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Why Did Jesus Say: My Father Is Greater Than I

Why Did Jesus Say: My Father Is Greater Than I

“My Father is greater than I.”

Muslims think that this statement means Jesus is denying that He is God.

Why did He say this and what did He mean?

Had someone asked Him: “Who is greater, you or the Father?”

No.

The very fact that Jesus is making such a comparison is mind-blowing, if you think about it.

Has any prophet ever needed to affirm to his followers: “Please, please make sure you all understand very clearly that God is greater than I” ?
Did Moses or David or Elijah, anyone?

Do human beings like you and I need to go around saying: “I want you to know something, God is greater than I”.

This is ridiculous. For you to think it might even be necessary for you to make such a statement is like a dog needing to assert that, “My master is greater than I.”
Isn’t the distance between God and man even greater than a man and his dog?

It would be silly for a mere man or even an angel to say, “God is greater than I”

In what sense is it any kind of a revelation? Duh.

No man need to make such a statement.

For Jesus to even make such a comparison, shows that the comparison has validity in ways that may not be immediately apparent.

Note that Jesus did not say, “GOD is greater than I.”

He said: “My Father is greater than I”. So the comparison has to do with Father and Son.

When Jesus said, “My Father is greater than I”, He is saying the Father is greater than the Son, in regard to the incarnation.

The Father is infinite and invisible. The Son who WAS also infinite and invisible, came to the earth in a finite and visible way, as a human being, named Jesus.

Which is greater? The Invisible and Infinite OR the visible and finite?
Hence, the statement: the Father is greater than the Son.

This does not mean the divine Son ceased being God in essence.
If Jesus was NOT divine in essence, it would be absurd for Him to compare Himself to the Father.

Who Is Allah?

Who Is Allah?

Who was Allah before Muhammad declared him to be God?

“Allah was known to the pre-Islamic Arabs; he was one of the Meccan deities”
(Encyclopedia of Islam, ed. Gibb, I:406)

“The Arabs, before the time of Mohammed, accepted and worshipped, after a fashion, a supreme god (over other gods in the kaba) called allah.”
(Encyclopedia of Islam, eds. Houtsma, Arnold, Basset, Hartman; Leiden: E.J.Brill, 1913, I:302)

“In ancient Arabia, the sun-god was viewed as a female goddess and the moon as the male god. As has been pointed out by many scholars as Alfred Guilluame, the moon god was called by various names, one of which was Allah.
(A Comprehensive Commentary on the Quran, Osnabrück: Otto Zeller Verlag, 1973, p.36).
The Encyclopedia of Religion says: “‘Allah’ is a pre-Islamic name … corresponding to the Baylonian Bel (or Baal)” (ed. James Hastings, Edinburgh, T. & T. Clark, 1908, I:326).

According to the Encyclopedia of Religion, Allah corresponded to the Babylonian god Baal, and Arabs knew of him long before Mohammed worshipped him as the supreme God. Before Islam the Arabs recognized many gods and goddesses, each tribe had their own deity. There were also nature deities.

Allah was the god of the local Quraish tribe, which was Mohammed’s tribe before he brought Islam to lead his people out of their polytheism. Allah was then known as the Moon God, who had 3 daughters who were viewed as intercessors for the people into Allah. Their names were Al-Lat, Al-Uzza, and Al-Manat, which were three goddesses; the first two daughters of Allah had names which were feminine forms of Allah.

Hubal was the chief God of the Kaaba among the other 360 deities. Hubal was a statue likeness of a man whose body was made of red precious stones whose arms were made of gold. (Reference Islam George Braswell Jr.).

