Hell: Covenant: Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Part 15

COMPARISON, QUESTIONS, CONCLUSION

To achieve this, we will briefly touch on a few subjects we have already investigated.

Mohammad had stated: (Koran 18:102- Quaranic Arabic Corpus: Mohsin Khan) “Do then those who disbelieve think they can take My slaves [i.e., the angels, Allah’s Messengers, ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), etc.] as Auliya’ (lords, gods, protectors, etc.) besides Me? Verily, We have prepared Hell as an entertainment for the disbelievers (in the oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism).

(Koran 4:171 Quaranic Arabic Corpus: Mohsin Khan) O people of the scripture (Jews and Christians)! Do not exceed the limits of your religion, nor say of Allah aught but the truth. The Messiah ‘Iesa (Jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary), was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah and His Word, (“Be” – and he was) which was bestowed on Maryam (Mary) and a spirit (Ruh) created by Him; so believe in Allah and His Messengers.

Say not: Three (trinity)!” Cease! (it is) better for you. For Allah is (the only) One Ilah (God), Glory be to Him (Far Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is AllSufficient as a Disposer of affairs.

(Koran 21:97-101- Quaranic Arabic Corpus: Mohsin Khan) (97) And the true promise (Day of Resurrection) shall draw near (of fulfillment). Then (when mankind is resurrected from their graves), you shall see the eyes of the disbelievers fixedly stare in horror. (They will say): “Woe to us! We were indeed heedless of this; nay, but we were Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc). (98) “Certainly You (disbelievers) and that which you are worshipping now besides Allah, are (but) fuel for Hell! (Surely), you will enter it.” YET:

(99) Had these (idols, etc.) been aliha (gods)’ they would not have entered there (Hell), and all of them will abide therein.(100) Therein breathing out with deep sighs and roaring will be their portion, and therein they will hear not.(101) Verily for those whom the good has preceded from Us, they will be removed far therefrom (Hell) [e.g. ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary); ‘Uzair (Ezra), etc.].” Mohammad is saying Jesus will go to heaven even though Mohammad had just called Jesus a hell-bound liar and a hell-bound polytheist!

Concerning liars: (Koran 3:61- Quaranic Arabic Corpus: Mohsin Khan) Then whoever disputes with you concerning him [‘Iesa (Jesus)] after (all this) knowledge that has come to you, [i.e. ‘Iesa (Jesus)] being a slave of Allah, and having no share in Divinity) say: (O Muhammad SAW) “Come, let us call our sons and your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and your selves – then we pray and invoke (sincerely) the Curse of Allah upon those who lie.”

(Koran 21:97-101 again from two paragraphs above esp. V.101- Quaranic Arabic Corpus: Mohsin Khan) This is an ABSOLUTELY CONTRADICTORY Koranic chapter and verses from Mohammad because (John 14:8-23 esp. V.9 keywords: he that hath seen me hath seen the Father, 18, 20 & 23 keyword: our) Jesus plainly stated He IS PART OF THE TRINITY.

The whole Koran ABSOLUTELY CONDEMNS (polytheism- POLYTHEISTS) and the Koran states those Christians who believe what Jesus said (lies according to the Koran) will go to hell YET Mohammad states Jesus will not go to hell but will go to paradise! AND:

Mohammad goes to great lengths throughout the Koran to say the trinity of God is a lie and those who believe such will go to hell! According to Mohammad, Allah gave him the Koran which is Allah’s true, (Koran 2:85) final word which says liars will go to hell. YET:

(John 14:6 keyword: truth) Jesus said I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me. (John 14:9) Jesus said He is God the Father manifested in the flesh. (John 14:16-23 esp. V.16, 17, 18, 20 keyword: in & V.23) Jesus said He and His Father (God) are the Comforter (Holy Spirit) and they will make their abode (dwelling place) in those who keep Jesus’ words.

*First question for Muslims: How do you explain that Mohammad, under the inspiration of a spirit, said all liars will go to hell, he said Jesus was a liar, yet Mohammad also said Jesus and Jesus’ Mother Maryam (Mary) would go to heaven?  

Under the inspiration of a spirit Muhammad said; (Koran 2:256 The Quran Arabic Corpus: Mohsin Khan) “There is no compulsion in religion.” YET: (Koran 47:4 The Quran Arabic Corpus: Mohsin Khan) “Thus you are ordered by Allah to continue carrying out Jihad against the disbelievers til they embrace Islam (i.e. are saved from the punishment in the Hell-fire)” which is a contradiction!

*Second question for Muslims: Why would Allah want someone for a follower who was forced to accept Islam without choice or without love for Allah except to avoid being murdered?

