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O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it.

Hadith - Qudsi 34

ASK YOURSELF...

Questions are the best source to discovering truth.

Following the right religion is the absolute most important thing we can do in our lifetime.  We must know who God is and how he is to be worshiped.  We were given this life for the sake of our eternity.  This life determines where we spend eternity.  What is 70 years compared to eternity?  Absolutely nothing.  Now, the question is, where and how do we want to spend eternity?  Do we want to suffer in hellfire (If you don't believe in hell, you most definitely better make sure that it doesn't exist, cause if it does, you are following a false doctrine) or do we want to be rewarded with the gardens of paradise? 

This article will simply give you questions to ask yourself.  Questions that will make you think.  If you believe you have a solid answer to these questions, then e-mail me at Tarek@guidetosalvation.com and I will post it.  If you have questions for the followers of any other religion, you may also e-mail those to me and I will post them.  your questions must be supported by doctrine or sources accepted by those that follow the target religion.

 

Trinitarian Christians, Ask yourselves...

-Let's imagine that a person was stranded on an island all alone since a very early age.  This person never had any outside influence whatsoever.  One day, a bible washes ashore.  From reading the bible, would this man find the doctrine of the trinity? 

 The supreme authority in Christianity is the Bible.  Every doctrine should come from the Bible.  Scriptures are meant to be Gods message to man.  If God wants to be worshiped, then he must first let those to worship him know who it is they are worshiping.  In the Old Testament this is clear:

Deut 4: 35Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.

Deut 4: 39Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.

Deut 6: 4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

1 Sam 2:2There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.

2 Sam 7:22Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

1 Kings 8:60That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.

1 Chron 17:20O LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

Isa 45:5I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: 6That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.

Isa 46: 9Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

Mark 12:29And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

Note:  these are just a few of many.

If God is in fact a trinity, it should be found clearly in the Bible.  It should be logical, with no question marks or room for misinterpretation. 

1 Cor 14:33 "For God is not the author of confusion" (KJV)

So where in the bible would this person find a Trinitarian God?  Keep in mind, the verses should be specific and without confusion.  For example, a common Trinitarian "proof-text" is John 10:30, which reads:

"I and my Father are one."

The problem is that Jesus (pbuh) did not mean one in substance, but one in purpose.  This can be easily shown with the following three verses:

John 17:22 "And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:"

John 14:28 "my Father is greater than I."

Mark 10:18 "Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone."

The three above verses make it clear that Jesus (pbuh)  meant to say that he and God are one in purpose and nothing else.  It would take extreme stubbornness to read it any other way.

 

-Did Jesus (pbuh) not deny divinity in Mark 10:18? 

Mark 10:18 "Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone."

Jesus (pbuh), it is generally agreed regardless of religion, came with the purpose to save.  If a person went up to someone in that role and asked, "How can I be saved?"  The person in the savior role would answer immediately, because that is what he's here for.  It would take something of incredible importance to interrupt his direction.  Let us read the sequence surrounding Mark 10:18:

Mark 10:17 "As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ 18Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.” 20He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money* to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

A man walks up to Jesus (pbuh) and basically asks "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"  This question is exactly what Jesus (pbuh) was sent to answer.  What does Jesus (pbuh) do?  before answering he stops to correct something that he must feel is so incredibly important that it couldn't wait.  He stopped to tell the man that he wasn't God nor did he deserve any of the attributes that belong to God.  He did this by asking, "Why do you call me good?  No one is good but God alone."

Then, after clearing that up, he went on to answer the question.  Basically keep the commandments and give charity, something every Muslim is required to do. 

 

-By claiming Jesus (pbuh) as divine, doesn't this contradict the Old Testament? 

Numbers 23:19 "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?"

To say that Jesus (pbuh) is half-man, half-God, doesn't that create a contradiction with the above Old-Testament verse?  God is not a man, Jesus (pbuh) was a man.  He was born of a woman, the Bible describes him with emotions, it describes him eating... these are human attributes, but the OT clearly says God is not a man.  

-How do you explain "Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani?"

(from www.answeringchristianity.com)

The Bible says

 “For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off;” (Psalms 37:28)

 But yet when Jesus Christ (pbuh) was put on the cross according to the Bible. He cried out

“About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"  (Mathew 27:46)

“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mark 15:34)

How can Jesus be forsaken when God does not forsake his faithful ones?? Now the Christians have four options to choose from.

1.   1. The person put on the cross was not really Jesus.

2. Jesus (pbuh) was not faithful to God.

3. Jesus (pbuh) lied that God forsook him.

4.   4. Bible is lying when it says that God does not forsake his beloved ones.