 

Muhammad said “I have fabricated things against God and have imputed to Him words which He has not spoken.” (Al-Tabari 6:111).
It was Satan putting words in Mohammad’s mouth. Did Satan put Quran in his mouth?
Reference: Sura 22:52; 53:19,20

 

 

 

 

The Judge & Giver Of Eternal Life

The Judge & Giver Of Eternal Life

Muslims and Christians agree that:
1. Angels belong to God.
2. God will judge everyone on the day of judgement
3. God is the one who will give eternal life (paradise)

Jesus said, speaking about Himself:
“For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people.” (Matthew 16:27)

and Jesus also said: “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.” John 10:28

So basically what Jesus is saying is:
1. I will come with my angels
2. I will judge all people
3. I will give eternal life.

What would be like when He returns?
“Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen. Revelation 1:7

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” John 3:36

Does The Bible Command The Killing Of Unbelievers?

Does The Bible Command The Killing Of Unbelievers?

In Deuteronomy 20:17, God passed judgement on the people living in the land of Canaan and commanded they be destroyed.

“Completely destroy them—the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—as the Lord your God has commanded you.”

Why was such a harsh command given?
The next verse tells us: “Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshiping their gods, and you will sin against the Lord your God.”

First thing to note is this command was given to Israel in a specific point in history against specific people. It was not a command to be adhered to for all time.  So, the answer to the question is: No, the Bible does not command Christians to kill unbelievers.

The children of Israel had been slaves in Egypt for over 400 years. Grandfather, fathers, sons, grandsons, generation after generation were born lived and died as slaves. The only thing they knew is making bricks and obeying whatever their Egyptian masters commanded them.

Now for the first time in 400 years, they are going to be a free people. But these slaves have no clue what this means. They dont know how to govern themselves or become a nation. They didnt know what was right and what is wrong. According to scholars there could have been almost 2 million ex-slaves people who left Egypt.

They needed laws to guide them as well as to protect them. And God gave them over 600 laws. They needed guidance in every area of their living, including relationships, sanitation, food, quarrels, etc. To us, reading this today, some of these laws may seem weird or even silly but it was for THEM and not for us.  And they are recorded in the Torah for us as to read the history of the people of God, not something to be followed forever.

Also, they were coming into the land of Canaan, whose people were utterly wicked. Over 400 years of Idol-worship, sacrifice of babies, everything was acceptable to the Canaanites, killing, raping, prostitution, incest, etc. This is why you find some of these bizarre laws about prostitutes, rapes, etc. It was not that the children of Israel were doing it. It was addressed because of what the Cannanites were doing!

These laws were given to warn the people of Israel not to follow what the people of the land were doing! These laws made it clear that what they were seeing practised by the Canaanites were utterly evil and wrong and the people of Israel are NOT to follow their wicked ways. And if they did, there was going to be severe punishments like stoning, etc as described in some of those laws. The laws therefore protected them and warned them about following the ways of the Canaanites. God knew what was right and what was wrong. The people didn’t. Remember, all that these slaves knew for generations, is to just obey without question.

So can you imagine a bunch of docile ex-slaves, coming into a corrupt evil community?. What do you think will happen to these submissive group of people? Either they will all be killed or they will all become like the Canaanites. Therefore, the Canaanites had to be wiped out. The Canaanites had 400 years to repent. None did. God is a God of Justice. Does God not have the right to remove evil as He pleases? When, where and how, it’s up to Him.

Does God have the right to send judgement on evil or not?
During the Great Flood, he sent judgment on the earth by means of a deluge of water that killed everyone except a handful of His chosen people.
In Canaan, He was sending judgment on the wicked people of the land by means of Israel as His instrument and preserving His chosen ones.
What is the difference?

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Who Did God Appear To?

Who Did God Appear To?

Why did God never appear to Muhammad? or even speak to him?

According to the Bible, the Lord God, YHWH, appeared to His prophets and servants throughout history.

God appeared to Abraham (Genesis 12:7)

God appeared to Isaac (Genesis 26:2)

God appeared to Jacob (Exodus 6:3)

God appeared to Israel (Deuteronomy 31:15)

God appeared to Moses (Exodus 3)

God appeared to Gideon (Judges 6:12)

God appeared to Samuel (1 Samuel 3:21)

God appeared to David (2 Chronicles 3:1)

God appeared to Solomon (1 Kings 3:5)

Can you see where I am going with this?

