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What Is Your God Like?

What Is Your God Like?

What is your God like?

Does your God fit your standards?
Does he think the way you think?
Does he do what you expect him to do?
Does he say what you demand of him to say unequivocally?
Does he fit the logic of your mind?

If your answer is YES, then congratulations! You have a little god that is sensible and manageable, and created in another human mind just like yours.

The true God is too great to fit our ideas and expectations. He is beyond the limitations of our finite minds. One could even say the true God is too much for your mind to comprehend. That is the only true God there is.  anything else is not God but man-made imaginations.

When you demand God to say or speak in a certain way that fits your theology or demans that he only does things in a way that is acceptable to you, then you dont need Gd. You are your own god.

When you ask, “How can God become a man and give His life to save evil sinners like us”, you only have 2 choices in response.

Either laugh and say
1. “This is too much to believe. God cannot do this. It is too ridiculous it blows my mind because of how illogical it is.”

Or confess that:
2. You are a sinner for whom Jesus died for and then thank him and worship him and love the One who gave his life for you.

You cant tell God what He can or cannot do.

Yes it is so mind-boggling that a genius can’t figure out how God does it. Likewise, God’s salvation through Jesus — it’s so simple that a child can receive forgiveness and eternal life by faith. And so can you, right now. You can secure the gift of eternal life that only Jesus gives.

‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55 v:8‑9).

Why Did You Forsake Me?

Why Did You Forsake Me?

“My God, my God, why did You forsake me?”

Muslims see this and say Jesus was despairing because God had forsaken him.

Let’s see if this is true.

First of all, these words were spoken by Jesus when He was on the cross.
Can we agree on that?

Next, do you know what Psalm 22:1 says?

Surprise! It reads: “My God, my God, why did You forsake me?”
(By the way, this was written 1000 years before the crucifixion.)

Let’s imagine, I open the Bible and recite Psalm 22 aloud for everyone to hear:

“MY GOD, MY GOD WHY DID YOU FORSAKE ME?”

Now. Would you say to me: “Oh poor thing, why did God forsake you?”
Of course, those who actually know this Psalm will realize that I was referring to a particular verse.

In those days, Scriptures had no chapter numbers or verse numbers. If I was going to refer to a particular Psalm, I would do it by reciting the first line of the Psalm.  People who hear it, and who are familiar with scriptures would then know which Psalm was being referenced.

This was what Jesus was doing. By reciting the first verse of this Psalm, He was telling those people who heard him then, and to us now:

“LOOK AT PSALM 22.”
“Read it and understand what this Psalm is saying about what is going on now! A 1000 year old prophecy is being fulfilled before your eyes!”

Only the ill-informed say, “O look Jesus is saying he was forsaken.”

The intelligent question to ask is: WHY was Jesus quoting Psalm 22?

I have never heard a single muslim who has ever ask this.

In fact, how many Muslims have even read the whole of Psalm 22, at least out of curiosity, to see why Jesus spoke of this Psalm while He was on the cross?

What was so important in this Psalm?
Only one way to find out. Read it.

Can You See The Invisible?

Can You See The Invisible?

Jesus came from heaven to earth so that the INVISIBLE God can be VISIBLE to man.

That is why when one of His followers requested for Jesus to show them God, Jesus simply said, “How can you still not understand who I am after all this time I have been with you? When you see Me, you have seen God!” (John 14:9, paraphrased)

Notice that Jesus did not say, “If you want to see God, look at His Word in the Scriptures.”

Jesus did not say, “If you want to see God, look at the prophets.”

Jesus did not say, “If you want to see God, follow your religion faithfully.”

He said, “If you want to see God, LOOK AT ME!” Did any prophet or messenger dare to say this?

This does not mean Jesus existed in the form of a human being in heaven. He didn’t posses a human body before His incarnation as a human being on earth. He existed eternally as the Word of God. This Word became flesh as He added an earthly human nature to His heavenly divine nature and consented to come to be born as human baby from a womb, and named Jesus, which means ‘Yahweh Saves’.

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in BODILY form.” Colossians 2:9

“..through whom (Jesus), He (God) made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature, upholding all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Hebrews 1:2-3

Jesus is the Living Word of God who came so that we can be saved by God through our faith in Jesus. (That is what the very name ‘Jesus/Yeshua’ means!)

Through Jesus alone we can have salvation; and we can now know God and relate to Him in a personal way that is otherwise impossible.

I AM…Before Abraham

I AM…Before Abraham

Jesus said, “Before Abraham was born, I AM.” John 8:58

What did He mean? Abraham had lived thousands of years earlier and YET Jesus was affirming His existence and putting Himself as being present BEFORE Abraham was alive.

