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Who are the Hypocrites?

September 4, 2017 Leave a comment

In the Koran and also in the Bible, there is mention made of hypocrites. In this blog post, I intend to look at some of those passages and talk about the characteristics of a hypocrite.

No professing believer should want to practice hypocrisy. The eternal consequences can be devastating. In the Gospel according to St. Matthew, Jesus said:

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21-23, NKJV)

Praying to Jesus, prophesying in His name, casting out demons in His name, and performing miracles in His name do not guarantee one a place in the Kingdom of Heaven. Doing the will of God does insure one a place there. The Lord will accuse those who are damned of practicing lawlessness. Sin is lawlessness. (I John 3:4) Those who practice sin (that is, break God’s commandments) are practicing lawlessness and should not think that their prayers and other activities done in Jesus’ name will secure them a place in God’s kingdom at the end of this present age.

St. Paul said that love is the fulfillment of the Law. Those who love others instinctively keep the commandments.

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:8-10, NKJV)

Someone who harbors hatred in his heart toward another person or group of persons is a murderer.

Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (I John 3:15, NKJV)

St. Paul said that people who practice certain sins will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21, NKJV)

Murder is one of those sins. Hatred is a form of murder. It  is murder in one’s heart. So, anyone who harbors hatred in his heart does not have eternal life abiding in him and he will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

If a man truly loves another man’s wife as himself, he will not commit adultery with her. If he truly loves an unmarried woman, he, likewise, will not commit fornication with her. By practicing adultery and fornication, he bars both himself and the women with he does such acts from the Kingdom of God. St. Paul warns us not to be deceived.

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (I Corinthians 6:9,10, NKJV)

People who are practicing fornication and adultery and thinking that they will inherit the Kingdom of God are deceived. They separate themselves from God, by not loving God. If they truly loved God, they would abstain from fornication and adultery. So, the adulterers and fornicators who think that they love each other really do not. No one can truly love another person unless he first loves God above all else. Those who practice the other sins mentioned in I Corinthians 6:9,10 and Galatians 5:19-21 should not think that they will inherit the Kingdom of God either.

In the Koran, it says:

Whoso doeth right it is for his soul, and whoso doeth wrong it is against it. And thy Lord is not at all a tyrant to His slaves. (Koran 41:46, Pickthall)

People who do wrong, wrong their own souls. However, it is possible to have miraculous gifts, give away all of one’s goods to feed the poor, die as a “martyr,” and still lose one’s soul.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. (I Corinthians 13:1-3, NKJV)

The absence of love is hate. Those who hate others are murderers. Murderers do not have eternal life abiding in them and they will never inherit the Kingdom of God. One might still wonder whether those who feed the poor have love. Maybe they do, but it is still possible to do all of that and not have love. That is what St. Paul was teaching in the passage quoted from I Corinthians 13.  In the Koran, it says:

And feed with food the needy wretch, the orphan and the prisoner, for love of Him. (Koran 76:8, Pickthall)

Those who do these acts of kindness out of love for God are the ones who profit spiritually and have a reward from God in the afterlife. Love for God produces love for others.

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? (I John 4:20, NKJV)

Love for others produces charitable deeds.

But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? (I John 3:17, NKJV)

Likewise, it is possible to profess faith in God and not possess faith in God. In the Catholic Epistle of James, it says:

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:14-17, NKJV)

The Koran says:

Thus is the Word of thy Lord justified concerning those who do wrong: that they believe not. (Koran 10:33, Pickthall)

People who practice unrighteousness are not true believers. Jesus said that there will be unbelievers mixed among the believers until the end of this present age.

Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’” (Matthew 13:24-30, NKJV)

I remember someone telling me about people who would party and fornicate on Saturday night and then get up Sunday morning and go to church. I also remember attending an event for single Christians. Someone there was telling me about all of the women there at that event. He said that he had fornicated with some of them in the back seat of his car. I was immediately turned off when I heard that. Tares among the wheat. The tares are the hypocrites. In the Koran, it says:

Verily Allah knoweth those who believe, and verily He knoweth the hypocrites. (Koran 29:11, Pickthall)

Hypocrites are people who say they believe in God, but in reality they do not. The kind of lives they live demonstrate their unbelief. “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:26)

When the hypocrites come unto thee (O Muhammad), they say: We bear witness that thou art indeed Allah’s messenger. And Allah knoweth that thou art indeed His messenger, and Allah beareth witness that the hypocrites indeed are speaking falsely. (Koran 63:1, Pickthall)

There will be hypocrites mixed in with the believers until the end of this present age. God knows who they are.

