The Quran Testifies: David and Elizabeth Worshiped Jesus as God! A post by Sam Shamoun

The Quran Testifies:

David and Elizabeth Worshiped Jesus as God!

 

According to the Holy Bible, Jesus proclaimed that the prophet David was inspired by the Holy Spirit to recognize and confess that the Messiah was his Lord whom God exalted to sit enthroned at his right hand:

 

“And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David’s son? And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son?” Luke 20:41-44

 

Contrast this with the Markan parallel:

 

“And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.” Mark 12:35-37

 

The God-breathed Scriptures teach that to be seated at God’s right hand is to sit on God’s heavenly throne alongside him, sharing in his sovereign rule over the entire creation:

 

The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.” Psalm 103:19-22

 

Thus, Jesus is basically claiming to be the sovereign Lord of creation and a co-occupant of God’s own glorious throne.

 

David wasn’t the only Spirit-filled messenger who worshiped Jesus as his Lord:

 

“And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: and she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of MY LORD should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.” Luke 1:41-44

 

Here we have John the Baptist’s mother who, being filled with the Holy Spirit, confesses that the child which Mary had just conceived was her Lord!

 

Now let us see what the Quran has to say about the phrase “my Lord” and its significance:

 

Say: O People of the Scripture! Come to an agreement between us and you: that we shall worship none but Allah, and that we shall ascribe no partner unto Him, and that none of us shall take others for lords beside Allah. And if they turn away, then say: Bear witness that we are they who have surrendered (unto Him). S. 3:64 Pickthall

 

And he commanded you not that ye should take the angels and the prophets for lords. Would he command you to disbelieve after ye had surrendered (to Allah)? S. 3:80 Pickthall

 

The Islamic scripture clearly prohibits Muslims from taking others such as prophets as Lord. These next passages show why:

 

And verily We tried Solomon, and set upon his throne a (mere) body. Then did he repent. He said: My Lord! Forgive me and bestow on me sovereignty such as shall not belong to any after me. Lo! Thou art the Bestower. S. 38:34-35 Pickthall

 

A mention of the mercy of thy Lord unto His servant Zachariah. When he cried unto his Lord a cry in secret, Saying: My Lord! Lo! the bones of me wax feeble and my head is shining with grey hair, and I have never been unblest in prayer to Thee, my Lord… He said: My Lord! How can I have a son when my wife is barren and I have reached infirm old age? He said: So (it will be). Thy Lord saith: It is easy for Me, even as I created thee before, when thou wast naught. He said: My Lord! Appoint for me some token. He said: Thy token is that thou, with no bodily defect, shalt not speak unto mankind three nights. S. 19:1-3, 8-10 Pickthall

 

Both Solomon, David’s son, and Zechariah, the Baptist’s father and Elizabeth’s husband, are depicted as employing the phrase “my Lord” in reference to Allah. This indicates that the Quran views the expression “my Lord” as a divine title, which can only be ascribed to God Almighty.

 

The Quran further teaches that Allah does not allow anyone to share in his unique sovereignty over creation with anyone,

He unto Whom belongeth the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, He hath chosen no son nor hath He any partner in the Sovereignty. He hath created everything and hath meted out for it a measure. S. 25:2 Pickthall

 

Therefore, since the Quran claims that all of the biblical prophets were Muslims this means that the only way that the prophet David and Elizabeth, who were both filled with the Holy Spirit, could ever address Christ with the words “my Lord,” and claim that he shares in God’s unique sovereign rule over all things, is if they knew and believed that Jesus is God Incarnate.

 

This is the conclusion that we would be forced to arrive at if we read the Holy Bible in light of the message of the Quran.

 

All Scriptural quotations taken from the Authorized King James Version (AV) of the Holy Bible.

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The Quran’s Confirmation of Basic Christian Doctrines Pt. 3, a post by Sam Shamoun

The Quran’s Confirmation of Basic Christian Doctrines Pt. 3

 

We now come to the last part of our discussion.