Why Abraham? Because Abraham was the topic of the conversation He was having with the religious leaders.

What if the topic had been about Noah?
Jesus would probably have said, “Before Noah was born, I AM.”

What if it had been about Adam?

“Before Adam was created, I AM.”

The point is Jesus has always existed. He was uncreated. He was the eternal Word of God.

And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. John 17:5

Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!
Jesus Christ, Revelation 1:17-18

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.

Why Was Jesus so Angry?

Why Was Jesus so Angry?

In Mark 11:15-18, we see Jesus driving out the traders doing business in the temple.

He overturned their tables and chairs and chased them out!

We always have in mind Jesus as being calm and peaceful.

Have you ever wondered what made Jesus so furious and angry on this occasion?

Obviously, the unscrupulous traders were doing business in the grounds of the holy Temple and desecrating it. Not only that, these traders were cheating the poor.  Jesus told them to stop making His House a den of thieves.

Profiteers, in cooperation with the priests, were robbing the pilgrims by forcing them to purchase “approved” sacrificial animals and currencies at inflated prices. (Guzik).  A pair of doves could cost as little as 4p outside the Temple and as much as 75p inside the Temple.” This is almost 20 times more expensive. (Barclay)

That was not all. There was something else that upset Jesus.

“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations…” Mark 11:17

[Please note carefully the words PRAYER and ALL NATIONS.]
The traders were doing business in the area of the temple known as the “outer court”.
This was area where the Gentiles could come to pray!

It wasn’t just commercial desecration of the holy temple. It was hindering Gentiles from praying to God! And this made Jesus very angry.

“My house shall be called a house of PRAYER for ALL NATIONS…”

He didn’t say: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for the Jews.”

It was for Jews AND Gentiles. All nations.

Jesus, the Jew, was defending the Gentiles access to prayer in the temple and denounced the Jewish traders under the patronage of the Jewish priests!

That was a dangerous thing to do. Not only was he disrupting their business activities but He was also FAVORING the Gentiles over the Jews!

“And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching.” Mark 11:18

Which Jesus Do You Follow?

Which Jesus Do You Follow?

There are many “versions” of Jesus that have been invented.

1. Jesus fled to Japan and settled in a remote hill village to grow garlic. He married a girl named Miyuko, had 3 children and died at the age of 106. (It was his younger brother Isukiri who was crucified.) Today, you can visit Jesus’ grave in Shingo, Northern Japan.

2. Jesus was educated by yogis in India, Nepal and the Himalayas.

3. Jesus went to Egypt and lived there to a ripe old age before he died there.

4. In Hindu writings, Jesus was in Kashmir, India, during the reign of King Shalivahan and met him in Srinagar. When the king asked him who he was, Jesus replied that he was Yusashaphat.

5. In Mahayana Buddhism, Jesus was in Tibet as Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. He had small circular makings on his hands and soles of his feet, the crucifixion markings, interpreted as the Buddhist wheel of life.

6. In Roman paganism, Jesus survived the crucifixion and travelled under an alias. He was known as Apollonius of Tyana.

7.  Jesus walked among various American Indian tribes. He was called “Pale Great Healer”.

8. In 7th century Arabia, over 600 years after the crucifixion, thousands of miles away, a story began circulating that some unknown person was made to resemble Jesus and took his place on the cross.

 

There are dozens more legends about Jesus. All of them cannot be true.

The only true and reliable record of Jesus’ life was written by those who were with Jesus, his closest friends, who spent years with Him ~ John, Peter and others.

If you want to know the real Jesus, His story is in the Bible.

Here is how Mark, Peter’s amanuensis (scribe), begins his writing:

“THIS IS THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT JESUS THE MESSIAH…” Mark 1:1

Read it.

Who Is Isa And Who Is Yasuwa?

Who Is Isa And Who Is Yasuwa?

Christianity had existed in Arabia for 400 years before Muhammad was born.

For hundreds of years, the Arab Christians had always called Jesus as Yasu or Yasuwa. (The name is derived from the original Hebrew, Yeshua, which means “Yahweh is Salvation.”)

When Muhammad lived in the 7th century, he would surely have known and heard about Yasū’ (يَسُوعَ) that the Christians believed in and spoke of.

Some time after 610 AD, Muhammad introduced a new name in Arabic that no Arab Christian had ever heard of or used for Jesus before.

Isa.
A character loosely based on the real Yasuwa of the Bible and other folktales and legends from unreliable gnostic sources circulating at the time and Muhammad called his name Isa.

If Muhammad’s Isa is the same as the Yasuwa of the Arab Christians, why did he invent a NEW name, Isa (عيسى) instead of using the name Yasuwa (يَسُوعَ)  that every Arab had known for hundreds of years?

