More evidence that Jesus is infinitely better and greater than Muhammad, a post by Sam Shamoun

More evidence that Jesus is infinitely better and greater than Muhammad

Another area where Jesus’ superiority over Muhammad can be readily seen is in the way they treated lepers.

For example, Muhammad purportedly warned his followers to shun lepers since he considered them to be just as dangerous as lions:

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, ‘(There is) no ‘Adwa (no contagious disease is conveyed without Allah’s permission), nor is there any bad omen (from birds), nor is there any Hamah, nor is there any bad omen in the month of Safar, and one should run away from the leper as one runs away from a lion.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 71, Numbers 608:

Muhammad would also beg his deity to protect him from the disease of leprosy:

Narrated Anas ibn Malik: The Prophet used to say: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from leprosy, madness, elephantiasis, and evil diseases.”  (Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 8, Number1549:

In this regard, Muhammad was no different and no better than any other uninspired, fallible human being since, like the rest, he had no authority to heal lepers. Nor did he have the ability protect himself from contracting this infectious skin disease.

Contrast this with Jesus Christ who, not only came into contact with lepers, but also inherently possessed the divine ability to miraculously and instantaneously heal them!

“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 7:18-23 – cf. Matthew 11:1-5

Here is a case where Jesus actually touched a leper and healed them:

And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; and saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.” Mark 1:40-45

Jesus’ willingness to touch an infectious man demonstrates that, unlike Muhammad, he had absolutely no fear of becoming defiled by anything or anyone, since he was/is absolutely pure and impeccable. It also shows that Christ was/is able to instantaneously cause others to become perfectly clean, both spiritually and physically.

This next one is rather amazing as well:

“And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: and they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” Luke 17:11-19

Here Jesus cleanses ten lepers just by his word, without even having to touch any of them! Moreover, Jesus’ complaint that only one of the ten came back to him to glorify God makes sense if Jesus were claiming to be God, since the others would be giving God glory by going to the priests to offer the sacrifices prescribed in the Law of Moses for their miraculous cleansing. Thus, Jesus’ statement implies that thanking and praising him is to give glory to God, obviously because he is God in the flesh.

Christ even had (and still has) the divine power to authorize his disciples to cleanse lepers, and to also perform a host of other miraculous healings and wonders in his glorious name:

“And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease… And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:1, 7-8

“And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:” Mark 3:13-15

“And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spiritsAnd they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.” Mark 6:7, 13

“Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick… And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils IN THY NAME; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.” Luke 9:1-2, 49-50 – cf. Mark 9:38-39

“Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand. And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, and Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, if we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.” Acts 4:4-14 – cf. 3:1-16, 26

“And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, by stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done BY THE NAME OF THY HOLY CHILD JESUS. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:29-33

And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.” Acts 5:12-16

“And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda. And there he found a certain man named Æneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy. And Peter said unto him, Æneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately. And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.” Acts 9:32-42

“And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus: which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, and said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.” Acts 13:6-12

“And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: the same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.” Acts 16:16-18

“And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: so that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.” Acts 19:10-20

To top it all off, Muhammad himself recognized Jesus’ authority to perform miracles and healings, especially his ability to cleanse lepers, just as the following Quranic texts affirm:

And will make him [‘Iesa (Jesus)] a Messenger to the Children of Israel (saying): “I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I design for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah’s Leave; and I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I bring the dead to life by Allah’s Leave. And I inform you of what you eat, and what you store in your houses. Surely, therein is a sign for you, if you believe. S. 3:49 Hilali-Khan

When Allah will say: O Isa son of Marium! Remember My favor on you and on your mother, when I strengthened you I with the holy Spirit, you spoke to the people in the cradle and I when of old age, and when I taught you the Book and the wisdom and the Taurat and the Injeel; and when you determined out of clay a thing like the form of a bird by My permission, then you breathed into it and it became a bird by My permission, and you healed the blind and the leprous by My permission; and when you brought forth the dead by My permission; and when I withheld the children of Israel from you when you came to them with clear arguments, but those who disbelieved among them said: This is nothing but clear enchantment.’ S. 5:110 Shakir

Hence, whereas Muhammad would flee from lepers and beg his deity to protect him from such infectious diseases, Jesus on the other hand possessed the power to make lepers (and everyone else for that matter) absolutely pure and clean!

In light of the foregoing, we need to ask the Muslims whom would they want us to follow. A man who couldn’t benefit anyone and needed to be saved from his own wretchedness? Or follow the One who not only could not be defiled by anyone or anything, but who also possessed the divine power to make everyone that came into contact with him perfectly whole, both physically and spiritually? Why to ask the question is to answer it.