 

And why didn’t God give His words DIRECTLY to Muhammad?

The Bible records that the Word of the Lord YHWH came DIRECTLY to His prophets, not through an angel or intermediaries.

The Word of The Lord came to Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:3)

to Zechariah (Zechariah 7:1)

to Jonah (Jonah 1:1)

to Haggai (Haggai 2:1)

to Elijah (1 Kings 19:9)

to Nathan (2 Samuel 7:4)

to Isaiah (2 Kings 20:4)

to Jeremiah (Jeremiah 34:12)

I could go on and on.

 

Is it reasonable to believe that, God, in delivering  His most important message, “FINAL REVELATION” to the “LAST PROPHET” for “ALL MANKIND”, decides NOT to deliver it Himself?  Does it sound like the same God?

For such a CRUCIAL message to go out to the whole world, why wouldn’t He show up as He had always done? God did not even give the message DIRECTLY as He had done in the past but chooses an “angel” to do it? Why?

I know God can do anything.  Of course, He can use an angel if He wants to.  But when He uses an angel it is often a personal message like what Gabriel delivered to Mary, about the birth of Jesus and to Zechariah, about the birth of John the Baptist.

There must be a reason why God did not appear to Muhammad. What is it?

Can you find out? God does not do anything randomly or for no reason at all. There  must be a very specific purpose for Him to do this.

What is it? Finding out about this is not dishonoring to God because learning about the purpose of the Master is the duty of every slave so as to serve Him better.

Was King Solomon a Muslim?

Was King Solomon a Muslim?

I was reading today about King Solomon in 2 Chronicles 2.  Yes, Nabi Sulaiman, whom our friends say was a Muslim prophet.

In this passage, Solomon is preparing to build a Temple to honor the Name of the Lord (Yahweh). (2 Chr 2:1).  Since you say Sulaiman was a muslim, this temple was for Allah, correct?

Here’s how Solomon described the Temple for God would be:

“It will be a place set apart to burn fragrant incense before Him, to display the special sacrificial bread, and to sacrifice burnt offerings each morning and evening, on the Sabbaths….He has commanded Israel to do these things forever.” (2 Chr 2:4)

Does this describe Islam? Was this how Sulaiman, the Muslim prophet, practised Islam? What is the significance of the sacrificial bread or the daily burnt offerings or Sabbath in Islam?  Was all this done for Allah?  That does not sound like Islam to me.  If it was, when did Allah decide to change the requirements of your religion?  Not only that. He commanded Israel to do this forever.

To answer this, Muslims claim that the Jews have been abandoned in favor of Arabs.

In 1 Kings 6:11-13, The LORD Yahweh speaks directly to Solomon (not though an intermediary or angel) and He says to Solomon, “I will never abandon My people Israel.”  Why would Allah speak such a message to a Muslim prophet directly? And then 1600 years later, speak indirectly to another Muslim prophet that all Jews are pigs. God said He would NEVER abandon Israel. But He changed His mind?

Let’s look further…

Here is how Solomon prayed.

“Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire community of Israel. He LIFTED his hands toward heaven, and he prayed, (1 Kings 8:22-23). Also, in verse 54, it says Solomon…KNEELED with his hands RAISED toward heaven.

Is this how Muslims pray? Sulaiman apparently kneeled down and lifted his hands toward heaven when he prayed.  Did Allah change the way Muslims pray today?  When? Can you show in the Quran where He gave Muslims a new way to pray from the time of Sulaiman?

 

And finally, this is the scenario of the worship that took place in Temple of Solomon.

“And the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and all their sons and brothers—were dressed in fine linen robes and stood at the east side of the altar playing cymbals, lyres, and harps. They were joined by 120 priests who were playing trumpets. The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words: “He is good! His faithful love endures forever!” (2 Chr 5:12-13)

Are these “Muslims” worshipping Allah? Musicians, musical instruments, singers?  Is this how you worship Allah today in your mosques?  By singing and by using musical instruments? When did Allah give new instructions to abandon singing and music during worship?