Was it because he was creating a new character that would fit his new religion?

Before Muhammad, no Arab had heard of Isa. The true Christians were not swayed by Muhammad’s tales. They rejected him.

In fact, the Arab Christians continue using the name Yasuwa till today.

Open an Arabic bible. You will find the name Yasuwa. You will never find the name Isa.

Now we can understand.
When Muslims say, Isa was not crucified, they are right. He was not.
It was Yasuwa who was crucified.

When Muslims say Isa was only a creation, they are right. He was a creation of Muhammad’s imagination.

When Muslims deny Isa’s divinity, again they’re absolutely right.
It was Yasuwa who is divine.

Yasuwa said, “I am The Way, The Truth and The Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Isa said no such thing. The only thing Isa ever spoke were the words put into his mouth by Muhammad hundreds of years after Yasuwa had ascended to heaven.

Did Jesus Come For The Gentiles?

Did Jesus Come For The Gentiles?

Every Muslim has been taught this verse.

I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel. Matthew 15:24

Was Jesus saying that He DID NOT come for the Gentiles? And that He will have nothing to do with Gentiles?

Let’s take a closer look.

You probably know that Jesus was speaking to a Canaanite (Gentile) woman when He made this statement.

If you read the Bible, you will notice that Jesus had NUMEROUS encounters with many other Gentiles as well!  Most Muslims are unaware of this. Why?

A Roman centurion, who was not only a Gentile but a hated foreign power, asked Jesus for healing for his servant.
Did Jesus say: “Sorry, I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel”?

No. Jesus offered to immediately to heal the servant. Jesus even PRAISED the faith of the Gentile centurion!

“Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” Matthew 8:10

WHAT FAITH?
Why was Jesus praising a Gentile’s faith if He only came for the Jew’s faith and not for Gentiles also!? This means that the Gentile’s faith is valuable in His sight too. And in fact, this Gentile’s faith was even greater than the Jew’s!
Another time, in John 4, we see that Jesus purposely went out of His to way to talk to a Samaritan woman.
Did Jesus tell her: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel”?
No. He spoke kindly to the woman. In the end, the entire Samaritan village came to hear Him and begged Him to stay with them.

“So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” John 4:40-42

Why did Jesus stay with them? They were not Jews. He stayed with them and preached and taught them and they became believers in Him! Why would He bother with them if He only came for the lost sheep of Israel?

Whenever you see this phrase, “..and Jesus crossed to the OTHER side…” that is often an indication that Jesus was going to the Gentiles. (e.g. Matt 8:28, Mark 5:1)

In the Gentile region of Gerasenes, we read of Jesus’ encounter with a crazy lunatic demon-possessed man who charges at Him screaming. (Mark 5)

They came to the OTHER SIDE of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. (Mark 5:1)

Did Jesus scream back at the demon-possessed Gentile: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel!”

No. Jesus healed the man and drove out his demons. With his sanity restored, the man asked to follow Jesus.

And Jesus instructs him: “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” Mark 5;19

Why did Jesus bother with this Gentile if He had nothing to do with gentiles? The man went and spread the message Christ gave him throughout the Gentile area known as Decapolis or TEN GENTILE cities!

Decapolis was pagan Greek Gentile region. Pigs were considered sacred there.

(Remember the incident when Jesus cast out the demons and they went into the pigs and 2000 pigs rushed down a steep bank and drowned? The people there were upset and offended. “And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region.” Mark 5:17
The question is why was Jesus there in the first place? In a pagan unclean Gentile place? He was there to heal and teach.)

What message did this Gentile man preach in these cities? The Bible records for us that he went and told everyone what Jesus had done for him!
Was his message effective? Yes.

Some time later, when Jesus came back to this region, a huge multitude turned up to hear him! No doubt some of them were amazed at the testimony of the man who used to be demon-possessed but now completely healed!

In fact, the feeding of the 4000 took place in the same Gentile region!
Many of the Gentile inhabitants of this “unclean place” followed Him for 3 days listening to His teachings and having Him heal their sick. Did Jesus say to them: “Go away! I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel”?

No. When they were hungry, Jesus fed the entire multitude.  More than 4000 gentiles. He did the very same miracle for the Gentiles that he did for the Jews went He fed the 5000 Jews some time earlier!

Jesus was not impartial.
So why then did Jesus say: I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel to that particular Canaanite woman, when he never ever said it to any other of the thousands of Gentiles that He preached to and taught and healed?

If you read Matthew 15 carefully, I think there is a clue for us.
This Gentile woman came to Jesus crying, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”

“Son of David” is a Jewish title for Messiah. It isn’t a title that Gentiles would have used.
Is this indicating that she was pretending to be a Jew hoping to trick Jesus into healing her daughter?

