Written by a lay student of the Bible. Articles focus on apologetics and key elements such as the Deity of Christ and salvation through faith in Christ alone. With many thanks to Drs Brown, White, Sade, Wood, Qureshi, Dalcour and Zacharias, and Bros Shamoun and Rogers for their excellent teaching and inspiration. All glory goes to God for any truth I am able to communicate. Any errors are mine. All Scripture text is from the HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible) unless otherwise stated
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The Napkin Religion
This picture expresses quite clearly the problem that Muslims have in terms of the basis of their beliefs. Muslims generally employ what is called Circular Reasoning to make their argument for Islam.
They say, "I believe in Islam because the Quran is the word of God."
But why do they believe it is the word of God?
Because Muhammad told them so in the Quran.
But how do they know that Muhammad is right?
Because the Quran tells them so.
Now wait a minute.
The information about Muhammad and his teachings comes from the Quran...
which comes from Muhammad.
It would be like the accused who's standing trial confirming his own alibi while also acting as the judge.
Do you see the problem now?
The guy who made the claims also wrote the book that confirmed his own claims. And then he traps them in fear inside his religion by demanding that they never question his "revelations" because "Allah" will punish them if they do.
The verification of a truth cannot come from the same man who made the claim. That is called the fallacy of Circular Logic.
The Bible, on the other hand, has multiple sources through which Jews and Christians can confirm that it is the Word of God. God never threatens Jews or Christians or tells them not to search for confirmation of His Word. Instead He challenges them to check His track record through the millennia and examine His claims to prove Him true.
And He is.
Time and time again, YHWH has proven His Word to be exactly right.
To examine the basis for Christian beliefs as compared to Islam's, click on the link below:
Is the claim correct that Paul wrote most of the New Testament? Critics make this claim to try and support their assertion that Paul somehow hijacked Christianity away from the Mosaic Law and into his own "grace theology." But the answer about who wrote most of the NT is easy enough to come to. All we have to do is the math.
The information used below comes from the oldest sources we have: the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. As you may know, the authors of the NT wrote in Koine Greek, which was the lingua franca of their day. The word numbers may vary slightly from source to source, but these are not going to change our final results.
So who are our Top Three writers?
The New Testament has a total of 138,020 Greek words in the Analytical Greek New Testament (AGNT).
Of those 138,020 words, the most prolific writers of the New Testament were:
In his excellent and thought-provoking presentation titled "An Historical Critique of Islam's Beginnings," Jay Smith points out an intriguing fact...
By 624 AD, all mosques were supposed to be facing Mecca. And yet, it took 200 years for Islam to finally get their "unity of direction of prayer" right and point all their mosques towards Mecca.
Something is obviously wrong here. The historical facts are not tying up with the Islamic sources. That is the reason scholars are now investigating why that is.
The Qibla literally means "direction," and in Islam refers to the direction in which a Muslim must pray. Classic Islamic history tells us that Muhammad first taught Muslims to pray towards Jerusalem, but then supposedly received a revelation from Allah changing the direction of prayer to Mecca instead. This change was made in 624 AD.
All slides and maps in this article are screenshots which were taken from a video of Jay Smi…
It has been pointed out in previous posts that Muslims seem enamored with the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ spoke Aramaic, primarily because they believe it proves that He worshiped their god, Allah. But the similarities between Aramaic, Hebrew and Arabic are only proof that they have the same Semitic roots and not much more.
But Muslims have not stopped claiming that Jesus never said He was God in the Bible, a fact which has been proven on this blog a (growing) number of times, and so this post is being written. In it we will combine Jesus' pronouncements of His deity with the Muslim love of Aramaic, albeit translated into easily comprehensible English.
We will do this simply by quoting the verses in which Jesus unabashedly proclaims that He is God using the translation known as the Aramaic Bible in Plain English.
Let's begin with the Gospel of Matthew:
But Yeshua immediately spoke with them and he said, “Take heart; I AM THE LIVING GOD. Do not be afraid.” Matthew …