An attempt to answer this dilemma by BibleProbe:

And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. Mark 15:33

Mark 15:34 - And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

To God, the sight of sin is absolutely repulsive. Jesus' mission reached its fulfillment when He was dying on the cross on that holy day in Jerusalem. At that moment, the sinless Jesus was being held personally responsible for all sin. With that immense load of guilt (our guilt & our sins) upon Him, for just a very few seconds, God the Father couldn't stand the sight of His only begotten Son whom He loves dearly.

Guide To Salvations response:

I've got Seven Bible Translations, and for the life of me I can't find this explanation anywhere.  Is this something God expects the readers of the Bible to just assume?  You just basically added an entire event that does not exist in the Bible.  Where can I look up that "for just a very few seconds, God the Father couldn't stand the sight of His only begotten Son whom He loves dearly."  I thought we were commanded to not add to Gods words (Revelation 22:18-19, Galatians 1:9)?  I'd very much of have loved to debate this in your forum, but that is impossible since you have a habit of deleting posts that you can't explain.  Also, it sounds like you're saying that God weakened for a few seconds.   That is blasphemy on your part.
 

 

For entire article, please see:  Ask Yourself 

 


 

What Famous Authors and Scholars Are Saying About the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh):

 

"If a man like Muhamed were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness."

"I have studied him -the wonderful man- and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ he must be called the saviour of humanity."

-George Bernard Shaw

 

“Muhammed is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities."

-Encyclopedia Britannica

 

"Muhammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those around him."

-Diwan Chand Sharma, The Prophets of the East, Calcutta 1935, p.122.

 

"People like Pasteur and Salk are leaders in the first sense.  People like Gandhi and Confucius, on one hand, and Alexander, Caesar and Hitler on the other, are leaders in the second and perhaps the third sense.  Jesus and Buddha belonging in the third category alone.  Perhaps the greatest leader of all times was Mohammed, who combined all three functions.  To a lesser degree, Moses did the same."

-Professor Jules Masserman

 

"He was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without Pope's pretensions, Caesar without the legions of Caesar:  without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a palace, without a fixed revenue; if ever any man had a right to say that he ruled by the right divine, it was Mohammed, for he had all the power without its instruments and without its supports."

-Bosworth Smith, Mohammad and Mohammadanism, London, 1874, p.92.

 

For More, click What They're Saying About The Prophet Muhammad

 

 


 

Is The Trinity Original to  Christianity?

It is important for a Christian to research whether God indeed is a trinity.  If not, then you have the complete wrong idea of God and thus can't be worshiping him correctly.  Before one knows how to worship, they must first know who they are praying to.  The Jews and all the prophets sent to them never taught or believed in a trinity.  Jesus (pbuh) never taught a trinity.  It is important to understand where the concept of the trinity originated.  Below is a look and comparison of different trinities throughout history.

**Other Trinities existed before Christian Trinity.

Dionysus 1,200 BC—a dying, resurrected savior

Dionysus was a Big Name God, He was first worshiped in Thrace (north and east of Greece).  He came to Greece by the time Homer wrote the Iliad in maybe 800 BC. His priest Orpheus reworked His legend in the sixth, maybe seventh century BC and by Hellenistic times (after 332 BC) He was worshiped from Italy to Greece and into Egypt and the Middle East.

Birth Dionysus' mom was the mortal woman, Semele; his dad was the supreme God Zeus.

Death and resurrection The mysteries of Dionysus celebrated the death of the God in the myth of young Dionysus-Zagreus, who died—was torn apart by the Titans, boiled, and eaten. Only his heart was left; it was buried and from it Dionysus was resurrected and ascended to heaven. Isn't it amazing how ridiculous other peoples' myths are!

Salvation Belief in Dionysus brought salvation In Italy, in the fourth century BC, texts written on gold plates and buried with the dead, describe the souls of Dionysus followers in the afterlife, drinking not from one particular spring in Hades, but from another cool pool—and that will give them divinity and eternal life.

Dionysus was celebrated in Civic religion and in mysteries. The Mysteries of Dionysus included
initiation by bathing—baptism
a sacred meal
a myth about the death and resurrection the god
salvation

"The devils, accordingly, when they heard these prophetic words, said that Bacchus was the son of Jupiter, and ...having been torn in pieces, he ascended into heaven." [Justin Martyr, First Apology, 54]

 

Rome
The historian
Livy mentions the faith in Rome as early as
186 BC. [Livy, Roman History, 39, 3,6]

Julius Cesar first formally recognized his mysteries in the mid first century BC [Servillus, Bucolics, 5,29}

Palestine Greek Dionysus entered Palestine with Hellenism after Alexander's conquest in 332 BC.