Perhaps that is why Jesus’ immediate reaction was not to answer her because He saw through her!

Not a single time has Jesus refused someone who asked Him for healing. You can read it for yourselves. Not once.

Even when His disciples begged Him to send her away, He did not. He was so compassionate for her that He was giving her the opportunity to be honest and truthful.
And so Jesus tests her faith by saying to her: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel” indicating perhaps that He knew she was pretending to be a sheep of Israel.

Of course Jesus was speaking the truth. He was sent to the lost sheep of Israel, meaning He came as a Jewish Messiah among Jews to turn them back to God.

He was not sent as a Roman to the Romans or as an Egyptian to the the Egyptians. He did not come as a Chinese to the Chinese or as an Indian to the Indians.
He was sent as a Jew to the Jews! He was sent to “the sheep of Israel,” He is simply connecting His presence with God’s purpose in Old Testament history.
That is what He was telling her. But this does not man that he did not come for Gentiles as well.  He came for the whole world. (John 3;16)

How will the woman respond to the test? Will she persist in faith or will she give up and turn away?

Not only did she pass the test, she passed it with flying colors!
Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, GREAT IS YOUR FAITH! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly. Matt 15:28

Jesus praised her for her great faith!
What faith? Why was Jesus praising a Gentile’s faith if He only came for the Jew’s faith and not for Gentiles also!? This means that the Gentile’s faith is also valuable in His eyes.

Muslims know Matthew 15:24 but not many Muslims know John 10:16

“And I have OTHER sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.”

Who are these OTHER sheep? During His limited 3 years of ministry, His priority was the Jews but this does not mean that He didn’t come for the Gentiles as well.

The mission to reach the Gentiles was entrusted to His apostles as one of His final commandments to them. He had trained them among the Jews. Now they were ready for a greater mission.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19

“…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Did the apostles carry out His instructions.?

In Acts 8, we see that Philip begins preaching about Jesus in Samaria. (Jesus had already begun the work in John 4. Remember the Samaritan woman and how many in her village became believers? The apostle was merely carrying on the work of Jesus.)

Later on, Philip leads a Gentile Ethiopian official to faith in Jesus.

In Acts 10, we learn that Peter himself goes to the house of a Gentile Roman centurion named Cornelius. and his whole family is converted and baptized as followers of Jesus Christ!

In Acts 11, we see the disciples begin preaching to Greeks as well.

So are Gentiles part of God’s kingdom? Yes. God is God of the whole world, both Jews and Gentiles.

“It (the message Jesus’ salvation)  is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” Romans 1:16

Revelation 5:9 tells us:
“For you (Jesus) were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from EVERY tribe and language and people and nation”

 

Read more here.
https://www.gotquestions.org/lost-sheep-Israel.html

Why Did Jesus Walk On Water?

Why Did Jesus Walk On Water?

“When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum.
It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.” 

 

In John 6:16-21, we read the account of Jesus walking on the water, coming to his disciples who were caught in their boat in the middle of a terrible storm. He calms their fears and the storm and they miraculously reach their destination.

Is this simply a tremendous supernatural event for us to applaud? Or is there more to it?

Why did Jesus walk on the water and still the storm?
What was He “saying” by His actions?
That He is greater than the storm? Yes.
That He is even above the very waters that His disciples feared they were going to drown in? Yes

But there’s more. Let’s look at three specific things in this passage that shows what Jesus was revealing about Himself.

Firstly….
The writer of Psalm 89, speaks of God’s power….

Here is what was written in Psalm 89:8-9

“O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD,……
You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.”

Jesus was showing in a very visible way to His disciples when He simply walked on the raging sea and stilled the waves, that He was the One that Psalm 89:9 talks about.

Secondly….
Jesus identified Himself to His disciples, “It is I…”
The Greek phrase here is: “EGO EIMI” or I AM.
This is the very name of God, as the ever-existing, the ever-living, and the eternal.  Jesus identified Himself with the same name that Yahweh revealed Himself to Moses! (Exodus 3:14)

Hence, this verse in the Aramaic Bible in Plain English reads:
But Yeshua said to them, “I AM THE LIVING GOD, do not be afraid.” John 6:20
(because that is the meaning in herent in the divine name “I AM”.)

 

Thirdly…..
This passage in John ends with verse 21 as follows.
“Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.”

In Psalm 107:29-30 describes the deeds of God in this manner.

“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them to their desired haven.”

 

Once again, we see that what Jesus did when He waked on the water and stilled the storm was more than just a fantastic miracle.

It was a very visible demonstration of who He truly is.