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"Not Everyone" or "Not One?"

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 …