(Koran 42:11 The Quran Arabic Corpus: Yusuf Ali, Mohsin Khan & the other four translators) There is nothing whatever like unto him” SO: Muhammad said man is not made in God’s image and (Gen. 1:26) the Holy Bible says man is made in God’s image.

Please read the Wikipedia article “Islamic views on evolution” which lists some Islamic authors and gives their writings that explain several Islamic views on the creation of man including the evolution of man. The References section at the end of the short article contains a vast amount of information on the subject by a huge number of authors if you wish to study them in depth. SO:

*Third and fourth questions for Muslims. Third) Which view of evolution do you accept as part of your faith in Allah (Islam)? OR: Fourth) Which view of creation do you accept as part of your faith in Allah (Islam)?

(Koran 2:62 The Quran Arabic Corpus: Yusuf Ali) Those who believe (in the Quran), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

(Koran 3:85 The Quran Arabic Corpus: Muhammad Sarwar) No religion other than Islam (submission to the will of God) will be accepted from anyone. Whoever follows a religion other than Islam will be lost on the Day of Judgment.

*Fifth question for Muslims. How can you trust the spirit who inspired Mohammad to speak these contradictory statements? NO, I AM NOT ATTACKING your religion of Islam, I AM NOT ATTACKING your Prophet Mohammad, BUT I AM QUESTIONING the identity of the spirit who gave Mohammad his revelations. I DO want us, you and I, with all the sincerity and love in my heart, to be in heaven together AND if you will bear with me a few more minutes of reading perhaps we, you and I, can come to an agreement.

(Isa. 46:9-10, 1Cor. 2:7 & 1Pet. 1:19-20) As we have seen; God is supreme in all things and knows all things since before He made the world. (Gen. 2:7-25) God created the first man and woman and they were perfect, they had no awareness of good or evil. (Gen. 2:16-17) God programmed Adam’s conscience and gave them the power to make choices. (Gen. 2:19-22 key: talking & 3:8 keyword: walking) They were in a perfect, personal relationship with God.

(Gen. 2:9-17) God had placed the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden and God programmed the Man’s conscience to not eat of it. (Gen. 3:22) God had also placed the tree of life in Eden which would give the man and woman eternal life if they ate from it.

(Gen. 3:1-13) (V.6) The woman and the man were attracted to the forbidden thing. The serpent (Lucifer, Satan, the devil) (V.13) beguiled (to delude, to deceive, to lead astray) Eve, she ate of the forbidden tree and shared it with Adam. (V. 7-11) The man and woman were changed, they knew both good and evil, they had lost their innocence, their nature had changed into the carnal human nature that is evident in every human today. THEY HAD CHOSEN DEATH INSTEAD OF LIFE! PEOPLE ARE STILL FREE TO MAKE THAT SAME CHOICE TODAY. DEATH OR LIFE?

(Gen. 3:6) Wanting the forbidden thing had become part of their carnal human nature. (Gen.3:12-13) Self-justification had become part of their carnal human nature and blaming someone else for their sin had become part of their carnal human nature. (Gen. 3:14-24) God banished them and their knowledge of good and evil (carnal human nature) from Eden and that human nature of wanting the forbidden thing, justifying what they did and blaming someone else for their sin was passed on to every human ever born right on down to us, you and me.

Again: (Rom. 5:12) We have seen that Man’s pure nature from God was changed to a carnal nature by Eve and Adam’s choice to disobey God (sin) in Eden and that carnal nature was handed down to all of us. That is easily verified in our children, yours and mine. When a child is old enough to realize something has a value to that child his first instinct is to take it by asking for it, take it by force, by theft, or whatever means is available to him. When a child understands he has gotten into trouble for a transgression his first instinct is to lie to escape punishment.

Children will be taught whatever “proper behavior” is acceptable by his family. It is called conscience programming. Conscience is the individual’s awareness of what is right and what is wrong. As a child grows and his world broadens his community starts programming his conscience, then eventually his society has its share in his conscience programming. Everything, his religion, his government, all of his society and nation has its part in his conscience programming.

It is easy to see that conscience is a product of a person’s personal values that have been programmed into him by people which is exampled by a headhunter taught to take the head of a member of some other tribe, or a drug cartel member to sell death to whosoever wants it and has the price, or a Muslim’s faith in Islam, or, in America, to go to a church or religion of his choice or not to go to any church or religion. SO: programmed values produce a conscience which results in actions.

CONSIDER THIS

Unrighteous, unsanctified, unjustified Man can not live holy enough to earn his way back to a personal Eden relationship with God. Man has nothing valuable enough to purchase a personal Eden relationship with God. Man can not generate enough true faith by his lists of rituals and his lists of behaviors to deserve a personal Eden relationship with God. Man does not have the strength to take back a personal Eden relationship with God.