Hypocrites tell people to obey God’s commandments, but they do not obey them. Their walk does not match their talk.

Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do… “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.” (Matthew 23:1-3,13, NKJV)

Hypocrites might also tell people that it is all right to break God’s commandments. I have met many people over the years who think that the words, “saved by grace through faith,” in Ephesians 2:8 have granted Christians a license to sin. It is true that we are saved by God’s mercy, but no one has been given by God a license to sin. In the Koran, it says:

O Prophet! Keep thy duty to Allah and obey not the disbelievers and the hypocrites. Lo! Allah is Knower, Wise. (Koran 33:1, Pickthall)

If one is keeping one’s duty to God, then one is obeying God. Apparently, the disbelievers and the hypocrites in this verse wanted Muhammad to disobey God. That is why it says “obey not the disbelievers and the hypocrites.”

Hypocrites strive to win converts and then teach the converts to travel the path to hell.

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. (Matthew 23:15, NKJV)

Allah promiseth the hypocrites, both men and women, and the disbelievers fire of hell for their abode. It will suffice them. Allah curseth them, and theirs is lasting torment. (Koran 9:68, Pickthall)

Hypocrites do good deeds in order to be seen by men. They love the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Lo! the hypocrites seek to beguile Allah, but it is He Who beguileth them. When they stand up to worship they perform it languidly and to be seen of men, and are mindful of Allah but little. (Koran 4:142, Pickthall)

But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments… Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. (Matthew 23:5,14, NKJV)

So, hypocrites are people who profess to believe in God, but in reality they do not. They do not possess love for God and others. They do not have genuine faith which is manifested in good deeds. If they do good deeds, they do not do them out of love for God and one’s fellow man. They do them in order to be seen by men and receive praise from others. Hypocrites lead others to hell by teaching them to practice their ungodly lifestyle. Hypocrites profess to believe in God, but encourage others to disobey God.

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CCM and CIM

May 12, 2017 Leave a comment

And unto David We gave the Psalms. (Koran 17:55, Pickthall)


Praise the Lord with the harp; make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy. (Psalm 33:2,3, NKJV)

I first discovered Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) during my college days back in the 1970s. I used to listen to the Pat Terry Group, Amy Grant, and many others. I still like to listen to CCM every now and then although I, as an Orthodox Christian, might disagree with some of the theology in some of the songs. There is also something which I call Contemporary Islamic Music (CIM). I do not know what the Muslims call it. There are some really great songs that many of the Muslim singers sing which we Christians would agree with and also enjoy. In this blog post, I am going to display a few CIM videos and a few CCM videos. I hope that my readers enjoy them.

“The Power” by Maher Zain

“Insha Allah” by Maher Zain

“Time Waits for No One” by Junaid Jamshed and the Native Deen

“Hello” by Omar Esa

“Hijab” by some Muslim women

“Never in Our Name” by Iman Farrar

“The Way of Love” by Maher Zain

I disagree with some things that Maher Zain says about Muhammad in the previous video. I do not believe that Muhammad is the source of truth. (God is the source of all truth.) There are some other things that he says in the video about Muhammad that I do not accept. I will simply let the Koran and the Bible say what needs to be said. Ponder on the Koran. (Koran 4:82; 38:29)

And Muhammad is no more than a messenger; the messengers have already passed away before him. (Koran 3:144, Shakir)

We believe in that which hath been revealed unto us and revealed unto you; our God and your God is One, and unto Him we surrender. (Koran 29:46, Pickthall)

Let the People of the Gospel judge by that which Allah hath revealed therein. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are evil-livers. (Koran 5:47, Pickthall)

Jesus is the Light

He does have a great Mother’s Day song though.

“The Number One for Me” by Maher Zain

Here are some CCM videos.

“Awesome God” by Michael W. Smith

“El Shaddai” by Amy Grant

“You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban

“The Lost Get Found” by Britt Nicole

I hope everyone has enjoyed the videos. I just wanted to make known to my fellow Christians that there is such a thing as Contemporary Islamic Music. Listen to the CIM songs and the CCM songs. Compare and contrast.