As for me and my household, we shall wholeheartedly follow the risen and glorious Lord Jesus Christ, as opposed to following a false prophet who cannot benefit anyone, but only destroy them as a result of believing in his false teachings.

All biblical references taken from the Authorized King James Version (AV) of the Holy Bible.

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The White Mosque Summit on Countering Kinetic Activism by Baron Bodissey

As we all know, “Violent Extremism” is a euphemism for “Islamic Terrorism”. However, “violent” is pejorative and inherently discriminatory, and “extremism” implies a value judgment that says “moderate” ideologies are in some way preferable and superior to “extremist” ones.

Therefore I propose that we replace the outmoded phrase “Violent Extremism” with “Kinetic Activism”, which remains value-neutral while still addressing the dangerous tendencies of certain ideological radicals who interpret core documents in ways that negatively impact their fellow humans of all races, creeds, colors, and sexual orientations.

This past week President Barack Hussein Obama (pbuh) convened a summit in Washington D.C. to address the pressing issue of kinetic activism. The second day of the summit opened with an Islamic prayer in Arabic. No other religious invocations were offered — neither Christian, nor Jewish, nor Buddhist, nor Wiccan, nor Ásatruar. Only Muslim.

That makes sense, of course, since Mohammed was the final prophet of the only true religion, whose ministry made all previous avatars irrelevant. So let’s not quibble about the fact that a conclave of responsible theophostics chose to offer a prayer to Allah only, and nothing else. Those esteemed mantics have a legitimate claim to being the best of all people, beloved of Allah. They deserve their righteous privilege.

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An error of omission crept into the invocation at the Summit on the morning of February 19: not all of the prayer — which was offered up in Allah’s own language, Arabic — was translated into English.

The following translation may help clarify matters. The Arabic text was recited by Imam Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble, president of the World Peace Organization in Minneapolis, Minnesota (and an imam at the mosque in Karmel Square, which was loaned more than a million sharia-compliant dollars by the City of Minneapolis). The English-language audio features Imam Abdisalam Adam of the Islamic Civil Society of America, who is also the director of the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in St. Paul, Minnesota. The translated Koran text is from Hilali-Khan, which is one of the authorized standard translations.

The recitation featured in the imam’s prayer was Koran 5:32, but not all of the noble text was translated into English. In the Hilali-Khan translation below, the missing text is marked in red:

Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land — it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind. And indeed, there came to them Our Messengers with clear proofs, evidences, and signs, even then after that many of them continued to exceed the limits (e.g. by doing oppression unjustly and exceeding beyond the limits set by Allah by committing the major sins) in the land!

The significance of the missing portions may not be obvious to those who have never studied the Koran.

The first sentence (omitted from the English translation) is intended to indicate that the stated rule applied solely to the “Children of Israel”, i.e. the Jews, and not to those who had submitted to Allah. Muslims were, and are, required to obey a different set of rules, as will become evident in the next verse of the Koran.

The translation of the last part of 5:32 was also omitted. It explains the exception to the rule, which includes anyone who has committed “mischief” or “major sins” in the land.

And who might those exceptions be? You guessed it! It’s them JOOOOS — and possibly those nasty Christians as well.

The next verse, Koran 5:33, has more details on what Allah has ordered up against those who commit mischief in the land (Hilali-Khan translation):

The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off on the opposite sides, or be exiled from the land. That is their disgrace in this world, and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter.

In other words: If anyone killed a person, it would be as if he killed all mankind, UNLESS the victim happened to be a Jew or a Christian who refused to submit to Allah. In that case, his punishment would NOT be execution, or crucifixion, or having his limbs amputated, etc. He might even get a reward.

Ritamalik, who did the hard work of listening to the Arabic in the video to determine what the imam actually said, had this to say about the redacted translation:

The only verse from surah 5 that was recited was verse 32 in its entirety. But it was not translated in its entirety. The parts that I marked in red were recited in Arabic but not translated into English. Obviously verse 33 was not recited even in Arabic, because it is one of the most violent verses in the Quran, and it absolutely negates everything that verse 32 says. Also I assume that the imam neglected to translate the beginning of the verse 32, because it says that the peaceful sounding commands in verse 32 applied to the children of Israel and not to Muslims since, the Muslims have to follow this command in verse 33.

I only wish someone in the widespread media would dare to expose this often half-quoted verse by Muslim apologists once and for all, and explain that the best verse that they could find in Quran to show that Islam is peaceful is actually fake, and the real command is to kill and crucify and amputate limbs!