IF MAN IS TO COME BACK TO GOD THEN GOD HIMSELF MUST TAKE AN ACTION TO BRING MAN BACK TO HIM AND ONLY GOD HAS THE POWER AND AUTHORITY TO DECIDE HOW HE DOES IT.

God banished mankind from Eden and only the eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, holy God is qualified and able to set the requirements for flawed mankind with his carnal human nature to come back into a personal Eden relationship with God. Mankind’s various self-devised and/or Satan inspired lists of rituals and lists of behaviors (Isa. 64:6-7 keywords: filthy rags & Rom. 3:9-19) bring forth an imaginary righteousness that is only useless, filthy rags to God.

If you have read the fourteen articles preceding this one you already know (Gen. 3:15) that God Himself prophesied in the Garden of Eden that the seed (one) of the woman (the virgin Mary- Luke 1:35- overshadowed by the Holy Ghost- Spirit) was coming and would bruise the serpent’s head and the serpent’s seed (one Satan seed, Luke 22:3 keywords: then entered Satan into Judas) would bruise his (the man- Jesus) heel (think nail- crucified).

(1John 3:8) This one Man would destroy the works of the serpent (Rev. 12:9 keywords: great dragon, old serpent, Devil, Satan). More than three hundred places in the Old Testament prophesy about this one man. Here are a few: (Isaiah 7:14) The one Man would be born of a virgin and his name would be Immanuel (with us is God).

(Isaiah 45:21) One man who would be a Saviour (to save, brought salvation), (Isaiah 49:26) a Redeemer (one who releases a captive) (Isaiah 52:14) who would be beaten until His face was marred more than any man, (Isaiah 53:1-12) (V.4) one man who would be stricken, smitten and afflicted as he bore our griefs (mine and yours) and carried our sorrows (mine and yours), (V.5) one man who would be wounded for our transgressions (mine and yours), bruised for our iniquities (mine and yours), chastised to give us peace and heal us (me and you) with his stripes (scourge, whip).

(V.6) We have all gone astray (error) and that iniquity (guilt, blame) was laid on the one Man. (V.7) That one Man was brought as a lamb to the slaughter (V.8) and cut off from the land of the living (killed) for our (mine and yours) transgressions (deviation, willful disregard, breaking God’s law) (V.11) to justify many by bearing their iniquities (mine and yours), (V.12) and this one Man carried the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors (me and you). 

*Sixth question for Muslims. Muslim scholars accept Isaiah as an Islamic prophet. Mohammad never did any of the above things the one Man (Jesus our Saviour and Redeemer) did to carry our sins (mine and yours). SO: Why are none of these prophesies of Isaiah concerning a future Saviour and a Redeemer written in the Koran or the Ahadiths?

In Part 14: (Heb. 10:1-4) Remember the innocent animals? Remember the innocent blood? Each and every animal that shed its blood and gave its life in the bloody ritual of sacrifice, countless millions of them, was a prophesy that one Man, (2Cor. 5:21 & 1Pet. 2:21-22) an innocent Man, would come (Matt. 27:4) to shed His innocent blood, (Heb. 10:10) and that one Man was the Ultimate Sacrifice, (Heb. 12:12-20 esp. V.12 keywords: one sacrifice for sins for ever: and V.19 keywords: by the blood of Jesus) one time for ever, by the blood of Jesus, (1John 1:7 & 2:2) to cleanse man from sin (me and you).

(Koran 38:21-26 The Quran Arabic Corpus: All the interpreters) Islam claims David (Dawood, Dawud) as a great Prophet, King and warrior. SEE: www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=170587319640179 YET:

David prophesied; (Psa. 22:1 keywords: My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me) Mohammad and Islam does not mention David’s prophesy of the exact words the one Man, Jesus, would say on the cross<(Matt. 27:46). They do not mention (Psa. 22:7-8) that the one Man would be mocked and reviled<(Mark 15:31-32), (Psa. 22:16 keywords: they pierced my hands and my feet) that the one Man would have His hands and feet pierced (crucified)<(John 20:25).

AND (Psa. 22:18 keywords: They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture) “And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.”<(Mark 15:24)

(Psa. 16:1-11 a Michtam- a poem- of David) And David prophesied in this poem (V.10) that God would not let his Holy One see corruption and God did not let His Holy One see corruption because God raised the one Man, Jesus, from the dead<(Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:6-7 & Luke 24:6-7) then (1Cor. 15:1-8 esp. V.6 keywords: above- more than- five hundred at once) and there were many witnesses to prove it.

One cannot help but wonder, with all the prophesies listed in this whole commentary from the Biblical prophets Mohammad and Islam claim as their own, why the writers of the Koran and its associated ahadiths ignored what those prophets said?