Domestic Violence Permitted by a False Hadith

January 27, 2017 2 comments

There is a false hadith in Sahih al-Bukhari. It permits domestic violence.

Rifa`a divorced his wife whereupon `Abdur-Rahman bin Az-Zubair Al-Qurazi married her. `Aisha said that the lady (came), wearing a green veil (and complained to her (Aisha) of her husband and showed her a green spot on her skin caused by beating). It was the habit of ladies to support each other, so when Allah’s Messenger came, `Aisha said, “I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women. Look! Her skin is greener than her clothes!” When `Abdur-Rahman heard that his wife had gone to the Prophet, he came with his two sons from another wife. She said, “By Allah! I have done no wrong to him but he is impotent and is as useless to me as this,” holding and showing the fringe of her garment, `Abdur-Rahman said, “By Allah, O Allah’s Messenger! She has told a lie! I am very strong and can satisfy her but she is disobedient and wants to go back to Rifa`a.” Allah’s Messenger said, to her, “If that is your intention, then know that it is unlawful for you to remarry Rifa`a unless `Abdur-Rahman has had sexual intercourse with you.” Then the Prophet saw two boys with `Abdur- Rahman and asked (him), “Are these your sons?” On that `Abdur-Rahman said, “Yes.” The Prophet said, “You claim what you claim (i.e., that he is impotent)? But by Allah, these boys resemble him as a crow resembles a crow.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 5825)

The woman with the bruised face is required to stay with her abusive husband according to this hadith. The man is never reprimanded by Muhammad for beating his wife according to the hadith.

I am appalled by this false hadith permitting men to beat their wives until their faces turn green. This hadith was written down over 200 years after Muhammad died. The compiler of the Sahih al-Bukhari collection of hadiths was born in 810 and died in 870. Muhammad died in 632.

It is not all right for a man to beat his wife in such a way. In the Koran, it says:

And of His signs is this: He created for you helpmeets from yourselves that ye might find rest in them, and He ordained between you love and mercy. Lo! herein indeed are portents for folk who reflect. (Koran 30:21, Pickthall)

A man who beats his wife like that has shown no love and mercy toward her. The Koran also says that men should live with their wives in kindness. (Koran 4:19) The Koran also says:

And they (women) have rights similar to those (of men) over them in kindness, and men are a degree above them. Allah is Mighty, Wise. (Koran 2:228, Pickthall)

A man who beats his wife in such a way is definitely not practicing kindness toward her, nor is he demonstrating love and mercy toward her. One can unfortunately use this false hadith to misinterpret this verse from the Koran.

Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great. (Koran 4:34, Pickthall)

Yusuf Ali added a word in his translation in parentheses to help one better interpret this verse.

Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband’s) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (above you all). (Koran 4:34, Yusuf Ali)

I think that Koran 4:34 is teaching that a man should give his wife a gentle tap as a last resort in order to express his displeasure. Any such tap should be given lovingly, mercifully, and in kindness. In the Koran it says:

Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an? If it had been from [any] other than Allah, they would have found within it much contradiction. (Koran 4:82, Sahih International)

If one uses the false hadith to interpret Koran 4:34, then Koran 4:34 would contradict Koran 2:228, 4:19, and 30:21. If one uses Koran 2:228, 4:19, and 30:21 to help interpret Koran 4:34, then one should not think that Koran 4:34 is encouraging domestic violence.

Finally, think about these verses from the Bible.

So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. (Ephesians 5:28,29, NKJV)

Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:33, NKJV)

Now, think about these verses from the Koran.

Nothing is said to you, [O Muhammad], except what was already said to the messengers before you. Indeed, your Lord is a possessor of forgiveness and a possessor of painful penalty. (Koran 41:43, Sahih International)

Say: ‘I am not an innovation among the Messengers, and I know not what shall be done with me or with you. I only follow what is revealed to me; I am only a clear warner.’ (Koran 46:9, Arberry)

The Islamic prophet taught the same thing that is in the Bible. He did not encourage a man to abusively beat his wife. It says in the Second Surah.

