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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.

Did Jesus Claim Equality With God?

Did Jesus Claim Equality With God?

In John 5:18, we see the Jewish leaders wanting to kill Jesus because he was “making himself equal with God.”

“For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.”  John 5:18

How do you think Jesus would respond if He was a prophet of Islam and Allah  and was just a man and merely a prophet.

Perhaps Jesus would have said, “By Allah, how dare you accuse me of making myself equal with God! I am absolutely NOT equal with God.”

Think so….?

Let me show you what He did say. Let’s just quote some of the verses that follow John 5:18. Remember this is Jesus speaking!

1. “Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” (John 5:19).

Here Jesus claims equality with God in what He does.

2. “Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.” (5:20)

Here Jesus claims equality with God in raising the dead and giving life as He chooses.

3. “That all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. (5:23)

Here Jesus claims equality with God in receiving honor (and worship).

4. “For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.” (5:26)

Here Jesus claims equality with God in that He has life in Himself, meaning He is self-existent, uncreated, eternal.

What do you think? Is He making equal with God?

Without a doubt!

If you are not sure, then just re-quote those verses with “Muhammad” and “Allah” in them so you see for yourself how serious those claims are.

For example:

“Whatever Allah does, Muhammad also does.” Is this acceptable?

“That all may honor Muhammad just as they honor Allah.” Isn’t this blasphemy? In fact, it is ‘shirk’ the unpardonable sin in Islam for attributing a partner to Allah.

Can Someone Else Take Your Punishment?

Can Someone Else Take Your Punishment?

Muslims tells us that no one can be punished for another’s sins.

Yet, this is not what Islam teaches.

Allah will place the sins of the Muslims on the Christians and Jews.

Abu Burda reported on the authority of his father that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: No Muslim would die but Allah would admit IN HIS STEAD a Jew or a Christian in Hell-Fire. ‘Umar b. Abd al-‘Aziz took an oath: By One besides Whom there is no god but He, thrice that his father had narrated that to him from Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him). (Sahih Muslim, Book 037, Number 6666)

 Abu Burda reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: There would come people amongst the Muslims on the Day of Resurrection with AS HEAVY SINS AS A MOUNTAIN, and Allah would FORGIVE THEM and He would PLACE IN THEIR STEAD the Jews and the Christians. (As far as I think), Abu Raub said: I do not know as to who is in doubt. Abu Burda said: I narrated it to ‘Umar b. ‘Abd al-‘Aziz, whereupon he said: Was it your father who narrated it to you from Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him)? I said: Yes. (Sahih Muslim, Book 037, Number 6668)
On one hand, Sura 2:62 says the Jews and Christians will have their place with their Lord, but contradicts it when it says that, o the other hand, the sins of the Muslims are placed on Jews and Christians.

[Also, since Allah leads astray who he wills, there is nothing that dawah (islamic preaching) can do to change what Allah has already done. There is also nowhere in the Kuran directing Muslims to dawah in fact, it says not to dispute with Christians but to say that they believe in what (the revelation) was sent down to them.

The Kuran tells them repeatedly to believe in the books, angels, prophets and the last day. I have yet to have a Muslim that can follow these commands without saying, either the books are lost or corrupted. Yet its a command till the day of resurrection.

 (guest writer)
Is Jesus The Eternal Judge Of Mankind?

Is Jesus The Eternal Judge Of Mankind?

Muslims always ask where in the Bible does Jesus claim to be God.

If you actually read the Bible, you will see plenty of evidence of who Jesus claimed to be.

For example, do you know who sends prophets?

Of course. God alone.

Yet, in Matthew 23:34, Jesus says: “Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes….”

Jesus has the divine power and authority to send prophets.

 

Jesus also made this promise. “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Matthew 18:20)

How can Jesus be everywhere that his followers, throughout the ages, are gathered, all over the world, unless he is omnipresent? Sure, because only God is omnipresent.

 

What will happen at the second coming of Jesus? (Matthew 24:30-31)

In Jesus own words… “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

Christ will return as the eternal ruler of God’s kingdom.

Did you notice who will send the angels? And who the angels belong to? And what will the angels do?

HE, The Son of Man, will send HIS angels and they will gather HIS elect (chosen ones).

Do you ask yourself why people will mourn when they see Him?

Could it be because of the coming judgement and in regret because they never knew who Jesus really was?

 

Who will be the Ultimate Judge on Judgement day?

Jesus says, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. (Matthew 25:31-33)

Who sits on the glorious throne? Jesus. ALL THE NATIONS will be gathered before HIM.

 

And who will give out the rewards on Judgement day and allow entry into heaven?

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. (Matthew 25:34)

Who has the power to send people to hell?

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41)

Various Muslim Questions For Christians – Part 1

Various Muslim Questions For Christians – Part 1

These are actual questions from Muslims.

