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Who Was the First Non-Jewish Christian? (Lost Sheep Series)

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A Muslim quotes Jesus in Matthew 15:24 ("I was sent only to the Lost Sheep of Israel") and then writes, "I am from Nigeria, Jesus was not sent to me."

  This is a common Muslim error which comes from a lack of knowledge about the Bible. But the error is easily corrected. 

  Prior to His ascension to heaven in Matthew 28, the Lord commanded His followers to preach the Gospel to and make disciples of all nations. Do you know who was the firstGentile to receive Christ as his Lord and Savior and begin the fulfillment of that mandate?
Painting: "The Baptism of the Eunuch," c. 1626, by Rembrandt  
26 An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip: “Get up and go south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is the desert road.) 

27 So he got up and went. There was an Ethiopian man, a eunuch and high official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to worship in Jerusalem 

28 and was sitting in his chariot o…

Has the Torah (the Law) Been Corrupted, As Muslims Claim?

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If Jeremiah was, in fact, saying in Jeremiah 8 that the Torah had been forever corrupted -- as Muslims claim -- then why on earth would he keep talking about the Torah for at least another 36 chapters?

  All Scripture references below are from the Complete Jewish Bible:
 4 So tell them that this is what Adonai says: “If you will not pay attention to me and live according to my Torah, which I have given you,
Jeremiah 26

32 “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says Adonai: “I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Jeremiah 31

23 They entered and took possession of it; but they did not pay attention to your voice, did not live according to your Torah, and did nothing of all you ordered them to do. Therefore you made this complete disaster befall them —
Jeremiah 32

10 To this day they remain unhumbled; they have not been afraid, and they have not lived according to my Torah or my …

Celebrating with Heaven!

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A Muslim in a Facebook debate group asked, "Did Jesus Christ command Christians to celebrate his birthday on Christmas Day?" Other Muslims follow that up with dire warnings of the evils of commemorating the birth of the single most influential Man that has ever walked the earth.

  Why are Muslims so upset that Christians celebrate the birth of Christ once a year when all of heaven celebrated His birth almost 2,000 years ago? 

8 In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock.

9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

10 But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people:

11 Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.

12 This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.”

13 Suddenly …

Messiah, King of the Jews and Gentiles? (Lost Sheep Series)

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While Muslims claim that Muhammad followed on the heels of the Biblical prophets, his message was very different from that of the true prophets of God. For instance, Islam claims that the message of Yeshua the Messiah was intended only for the Jews and that He was never sent to minister to the Gentile world, which is known in the Tanakh (Old Testament) as "the nations."

  The Scriptures as taught by the prophets and encapsulated here in the writings of Islam's arch-enemy, the Apostle Paul, are quite clear on the issue. For example, Paul writes this to the believers in Rome who were comprised of both Jews and Gentiles:

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

 8 For I say that the Messiah became a servant of the circumcised on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises to the fathers,

 9 and so that Gentiles may glorify God for His mercy. As it is written:
   Therefore I will praise You among the Gentiles,
   and I will…

Is This the Injil Muslims Lost?

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A Muslimah in one debate group said, "Jesus shared the gospel which we Muslims refer to as the Injeel. Therefore the books of Matthew Mark Luke and John are not the books Jesus called the gospel in Mark 1:16."

  It sounds like our Muslim friend is trying to tell us that the author of the Gospel of Mark had no idea what the Lord Jesus meant by "Gospel," because here is what Mark writes as his very first verse:

1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
   Look, I am sending My messenger ahead of You,
   who will prepare Your way.
3 A voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
   Prepare the way for the Lord;
   make His paths straight!
   Mark 1
  But following this Muslim logic, this is the way that the first verse of the Gospel of Mark should have been translated (emphasis mine):

  The beginning of the Book of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Or, if Muslims prefer:

  The beginning of the Injil of Jesus Christ, the S…

Where Does Allah Say in the Quran, "I Am Yahweh?"

