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Jesus and the Centurion (Lost Sheep Series)

Did Jesus come only for the lost sheep of Israel? Let us continue with more proof that Muslims ignore the context of Jesus' statement in Matthew 15 to support their claim for the universal prophethood of their leader, Muhammad. In all four Gospels, Jesus complements only two people for their great faith. Both of them were Gentiles. The story of one of these exemplars of faith is found in Matthew 8, where we read about a Roman Centurion who has come humbly to Jesus to seek His help: 5 When He entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him,
6 “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible agony!”
7 “I will come and heal him,” He told him.

8 “Lord,” the centurion replied, “I am not worthy to have You come under my roof. But only say the word, and my servant will be cured.

9 For I too am a man under authority, having soldiers under my command. I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he doe…

How Has the Bible Changed Through the Millennia?

Without providing much in the way of evidence, Muslim critics of the Bible claim that the Bible has undergone so many revisions over the last 19 centuries that we can no longer tell what it originally said. Is this true?

  Here is a screenshot of the Gospel of John, chapter 3, verse 16, in the Codex Sinaiticus, which is dated at around 330AD:

  Here is that same Koine Greek text:

John 3:16 οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν τὸνμονογενῆ ἔδωκεν ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ’ ἔχῃζωὴν αἰώνιον. GNT (Greek New Testament)

  If we were to translate the above verse literally word for word, it would read this way:

  "thus for loves the God the world so that the Son of Him the only unique He gives that every the one believing into Him no should be perishing but may be having life eonian."

As we have explained in a previous post, this is why translation becomes necessary. This word soup results because, obviously, English grammar is different from Greek gr…

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (Lost Sheep Series)

In John 4 we find yet another example of Jesus coming not just for the Lost Sheep of Israel, but for the rest of the world as well.

  In this passage, Jesus is talking to a Samaritan woman, a Gentile. As Jesus speaks to her, He makes a clear distinction between them saying, "you Samaritans" and "us Jews." 

  The Samaritans and the Jews hated each other and would never be seen talking to one another, but here Jesus has gone out of His way to make what would be nothing less than a Divine Appointment.

  Jesus began His ministry to the woman by addressing her past as well as what was going on in her life at that moment. And that is how she knew that this was no ordinary man. He was, at the very least, a prophet. But He was there to tell her much more.

Woman at the Well by Simon Dewey
21 Jesus told her, “Believe Me, woman, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 

22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship…

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

Who did the Torah, the Psalms and the Prophets say the Messiah was coming for? 

  Was He coming only for the Lost Sheep of Israel, as Muslims claim? 

  Or did He come for other sheep as well, as Jesus Himself said in John 10?

16 "But I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd." John 10

  Of course, we have much more than just one verse in John 10 to make the case that Jesus did not come only for the lost sheep of Israel. This is the first of a multi-part series that will cover some of the  Scriptural evidence. 

  We begin with a passage from Romans 15. In just 6 verses of that chapter, Paul cites the Old Testament 4 times to teach us that Messiah was sent for all mankind. (The verses from Romans 15 are in bold printwhile the Old Testament quotes are in italics):

Romans 15

 7 Therefore accept one another, just as the Messiah also accepted you, to the glory of God. 

 8 For I say…