1. //// Where in the Bible does Jesus pbuh say I Am God or Worship Me? ////

Jesus did claim He is God and it is evident in many places in scripture…

In John 8:58, Jesus is saying that He existed before Abraham and He is the One who appeared to Moses from the burning bush fire by claiming the very name that God revealed Himself to Moses.
In John 5:18, again He makes himself EQUAL with God.
In John 14:9, Jesus says, anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.
In John 10:30 Jesus says: I and the Father are One.
In John 5:23, Jesus says: “..that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father…”
In Revelation 1:17 Jesus says: “ 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 disciples understood what Jesus said and therefore they acknowledged His divinity.

Peter: The justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior. (2 Peter 1:1)

John: The Word (Jesus) was God….and became flesh (human). (John 1)

Matthew: They will call Him Immanuel” (which means “God with us“). (Matt 1:23)

Luke: Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. (Acts 20:28)

Thomas: “My Lord and My God”. (John 20:28)

If Jesus is not God, He certainly would have reprimanded Thomas immediately and corrected him. Jesus did not do that. In fact, Jesus commended Thomas, saying: “You believe because you have seen Me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway.”

Was Jesus worshipped? Many times we see that Jesus received worship. If Jesus is not God, why would He receive worship that is meant for God alone? Isn’t this blasphemy?

Refer to Matthew 14:33; 28:9, 17; Luke 24:52; John 9:38.; Hebrews 1:6 where Jesus is worshipped.
Not once did Jesus rebuke anyone or stopped them from worshipping Him.

If Jesus was just a good teacher, shouldn’t He have taught them to do what is right?
If Jesus was just a prophet, why didn’t He command them to direct their worship only to God and not to Him?

2. //// Where in the Bible does “Jesus pbuh” say he will be crucified for your sins? /////

There are too many verses in the Bible that confirms the crucifixion of Jesus but I will just list a few here. Note that all the following verses are records of Jesus speaking….

Matthew 20:18-19: “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”

Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 26:28 “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Luke 24;46-47 – He (Jesus) told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”

3. //// Where in the Bible does jesus pbuh says there are three gods and the three are one. ///

NO WHERE in the Bible does it say there are three gods! No Christian believes there are 3 Gods! The Trinity is NOT 3 Gods. God is ONE.

Christianity is a monotheistic religion for hundreds of years before Muhammad was born. In fact, Muhammad learned about monotheism from the Jews and Christians. Before that, Muhammad and his family were worshipping 360 idols of the kaabah as pagan polytheists. Muhammad himself never heard of Islam or Quran or Muslims for 40 years until 610 AD.

So why do muslims think that Christians have 3 gods? It is because of Sura 5:116. This is a blunder and misrepresentation of the beliefs of the Christians! How can an all-knowing God not know what Christians believe? Someone misunderstood the beliefs of Christians and this mistake came to be clearly recorded in the Quran for everyone to see!

4. //// Where in the Bible does Jesus pbuh permits pork and uncircumcision? ////

I can ask you in return where does Jesus say don’t eat pork. And where does Jesus say get circumcised. (Your question mentions “uncircumcision”. What is that? Is that even possible?)

Read this verse:
And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) Mark 7:18-19

It is in the Torah, Leviticus 11, that God lists out the clean and unclean animals and in the first verse of that chapter He says: “And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying…you shall not eat these…”

This instruction was given to whom? The people of Israel! Christians are not required to follow it.
Why are Muslims following it? Are you people of Israel? The problem seems to be this: Muhammad had learned the practices of the Jews and copied the Jews and gave the instructions to the Muslims without understanding. So you muslims now are obligated to follow this law.

By the way, do you know that God had mentioned four animals not to be eaten. The first was camel. The fourth was pig. So why do you Muslims eat camel meat, if you’re following the Jewish laws meant for the Jews alone, why did Muhammad permit camel meat when God had declared it unclean?

In the same way, circumcision was also an instruction given specifically to Israel. It was for the confirmation of the covenant with Israel and no one else.
Why do Muslims follow it? Where is this command in the Quran? It doesn’t exist. Once again, it is apparent that Muhammad learnt these practices from the early Jews and adapted it to his new religion.

Did Jesus Come For All Mankind?

Did Jesus Come For All Mankind?

God chose Abraham. It was one man.
Through Abraham, God chose one nation, Israel.
Does this mean He was rejecting all other nations? No.

It was God’s plan to bless the whole world through Abraham & Israel. (as promised way back in Genesis 12:2-3).
Abraham and Israel is the instrument God chose to accomplish His will for the world.

Jesus was born of the lineage of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He was the fulfillment of the promise that God had made to Abraham. God’s promise to Abraham was two-fold. First, God promised to bless his lineage, namely Israel. Secondly, God promised that from this lineage would rise up “a blessing” for all nations, meaning all mankind. (see Acts 3:25-26 and Galatians 3:8,14).