Video transcript:

0:49 [From Arabic] In the name of Allah the most beneficent and the most merciful.
0:52 Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.
0:55 And prayers and peace upon the most noble of the apostles, our lord Muhammad
1:00 and to his family and companions.
1:06 As Glorious Almighty Allah has said in his precious book,
1:11 after seeking refuge from Satan the damned,
1:15 [Koran 5:32, Hilali-Khan translation], “Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel
1:20 that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder,
1:25 or (and) to spread mischief in the land —
1:29 it would be as if he killed all mankind,
1:34 and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.
1:42 And indeed, there came to them Our Messengers with clear proofs, evidences, and signs,
1:48 even then after that many of them continued to exceed the limits
1:52 (e.g. by doing oppression unjustly and exceeding beyond the limits set by Allah
1:56 by committing the major sins) in the land!”
2:01 Verily said the Great Allah!
2:04 [In English] In translation, those verses of the Koran mean: “Whoever kills a soul
2:09 unless for a soul, or for corruption in the land,
2:13 it’s as if he had slain mankind entirely.
2:17 And whoever saves one life, it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.
2:25 Mosques serve as beacon of hope…
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Is Allah the worst Communicator Ever? A video by David Wood from the Answering Muslims blog

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God the Lord Jehovah will bring the saints with him when he comes upon the clouds. This God is Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 4

The Return of the Lord Jehovah

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

There is only one Lord and one God. Each person of the Trinity can be called God or Lord in his own right. Paul refers to this Lord as THE Lord. Not a Lord who is one Lord among many.

The Father does not descend from heaven with a shout. The Father is not in the air between earth and heaven. God the Father is not bringing those who are asleep to this place in the air between earth and heaven. The text identifies the one who does this as the God who is bringing the saints who have died to meet those saints still living on earth who are translated from life to the resurrected state at the moment of Christ’s return. Therefore this passage is another proof of the deity of Christ.

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European Colonialism is the Only Thing That Modernized Islam, from Daniel Greenfield’s Sultan Knish blog

Like math and the Midwest, ISIS confuses progressives. It’s not hard to confuse a group of people who never figured out that if you borrow 18 trillion dollars, you’re going to have to pay it back. But ISIS is especially confusing to a demographic whose entire ideology is being on the right side of history.

Raised to believe that history inevitably trended toward diversity in catalog models, fusion restaurants and gay marriage, the Arab Spring led them on by promising that the Middle East would be just like Europe and then ISIS tore up their Lonely Planet guidebook to Syria and chopped off their heads.But ISIS also believes that it’s on the right side of history. Its history is the Koran. The right side of its history is what Iraq and Syria look like today. It’s also how parts of Europe are starting to look.

Progressive politicians and pundits trying to cope with ISIS lapse into a shrill incoherence that has nothing to do with their outrage at its atrocities and a lot to do with their sheer incomprehension. Terms like “apocalyptic nihilism” get thrown around as if heavy metal were beginning to make a comeback.

Those few analysts who admit that the Islamic State might be a just a little Islamic emphasize that it’s a medieval throwback, as if there were some modern version of Islam to compare it to.

Journalists trying to make sense of ISIS demanding Jizya payments and taking slaves ought to remember that these aren’t medieval behaviors in the Middle East. Not unless medieval means the 19th century. And that’s spotting them a whole century. Saudi Arabia only abolished slavery in 1962 under pressure from the United States. Its labor market and that of fellow Petrojihadi kingdoms like Kuwait and Qatar are based on arrangements that look a lot like temporary slavery… for those foreigners who survive.

Non-Muslims paid Jizya to Muslim rulers until very recently. Here is what it looked like in nineteenth century Morocco from the account of James Riley, an American shipwrecked sea captain.

“The Mohammedan scrivener appointed to receive it took it from them, hitting each one a smart blow with his fist on his bare forehead, by way of receipt for his money, at which the Jews said, ‘Thank you, my lord.’”

Those Jews who could not pay were flogged and imprisoned until they converted to Islam. An account from 1894 is similar, except that the blows were delivered to the back of the neck. Only French colonialism finally put a stop to this practice as well as many other brutal Islamic Supremacist laws.

Morocco was one of the Arab countries where Jews were treated reasonably well by the standards of the Muslim world. It’s one of the few Arab countries to still retain a Jewish population. When ISIS demands Jizya from non-Muslims, it’s not reviving some controversial medieval behavior. It’s doing what even “moderate” Muslim countries were doing until European guns and warships made them stop.

