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"Not Everyone" or "Not One?"

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We interrupt our regular apologetics posts to do a brief English lesson for the benefit of our Muslim friends.   In the photo above, not every one of the sheep is actually a sheep. This is because, as you can see, one of them is a wolf   I bring this up because Muslims frequently (and horribly) misinterpret Jesus' words in Matthew 7, where He says,

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven."
  When Muslims read this verse, it seems they replace Jesus' words "Not everyone" with "no one." But that is not what Jesus said.   To try to illustrate the difference between the two phrases, let us apply it to our photo. Can anyone in his right mind claim that not one of the animals in the photo below is a sheep? No, no one can. Not every one of the animals in the photo is a sheep, because one of them is a wolf.    On the other hand, it is correct to say that not every …

Did All of Jesus' Apostles Desert Him at His Arrest, and Never Return?

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Islam denies that Jesus died and rose again after three days, one of the central teachings of the Gospel. And Mark 14:50 is one verse which Muslims quote to try and support the Islamic claim that Jesus was never crucified. 

  "Then they all deserted Him and ran away." Mark 14:50

  They claim that, since Jesus' apostles abandoned Him at the Garden of Gethsemane, there would have been no eyewitnesses around to see Jesus abused, tortured and flogged, later to die on the cross. They argue this in the hope that, historical facts notwithstanding, their prophet Muhammad, who would not even exist for another 5 centuries and would therefore not be a reliable source for such an event, might be proven right.

  But is that one verse all the Gospels tell us about what the disciples did after Jesus' arrest? No, it certainly is not.

Luke 22 (italics mine for emphasis)

54 They seized Him, led Him away, and brought Him into the high priest’s house. Meanwhile Peter was following at a dista…

Who Wrote Deuteronomy 34?

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Some unbelievers mock the Bible because they cannot understand why Moses' death is written about in a part of the Torah. They claim that Moses could not possibly have written the Book of Deuteronomy because of that passage.

  So who did write about Moses' death as it is recorded in Deuteronomy 34?

  Here are three reasonable options:

  First, Moses himself could have written those words because God had already told him that he was going to die. God even told him when he would die.

  Here is that conversation:

48 On that same day the Lord spoke to Moses, 

49 “Go up Mount Nebo in the Abarim range in the land of Moab, across from Jericho, and view the land of Canaan I am giving the Israelites as a possession. 

50 Then you will die on the mountain that you go up, and you will be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people."Deuteronomy 32

  As always, Yahweh was crystal clear about what was going to happen to His servant Moses…

The Religion of Circularity?

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Here's another question for our Muslim friends... 

  What if someone were to announce the following?   "The Holy, Eternal and Official Book of Circles 7:11 says, 'There is no god but Circulo. Joker Naik is His prophet, and Muhammad is not. I hereby declare that much of the Quran is corrupt, and only that which agrees with My Wholly Noble Book of Circles is correct!'"   So an offended Muslim would shout and say (in all caps, of course),   "You blaspheme our holy prophet (who the Quran never calls holy)! You are wrong! Where is your evidence?"
  Well, Circular Reasoning would say, "Here is the proof. It comes from the Holy Book of Circles 13:648, which says, 'Lo, as I told you before but you weren't listening, there is no god but Circulo, Joker Naik is His prophet and Muhammad is still not one of His messengers.'"   So the Muslim would say,   "That is unfair! You cannot use the Book of Circles as evidence since you have never proven th…

Jesus, The One and Only Son

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Some Muslims who are unfamiliar with the Bible claim that whenever the Divine Title Son of God is applied to Jesus, it really doesn't mean anything because Jesus is just one of very many of God's sons and daughters in the Bible.

  But those who have read and studied the Bible know that this claim  just cannot stand up to scrutiny. The Scriptural text is abundantly clear in the distinctions it makes in its pages for the Christ, Who is over and above all else in creation.

  Not once in the entire Bible is Jesus addressed as "one of God's sons." Never as "a son of God," but instead as "the Son of God." For those who don't understand the difference between using "a" and "the" in this phrase, a quick grammar lesson may be helpful:



  Placement of the definite article "the" before the title "Son of God" makes the noun "Son" specific to Jesus. There is no other "Son of God."

  To demonstrat…