This was confirmed many centuries later when Jesus was born. When the baby Jesus was taken to the temple for dedication, a devout elderly man who had been praying there was moved upon by the Spirit of God. He took the child in his arms and proclaimed these words in prayer to God:

For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of ALL people, a light (1) for revelation to the GENTILES, and (2) for glory to Your people ISRAEL.
Luke 2:30-32

From this we understand Jesus’ ministry to be two-fold. First of all, because He was born of the Children of Israel, His first mission was to reveal himself and God to the Israelites. They were God’s chosen people. Even the Quran agrees:

And commemorate Our servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, possessors of power and vision. Verily, We did choose them for a special (purpose) — proclaiming the message of the hereafter.
Surat-us Sad (38):45-46

Children of Israel, call to mind the (special) favour which I bestowed upon you, and that I preferred you to all others (for My message).
Surat-ul Baqara (2):47

Unfortunately, over the course of time, the Children of Israel had grown hardened and indifferent to the things of God. As a result, it was necessary for Jesus to minister personally among them with signs and wonders in order to confirm to them that He was the long-awaited Messiah, whom God had sent to redeem His own chosen people. For this reason during his personal ministry of merely 3 years, Jesus instructed his disciples to go only to the Children of Israel. They were to hear the message FIRST. This was to be their privilege because they were the people of God’s promise.

Following the death and resurrection of Jesus, one of his disciples addressed the Israelites as follows:

And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, “Through your offspring (descendants), ALL PEOPLE on earth will be blessed.” When God raised Jesus the Messiah, HE SENT HIM FIRST TO YOU to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.
Acts 3:25-26

It is important to realize that the second part of Jesus’ mission was most significant. That mission was to give his life a ransom for the sins of all mankind (John 3;16 ; 1 Timothy 2:4-6). This was the blessing that was for all nations — the good news that Jesus, by the shed blood of his suffering on the cross, paid the penalty for the sins of mankind, and that WHOEVER accepts this blessing of salvation is assured eternal life with God!

This is what is written: The Christ (The Messiah) will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to ALL nations, BEGINNING at Jerusalem. Luke 24:46-47

The Scriptures are clear that this salvation in Jesus the Messiah is available for ALL people, both Jews and Gentiles of ALL nations. Remember, during Jesus’ earthly and personal ministry he instructed his disciples to go only to the Israelites. But after the second part of his mission was completed (his atoning death on the cross), notice what Jesus then instructed his disciples:

You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the EARTH.
Acts 1:8… go and make disciples of ALL NATIONS (all people).
Matthew 28:19

Jesus himself confirmed the universal nature of his mission when he declared these words:

I am the Light of the WORLD (not just Israel). WHOEVER (not just jews) follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
John 8:12

For God so loved the WORLD (not just Israel) that He gave His only Son that WHOEVER (not just Jews) believes in Him will not die but have eternal life. John 3:16
Again Jesus is referring to himself as that special blessing or revelation of mercy for all people, for all mankind. The Quran likewise points to the universal mission of Jesus. God Himself is quoted as saying:

… and (We wish) to appoint him (Jesus) as a Sign unto men (“ayat-al linnasi”), and a mercy from Us.
Surat-u Maryam (19):21

It does not say, “a sign only to the Israelites”. In fact in the Arabic it indicates a “sign to mankind!”

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

Is Jesus The Same As Issa?

Is Jesus The Same As Issa?

Let’s settle this issue once and for all today.

Christians claim a lot of things about Jesus which Muslims deny.

Muslims claim a lot of things about Issa which Christians reject.

 

The only logical conclusion is:

Jesus is NOT Issa.

Issa is NOT Jesus.

They are two different men!

Let’s find further evidence to see if this could be true.

 

We don’t need to go into the common differences like:

– according to the Bible, Jesus died on the cross and rose again.

– according to the Quran, Issa did not die but was raised up.

because everyone knows these things and we argue about it everyday.

 

Let’s look at a few other crucial details for these two men.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Issa was born in an unknown town.

Muslims will say this is an unimportant fact about Isa. That’s why the Quran does not record it.

That’s the thing!  The place of Jesus’ birth is VERY important!  500 years before Jesus was born, the prophet Micah predicted that Christ would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) for the Jews to know their Messiah.  If it was unimportant, why did this prophet of God say it? It is recorded in the Bible.

It is not important where Issa was born but it is very important where Jesus was born!

Two different men.

 

Jesus said. “My words will never pass away.” (Mark 13:31). But according to Islam, Issa’s words, in the Injeel,  passed away, got lost, corrupted and does not exist anymore.