If the French hadn’t intervened, the same ugly scene would have gone on playing out in Morocco. If the United States hadn’t intervened, the Saudis would still openly keep slaves.

Islam never became enlightened. It never stopped being ‘medieval’. Whatever enlightenment it received was imposed on it by European colonialism. It’s a second-hand enlightenment that never went under the skin.

ISIS isn’t just seventh century Islam. It’s also much more recent than that. It’s Islam before the French and the English came. It’s what the Muslim world was like before it was forced to have presidents and constitutions, before it was forced to at least pay lip service to the alien notion of equal rights for all.

The media reported the burning of the Jordanian pilot as if it were some horrifying and unprecedented aberration. But Muslim heretics, as well as Jews and Christians accused of blasphemy, were burned alive for their crimes against Islam. Numerous accounts of this remain, not from the seventh century, but from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Those who weren’t burned, might be beheaded.

These were not the practices of some apocalyptic death cult. They were the Islamic law in the “cosmopolitan” parts of North Africa. The only reason they aren’t the law now is that the French left behind some of their own laws.

Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia that were never truly colonized still behead men and women for “witchcraft and sorcery.” Not in the seventh century or even in the nineteenth century. Last year.

The problem isn’t that ISIS is ‘medieval’. The problem is that Islam is.

What progressives mistake for modern Islam, whether while touring Algeria or on the campus of their university, is really an Islam whose practice has been repressed by the West while its ideology remains untouched. Modern Islam is in a state of contradiction. It’s a schizophrenic religion whose doctrine calls for supremacism but whose capabilities prevent it from exercising the full measure of its doctrines.

Islam is the 90 lb. weakling that wants to be the school bully. It can’t punch you in the face, so it stabs you in the back and then blames someone else. When you punch it back, it plays the victim.

This split between ideas and power forced Islamists to resort to sneakier tactics, from terrorism to mass migration, to fulfill the spirit of their religion. The underlying imperative is to restore a conquering Islam capable of humiliating non-Muslims in Muslim lands and expanding into non-Muslim countries. That is why Saddam and Iran pursued weapons of mass destruction. Why Muslim armies tested themselves against Israel. Why Al Qaeda built a decentralized terrorist network with cells around the world.

Together with the practical agendas of wealth and power was a deeper spiritual significance. Islam required that its leaders wage a war against the infidels. And they had to do so on terms that would allow them to win. Or at least to survive the attempt.

ISIS cuts through the split by advocating an uncompromising supremacism. Its theater of brutality is meant to convince Muslim audiences that they have the ability to directly confront the West. They no longer need to navigate a course between their capabilities and their religion. Under a Caliph, they can build the capabilities to restore the full practice of Islam as it was before the Europeans put a stop to it.

In the bigger picture, ISIS would like to turn the clock back to the seventh century. That’s a vision it shares with any number of Islamist groups and governments. But its most objectionable behavior, such as beheading and burning non-Muslims, taking slaves and demanding Jizya from non-Muslims, only requires turning back the clock to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

To truly understand ISIS, we don’t need to go back to the seventh century. The eighteenth century would be just as good. And once we understand that, we understand all the rest of it too.

Progressives see ISIS as a historical aberration. ISIS sees them the same way. It’s all a question of whose history book we’re using and which side is willing to do anything to win. Islam is a religion of war. Its right side of history is not a matter of faith. The right side of history is the side that wins.

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The Incomprehensible and Omniscient Son of God, a post by Sam Shamoun

The Incomprehensible and Omniscient Son of God


The God-breathed Scriptures teach that the Lord Jesus is the unique, divine Son of God who became a flesh and blood human being at a specific point in time. As such, the one Person of Christ possesses two distinct natures in all their fullness, namely a divine and human nature. This is why believers throughout the centuries have referred to him as Theanthropos, i.e., the God-Man (cf. Matthew 1:16, 18-25; 2:1-6, 12; Matthew 16:13-17; Luke 1:26-35, 41-45; 2:10-11; John 1:1-14, 18; 8:40, 42, 56-59; 17:5; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 15:1-23; 45-49; Philippians 2:5-11; 3:20-21; Colossians 1:13-18; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3, 8-12; 2 Peter 1:1; Revelation 1:7-8, 17-18; 2:8; 22:12-13, 16, 20).


As God, Christ is eternal, immutable, omni-benevolent, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient etc.


As Man, Jesus was limited to time and space, as well as being subject to change, weariness, fatigue etc. This is why the Holy Bible describes him as growing and changing over time, and of not knowing everything.