THIS IS WHY AND HOW GOD DID IT

NOTE: Some of these Biblical words have their Greek definition immediately after the word in parenthesis and italics with the highlighting removed to promote understanding so the reader will know exactly what God is saying in His Holy Word. This information is far too critical concerning your eternal destination to leave room for mistakes. END OF NOTE.

There is nothing pure enough, nor perfect enough, nor worth enough, nor strong enough to return mankind to a personal Eden relationship with God except Jesus. It was God’s choice to do it through Jesus because:

OFFERED TO ANY JEW, MUSLIM OR OTHER GENTILE

#1) God’s gift of salvation and redemption to man is: (John 3:16-21) (V.16) For God so loved (Rom. 5:8 God loved man while we were yet sinners) the world (the inhabitants of the world), that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth (to depend on Jesus for salvation, to entrust one's spiritual well-being to Jesus) in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (Isa. 42:6, Luke 2:21-35 esp. V.32, John 8:12 & 2Cor. 4:4 keyword in all: light) Jesus is the light of the world.

(V.17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (V.18) He that believeth (to depend on Jesus for salvation, to entrust one's spiritual well-being to Jesus) on him is not condemned (damnatory sentence); but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

(V.19) “And this is the condemnation, that light (illumination to reveal and impart life) has come into the world, and men loved darkness (obscurity, spiritual blindness) rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (V.20) For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved (show to be guilty). (V.21) But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be manifest (visible), that they are wrought (performed) in God.”

 #2) (Eph. 2:4-11 esp. V.8 keyword: gift) To receive God’s gift of salvation: (Rom. 10:8-13) (V.8) “But what sayeth it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; (V.9) That if thou shalt confess (acknowledge) with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe (to depend on Jesus for salvation, to entrust one's spiritual well-being to Jesus) in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (V.10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

(V.11) “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth (to depend on Jesus for salvation, to entrust one's spiritual well-being to Jesus) on him shall not be ashamed. (V.12) For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek (any Gentile- a non-Jew- you and me): for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. (V.13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

NOTE: (Rom. 10:9 second paragraph above) “If thou shalt confess (acknowledge) with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,” If you are praying to Jesus you are already confessing your belief in him. END OF NOTE.

#3) (Acts 2:38 keyword: gift) God’s gift of the Holy Spirit: (Eph. 1:12-14) (V.12) “That we should be to the praise of his glory who first trusted in Christ. (V.13) In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel (the good news about Jesus- that Jesus provided the way for man to return to a personal Eden relationship with God) of your salvation (deliverance, preservation): in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed (to attest to ownership, belonging to) with that Holy Spirit of promise (God’s guarantee by His Own Law),

(V.14) Which is the earnest (advance payment as security that the rest will be paid) of our inheritance (participation in and share of- denotes a relationship) until the redemption (the collecting to take home) of the purchased (bought) possession (ownership), unto the praise of his glory.” (John 14:23) The Holy Spirit is the living presence of God and Jesus who take up their abode (home) within your soul. (1Pet. 3:21) "Baptism is the answer (statement) of a good (clear, clean) conscience (knowledge of right and wrong) toward (to or into- indicating the point or place you have reached with) God."

Baptism physically shows the spiritual event that you are born again; going into the water= spiritual dying, under water= spiritual death, coming up out of the water= spiritual rebirth as a new creation in Christ. (John 3:3) “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (2Cor. 5:17-18) (V.17) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation): old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (V.18) And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,” 

JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY GOD HAS CHOSEN TO RECONCILE MANKIND TO HIMSELF!

#4) God’s gift of the sure knowledge through the Holy Spirit that you are reconciled to God: The above mentioned Holy Spirit tells you that you are saved from your sins and saved from being lost, you will know it! You will feel immeasurably more loved than you have ever been, you will know your sins are forgiven and that you are saved because God tells you. 

(John 14:15-26) (V.15) “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” When you believe, repent and ask Jesus to save you, you have obeyed the first grace covenant commandment which was to repent and ask to be saved. (V.17) “The Spirit of truth (the Holy Spirit) whom the world (the unsaved- lost- people) cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. At that time (Rom. 3:22) you are given Jesus’ righteousness, (1Cor. 1:30) Jesus’ sanctification (Rom. 3:24-26 & 4:24-24) and Jesus’ justification.

After you have obtained God’s (Rom. 3:21-26 esp. V.24) salvation and redemption through Jesus (Eph.2:19) “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;” (Rom. 8:15-17) (V.15) You have received the Spirit of adoption and can call God Abba, Father (V.16) The Spirit beareth witness with our spirit that you are a child of God (V.17) and you are an heir of God and a joint-heir with Jesus to the glory of God’s future kingdom (heaven).