Can God Die?

Can God Die?

Muslims love to ask Christians this question because it seems like the perfect trap.

They expect the conversation to go like this:

Muslim: Can God die?

Christian: Of course God cannot die.

Muslim: Did Jesus die?

Christian: Yes he did.

Muslims: So Jesus is not God!

 

Very simplistic reasoning and a very flawed one. Let’s think about it for a minute and see why this argument does not work.

First of all, we can all agree that God is eternal and infinite. He is the beginning and the end. He cannot die.

Who can die? Human beings, of course.

But what is dying? Does dying mean ceasing to exist?

When you die, do you disappear?

No. Dying is just the end of your existence as a human being on earth.  Only your earthly body is no more but you still live on in your spiritual form in either heaven or hell.

So when Jesus died,  what happened?  His existence as a human being on earth came to end.  The human body that the Word of God took on, 33 years earlier, was killed.

You see, the eternal Word of God who is divine, added to Himself an earthly, weak, human body which is not eternal, which is not infinite, but can die.  In other words, a weak human nature was added to His eternal divine nature.  This is called the Hypostatic union.

He never lost His divine nature when He took on a human nature.

This why Jesus could say something incredible like this :

“You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” (John 8:23-24)

Read the rest of John 8. You will see that Jesus goes on to say that He existed before Abraham.  Not only that, He claimed God’s name, YHWH, for Himself.

 

Now, let’s try this again.

Can God die? No, He is eternal.

Did Jesus die? Yes, YHWH’s existence as a human being on earth came to end.

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. (John 1:1)

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. (John 1:18)

How Do You Pray?

How Do You Pray?

Muslims have to follow rituals created by man. Are these instructions in the Quran?
Bow like this, prostrate this way, recite this, repeat that over and over again, sit like this, fold your arms like that…. Careful, if you miss out anything, allah will reject you.

Are you sure you’re facing the right direction? Forgot to wash your nostrils correctly? Start all over again! Ooops did you fart? Allah does not like that. He also hates people yawning. Make sure you don’t look up while you pray or he will take your eyes away and make you go blind.

Dont you think Allah is acting like a slave master waiting to catch you the minute you want to come to pray or worship him? In an instant he can throw you into his jahannam. Did you know that even though Muhammad promised paradise to Abu Bakr, his father-in-law and best friend, said that even if he had one foot in paradise, Allah can cast him into hell.

I have GOOD NEWS. The true God is a LOVING FATHER. The minute you decide to come to Him, His arms are open wide to receive and welcome you. You dont have to wash your hands or your feet or take a specific posture before Father God. The only posture He looks for is humility in your heart.

I can stand or sit or kneel or bow or fall face down prostrating on the ground, He accepts me. I can pray and worship my Father whether I’m driving or jogging or working or taking a shower. I can face any direction and He doesn’t mind. He doesn’t turn me away even if I fart. Why? Because He is a Father to His children. Does your human father reject you when you fart or yawn? No, because he is good and he loves you.

Isn’t Allah even as good as your weak human fathers? Doesn’t he even have half the genuine love that your father has for you?

God my Heavenly Father loves me. He loves you too and longs for you to accept Him as your Father too.

 

Can The Invisible God Become Visible?

Can The Invisible God Become Visible?

Can Allah who is invisible become visible?

Yes or No?

If you say NO, then Allah is not all-powerful; he is a weak and inferior god, lacking the ability of even the angels he created.

If you say, YES, then you have a problem.
Since Allah is a singular, ‘one god’, unitarian deity, becoming visible would mean taking a physical form that humans can see. It has to be a complete transformation from invisible to visible.

This means, even if Allah takes the visible physical form of, let’s say,  a man for one minute, he will no longer exist outside of time and space as god! For that one minute, he has confined himself inside time and space on earth. He is no longer eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent. For that one minute, there is no god in the universe!