Kind speech and forgiveness is better than charity followed by injury; and Allah is Self-sufficient, Forbearing. (Koran 2:263, Shakir)

That is how a man should behave toward his wife. He should speak to her kindly and forgive her. Behaving toward her this way is better than giving money to the poor while at the same time inflicting injury on her.

I am strongly opposed to such false hadiths. They encourage barbarism, contradict the teachings of the Koran and the Bible, and should be ignored by any decent human being. Domestic violence is not halal. It is haraam.

“For the Rest of My Life” by Maher Zain

What Lindsay is Reading

November 16, 2016 Leave a comment

I have seen a couple of videos on Youtube recently about Lindsay Lohan. In one of the videos, she is interviewed on TV by a host on Habertürk in Turkey. She talks about how some of her friends in London gave her a Koran. She went back to America and people ostracized her for reading it. They treated her as if she were Satan. I also have been reading the Koran and I became quite incensed hearing her speak of how people treated her in America for reading it. No one should do that. The people who say such things are speaking out of ignorance. They are criticizing a book that they have never read. So, here is the first video.

She traveled around in Turkey helping the Syrian refugees. Someone gave her another beautiful Koran.

I do not know if she actually converted to Islam or not like the title of the last video says, but she wears a hijab that someone gave her and she likes to read the Koran.

Anyway, here are some things that she has been reading in the Koran. I do not know which translations she possesses. So, I quote from Sahih International, Pickthall, and Yusuf Ali. All three are quite popular translations. I also used Shakir for one quotation.

About Satan

Whoso taketh Satan for a comrade, a bad comrade hath he. (Koran 4:38, Pickthall)

O you who have believed, do not follow the footsteps of Satan. And whoever follows the footsteps of Satan – indeed, he enjoins immorality and wrongdoing. And if not for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy, not one of you would have been pure, ever, but Allah purifies whom He wills, and Allah is Hearing and Knowing. (Koran 24:21, Sahih International)

Indeed, Satan is an enemy to you; so take him as an enemy. He only invites his party to be among the companions of the Blaze. (Koran 35:6, Sahih International)

Did I not enjoin upon you, O children of Adam, that you not worship Satan – [for] indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. (Koran 36:60, Sahih International)

God

Say (unto the People of the Scripture): Dispute ye with us concerning Allah when He is our Lord and your Lord? Ours are our works and yours your works. We look to Him alone. (Koran 2:139, Pickthall)

And argue not with the People of the Scripture unless it be in (a way) that is better, save with such of them as do wrong; and say: We believe in that which hath been revealed unto us and revealed unto you; our God and your God is One, and unto Him we surrender. (Koran 29:46, Pickthall)

The People of the Scripture are the Jews and the Christians. The Jews do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah. Christians and Muslims do. Muhammad and the first generation Muslims worshiped the same God that Christians worshiped. They were Trinitarians.

Forgiveness

A kind word with forgiveness is better than almsgiving followed by injury. Allah is Absolute, Clement. (Koran 2:263, Pickthall)

And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous Who spend [in the cause of Allah] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good; and those who, when they commit an immorality or wrong themselves [by transgression], remember Allah and seek forgiveness for their sins – and who can forgive sins except Allah? – and [who] do not persist in what they have done while they know. (Koran 3:133-135, Sahih International)

And let not those of virtue among you and wealth swear not to give [aid] to their relatives and the needy and the emigrants for the cause of Allah, and let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. (Koran 24:22, Sahih International)

Tell those who believe to forgive those who hope not for the days of Allah; in order that He may requite folk what they used to earn. (Koran 45:14, Pickthall)

So whatever thing you have been given – it is but [for] enjoyment of the worldly life. But what is with Allah is better and more lasting for those who have believed and upon their Lord rely and those who avoid the major sins and immoralities, and when they are angry, they forgive, and those who have responded to their lord and established prayer and whose affair is [determined by] consultation among themselves, and from what We have provided them, they spend. And those who, when tyranny strikes them, they defend themselves, And the retribution for an evil act is an evil one like it, but whoever pardons and makes reconciliation – his reward is [due] from Allah. Indeed, He does not like wrongdoers. (Koran 46:36-40, Sahih International)

Love and Hate

Lo! ye are those who love them though they love you not, and ye believe in all the Scripture. (Koran 3:119, Pickthall)

O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is acquainted with what you do. (Koran 5:8, Sahih International)