#5) God’s gift of keeping you (and me) in spite of your (also my) failures, flaws and sin: (Heb. 4:14-16) (V.14) “Seeing then that we have a great high (highest) priest (one who offers sacrifice), that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession (conclusion of an agreement).

(V.15) For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted (tested) like as we are, yet without sin. (V.16) Let us therefore come boldly (freedom and confidence) unto the throne (king’s seat of power) of grace (favor, kindness, blessing brought to man by Jesus), that we may obtain mercy (pity, compassion), and find grace to help (aid) in time of need (poverty, want, lack).”

REALISM

Jesus lived in a human body with all its hormones and emotions AND HE KNOWS. HE UNDERSTANDS BEING TEMPTED (TESTED). HE LIVED AS US (YOU AND ME) AND JESUS KNOWS HOW HARD IT IS TO RESIST SIN BUT HE DID NOT SIN. Jesus was the Perfect Sacrifice; INNOCENT MAN, INNOCENT BLOOD! Thus (Heb.10:11-12) Jesus needs no successor (Heb. 7:25-28 & 1John 1:7 thru 2:2 esp. 2:1 keyword: advocate) because Jesus ever lives to make intercession for His Christians.

(1Tim. 3:16 keywords: God was manifest- defined: visible- in the flesh) Jesus is the perfect High Priest because He understands us; HE UNDERSTANDS US! (1John 4:7-19 esp. V.8 & 16 then 14 keywords: the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour) God is holy so His love is pure love; PURE LOVE (Jesus) PUTS ITSELF IN THE PLACE OF ANOTHER (empathy). PURE LOVE SHARES MAN’S CURSED LIFE (understanding). PURE LOVE SHARES OUR ANXIETY, UNCERTAINTY AND TEARS (sympathy).

PURE LOVE IS FILLED WITH TENDER PITY, GRACE, KINDNESS, AND IS GRACIOUS, GENEROUS, MERCIFUL, LONGSUFFERING TOWARD US, AND PURE LOVE WANTS WHAT IS BEST FOR US. SO PURE LOVE IS (a giver of gifts). You have read how God gave us five of those gifts above and #5) is given to preserve us thus Jesus is the ultimate Satisfier because (1John 2:1) Jesus is our Advocate (defense councilor) with the Father.

(Heb. 4:15) Jesus is the ultimate Sympathizer. JESUS, PURE LOVE, HAS EMPATHY, UNDERSTANDING AND SYMPATHY FOR US, HIS REDEEMED PEOPLE WHEN WE SIN. (Heb. 4:14-16) Therefore, sinless Jesus is qualified to sit on the throne of grace for us. (V.15) For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted (tested) like as we are, yet without sin.”

(V.16) “Let us therefore come boldly (freedom and confidence) unto the throne (king’s seat of power) of grace (favor, kindness, blessing brought to man by Jesus), that we may obtain mercy (pity, compassion), and find grace to help (aid) in time of need (poverty, want, lack).” Because:

(1John 1:3-4 esp. V.4 keywords: that your- Christians- joy may be full) SO: (1John 1:7-10) (V.7) “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us (John the revelated Bible writer has included himself) from all sin. (V.8) If we (Christians) say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (V.9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (V.10) If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

(Heb. 4:14-16) Yes, Christians do sin BUT now you know how a Christian's sins are cleansed away by the blood of Jesus at Jesus' throne of grace. And (1John 1:3) our "fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

THE HOLY BIBLE

The Holy Bible was written by at least forty authors over a period of fifteen hundred years (2Tim. 3:16-17) as they were inspired by God (2Pet. 2:20-21) through the Holy Spirit and not of their own will or any private interpretation. They lived at different times separated by hundreds of years and many of them were strangers to each other. The authoring of the Holy Bible spanned a vast spectrum of time during Middle Eastern turmoil as some examples are shown below and many of those authors are claimed as prophets by the Koran.

They authored before Israel became a nation (Moses), while Israel was establishing a nation (Joshua), when Israel was a powerful, conquering nation (Isaiah, David, Samuel), when Israel was a failing nation (Jeremiah), when Israel was a conquered, subjugated nation (Ezekiel), when the population of Israel was held in bondage in foreign nations (Daniel, Ezra), when Israel was occupied and ready to disappear as a nation for nearly 2,000 years (Luke, Paul, Peter) and after Israel had disappeared as a nation and had been renamed Palestine by the Romans (John).

Under God's leading through the Holy Spirit these writings were collected into 66 books consisting of 1,189 chapters and 31,173 verses which was named the Holy Bible.