 

Concluding Remarks

 

It is apparent that the Quran affirms much of what the God-breathed Scriptures, the Holy Bible, proclaims concerning the glory and uniqueness of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the reason seems obvious. Even when it comes to Jesus’ crucifixion, the Quran nowhere explicitly denies that it ever happened. Rather, what the Muslim scripture denies is that the Jews got rid of Jesus as an imposter by killing him on the cross:

 

And because of their disbelief and of their speaking against Mary a tremendous calumny; And because of THEIR saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s messenger – THEY slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; THEY slew him not for certain. But Allah took him up unto Himself. Allah was ever Mighty, Wise. S. 4:156-158 Pickthall

 

The reason why the Quran denies that the Jews slew Jesus is because they wouldn’t be able to have gotten Christ killed had it not been the plan and will of Allah for them to do so. This is similar to what Allah told the Muslims concerning their slaying the disbelievers at the battle of Badr:

 

Ye (Muslims) slew them not, but Allah slew them. And thou (Muhammad) threwest not when thou didst throw, but Allah threw, that He might test the believers by a fair test from Him. Lo! Allah is Hearer, Knower. S. 8:17 Pickthall

 

It is apparent that the Quran is not denying that Muhammad and his hordes actually killed their enemies, but that they wouldn’t have been able to do so if Allah hadn’t willed it. Similarly, the Jews would not have been able to kill Jesus if Allah didn’t allow that to happen. Yet, as the Quran itself makes plain, Jesus’ death doesn’t mean that he wasn’t the true Messiah as the Jews erroneously thought, since God raised him to himself, in clear vindication of Christ’s claims. And according to the Quran, those whom Allah permits to die as martyrs are not actually dead, but alive with their Lord:

 

And say not of those who are killed in the Way of Allah, “They are dead.” Nay, they are living, but you perceive (it) not. S. 2:154 Hilali-Khan

 

Think not of those who are killed in the Way of Allah as dead. Nay, they are alive, with their Lord, and they have provision. They rejoice in what Allah has bestowed upon them of His Bounty, rejoicing for the sake of those who have not yet joined them, but are left behind (not yet martyred) that on them no fear shall come, nor shall they grieve. S. 3:169-170 Hilali-Khan

 

This means that we are to view Jesus dying a martyr’s death, and who is much alive now in the very presence of the Deity himself according to the Muslim scripture!

 

Therefore, the Quran doesn’t even explicitly say anywhere that Jesus wasn’t killed on the cross, since the single Quranic text which does mention Jesus’ crucifixion only denies that the Jews killed him, no more no less.

 

For more on this point, check out the following articles and rebuttals:

 

The Crucifixion of Christ – A Christian Critique of the Quran http://answering-islam.org/Shamoun/crucifixion.htm

 

The Quran, Bible Preservation and the Crucifixion http://answering-islam.org/Shamoun/preserved-crucifixion.htm

 

On the Crucifixion Part 1 http://answering-islam.org/Responses/Osama/umar_crucifixion.htm, Part 2 http://answering-islam.org/Responses/Osama/umar_crucifixion2.htm

 

Muhammad, therefore, attempted to adopt as much Christian theology and terminology as possible with the hopes of enticing true believers to embrace him as a prophet. Little did he realize that this approach would prove to be devastating to his prophetic claims since his acceptance of specific Christian titles and functions concerning the Lord Jesus ended up contradicting his own Christological view, thereby proving that he was actually a false prophet.

 

Take, for instance, Muhammad’s confirming that Jesus is the Word and Spirit of Allah which came forth from him and who was cast down to Mary. Such titles clearly affirm the divine prehuman existence of Christ, since God has always had his Word as a part of him, which means that the Word is uncreated. As such, Jesus must be uncreated in order for him to be the very Word of Allah. This is further brought out by the Quran referring to Jesus as a Spirit from Allah, which presupposes that Christ existed as an immaterial, incorporeal Being before coming to the earth to become a man.