Overcome Evil with Good

Such as persevere in seeking their Lord’s Countenance and are regular in prayer and spend of that which We bestow upon them secretly and openly, and overcome evil with good. Theirs will be the sequel of the (heavenly) Home, Gardens of Eden which they enter, along with all who do right of their fathers and their helpmeets and their seed. The angels enter unto them from every gate, (Saying): Peace be unto you because ye persevered. Ah, passing sweet will be the sequel of the (heavenly) Home. (Koran 13:22-24, Pickthall)

Do Good to Others

But seek, through that which Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters. (Koran 28:77, Sahih International)

If any does good, the reward to him is better than his deed; but if any does evil, the doers of evil are only punished (to the extent) of their deeds. (Koran 28:84, Yusuf Ali)

Feed the Poor

Surely the righteous shall drink of a cup the admixture of which is camphor, a fountain from which the servants of Allah shall drink; they make it to flow a (goodly) flowing forth. They fulfill vows and fear a day the evil of which shall be spreading far and wide. And they give food out of love for Him to the poor and the orphan and the captive: We only feed you for Allah’s sake; we desire from you neither reward nor thanks: surely we fear from our Lord a stern, distressful day. (Koran 76:5-10, Shakir)

God’s Mercy

The Mercy of Allah is (always) near to those who do good. (Koran 7:56, Yusuf Ali)

My mercy encompasses all things. (Koran 7:156, Sahih International)

But Allah is the best guardian, and He is the most merciful of the merciful. (Koran 12:64, Sahih International)

Paradise

We [angels] were your allies in worldly life and [are so] in the Hereafter. And you will have therein whatever your souls desire, and you will have therein whatever you request [or wish]. (Koran 41:31, Sahih International)

The Bible

Say (O Muslims): We believe in Allah and that which is revealed unto us and that which was revealed unto Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the tribes, and that which Moses and Jesus received, and that which the prophets received from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and unto Him we have surrendered. (Koran 2:136, Pickthall)

Be ye faithful servants of the Lord by virtue of your constant teaching of the Scripture and of your constant study thereof. (Koran 3:79, Pickthall)

O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His messenger and the Scripture which He hath revealed unto His messenger, and the Scripture which He revealed aforetime. Whoso disbelieveth in Allah and His angels and His scriptures and His messengers and the Last Day, he verily hath wandered far astray. (Koran 4:136, Pickthall)

Lo! those who disbelieve in Allah and His messengers, and seek to make distinction between Allah and His messengers, and say: We believe in some and disbelieve in others, and seek to choose a way in between; such are disbelievers in truth; and for disbelievers We prepare a shameful doom. But those who believe in Allah and His messengers and make no distinction between any of them, unto them Allah will give their wages; and Allah was ever Forgiving, Merciful. (Koran 4:150-152, Pickthall)

The Koran does not want us Christians to throw away our Bibles. We are supposed to read and study them.

The Koran Confirms the Bible

He hath revealed unto thee (Muhammad) the Scripture with truth, confirming that which was (revealed) before it, even as He revealed the Torah and the Gospel. Aforetime, for a guidance to mankind; and hath revealed the Criterion (of right and wrong). Lo! those who disbelieve the revelations of Allah, theirs will be a heavy doom. Allah is Mighty, able to Requite (the wrong). (Koran 3:3,4, Pickthall)

And unto thee have We revealed the Scripture with the truth, confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher over it. So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and follow not their desires away from the truth which hath come unto thee. For each We have appointed a divine law and a traced-out way. Had Allah willed He could have made you one community. But that He may try you by that which He hath given you (He hath made you as ye are). So vie one with another in good works. Unto Allah ye will all return, and He will then inform you of that wherein ye differ. (Koran 5:48, Pickthall)

This Qur’an is not such as can be produced by other than Allah; on the contrary it is a confirmation of (revelations) that went before it, and a fuller explanation of the Book – wherein there is no doubt – from the Lord of the worlds. (Koran 10:37, Yusuf Ali)

Nothing is said to you, [O Muhammad], except what was already said to the messengers before you. Indeed, your Lord is a possessor of forgiveness and a possessor of painful penalty. (Koran 41:43, Sahih International)

The Koran teaches the same thing that the Bible teaches. Therefore, any interpretation of the Koran that differs with that of the Bible is an incorrect one.