The common theme that threads through the whole Bible is that God is One (monotheism). (Rom. 1:20) The Godhead (Supreme Divinity) is One who is composed of three who are totally and completely one in identity, thought, power, purpose and will. God's presentation of Himself to man is (Gen. 1:1-31) God-spirit of life-the essence of life- life itself, (John 14:15-23 & Rom 8:9) Holy Spirit-God's soul/Creator/Comforter and (John 4:29-42) Jesus-body/Saviour. (Col. 2:8-9) In Jesus dwells all the Godhead bodily. God is one God.

(1Thess. 5:26 keywords: spirit, soul, body) Man, you and me, are spirit (life itself from God forever), soul (person, self,) and body (the visible person) (Gen. 1:26-27) "And God said, Let us make man in our image (resemblance), after our likeness (model, similitude)" of God. (Luke 16:22-30) These men died (breathing stopped) and were buried (body) but the spirit (life itself) went with their soul (person, self) to the place they had chosen to go. You are one man and I am one man and neither of us, or anybody else, is a trinity. Look at yourself and look within yourself to see this is the absolute truth. You are your own proof that you are made in God's image.

Read this: (Isaiah 41:8-16 esp. V.14 redeemer, 43:1-11 esp. V.3 Saviour, 49:3-7 esp. V.6 a light to the Gentiles & 53:1-12 esp. V.12 bare the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors) Israel is a chosen people, a prepared people, from which came the Redeemer, the Saviour, the Light, the Intercessor (Luke 16:19-31, John 5:21-30, 1Thess. 4:13-18, Rev. 20:6-15 & 21:1 thru 22:16) named Jesus who will gather into heaven all those who have accepted Him as Saviour, (Rom. 8:9-17) as verified by the Holy Spirit, (Rev. 21:1 thru 22:5 esp. 21:27 they which are written in the Lamb's book of life) where they will be in paradise to live with Him forever.

(Rev. 20:10-15) (V.15) "And whoever was not written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.") But the unbelievers will go be with Satan the devil in a place of fire and dying forever (second death) (Rev. 14:11) but they will never get the dying finished.

KORAN

An uneducated man named Mohammad received information from an unidentified spirit in the beginning. He was later told by his uncle who knew some of the Bible scriptures the spirit had to be the angel Gabriel. The giving of information lasted 22 years. Mohammad told various people his revelations and they recorded them. Those writings became the Koran. Various individuals wrote ahadith accounts of Mohammad's sayings generations after Mohammad's death which comprise the corpus of Islamic literature. The great bulk of Sharia (Islamic law) comes from the ahadith rather than the actual Koran. see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadith.

  IDEALISM

(Matt. 15:8-9) They honor me with their lips but their heart is far from me. In vain do they worship me teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Do you now realize how insulting it is to God when man thinks he can devise lists of rituals and lists of behaviors from some ill-conceived, self-righteous idealism that develops various religions which demand that infinite (unlimited) God will obey finite (limited) man and present man with a self-earned personal Eden relationship with God? God’s answer:

(Isaiah 64:6-7) (V.6) “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities (wickedness, evil, malicious), like the wind, have taken us away. (V.7) And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.”

SATAN

(Isaiah 14:12-14) Lucifer was a chief angel who rebelled against God because he wants to take God’s place. After he was cast out of Eden he had become known as Satan (adversary) an adversary against God (1Pet. 5:8) and an adversary against God’s people. (Ezek. 28:12-17) (V.12) The king of Tyrus ruled the ancient kingdom of Tyre which was an evil, mighty kingdom mentioned several times in Bible prophesy. It is obvious the evil king of Tyre was led by Satan. That is Satan’s pattern, he influences, inspires and leads people.

(V.13) God had created Lucifer (V.14 keyword: covereth) a cherub (a mighty angel) and anointed him to covereth (guard and protect). The only thing to guard and protect in Eden was the man and woman needed to be protected from eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Instead Lucifer rebelled, called God a liar, lied to them and murdered them because they eventually died. (John 8:44 keywords: liar, murderer) That also is Satan’s pattern, he lies and arranges the murder of people.

Jesus said (John 8:43-44) (V.43) Why do ye not understand my speech? Even because ye cannot hear my word. (V.44) Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father (a progenitor, bringing into being to pass on the potential for likeness) of it.” SO: Satan, the devil, is a murderer, a liar and the father of liars.

Satan’s pattern of operation was set from the very beginning of man. (Gen. 3:4-6) You have already read how Satan was a liar from the beginning because he lied to Eve about what God had said concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He was a murderer from the beginning because he murdered Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:22-24) when he caused them to disobey God (sin) and lose access to the tree of life, then they were cast out of the Garden of Eden because of their sin and they eventually died.