The early Christians acknowledged that Dionysus (his Greek name) / Bacchus (his Latin name) came before Jesus. How? The Christian Father Justin Martyr, writing in the 100s AD, wrote that the Devil reading the Old Testament prophesies of the Messiah sent Bacchus early, to trick men about Jesus:

Greece
Dionysus is mentioned in
Linear B tablets from roughly
1,200 BC.

Herodotus' describes initiation into the mysteries of Dionysus in the fifth century BC. [Herodotus Histories book 4, 78 - 80]

Euripides' play about him, the Bacchae, was first performed about 400 BC.

More examples of pagan gods here:  Is the Trinity Original to Christianity

 


 

Is Jesus (pbuh) the Begotten Son Of God?

NUMBERS 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Christians  believe that Jesus (pbuh) is the begotten son of God because he is called the son of God in the Bible in a couple of places.  Also, because the KJV of the Bible says he's the begotten son of God.  First off, let's go over a few biblical verses:

»Luke 3:38Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

»1 Chronicles 28:6And he (God) said unto me, Solomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts: for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.

»Exodus 4:22And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn

»Jeremiah 31:9They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. 

»Psalms 2:7I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me (David), Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

»Deuteronomy 14:1Ye are the children of the LORD your God

»Romans 8:14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

»John 1: 12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

»Genesis 6:2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

»See also:  Genesis 6:4, Philippians 2:15, Job 38:7, Philippians 2:15, Job 1:6,Job 2:1.

 

As one can see by the above verses, many are termed the Son of God in the Bible.  David is even called the begotten Son of God.  But there is more.  All the recent translations of the Bible have made changes.  Even the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, which used the oldest manuscripts available, including new discoveries such as Nag Hamadi and others that date further back then the manuscripts used by the KJV.  One of the Major changes can be found in the following verse:

»John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. (NRSV)

»John 3:16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

»John 3:16"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (NLT)

The term Son of God was used to describe those that were servants of God.  Lower-case or Capital "S" means nothing.  The Semitic languages (Arabic, Aramaic, Hebrew) don't use capital and lower-case lettering.  This is a non-issue.  Here is what Grolier's encyclopedia says under "Jesus Christ":

 

For more about the "Son of God" please see:  Is Jesus The Begotten Son Of God?


 

Paul vs. God, Jesus and The Disciples

 

When reading the Bible, one of the first things we learn in the book of Genesis is that God made the following covenant with Abraham (pbuh):

Genesis 17:10This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.11And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.  12And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. 13He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

We learn from these verses that this covenant was meant to be everlasting.  As we continue reading into the New Testament, we also discover the following:

Luke 2:21And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

So here we see that Jesus (pbuh) was also circumcised, in keeping with the covenant God made with Abraham (pbuh).  And continuing on to the book of John, we also learn:

John 7:22Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.

Here Jesus (pbuh) reaffirms the necessity of this covenant.  After making it past the gospels, we come to the books of Paul, but here, things suddenly change:

Galatians 5: 2Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.  3For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.  4Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Galatians 2: 7But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

Paul now says that circumcision is not necessary.  This causes a problem:  Was this covenant meant to be everlasting?  How can Paul single-handedly end an everlasting covenant from God?  So how did the Apostles take this?  Let us find out:

Galatians 2:11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood self-condemned; 12for until certain people came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But after they came, he drew back and kept himself separate for fear of the circumcision faction. 13And the other Jews joined him in this hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy.

Galatians 2:14But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

So, obvious by the above verses, they did not agree with Paul.  So what does Paul do?  He calls them hypocrites and not upright.  These are apostles that were with Jesus (pbuh), and Paul, who never in his life met Jesus (pbuh) is calling them misguided hypocrites.  Keep in mind that Barnabas was the teacher and protector of Paul, peter the rock (Matt 16:18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. ) And James the Just.

For More About Paul Please Read the Following Articles:

Paul vs. Jesus

Paul vs. God, Jesus and The Disciples

Paul Admits to Deceit

Trial of Paul


Tony Blair Comments on the Qur'an

"To me, the most remarkable thing about the Koran is how progressive it is. I write with great humility as a member of another faith. As an outsider, the Koran strikes me as a reforming book, trying to return Judaism and Christianity to their origins, much as reformers attempted to do with the Christian church centuries later. The Koran is inclusive. It extols science and knowledge and abhors superstition. It is practical and far ahead of its time in attitudes toward marriage, women, and governance.

Under its guidance, the spread of Islam and its dominance over previously Christian or pagan lands were breathtaking. Over centuries, Islam founded an empire and led the world in discovery, art, and culture. The standard-bearers of tolerance in the early Middle Ages were far more likely to be found in Muslim lands than in Christian ones."

Full article can be found here at:  http://www.foreignaffairs.org/  (Jan/Feb 2007 issue)

 

 

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