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Who Said Messiah Would Go to the Cross?

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What was Messiah's main mission?

  We can take a cue from the name which had been chosen for Him hundreds of years before He came down to earth: Yeshua, which means "Yahweh is Salvation."

  But at the time that He came in the 1st century, Israel had been conquered by the Roman Empire and the Jews were being cruelly oppressed by their Occupiers. They longed to be set free and were looking for a mighty king like David who would form an Israelite army  to defeat the Roman Goliath.

  But was that Yahweh's Plan? 

  Or did He have a better solution in mind, one that would restore mankind to Him for eternity? 

  Two years into His ministry, Jesus explains to His followers exactly what was going to happen to Him:

21 From then on Jesus began to point out to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised the third day.

22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, “Oh no, Lord! This…

And the Word Was God (John 1, P66)

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The Greek word Logos,  which means "the Word"
  The Bible clearly says Jesus is God. Here we will present just one of the many proofs that Christians have from the ancient manuscripts. 

  First, let us take a look at the text of John 1:1-3 and 14 in English in the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB):

1 In the beginning was the Word,
   and the Word was with God,
   and the Word was God.

2 He was with God in the beginning.

3 All things were created through Him,
  and apart from Him not one thing was created
  that has been created.

...

14 The Word became flesh
     and took up residence among us.
     We observed His glory,
     the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father,
     full of grace and truth. John 1

  In the very first verses of his Gospel, the Apostle John the Beloved doesn't just echo the "In the beginning..." first words of the prophet Moses in his first verses of the Book of Genesis, but John also definitively states that Jesus, the Word, is God. 

  All…

Who Will Judge All on the Last Day?

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When Judgment Day comes -- and deep inside, we all can sense it is coming -- Who do you think it is Who will judge you?

  The Bible is clear about two things on this issue:

  First, God alone is the Judge because He alone is righteous and holy and worthy to judge all mankind. No human being has either the right or the authority to make judgments as regards any other human's eternal destiny. Only God can be trusted with that. As the psalmists say:

  "Rise up, God, judge the earth, for all the nations belong to You." Psalm 82:8 

  "The heavens proclaim His righteousness, for God is the Judge." Psalm 50:6 

  "... God is the Judge:

   He brings down one and exalts another."Psalm 75:7 

  YHWH speaks these warnings to the bad shepherds of His people through the prophet Ezekiel:

  "I, Yahweh, have spoken.
   It is coming, and I will do it!
   I will not refrain, I will not show pity,
   and I will not relent.
   I will judge you
   according to your ways and dee…

Was Muhammad Illiterate?

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The Islamic sources tell us that, when Muhammad was asked to do miracles to prove that God had indeed sent him, he could not do any. Muhammad said it was because Allah had only sent him as a "Warner," meaning that all he had the power to do was to speak the message of his god. 

  But it seems that not all of his followers were content with having a prophet who had no miracles to his name, and so they decided to somewhat embellish his story. They claim that Muhammad was illiterate, unable to either read or write, and that therefore the Quran itself was the miracle that Allah had given Muhammad.

  This poses a few problems for the Muslims who make this claim.

  First, it contradicts their own god's words in his Quran claiming that Muhammad was only a Warner and not a miracle worker. (Quran 29:50, 7:188, 13:7)

  Second, some scholars say the Arabic word, "ummi," which had originally been translated as "illiterate" is better translated as "one who has …

Who is the God of the Book of Hebrews?

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Most Bible critics are pretty quick to admit that the Father Whom Jesus speaks to in prayer is God and, of course, Christians readily agree because that is what the Bible teaches.

  But what happens when we keep reading the Bible and we find a verse in which the Father addresses His One and Only Son, Jesus, as God? 

  Biblical Trinitarians hold to the deity of Christ because they do not come to the Bible with presuppositions or dictate to God what He can and cannot be. Rather, Trinitarians allow the Word of God to speak for itself because we know from years of research, study and personal experience that the Scripturesare reliable and true. We do not ignore the verses we do not like and read onlythe ones we do like. 

  When one allows the Bible to guide one's thinking rather than letting his presuppositions get in the way, a God of Complex Unity is Who one meets. 

  A God Who is beyond description, beyond the grasp of the feeble mind of man to understand. 

  If He wasn't, He woul…

"Now is the Time to Wake Up" (the ABN SAT Marathon) on YouTube

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To avoid having everyone scoot here and there searching for the links, we've created this post to keep track of all the shows in this latest marathon of "Jesus or Muhammad?" shows on apologetics to Islam.

  The shows are alternately hosted by Dr. David Wood, CL Edwards, and Chris Conway, with guests Anthony Rogers, Matt Slick, Farhan Qureshi, Dr. Bill Warner, Ptr. Joseph Najm, and Osama Dakdok.

Apologetics Saves Lives, Part One 

  David Wood and CL Edwards host and discuss the lack of understanding of the Bible and Christian doctrine by an American convert to Islam and jihadi who beheaded a former co-worker. Ptr Joseph Najm pops in a couple of times, and they take call-in questions towards the end of the show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvCPh0K8qA8&list=UU1H4kfAmDe5skeeAsV42mWg

  Apologetics Saves Lives, Part Two

  Chris Conway and David Wood continue the discussion and are joined, first by Matt Slick of carm.org and later, by Anthony Rogers of AnsweringIslam and…

Whose Son is Messiah? (Matthew 22, Psalm 110)

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Among the most interesting texts in the Bible are the Old Testament verses which are quoted in the New Testament. The richness and full import of these passages can be best appreciated when one examines how they are used in the New Testament.

  It is especially interesting to note how the Lord Jesus, Who is the focus of so much of the text, would quote from and interpret particular verses. We find one such example in Matthew 22.

  In the passage, Jesus has only a few days left before His crucifixion and death, and He is fully aware of it. He had been teaching His apostles that this day was coming for some time now.

  After Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem where His praises had been sung by men, women and children, the Jewish religious leaders were growing increasingly desperate to find a way to stop Jesus once and for all.

41 While the Pharisees were together, Jesus questioned them,

42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose Son is He?”
     “David’s,” they told Him.

43 He as…