 

At the same time, however, Muhammad wanted people to accept Jesus as nothing more than a mere servant of his deity:

 

And when the son of Mary is quoted as an example, behold! the folk laugh out, And say: Are our gods better, or is he? They raise not the objection save for argument. Nay! but they are a contentious folk. He is nothing but a slave on whom We bestowed favour, and We made him a pattern for the Children of Israel. S. 43:57-59 Pickthall

 

How can someone whom the Quran admits was the Word, Spirit and Messiah of Allah, who was born supernaturally/miraculously from a physical virgin, performed miracles such as breathe life into inanimate objects and resurrect the dead, and who was taken physically alive into the very presence of the Deity after his death, be nothing more than a mere slave?

 

Hence, the contradiction with Muhammad’s proclamation of the Person and work of Christ.

 

In light of such a contradictory message, it is time for Muslims to abandon this false prophet and turn to the One that the Quran itself admits is fully alive in the very presence of God, namely, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is time for them to pick up the only revelation that God ever inspired, the Holy Bible, and start reading it in order to learn the whole truth about the One who loves them so much that he chose to become a flesh and blood human being in order to save them from the power of sin, Satan and death, as well as from God’s righteous wrath which shall be justly poured out upon all evildoers and disbelievers on the Day of Judgment:

 

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

 

 for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:28 – cf. Mark 14:24

 

“For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 – cf. Matthew 20:28

 

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10

 

“This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:50-51

 

“Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:7-10

 

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:1-6

 

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

 

“And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” Acts 10:42-43

 

 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

 

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour” Ephesians 5:1-2

 

“For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

 

“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10

 

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15

 

“and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:5-6 – cf. 5:9-10; 7:9-17

 

Come Lord Jesus, come! Amen!

 

Unless noted otherwise, all Scriptural quotations taken from the Authorized King James Version (AV) of the Holy Bible.

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The Quran’s Confirmation of Basic Christian Doctrines Pt. 2, a post by Sam Shamoun

The Quran’s Confirmation of Basic Christian Doctrines Pt. 2

 

We continue with our discussion.

 

What the Holy Bible Teaches

 

The Quran exhorts Christians to stand fast and judge by the Gospel in their possession, since that is the revelation which God gave them through Jesus Christ:

 

And following in the footsteps of these (Messengers) We sent ‘Isa, the son of Maryam (Jesus, the son of Mary) confirming the Book (the Torah) revealed before him. And We gave him the Injil (the Gospel) which contained guidance and light, and (the Injil [the Gospel] too) confirmed the (Book) Torah that preceded it. And it was (an absolute) guidance and admonition for the Godfearing. And the People of the Injil ([the Gospel] too) are required to judge in accordance with that (commandment) which Allah has sent down in it. And he who does not judge (and run the state) complying with the commandments Allah has revealed, it is they who are unruly and wicked. S. 5:46-47 Tahir-ul-Qadri

 

Say: ‘O People of the Book, you are nowhere (on the path of Din [Religion]) until you establish (the system by enforcing) the Torah and the Injil (the Gospel) and whatever has been sent down to you from your Lord. And, (O Beloved,) the Book which has been sent down to you from your Lord will certainly provoke rebellion and disbelief amongst most of them (because of jealousy). So do not grieve over (the state of affairs of) the disbelievers. S. 5:68 Tahir-ul-Qadri

 

What this indicates is that the Quran is essentially telling Christians to judge by the NT scriptures since the only Gospel that they have always had in their possession are the inspired writings of the NT, just as the following Muslim translation of these verses makes clear:

 

And We sent after (following) on their tracks with Jesus, Mary’s son confirming for what (is) between his hands from the Torah/Old Testament, and We gave him the New Testament/Bible in it (is) guidance and light, and confirming to what (is) between his hands from the Torah/Old Testament, and guidance and a sermon/advice/warning to the fearing and obeying. And the New Testament’s/Bible’s people should judge/rule with what God descended in it, and who does not judge/rule with what God descended, so those, they are the debauchers. S. 5:46-47 Muhammad Ahmed – Samira http://www.islamawakened.com/quran/5/st19.htm

 

Say: “You The Book’s people, you are not on a thing, until you keep up the Torah/Old Testament and the Bible/New Testament, and what was descended to you from your (P) Lord.” And what was descended to you (S/M) from your Lord increases (E) many of them tyranny/arrogance, and disbelief, so do not grieve/sadden on the nation, the disbelieving. S. 5:68

 

Therefore, we are now going to do as the Quran itself suggests, and see whether its portrait of Christ is compatible with the God-breathed Scriptures given to the followers of the risen Christ.