(Gen. 3:1-24 & Eph. 6:11-12) It is obvious there is a spiritual warfare between God and Satan (the Devil) for the souls of mankind. (Ezek. 28:13-17 esp. V.13 keyword: created) It is also obvious God created Satan (Lucifer) and all the angels.

(Gen. 3:1-14 esp. V.1, 4 & 5) Satan had a free will to choose (Ezek. 28:13-17 esp. V.15 keywords: iniquity was found in thee) to obey God or to disobey God. All the other angels had a free will to choose between God and Satan because (Rev. 12:4-9 esp. V.9, keywords; great dragon, old serpent, Devil, Satan) (V.4) one third of the angels chose to follow Satan (Rev. 20:9-15) but, just like mankind, Satan and his angels will be brought before God for a reckoning, a settling of old accounts, a retribution and an avenging.

Satan, (John 8:44) the Devil, seeks to murder you forever, (1Pet. 5:8) he seeks to spiritually devour you like a lion eats its prey so you will become part of his strength and thus work for him and be a liar and a murderer like him, (John 8:44) he will lie to you so you will destroy yourself and others, (2Cor. 4:4) he will blind your mind so you will not believe Jesus’ message of the gospel of Christ (good news) from God (2Cor. 11:13-15 esp. V.13 keywords: false apostles) and Satan can make you think your wrongness is righteousness. He is your greatest enemy. Here is how he does it.

(2Cor. 4:3-4) (V.3) “But if our gospel (good news concerning the redemption and salvation Jesus brought) be hid, it is hid from them that are lost. (V.4) In whom the god of this world (Satan, the devil) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine upon them.”

(2Cor. 11:14-15) (V.14) “And no marvel (to wonder at, to admire); for Satan himself is transformed (to disguise, transfer, transform self) into an angel (messenger) of light (an illuminator). (V.15) Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers (to run errands, attendants, teachers) also be transformed (same definition as above) as the ministers of righteousness (justification, equity of character or act); whose end (the conclusion of an act or state, termination, result) shall be according (to give as is due or appropriate) to their works (acts, deeds, labor).”

ARABIC WORLD AT THE TIME OF MOHAMMAD

The constant fighting and struggle among the clans and tribes for dominance or because of grievances and their dependence on and acceptance of innumerable, impersonal gods and goddesses, (Col. 1:9-17 esp. V.13-16 keywords; all things were created by him and for him) and man’s insatiable searching for a real God who would fulfill him simmered in the hearts of many Arabians at the time of Mohammad.

Family, clan and tribal pressure kept Arabians close to their Pagan worship practices. But the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) who lived in their society spoke of an invisible God who had created man and that made sense to many Arabians but they simply did not know how to approach that God. 

MOHAMMAD

Mohammad had lived a life of terrible loss. Time, after time, after time his loved ones were taken away from him by death. There was no time for education but Mohammad was obviously very intelligent. He was obviously very courageous because he had to grow strong, tenacious, self-assured and successful or be enslaved by the life that was forced upon him.

By his statements, many of which included statements, references, situations and people in the Holy Writings (Bible) of the People of the Book, that were recorded and included in the Koran Mohammad had obviously had much contact with the People of the Book and was fascinated by their concept of one universal God. BUT: The confusion, disarray, contentions, differences and outright sin by the People of the Book offended Mohammad’s inherent and learned sense of order. So, Mohammad decided to search out this one universal God by himself through meditation, fasting and prayer.

(John 6:44 & 12:32 keyword in both: draw) It is obvious Mohammad was spiritually drawn toward God and Jesus. Maybe no one had ever told Mohammad about this drawing of God scripture, or maybe they did and he did not believe the People of the Book because the groups acted so differently from each other. But the true church was united in its belief in a Saviour named Jesus (Isa. 1:26 & Acts 1:16) and the Jews were waiting for a King. (2Cor. 4:4 keyword: blinded) The angel who came to Mohammad blinded him to the gospel of Christ.

(2Cor. 4:3-4) (V.3) “But if our gospel (good news concerning the redemption and salvation Jesus brought) be hid, it is hid from them that are lost. (V.4) In whom the god of this world (Satan, the devil) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine upon them.”

(2Cor. 11:14-15) (V.14) “And no marvel (to wonder at, to admire); for Satan himself is transformed (to disguise, transfer, transform self) into an angel (messenger) of light (an illuminator). (V.15) Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers (to run errands, attendants, teachers) also be transformed (same definition as above) as the ministers of righteousness (justification, equity of character or act); whose end (the conclusion of an act or state, termination, result) shall be according (to give as is due or appropriate) to their works (acts, deeds, labor).”