Jesus

Let the People of the Gospel judge by that which Allah hath revealed therein. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are evil-livers. (Koran 5:47, Pickthall)

That is because Allah, He is the Truth and because He quickeneth the dead, and because He is able to do all things; and because the Hour will come, there is no doubt thereof; and because Allah will raise those who are in the graves. (Koran 22:6,7, Pickthall)

Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6, NKJV)

Allah is the truth. Jesus is the Truth. Jesus is Allah.

For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth — those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.  (John 5:26-29, NKJV)

Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:53,54, NKJV)

Allah will raise those who are in the graves. Jesus will raise those who are in the graves. Jesus is Allah.

Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. (Koran 24:35, Sahih International)

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12, NKJV)

Maybe, Lindsay does not know this, but the Greek word translated “world” in John 8:12 is kosmos. This word can also be translated universe. Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth, that is, the universe. Jesus is the light of the universe. Jesus is Allah, but He is not a partner with Allah. The Koran teaches the Trinitarian doctrine of us Christians. One has to look for it, but it is there.

The Followers of Jesus

(And remember) when Allah said: O Jesus! Lo! I am gathering Thee and causing Thee to ascend unto Me, and am cleansing Thee of those who disbelieve and am setting those who follow Thee above those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then unto Me ye will (all) return, and I shall judge between you as to that wherein ye used to differ. (Koran 3:55, Pickthall)

The Gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church. (Matthew 16:18) The Koran agrees.

Do Not Gullibly Believe Everything that You are Told

And pursue not that of which thou hast no knowledge; for every act of hearing, or of seeing or of (feeling in) the heart will be enquired into (on the Day of Reckoning). (Koran 17:36, Yusuf Ali)

Among them are unlettered folk who know the Scripture not except from hearsay. They but guess. (Koran 2:78, Pickthall)

And they have no knowledge thereof. They follow but a guess, and lo! a guess can never take the place of the truth. (Koran 53:28, Pickthall)

The Koran teaches us to use our minds and check things out. We need to find out if what we are being told is true or not. We should not be gullible and believe everything that people tell us.

I hope that Lindsay uses her mind and tries to understand the Koran along with the Bible. I have browsed the internet and have read things written by other Christians who have read the Koran. They see some of the same things that I see. In many places, it appears that Muhammad had some misconceptions about what Christians actually believe. Then, I remembered that there were heretical Christians sects living in the Middle East in ancient times. He was denouncing the heretical Christian sects and not the Orthodox Christians. He recognized that there were different sects of Christians. (Koran 19:37; 21:93) There were the Maryamites, the Sabellians, the Tritheists, the Arians, the Paulinianists, the Nestorians, and other heretical sects. Twice in the Koran, Orthodox Christians are called “believers.” (Koran 30:2-5; 85:7)

The Koran is a good book. There is a lot of good spiritual teaching in it. However, like I said before, the problem is the interpretation of the sacred texts and not the texts themselves. Many Sunni and Shiite Muslims would probably disagree with my interpretations of some of the passages. They rely on the Sunna which was written down two hundred to three hundred years after Muhammad died in 632. I use the Bible, the Church Fathers, and the Ecumenical Church Councils to try to understand it. The Koran confirms the Bible and Muhammad worshiped the Holy Trinity. Therefore, the Koran teaches my faith.

I am glad Lindsay is reading the Koran. However, if she ever abandons the Bible and allows the Koran to replace it, she will “wander far astray.” (Koran 4:136) I hope that never happens. I am glad to see that she is getting her life back on track.

Virgin Jihad

June 4, 2016 Leave a comment

In our secular American culture, sex sells. There are so many advertisements which display a sexy woman in them in order to keep men watching the ad. The car companies and the beer companies are particularly good at that. Look at the car commercials. There is a sexy woman in just about every one of them. The same is true about the beer commercials. Hollywood in its movies promotes sex. Sex outside of marriage is considered acceptable in our secular society and sex without commitment is depicted in many films. A man and a woman make love without being married. This is considered acceptable and is promoted in our secular media. When someone has a different view about this subject — a conservative religious view, that person usually becomes ostracized by the ones who are practicing the dictates of secularism, but what about virgin jihad?

In the Epistle of Jeremiah, the pagan polytheistic Chaldean women reproached women who failed to be chosen by a man for sexual purposes.

