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A Clear Arabic Quran?

In his Quran, Muhammad quotes Allah as saying this about his message:

Surah 12:2
PickthallLo! We have revealed it, a Lecture in Arabic, that ye may understand.Hilali-Khan   Verily, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur'an in order that you may understand.Sher AliWE have revealed it - the Qur'an in Arabic - that you may understand.PalmerVerily, we have revealed it, an Arabic Qur'an; haply ye may understand.RodwellAn Arabic Koran have we sent it down, that ye might understand it.  Let us set aside for now the strange use of the word "We" when Allah speaks in the Quran (strange because Muslims say Allah is one and, since they do not believe in the complex unity of the God of the Bible, Muhammad's choice of the word "We" implies that someone other than Allah worked with him in creating and inspiring his Quran).

  In the ayah (verse) above, Allah clearly states that the use of Arabic as the medium for delivery of his revelation to mankind sent down through…

Where Does Jesus Say "I Am God" in the Aramaic Bible?

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 …

The Bible Versus Muhammad

When discussing the Bible with Muslims, Christians quickly discover that one of the problems is the average Muslim's unfamiliarity with the manner in which historical data is collected and verified. They aren't aware that the closer one's source of information is to the events being recorded, the more likely it is to be reliable. 

  This is what we have with the New Testament, which was completed within the lifetimes of many of the original eyewitnesses and therefore could easily have been refuted had there been contradictory evidence. But not only does the Bible have internal confirmation of its facts, it also finds confirmation from secular sources, including those historians call "hostile sources."

  Most Muslims also have problems following the Biblical timeline. This is understandable, of course, since the vast majority of Muhammad's followers have never read the Bible, and since any information they do have has usually come from Muhammad and his Quran…

A Third Look at the HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible) Apologetics Study Bible

It's been several months now since I first laid hands on the HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible) Apologetics Study Bible and I have a confession to make... 

  My name is Mari, and I'm a Bible Addict. 
  You know how some people read their Bibles in bed and fall asleep 30 seconds later? 

  Not me. 

  I read the Bible and it wakes me up! 

  I read the Word and my mind starts racing. My heart starts beating faster in anticipation of a new discovery, a new revelation of a truth that's been in this Book for 2,000 years but which I have never grasped before. I had heard that, the more time you spend in the Word, the more you get out of it. Well, now I know that it's true. 

  And that is the addictive part of it. Having your spiritual eyes opened to the truth of God's Word and the reality of His indwelling Presence is an exhilarating and refreshing experience. Hence the desire to keep diving into the Bible for more.
And this Bible isn't helping my "addiction" …

Jesus, Sender of the Prophets?

Another question for Muslims as well as others who deny the Deity of the Christ...

  is it not true that only Almighty God can send prophets?

  In Luke 11, Jesus says:

49 "... the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,’ 

50 so that this generation may be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world— 

51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary." Luke 11
  So, if Jesus isn't God, why does He say... (italics mine) 

"This is why I am sending you prophets, sages, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will flog in your synagogues and hound from town to town." Matthew 23:34

  If only God can send His Spirit, why does Jesus say... 
  “When the Counselor comes, the One I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father—He will testify abou…

Who Is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Is It YHWH... or Allah?

Some Muslims claim that their 1,400 year old religion actually dates back to the time of Adam and Eve. They say that Adam was a Muslim, Moses was a Muslim, King David was a Muslim, and as is to be expected, they even claim that Jesus was a Muslim. Yes, the King of the Jews was a Muslim, according to them.

  It is easy enough to disprove this claim using Scriptures that date back to long before Muhammad was even born. And we're not talking mere hundreds of years before he was born, but thousands of years. 

  We have support from archaeology as well. This is the Moabite Stone, also known as the Mesha Stele, dated to around 830 BC:

  The Moabite Stone is the oldest existing record of the name of the God of Israel, which we find inscribed on it:
Line 17   For I had devoted them to destruction for (the god) Ashtar Chemosh. And from there I took theLine 18   vessels of Yahweh, and I presented them before the face of Chemosh...  This is the very same name which God gave to Moses when he…