(John 8:44) Satan, the devil, is a liar and a murderer. Mohammad thought Satan was Gabriel with the true message from God.  (2Cor. 11:13-15) Satan had transformed himself into an angel of light, Satan lied and inspired Mohammad to commit murder as proved by Mohammad’s many jihads (Merriam-Webster: a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty) against the clans, tribes and nations throughout Arabia, and later his followers waged jihad in northern Africa and southern and western Europe. SEE: Koran 8:12, 8:59-60, 9:5, 9:73 and 9:123 concerning jihad.

Satan gave Mohammad many revelations BUT Satan left out the true purpose of Jesus Christ and helped Mohammad transform himself into Satan’s minister of righteousness calling himself the last and final prophet but Mohammad only worshipped God with lists of rituals and behaviors instead of true salvation through the spiritual born again event. SO: According to Jesus the Koran is based on Satan’s lies and it encourages Muslims to commit murder thus it is Satanic. Because:

(1John 2:22-23) (V.22) Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. (V.23) Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [but] he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. (1John 2:18 & 22) According to the Holy Bible Mohammad had become an antichrist.

After I was finished writing I just sat here for a while just thinking about the Muslims I know and have known. Two men stand out, Rai and Raheja. Both men were Muslim immigrants to America and had married American Christian women.

Rai and I worked together in a coal mining equipment rebuild shop. One day at lunch time the crew was sitting at three picnic tables inside the building eating lunch. Somebody casually asked Rai what he would do if he had a million dollars. Rai spoke coldly and without hesitation; “Buy a jet and kill Jews!” and he meant it.

That started between Rai and I an ongoing conversation concerning Islam and Christianity. Early on when he mentioned the Koran I bought one and started reading furiously to catch up.

One day our conversation grew heated when I pointed out the inconsistencies in the Koran and compared them to what is written in the Holy Bible. Finally, red faced and glittering eyes, Rai threw his hard-hat against the concrete floor so hard it bounced far above our heads and shouted; “I wouldn’t believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God if God Himself stood here and told me Jesus Christ is His Son!”

I asked Rai if he realized he’d called God a liar and Rai wouldn’t answer. That ended our Bible verses the Koran conversations and a few months later Rai left to go to college. By that time Rai’s Christian wife had renounced her Christianity and had accepted Islam.

Raheja and I became acquainted through his wife’s family after Raheja had started attending church. One incident sticks out in my mind. Raheja’s wife had surgery and I went to visit them in the hospital. She was still very sedated and asleep and Raheja and I had a conversation in which I mentioned I had a Christian website. He was very interested and I gave him a website address card. He reached down beside his chair, picked up his laptop I had not seen, typed in the name and avidly started reading. I quietly left with a whispered; “See you later.” and Raheja simply nodded.

I cannot remember if Raheja accepted Jesus as Saviour and renounced Islam before or after the website event. If I was forced to guess I would say he had already accepted Jesus as Saviour. But I do remember a later discussion in which Raheja admitted he knew he was saved through the Holy Spirit but he was afraid to be publicly baptized because he was afraid the news would get back to his native Muslim country and his Muslim family would be persecuted by other Muslims.

In the beginning Raheja’s wife’s family had accepted Raheja for what he was, a good, hardworking man who was a good son-in-law and brother-in-law. When Raheja had accepted Jesus as his Saviour his wife and her family were overjoyed and they were again overjoyed when Raheja was baptized a few weeks later.

Strangely enough those thoughts about Rai and Raheja made me think about Jesus on His cross. (Isaiah 53:12) More than seven hundred years before the time of Jesus Isaiah had prophesied Jesus was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession (to intercede for) for the transgressors.

God always arranges things for a reason. (Luke 23:32-33 & 39-43) (V.32-33) Jesus was crucified between two malefactors (criminals, evil workers), one on the right hand, and the other on the left. (V.39-43) (V.39) one of the malefactors railed (to abuse, revile) on Jesus; If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. That man did not believe the true purpose of Jesus.

(V.40) But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost thou not fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? (V.41) And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. (V.42) and he said unto Jesus, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. (V.43) And Jesus said unto him, Verily (truly), I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” The other man did believe the true purpose of Jesus.

Picture that scene. Jesus is on the cross with a nailed hand extending toward each of the malefactors on each side of Him. Rebellion was on one side, Repentance was on the other side and Redemption (Jesus) was in the middle beckoning to both of them. Rebellion refused Jesus and lost paradise. Repentance accepted Jesus and gained paradise. It somehow reminds me of Rai and Raheja.

*Seventh question for Muslims. Like Adam and Eve do you accept Life or Death AND Like those crucified with Jesus do you accept Redemption or Rebellion AND Like Raheja and Rai do you accept Jesus' salvation or Satan's deceit?

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