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Are You A Slave Or A Son?

Are You A Slave Or A Son?

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Muslims believe that they are slaves of Allah.

Christians who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior believe that they are sons* of God the Father.
*(the meaning of ‘sons’ include both sons and daughters).

 

 

 

A slave has no personal relationship with his master.
A son enjoys a precious personal relationship with his father.

“To all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”  John 1:12

 

A master uses his slaves.
A father nurtures his sons.

“A slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.” (John 8:35)

 

A slave serves his master with the motive of receiving a reward.
A son serves his father in gratitude because he already has the promise of the reward of inheritance.

A slave cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
A son is the heir of the kingdom of God.

“And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory…” (Romans 8:17)

 

Muslims worship Allah out of FEAR of being thrown into hellfire
Christians worship the Father out of LOVE because they are accepted in His presence

“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)

 

Muslims pray and recite the Quran to gain more merit points from Allah to avoid hellfire
Christians pray and read the Bible to grow in intimacy and relationship with God.

Muslims fast because it is mandatory to fast in Ramadhan
Christians fast voluntarily to spend time in devotion to God.

Muslims do good deeds to try and outweigh their bad deeds.
Christians do good deeds to honor the Father’s name.

“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

 

Muslims do not know if they will be accepted by Allah.
Christians know they have been accepted by the Father though Jesus Christ.

“For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14)

 

You cannot buy your way into heaven.
You cannot bribe your way into heaven.
You cannot work your way into heaven.
You cannot earn your way into heaven.
You cannot lie your way into heaven.
You cannot pay your way into heaven.
The payment has already been made on your behalf.

Whether you accept this payment or not, is your choice and your decision will determine your eternal destiny.

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God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Jesus said: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

“Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.” Galatians 4:7

Can My Good Deeds Save Me?

Can My Good Deeds Save Me?

If you can get to heaven by your own good deeds, then, in heaven, you will be able to boast about yourself.  Without your good deeds, you could not have made it. You can praise God and you can also praise yourself.

You think this is what heaven will be like? Lots of boasting, showing off, pride, arrogance, selfishness, self-centredness? This does not sound like the true heaven. God will not allow anything unholy into heaven and that includes hidden pride.

If you can make it by your own good deeds, why do you need God?

The truth is ONLY GOD can save, if we humble ourselves to ALLOW Him to save us.  We cannot do it on our own. Religion cannot save us. Good deeds cannot save us. Only God can save us.

Scripture says:

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Proud To Be a Muslim?

Proud To Be a Muslim?

I often hear Muslims say, “I am PROUD to be a Muslim.”

Is being proud a good thing? Is pride a virtue that God is pleased with? In other words, are you proud to be proud???

I know that ‘being proud’ can also be a positive thing, like “I’m proud of my  nepwhew for doing well in his exams.”
However, when Muslims say they are proud, it is usually a BOAST that, they and their religion are superior above everything and they look down on everyone else who is not part of the ummah.

I don’t think I have ever heard a Christian boast, “I am proud that I am a Christian” or “I am proud that Jesus came to save me!”  The right attitude a true Christian would have is gratitude, for salvation as a Christian.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can BOAST about it. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

(Now I’m not saying that Christians are free from pride. I am saying that Christians see pride as SIN and something to overcome.)

What about the prophets? Were they proud?

Let’s look at Moses. Moses was not proud. In fact, it is written in scripture, “Moses was very humble–more humble than any other person on earth.” And if you read about the other servants of God ~ David, Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea…etc – you’ ll see that they were humble before God. Not proud or arrrogant. So why are you proud?

The Bible records some people who were proud. King Saul, King Nebuchadnezzar, King Herod. They all came to ruin.

What about Jesus? Jesus was the perfect example of humility right from the day He was born, in a manger, not in any glittering room of a palace.  His disciples were not so humble. They were proud and often argued among themselves about who among them was greatest. Jesus had to teach them over and over again, until they finally learnt what it meant to be humble and not proud. As their teacher, Jesus even modeled it for them in washing their feet. He said, “I did not come to be served but to serve.”

600 years later, Muhammad comes along. He taught his followers that pride is a sin and anyone with even an atom of pride in his heart will not enter heaven. So why are Muslims today beating their chests with pride instead of heeding the teaching of their prophet?

Did Muhammad practice what he preached? Was he himself humble or proud? There were many instances where he was the model of humility. But there were also a number of  occasions that he reacted angrily when his pride was hurt.

Here’s a list of people that were killed by Muhammad’s followers because they had either rejected his authority or disparaged or insulted the prophet of Allah. Abu Afak, Asma Marwan, Kab Ashraf, Abu Rafi, Ibn Sunayna, a half-blind shepherd, Kinana, a slave wife and mother, an old woman from Fazara, Abdullah Khatal and his daughter.

Why were they killed? Because they voiced out their opposition against Muhammad. They were not violent or threatening. They had no weapons.  Some of them were simply guilty of writing poems that insulted Muhammad. Some of them were very old like Abu Afak who was said to be over 100 years old and some were women like Asma Marwan who had 5 children. She was murdered in her sleep. Kab Ashraf was murdered because he did not believe in Muhammad. A slave girl was killed because she made fun of Muhammad.

Whereas, when Jesus was insulted and mocked and tortured, He never threatened or killed anyone. Rather, Jesus forgave those who insulted Him. Once, when people from a Samaritan village rejected Jesus, two of His disciples were incensed and on the verge of calling down fire from heaven to destroy them.  What was Jesus’ response? He rebuked His disciples for even suggesting such a thing!