 

A Messenger or Apostle of God.

 

“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;” Hebrews 3:1

 

A Prophet of God.

 

 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.” Luke 24:19-20

 

The Word of God that was conveyed or cast down to Mary in order to become a flesh and blood human being.

 

A life-giving Spirit that came forth from God.

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not… That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:1-5, 9-10, 14

 

“And so it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being.’ The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.” 1 Corinthians 15:45-47 New King James Version (NKJV)

 

A Servant of God.

 

One whom God empowered by the Holy Spirit to do miracles such as creating, giving life, raising the dead and healing the blind.

 

One whom God exalted by raising him physically, bodily from the dead to dwell in God’s very own heavenly presence in order to bring him close to himself.

 

It is interesting to discover that one of the reasons why Jesus is referred to as God’s Servant is for the specific purpose of identifying him as the One whom the prophet Isaiah spoke of, he who is exalted to share in God’s unique sovereignty after offering his life as a vicarious sacrifice for the sins of his people. And as this unique Servant, Christ was filled with the fullness of God’s Spirit in order successfully carry out God’s purpose for him while he was on earth:

 

“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins… And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” Isaiah 11:1-5, 10

 

“Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” Isaiah 42:1-7

 

“Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: so shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.” Isaiah 52:13-15

 

“Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:1-12

 

“But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; and charged them that they should not make him known: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.” Matthew 12:15-21

 

“But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.” Matthew 12:28

 

“Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness… Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.’ Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’” Luke 4:1, 14-21 NKJV

 

“And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judæa, and throughout all the region round about. And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things. And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” Luke 7:11-23

 

As a side note, the kinds of miracles Jesus performed as evidence of he who was/is are the same exact miracles which the OT says Jehovah God would do when he comes to dwell with his people:

 

“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God. Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: and the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” Isaiah 35:1-10

 

Thus, Jesus was essentially identifying himself as the very God whom the OT prophets announced was coming to live among his people!

 

Continuing further:

 

“And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: in his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.” Acts 8:26-39

 

“The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all—that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:36-38 NKJV

 

With the foregoing in perspective, we are now ready to conclude.

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The Idolatry of Unitarianism as proven by the book of Acts

The Jews in Acts only made one entity the object of their belief, namely the uncreated Lord. They did not make a created and an uncreated entity simultaneously the object of their belief as our Unitarian friends.

The Unitarian belief and faith in Jesus as only a created entity is nowhere to be found in the book of Acts. The only belief which is described in that book is belief in the Lord God Jehovah. It would have been unthinkable for a monotheistic Jew to believe as a Unitarian:

But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

37And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

42And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. 43And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.

21And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.

23And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

34And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

8And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.

4Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7And all the men were about twelve.

King James Bible
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

9Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

Matthew 4:10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is

Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt
worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
//biblehub.com/matthew/4-10.htm – 18k

Luke 4:8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written,
Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
//biblehub.com/luke/4-8.htm – 17k

Deuteronomy 6:13 Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take

Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and
shalt serve him only, and thou shalt swear by his name.
//biblehub.com/deuteronomy/6-13.htm – 17k

Deuteronomy 10:20 Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast

Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him only: to him
thou shalt adhere, and shalt swear by his name.
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The Quran’s Confirmation of Basic Christian Doctrines Pt. 1, a post by Sam Shamoun

The Quran’s Confirmation of Basic Christian Doctrines Pt. 1

The time has come, once again, to show that the Quran in its present form does not attack or undermine the historic Christian understanding of the Person and work of Christ, or his essential union and relationship to God. Rather, what the Quran criticizes is a gross misunderstanding of core Christian doctrines and/or the views of schismatics who do not at all represent what the Church has taught from its inception. As we shall see here, the Quran actually confirms basic Christian teaching even thought its author(s) and/or editor(s) may have been oblivious to this fact.

To begin with, the Quran teaches that the Lord Jesus is the Apostle and Prophet of Allah, Allah’s Word which he conveyed or cast down to Mary, as well as a Spirit that came forth from Allah. The Muslim scripture further teaches that Christ felt no shame in being a Servant of Allah:

When the angels said: ‘O Maryam (Mary), surely, Allah gives you glad tidings of a (particular) Word from Him named the Messiah, ‘Isa, the son of Maryam (Jesus, the son of Mary), who would be eminent and exalted, (both) in this world and in the Hereafter, and would be of those who are exceptionally intimate servants of Allah blessed with His nearness. S. 3:45 Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, Irfan-ul-Quran: http://www.irfan-ul-quran.com/quran/english/contents/sura/cols/0/ar/1/ur/1/ra/1/en/1/sid/3/Read-Holy-Quran-Sura-3-Al-Imran-with-English-Urdu-Translations.html

O People of the Book! Exceed not the limits in your din (religion), and speak nothing but the truth about Allah’s glory. The fact is simple that the Messiah, ‘Isa, the son of Maryam (Jesus, the son of Mary) is Allah’s Messenger and His Word which He conveyed to Maryam (Mary) and a Spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His Messengers and do not say: ‘There are three (Gods).’ Refrain (from this belief); (that) is best for you. Verily, Allah is the Only One God, Holy is He, far above having a son. Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth (all) belongs to Him alone. And Sufficient is Allah as a Guardian. The Messiah feels no embarrassment in being a servant of Allah. Nor do the closest angels (ever feel ashamed). And whoever disdains to be His servant and perpetrates arrogance, He will soon assemble together all such people before Him. S. 4:171-172 Tahir-ul-Qadri http://www.irfan-ul-quran.com/quran/english/contents/sura/cols/0/ar/1/ur/1/ra/1/en/1/sid/4/Read-Holy-Quran-Sura-4-An-Nisa-with-English-Urdu-Translations.html)

Jesus said: Truly, I am a servant of God. He gave me the Book and He made me a Prophet. S. 19:30 Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar http://www.islamawakened.com/quran/19/st46.htm

The claim that Allah is far above having a son must be taken in light of the kind of sonship which the Quran envisions:

The inventor of the heavens and the earth! how can He have a son, when He has no female companion, and when He has created everything, and everything He knows? S. 6:101 Palmer

Muhammad and/or the author(s) of the Quran erroneously and inconsistently thought that the only way that someone could legitimately have a son is if he sired one physically. And since Allah is not a sexual being that has sex with females, it is therefore an insult to say that he has taken a son.

Moreover, the exhortation to stop saying there are three is correctly interpreted as three Gods by the translator, since the Quran mistakenly accuses Christians of worshiping Allah, Jesus and his mother as three deities, just as the following references indicate:

Certainly, they (also) become disbelievers who say: ‘Allah is the third of the three (Gods),’ whereas there is none worthy of worship except the One God. If they do not desist from (the absurdity) which they utter, a grievous punishment will surely torment those of them who disbelieve. Will they not turn towards Allah (in repentance) and beg forgiveness from Him? For Allah is Most Forgiving, Ever-Merciful. The Messiah, the son of Maryam (Mary), is (nothing) but a Messenger (neither a god nor a son of God nor His partner). Many Messengers have indeed preceded him, and his mother was a paragon of truth (a saintly person). Both (were mortal creatures as they) used to eat food. (O Beloved!) Observe how clearly We explain the Revelations for their (guidance), but again observe how (in spite of that) they are turning away (from the truth)! S. 5:73-75 Tahir-ul-Qadri http://www.irfan-ul-quran.com/quran/english/contents/sura/cols/0/ar/1/ur/1/ra/1/en/1/sid/5/Read-Holy-Quran-Sura-5-Al-Maidah-with-English-Urdu-Translations.html

And when Allah will say: ‘O ‘Isa, the son of Maryam (Jesus, the son of Mary)! Did you ask the people to take you and your mother as two gods besides Allah?’ He will submit: ‘Glory be to You! It is not (justified) for me to say such a thing as I have no right to say. Had I said it, You would surely have known it. You know every such (thing) that is in my heart, but I do not know those (things) which are in Your knowledge. Indeed, it is only You Who know well all that is unseen. S. 5:116 Tahir-ul-Qadri

Suffice it to say, such views do not reflect or affect the Christian understanding of the Godhead and of Jesus’ relationship to God his Father. No informed Christian believes that Jesus is a god, or that he and his blessed mother are two gods besides Allah. Nor does Christianity teach that Christ is God’s Son by virtue of a sexual, procreative act on the part of God. Rather, Christians affirm with the Muslims that God is not a sexual being, but rather an infinite, immaterial spiritual Being who only begets spiritual children without any sexual intercourse whatsoever.

With that said, we move on to the next point.

According to the Islamic scripture, Allah strengthened Jesus by the Holy Spirit who enabled Christ to carry out a ministry of miracles, such as giving sight to the blind, breathing life into inanimate clay objects, raising the dead etc.:

We gave Moses the scripture, and subsequent to him we sent other messengers, and we gave Jesus, son of Mary, profound miracles and supported him with the Holy Spirit. Is it not a fact that every time a messenger went to you with anything you disliked, your ego caused you to be arrogant? Some of them you rejected, and some of them you killed. S. 2:87 Rashad Khalifa – cf. Q. 2:253

GOD will say, “O Jesus, son of Mary, remember My blessings upon you and your mother. I supported you with the Holy Spirit, to enable you to speak to the people from the crib, as well as an adult. I taught you the scripture, wisdom, the Torah, and the Gospel. Recall that you created from clay the shape of a bird by My leave, then blew into it, and it became a live bird by My leave. You healed the blind and the leprous by My leave, and revived the dead by My leave. Recall that I protected you from the Children of Israel who wanted to hurt you, despite the profound miracles you had shown them. The disbelievers among them said, `This is obviously magic.’” S. 5:110 Rashad Khalifa – cf. Q. 3:49

The Quran goes on to affirm that Allah caused Jesus to die:

Lo! God said: “O Jesus! Verily, I shall cause thee to die, and shall exalt thee unto Me, and cleanse thee of [the presence of] those who are bent on denying the truth; and I shall place those who follow thee [far] above those who are bent on denying the truth, unto the Day of Resurrection. In the end, unto Me you all must return, and I shall judge between you with regard to all on which you were wont to differ. S. 3:55 Muhammad Asad http://www.islamawakened.com/quran/3/st20.htm

Here is another rendering of this text:

When Allah said: O Jesus, I will cause thee to die and exalt thee in My presence…” Maulana Muhammad Ali

It even claims that Allah then raised Jesus to himself, to dwell with him in his very own presence:

nay, God exalted him unto Himself – and God is indeed almighty, wise.” S. 4:158 Muhammad Asad www.islamawakened.com/quran/4/st20.htm

And here are two different renderings for comparative purposes:

Nay, Allah exalted him in His presence. And Allah is ever Mighty, Wise. Maulana Muhammad Ali http://www.islamawakened.com/quran/4/st18.htm

But Allah raised him ['Iesa (Jesus)] up (with his body and soul) unto Himself (and he is in the heavens). And Allah is Ever All-Powerful, All-Wise. Hilali-Khan

To summarize what we have discovered thus far, the Quran teaches that Jesus is,

A Messenger or Apostle of Allah.

A Prophet of Allah.

The Word of Allah that was conveyed or cast down to Mary.

A Spirit that came forth from Allah.

A Servant of Allah.

One whom Allah empowered by the Holy Spirit to do miracles such as creating, giving life, raising the dead and healing the blind.

One whom Allah exalted by raising him physically, bodily from death to dwell in Allah’s very own presence in order to bring him close to himself.

With the foregoing in perspective we can now proceed to the second part of the discussion where we will compare what the Quran says with God’s inspired Word, the Holy Bible.

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Dividing Line ( James White ) Reply by Will Kinney

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Will Kinney on the Dividing Line (With Continued Discussion of Theology)

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