But we believe the words of Jesus did not pass away, just as He promised, and was recorded down by His disciples and exists as the Gospels today for us. We even know who Jesus disciples were, what they preached and taught and wrote down. On the other hand, Issa also had his band of sahabas but they are unknown. They are lost in history, nameless and voiceless.

Again two different men.  You can go on believing that your Issa lost his words and his sahabas failed to carry on his message.  That’s your right.  But we have the assurance from Jesus Himself that we have His words recorded down by faithful men who lived and died as martyrs.

 

The only common thing I can think of right now between these two men are the name of their mothers. Mary/Mariam.  This does not prove that they are the same person, does it?  Many people are named Mary / Mariam and does not prove that they were the same person.

Besides, according to the Quran, Mariam’s father is Imran. This is not the name of Mary’s father.  His name was Heli. So they are two different women. Obviously their sons must be two different men.

 

Their mothers had the same name but are the names of their sons the same?

Jesus is derived from His Hebrew name, Yeshua. This would be translated into Arabic as Yasu (يَسُوعَ) and this is the name we find in the Arabic Bible.

Is this the name that we find in the Quran? No. No one named Yasu in the Quran.

What we find in the Quran Issa ( عيسى).  But Issa is the Arabic translation of the Hebrew name Esau!  This is what Ahmed Deedat himself taught.

Jesus is Yasu not Issa.

Issa is Esau not Jesus.

It’s so plain to see. Two different men.

 

If you do not agree, then you would have to prove that Issa is the same person as Jesus.

Were All The Prophets Sinless?

Were All The Prophets Sinless?

The Bible teaches that ALL MEN are sinners.  (Romans 3:23)  This includes prophets too.  ALL.

JESUS alone was sinless.

Most Muslims believe that all the prophets were sinless. Is there a basis for such a belief?

Unfortunately the Quran does not suggest this. On the contrary, the Quran does admit that the prophets sinned.

ADAM sinned.  “And Adam disobeyed his Lord and erred.” Sura 120:121

NUH sinned and asked for forgiveness, “My Lord, forgive me and my parents.” 71:28

IBRAHIM sinned and prayed, “And who I aspire that He will forgive me my sin on the Day of Recompense.” 26:82

MUSA sinned and prayed and said, “My Lord, indeed I have wronged myself, so forgive me.” 28:16

DAUD sinned. “And David became certain that We had tried him, and he asked forgiveness of his Lord and fell down bowing and turned in repentance. 38:24

SULAIMAN sinned. “He said, “My Lord, forgive me and grant me a kingdom” 38:35

MUHAMMAD sinned. Quran and Hadith is clear about this.

“So be patient, [O Muhammad]. Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth. And ask forgiveness for your sin..” 40:55

“That Allah may forgive for you what preceded of your sin.” 48:2

Narrated ‘Aisha:

The Prophet used to say, “O Allah! I seek refuge with You from laziness and geriatric old age, from ALL KINDS OF SINS and from being in debt; from the affliction of the Fire and from the punishment of the Fire and from the evil of the affliction of wealth; and I seek refuge with You from the affliction of poverty, and I seek refuge with You from the affliction of Al-Mesiah Ad-Dajjal. O Allah! Wash away MY SINS with the water of snow and hail, and cleanse my heart from ALL THE SINS as a white garment is cleansed from the filth, and let there be a long distance between me and MY SINS as You made East and West far from each other.” (Sahih Bukhari Book 75 Vol 8 Number 379)

 

 

What about Jesus? The Bible says He knew NO sin.

Quran says: “Jesus… distinguished in this world and the Hereafter..” 3:45  Not a single other prophet was spoken of in this manner.

In the announcement of the birth of Jesus, He is described as pure, righteous, faultless, holy, in the various English translations of Sura 19:19. (See Sahih International, Muhsin, Pickthall, Yusuf Ali)

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “When ANY human being is born. Satan touches him at both sides of the body with his two fingers, EXCEPT Jesus, the son of Mary, whom Satan tried to touch but FAILED, for he touched the placenta-cover instead.”  (Sahih Buhari Book 54 Number 506)

 

Do you know where your belief that the prophets are sinless came from? Not the Quran. It came from a scholar only in the 12th century AD, by the name of Abdulrazak who began teaching this falsehood 500 years after Muhammad!

So as not to contradict their own Quran, Muslims now say that the prophets didn’t sin but they made MISTAKES. 🙂 And that they were protected from MAJOR SINS but they were susceptible to minor sins as human beings.   Moses killed a man!  Is this just a little mistake and a minor sin?

 

The Bible is not afraid to speak the truth about the prophets and even detail their sins.  Muslims try to cover up the sins of their prophets. What is there to hide? The fact is all men are sinners and need the grace of Almighty God who is perfect.

ONLY JESUS WAS SINLESS.