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In the Quran, we find these words from the Muslim prophet, Muhammad:

163Lo! We inspire thee as We inspired Noah and the prophets after him, as We inspired Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and Jesus and Job and Jonah and Aaron and Solomon, and as We imparted unto David the Psalms; Surah 4

  Muslims believe Muhammad's claim that he served the God of the Israelite prophets and was inspired in the same way as they, and so they expect their god to be the Almighty God Who was behind the great miracles of Moses and the Lord Jesus. But well-informed Jews and Christians are well aware that Muhammad's "Allah" is by no stretch of the imagination Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Who was not shy about telling his prophets what His Name was:



  God's name is not and never has been "Allah." We see that, in each of the 5 Books of Moses which comprise the Jewish Torah, God identifies Himself repeatedly and very, very clearly:
 7 He also s…

Now You See Them, Now You Don't?

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The Allah of Islam says in his Quran that he "sent down" the Torah and the Injil. But when you quote the Jewish Torah and the Christian Gospels to them, Muslims of today claim that these books no longer exist. 

  So Allah says, "I sent down those books."
  But Muslims say, "They're gone!"

  Their belief is that, somehow, the books that Allah sent are now lost forever. No amount of asking to see Islam's original Torah, Injil and Zabur (psalms) of Allah has ever produced these lost books.

  Which leads us to suggest that perhaps Muslims of today need to update their Quran to reflect what they actually believe. Since they have decided to replace what Allah said with what theythink he meant, then why leave the text in its current state? What is the point in claiming the Quran is Allah's word when you don't believe it says what he wanted in the first place?

  We suggest that the Quran should be revised to more accurately reflect this modern shift …

Is Allah of the Quran the God of the Aramaic New Testament?

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A Muslimah in one debate group challenged a Christian to read the Aramaic Bible because she said we would find her Allah there. Or in Aramaic, "Alaha."

  What happens when we take up the challenge? This is John 20:



  Further we find:

  John 1

ܒܪܫܝܬ ܐܝܬܘܗܝ ܗܘܐ ܡܠܬܐ ܘܗܘ ܡܠܬܐ ܐܝܬܘܗܝ ܗܘܐ ܠܘܬ ܐܠܗܐ ܘܐܠܗܐ ܐܝܬܘܗܝ ܗܘܐ ܗܘ ܡܠܬܐ

1 In the beginning there was The Miltha {The Word}, and He, The Miltha {The Word}, was with Alaha {God}. And Alaha {God} Himself was The Miltha {The Word}.

ܗܢܐ ܐܝܬܘܗܝ ܗܘܐ ܒܪܫܝܬ ܠܘܬ ܐܠܗܐ 

2 This One was existing in the beginning with Alaha {God}.

ܟܠ ܒܐܝܕܗ ܗܘܐ ܘܒܠܥܕܘܗܝ ܐܦ ܠܐ ܚܕܐ ܗܘܬ ܡܕܡ ܕܗܘܐ 

3 All came to be by His Hand {i.e. by His Power}, and without Him, not even one thing came to be, which has come to be.

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ܘܡܠܬܐ ܒܣܪܐ ܗܘܐ ܘܐܓܢ ܒܢ ܘܚܙܝܢ ܫܘܒܚܗ ܫܘܒܚܐ ܐܝܟ ܕܝܚܝܕܝܐ ܕܡܢ ܐܒܐ ܕܡܠܐ ܛܝܒܘܬܐ ܘܩܘܫܬܐ 


14 And The Miltha {The Word} became flesh {i.e. a Human Being}, and pitched His tent {lit. tabernacled/sheltered} among us, and we saw His Glory, Glory as of The Only-Begotten {li…

Did the Lost Sheep of Israel Speak Greek?

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To the people of the Jewish Messiah in 1st century Israel who were awaiting the coming of the Anointed One, He was known as Yeshua, a very popular name in His time. A name with a very important meaning.   With thousands of years of history as His backdrop, Yahweh God had finally sent His Messiah to the children of Abraham to whom He had been promised. But just as that history had recorded, Messiah wasn't coming only for Israel, but to bless all peoples. 
 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.      Genesis 12
  He would come first for Israel, yes, but He was also coming for the Gentiles. As the Lord Jesus Himself said in His conversation with a non-Jew He had gone miles out of His way to meet:
22 "You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews. 
23 But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipe…