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What Jesus Has Made Clean?

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In Mark 7, we read that keeping the dietary laws is insufficient to make a man pure in the eyes of God:

17 When [Jesus] went into the house away from the crowd, the disciples asked Him about the parable.

18 And He said to them, “Are you also as lacking in understanding? Don’t you realize that nothing going into a man from the outside can defile him?

19 For it doesn’t go into his heart but into the stomach and is eliminated.” (As a result, He made all foods clean.)

  Scholars say that Mark was a disciple of the Apostle Peter and that Mark simply put down in writing what Peter preached and taught. In this passage, the Gospel of Mark tells us that Jesus made all foods clean.

  In Acts 10, that very same Apostle Peter receives a revelation from heaven:

13 Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat!”

14 “No, Lord!” Peter said. “For I have never eaten anything common and ritually unclean!”

15 Again, a second time, a voice said to him, “What God has made clean, you must not call common…

More Writing on the Wall?

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More proof that Yahweh of the Bible did not send Muhammad...

  Yahweh God is big on writing while Allah of the Quran depended fully on the fallible memories of men (and they failed him big-time!). Here are some of the facts.

  The Lord Himself writes:

  When He finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, He gave him the two tablets of the testimony, stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God. Exodus 31:18

  The Lord said to Moses, “Cut two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Exodus 34:1

  Moses was told to write:

  The Lord also said to Moses, “Write down these words, for I have made a covenant with you and with Israel based on these words.” Exodus 34:27

  The Israelites were told to write:

  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:9

  The priests were told to write:

“Then the priest is to write these curses on a scroll and wash them off into the bitter water." Numbers…

Do Muslims Pray As Jesus Commanded?

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Muslims make many claims. Some claim that they pray just as Jesus did. Others claim that they are better followers of Jesus than Christians.

  But to follow Jesus means to follow His commands. Do Muslims pray as Jesus commanded?

  No, they do not.

  Instead, they do the exact opposite.
  Jesus commanded,

  "Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people." Matthew 6:5

  Where do Muslims pray?



  Jesus commanded, 

  "... when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." Matthew 6:6




  But wait. There's more.
  Jesus commanded,
 7 "When you pray, don’t babble like the idolaters, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words. 
 8 Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him." 
  What do Muslims do when they pr…

Deedat, Logic and a Fire Truck

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Since Jesus never said the exact words, "I am God. Worship Me," Muslims say Jesus cannot be God.   Apparently the problem is one of a lack of logic in the thinking of the Muslim who first posited this argument. He was the Muslim showman named Ahmed Deedat, now deceased.

  If we follow Deedat's logic, a fire truck cannot be a fire truck unless it says "fire truck" on its side. It can contain all the fire-fighting men and equipment such a vehicle may require and go from one fire to the next doing its job saving lives and property, but to Deedat's disciples, it will never be one unless it has the words "fire truck" on its side. Hence the need for this important warning:

  Muslim Deedat Fans, please note as well that this sample truck DOES have the words "Fire Dept" on its sides. But according to Deedat's poorly conceived argument, this necessarily means that the truck is a Fire Department, which in actuality is the office which dispatche…

The Chosen People Chosen to Bless All People (Lost Sheep Series)

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Was Jesus sent only to the Lost Sheep of Israel, as He said? Yes, of course He was. But there is a bigger picture we all need to see. We need to read Jesus' own words within the context of the whole story, which goes back to a promise God made about 2,000 years before Messiah:


  In Genesis 12, Moses writes about what Yahweh God told Abram, a man from Ur of the Chaldeans, or what is known today as Iraq.

 1 The Lord said to Abram:
Go out from your land,
your relatives,
and your father’s house
to the land that I will show you.

 2 I will make you into a great nation,
I will bless you,
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.

 3 I will bless those who bless you,
I will curse those who treat you with contempt,
and all the peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.

  God chose Abraham to make of him a nation.

  From that nation He would create a holy people, separated for His purposes. He made them distinct from all the other peoples for a reason. They would not dress as the others …

Eli Eli... They Pierced My Hands and My Feet!

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Muslims have a few favorite Bible verses which they love to throw at Christians in debates. Matthew 27:46 is one of them, even though it's a verse in which Jesus speaks from the cross, a fact which Islam denies ever happened. The verse reads:

46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" Matthew 27

  Jesus' words are a direct quote from the Messianic psalm 22. A thousand years before the coming of the Christ, the psalmist King David wrote:
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 1 My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Psalm 22

  As Christian apologists explain to our Muslim counterparts, Jesus shouted those same words from a cross which the Romans had erected at a spot which they had specifically chosen for its visibility to the many who were coming in and out of Jerusalem during the Feast of Passover.

  Where the Roman Empire had sought to make an example of Jesus by displaying His battered…