The women also with cords about them, sitting in the ways, burn bran for perfume: but if any of them, drawn by some that passeth by, lie with him, she reproacheth her fellow, that she was not thought as worthy as herself, nor her cord broken. (Epistle of Jeremiah 43)

That is how people are today. You must get laid or else something is wrong with you. In Exodus it says:

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil. (Exodus 23:2, KJV)

Just because everyone else is doing something which is wrong does not mean that what they are  doing is all right.

Fornication, adultery, and rape were capital offenses in the time of Moses. (Deuteronomy 22:16-27) If those Old Testament laws were implemented today in our 21st century American society, how many people do you think would be stoned to death? Maybe at least half of the senior class at your local high school would never graduate from high school because they would have been executed. One of our former Presidents would not be helping his wife run for the office of the Presidency if those laws were applied to him.

The Lord is clear. He says:

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21-23, NKJV)

St. Paul tells us that one of the things that is clearly God’s will for each of us is that we abstain from sexual immorality. Sexual immorality is very broad in its scope and includes adultery and fornication.

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality. (I Thessalonians 4:3, NKJV)

St. Paul also warns Christians not to be deceived. People who practice adultery and fornication will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the Kingdom of God. (I Corinthians 6:9,10, NKJV)

For the unmarried man or woman, chastity can be difficult to maintain in our secular society. St. John of the Ladder in his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, says:

A chaste man is someone who has driven out bodily love by means of divine love, who has used heavenly fire to quench the fires of the flesh. (The Ladder of Divine Ascent, “On Chastity,” by St. John of the Ladder, page 171, translated by Colm Luibheid and Norman Russell, Paulist Press, New York, New York, copyright 1982 by the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle, ISBN: 0-8091-2330-4)

Replace lust with love for God. Instead of sin, practice obedience to God and doing good.

There are some young people who still want to save themselves for marriage. They should not be ostracized and ridiculed. Remember that fornicators will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Here is a video of a young girl who has decided to wait until marriage before having sex.

I think that the young lady has made the right choice and people should respect her choice.

In the Koran, it says:

And those who do not invoke with Allah another deity or kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed], except by right, and do not commit unlawful sexual intercourse. And whoever should do that will meet a penalty. Multiplied for him is the punishment on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein humiliated – except for those who repent, believe and do righteous work. For them Allah will replace their evil deeds with good. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful. (Koran 25:68-70, Sahih International)

And go not nigh to fornication; surely it is an indecency and an evil way. (Koran 17:32, Shakir)

The word translated “unlawful sexual intercourse” in the 25th Surah and “fornication” in the 17th Surah is the same word, zina. Zina means sex outside of marriage. So, any kind of sex outside of marriage, whether it be pre-marital or extra-marital is a sin according to the Koran. The Bible, as we have already seen, teaches the same thing.

Here is a video of a young, practicing Muslim woman.

I think that it is a sad commentary on Western Christianity that so many young church-going men and women have already had sex before marriage. Maybe, the problem is the theology. Many people have bought into the doctrine of easy-believism. They think that being saved by grace has granted them unlimited permission to sin.

“Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:26) If someone does not truly believe the words of Jesus in St. Matthew 7:21-23 and those words of St. Paul in I Thessalonians 4:3 and I Corinthians 6:9,10, then, of couse, he or she will think that it is all right to fornicate with someone or commit adultery with another person’s spouse. Therefore, such a person is merely professing faith in Christ without truly  possessing faith in Christ.

As I have already said in a previous blog, the Gospel is the life and teachings of Christ, not three or four Bible verses and a prayer. We need to believe and practice the whole Gospel. We are saved by God’s mercy, but we must still be busy climbing the spiritual ladder of obedience to God.

Then, of course, among the Muslims,  there is virgin jihad. Now, watch this video.

Way to go, girl! That definitely looked like a fitnah! Put the jihad on him!

I would like to encourage all of the single men and women reading this blog to abstain from sex until marriage. The Holy Prophet Elijah, the Holy Prophet Jeremiah, the Holy Prophet Daniel, St. John the Baptist, Jesus, and the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary never had sex. If they can go without sex for their whole lives, then you should be able, with God’s help, to do the same until marriage. Pray, fast, and replace lust with love for God.

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