This is the Muslim understanding of, Tawheed, the oneness of Allah.

The God of the Bible has no such problems. Yahweh, God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob is ONE God and exists in tri-unity.

[Simple analogy: The universe is made up of space, time and matter. Yet it is ONE universe not THREE universes! (UNI itself means ONE). And there can be no universe without any one of these three.]

Yahweh is ONE GOD ~ God the Father, God the Son (Word of God) & God the Holy Spirit. ONE God in three.

The eternal and invisible Word of God became a physical human being and walked on the earth that He Himself created. And in this way the invisible was manifested as visible!

God the Father did not become visible. He remained as the eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God while His Word incarnated as Jesus on the earth as a physical human being for 33 years before He returned to heaven from where He came from.

Allah cannot do this. No wonder Muslims cannot understand the incarnation.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. (John 3:

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. (John 14:6)

I Am Ant-Man

I Am Ant-Man

God is Spirit. He is eternal, infinite and unlimited. He is not bound within the confines of time and space like you and me.

He created time and space but He exists beyond it. He encompasses everything over and above the dimension of His creatures. He is beyond every dimension we humans can perceive and He is beyond past, present and future. he is not limited by time. He is eternal. He is not limited by space, He is omnipresent.

The question is: Can such an omnipotent, omnipresent God, cause Himself, by His Word and His Spirit, to be incarnated as a limited HUMAN BEING to walk and talk among humans on earth?

Nothing is impossible for God. If anyone says God cannot do this, then you are limiting the Creator’s ability.

Christians believe He can and He HAS! Through Jesus Christ.

Remember that while He incarnated on earth, coming from outside time and space into human time and space in the form of finite human being in , the infinite God, who is eternal Spirit still exists, as He always has, outside of time and space! The eternal and infinite Father depositing His own essence as a finite Son in a human body on earth. He didn’t transform into a human being.

How this can happen is, essentially, the eternal God, added HUMANITY to His DIVINITY. In this way, He is limiting the very essence of who He is within a human body and within the confines of time and space and become and do all that a human being can do, EXCEPT sin, since He is perfectly holy and sinless.

A God who can do this is more awesome and superior and powerful compared to a god who cannot or will not step into his own creation in this manner.

Only a God of absolute love would go to such an extent to reveal Himself in such a way to His own creation so they would know Him in a way that is impossible in any other way.

Yes, any “god” can send prophets and holy men to teach his words to man, but which deity would come personally Himself for you and me? Not one who is too lofty or proud but only One who loves unconditionally.

 

ant

Let me give you an illustration. Any of you watched the movie, Ant-Man? In it, a man is shrunk to the size of an ant and able to interact with ants, to walk with them and communicate with them.

Interesting story but it’s only fiction. Man does not have the ability to do this.

But please imagine with me for a moment though. What if I did have the POWER to do this? To take the essence of my being, and add the DNA of an ant to it? I could incarnate as an ant and be planted into an ant colony and be part of their community!

Note that I did not transform into an ant. I exist as a human being, even watching the ant colony from the outside, as myself! My tiny incarnation though, is right in the midst of the ants and communicating with them, as one of them.

Is there two of me? Not really. I am still me. Still one. Taking on the form of an ant is an extension of who I AM but existing in the very limited world of the ants.

My presence and existence, as an ant, in the colony is limited to what my ant body can do physically. I eat like them. I walk like them. I look like them. I function as an ant, although in essence I know who I AM really and where I came from.  The world outside! Would I crawl around boasting to all the other ants “I am really a human being. Worship me!”

Who is in control while I’m in the ant colony? I AM. I didn’t completely transform into an ant. I am still me, existing on the outside watching everything.

As the ant, I could say to the other ants that “I and that human being out there are ONE.” I could also say, “That human being is greater than I.”  Would this be confusing?  Yes, I suppose so, but only to those who don’t understand what I have done to come to be among them. Many of them might even laugh at me and call delusional.

 

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. John 3:13

He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. John 8:23