 

Have you ever wondered where pride really come from?

One of Allah’s name is Al-Mutakabbir which means “THE MOST PROUD.”

What is this source of pride? It’s written in scripture in reference to Satan:  “Your heart became PROUD.”

 

The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. Proverbs 16:5

 

Your Night Of Destiny

Your Night Of Destiny

This week marks the holy week of Ramadan. Today is the 27th of Ramadan which is the holiest night for Muslims.

It is known as the Night Of Destiny, or Laylat al-Qadr (in Arabic: لیلة القدر‎‎) as many Muslims pray to God for mercy, forgiveness, blessings and salvation.

Last week, a Muslim asked me “how to be saved?”.

There may be others asking the same questions like “how to have forgiveness of sins.” etc.

I am going to write out a prayer for you below.

You can pray sincerely from your heart to God and He will hear you.

This is between you and God alone. No one else. This is not about religion. Not about Christianity or Islam. This is about you entering into the Kingdom of God. I’m not talking about conversion. I’m talking about transformation – from death to life.

If you think what I’m saying is rubbish and you dont believe it, that’s OK. I have written another prayer that you can use, at the end of this post.

I’m sharing with you what I believe right now, so that on this Night Of Destiny, you can fully trust in God to give you a wonderful eternal destiny.

None of us can can reach God by ourselves. God is completely holy. We are utter sinners. Jesus was the only one without sin. No one can come to God, unless we come through Jesus. He is the way. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

If you want to enter into the Kingdom of God, Jesus is the door.

If you believe that Jesus came to save you from your sins and to give you eternal life in heaven as your final destiny….Pray this prayer with sincerity in your heart to God….

“My God, who created the whole universe, You created me. I come before you sincerely on this

Night of Destiny and open my heart to You. None of my thoughts, words and deeds are hidden from You.

I’m praying to You, O God, that You will forgive all my sins now. Cleanse my heart and give me Your

righteousness so that I can have a clean heart and I can be accepted before You. Let Your presence be

in my heart so that I can know You and follow You. I receive Your peace, love and joy. Thank you for

a new life that You have given me, an eternal life as You have promised. I receive Your salvation

through Jesus, the Way, The Truth and the Life.”

 

If you have prayed this prayer, it is between you and God. You don’t have to tell anyone publicly if you don’t want to. But I encourage you to share privately with someone you trust. If you want, you can send me or someone else a private message, and we can guide you further to know even more and to answer your questions.

How to pray this prayer? Just go to some place where you can be alone. It can be in your bedroom, so you can talk to God alone in prayer. You can kneel or prostrate. God is able to hear and answer your prayer today.

Perhaps some of you are already laughing or mocking. It’s your choice to reject the message of salvation on this Night Of Destiny.

 

If you are one of those, then here is another prayer for you to pray to God:

“O God of Abraham. You are the God of all truth. I choose to believe in Your truth alone.

I think that all the things that I have read here are lies, so I reject them, because I don’t want

to believe any lies. But, God, if anything here is the truth from You, please show it to me clearly

because I do not want to miss any blessings from You. Reveal to me in my dreams. Even when I sleep,

I open my spirit to you so that You can speak to me and teach me Your truth.”

Come To Islam

Come To Islam

Many Muslims have asked me to come to Islam.

Let’s consider this together…..

 

I believe my God loves me and has demonstrated His love for me in a way that no one else can even before I became a Christian. (Romans 5:8)

Can you show me that Allah loves me now? According to the Quran,  I am categorized as “the worst of creatures” (Sura 98:6) and Allah will only love me if I become a Muslim. Is his love limited?

 

I believe God has forgiven all my past sins and has given me a clean heart before Him and to live a new life for Him. (1 John 1:9)

Can you show me that as a Muslim you have 100% assurance right now that all your sins are forgiven? Or do you believe that you will never know if all your sins are truly forgiven during your lifetime on earth?

 

I believe my God has promised me eternal life and a home in heaven. (John 3:16-17)

Where is the promise in Islam for eternal life? There is no promise for any Muslim, not even Muhammad. (Sura 46:9). In fact, in Sura 19:71, Allah promises that a

Muslim’s destination is hell first before a few are rescued.

 

I believe my God is my Saviour who has rescued me from being a slave to sin and given me a new life as a child of God.  (Colossians 1:13-14)

And you want me to come to a religion where there is no saviour and I have to relinquish my rights as a child of God and become a slave again? And I have to depend on my own good deeds and hope it is accepted by Allah someday?

 

Now I can pray and worship my God anywhere and anytime, whether in my house or in my car or in the shopping mall and God welcomes and accepts me.

Can you tell me why there such a restriction and limitation in Islam that I must pray at certain times, facing a certain direction, and performing specific actions in a certain way. If I do anything differently, my prayers would become invalid and not accepted by Allah?

 

I have a personal relationship with God, who is with me and His presence is in me to lead me, guide me, to teach me and help me.

Why is that in Islam, Allah has no personal relationship or interest with his creatures?

 

I believe my God is my heavenly Father who cares for me and speaks to me like a loving father who cares for all His children.

Why is it that in Islam, Allah is too lofty and proud to associate with his slaves?

 

To me, Islam and Christianity are as different as night and day.

Thank you for your invitation but I will stay with Jesus.

 

Jesus said:  “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12