYHWH."

  Or, literally,

"Hear, Israel, YHWH our God(s) One YHWH."

  And there is the little hint thrown in by YHWH to Moses, whether Moses was aware of it or not. God deliberately chose the Hebrew word "echad," which means "to be one in unity," rather than "yachid," which refers to a numerical oneness.

  Some say that the Jewish Sh'ma (Deuteronomy 6:4) subtly shows us the Trinity in that it calls on the name of God thrice:


Jesus the Savior

Who does the Bible say is the Savior of mankind?
  God Himself leaves no room for doubt. He said:
  "I, I am Yahweh,     and there is no other Savior but Me."     Isaiah 43:11
  "I have been Yahweh your God    ever since the land of Egypt;    you know no God but Me,    and no Savior exists besides Me.    Hosea 13:4

  Even the mighty King David knew to Whom he needed to turn:  
"The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge. My shield, the horn of my salvation,  my stronghold, my refuge, and my Savior..." 2 Samuel 22:2-3 

  But did you know that the word "Savior" in Hebrew is יָשַׁע, transliterated "yasha`," from whence comes the name Yeshua, or Jesus?

  Yeshua means "YHWH Saves." 

  Which fits right in with what the angel had told Joseph about Mary and the Child she was carrying in her belly (italics mine),

  "She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save…