“But concerning that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Mark 13:32 – cf. Matthew 24:36


“And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom. And the grace of God was upon Him… And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:40, 52


 In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death. He was heard because of His godly fear. Though He was a Son, He learned obedience through the things that He suffered,” Hebrews 5:7-8


What this shows is that the full divine omniscience that Jesus possessed as God was not in his waking human consciousness.


With that mind, we have decided to produce a chart listing all the NT verses that ascribe to Jesus Christ the same exact knowledge that the OT says only Yahweh possesses. The texts that we are about to present all highlight the fact that Christ knows everything and everyone to the same degree and to the same extent that Yahweh does, obviously because he is Yahweh in the flesh. These passages further demonstrate that only the Father is capable of knowing the Son, and even affirm that the Son actually knows the Father in the exact same way that the Father knows him, which is why the Son alone is qualified to reveal God to man. This establishes that the Son is an incomprehensible and omniscient Being in the exact same way that the Father is.



Yahweh God Jesus Christ
“then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and render to everyone according to all his ways, whose hearts You know—for only You know the hearts of the sons of men—” 1 Kings 8:39“As for you, Solomon my son, know the God of your fathers and serve Him with a whole heart and with a willing spirit, for the Lord searches every heart and understands the intent of every thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will abandon you forever.”1 Chronicles 28:9“Do you know how the clouds are balanced, the wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?” Job 37:16


“would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.” Psalm 44:21


“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,” Psalm 103:2-4


“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I get up; You understand my thought from far off. You search my path and my lying down and are aware of all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it fully. You put Yourself behind and before me, and keep Your hand on me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is lofty, and I cannot fathom it.” Psalm 139:1-6


“He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by their names. Great is our Lord and great in power; His understanding is without measure.” Psalm 147:4-5


“See, the Lord God will come with a strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him; see, His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him… Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint, nor is He weary? His understanding is inscrutable.” Isaiah 40:10, 28 – cf. 62:11; Psalm 62:12; Proverbs 24:12


“Present your case, says the Lord. Bring forth your arguments, says the King of Jacob. Let them bring them forth, and show us what shall happen; let them show the former things, what they were, that we may consider them and know their outcome, or declare to us things to come. Show the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods; do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed and see it together. Indeed you are nothing, and your work amounts to nothing; he who chooses you is an abomination.” Isaiah 41:21-24


“Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled. Who among them can declare this, and show us former things? Let them bring their witnesses, that they may be justified; or let them hear and say, ‘It is true.’ You are My witnesses, says the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shown, when there was no strange god among you; therefore, you are My witnesses, says the Lord, that I am God. Indeed, from eternity I am He;” Isaiah 43:9-12


“Remember this, and show yourselves men; bring it to mind again, O transgressors. Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My good pleasure,’ calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man who executes My counsel from a far country. Indeed, I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.” Isaiah 46:8-11


I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his deeds.” Jeremiah 17:10 – cf. 11:20; 29:23


“For who has despised the day of small things? These seven will rejoice and see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. These are the eyes of the Lord, which survey to and fro throughout the earth.” Zechariah 4:10 – cf. 3:9; 2 Chronicles 16:9; Psalm 11:4


“He said to them, ‘You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is highly esteemed before men is an abomination before God.’” Luke 16:15 – cf. Acts 15:8; Romans 8:27


“O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable are His ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?’ ‘Or who has first given to Him, and it shall be repaid to him?’” Romans 11:33-36


“There is no creature that is not revealed in His sight, for all things are bare and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13


“For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart and knows everything.” 1 John 3:20





Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation. And every city or house divided against itself will not stand.’” Matthew 12:25“For the Son of Man shall come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will repay every man according to his works.” Matthew 16:27“When they came to Capernaum, those who collected tax money came to Peter and said, ‘Does your Teacher not pay the tax?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ And when he came home, Jesus stopped him, saying, ‘What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take custom or taxes? From their own sons or from strangers?’ Peter said to Him, ‘From strangers.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Then the sons are free. However, lest we offend them, go to the sea and cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. And when you open its mouth, you will find a coin. Take it and give it to them for you and Me.’” Matthew 17:24-27


But Jesus perceived their wickedness and said, ‘Why test Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the tax money.’ They brought Him a denarius.” Matthew 22:18


“When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.’ But some of the scribes were sitting there, reasoning in their hearts, ‘Why does this Man speak such blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ IMMEDIATELY, when Jesus perceived IN HIS SPIRIT that they so reasoned WITHIN THEMSELVES, He said to them, ‘Why do you contemplate these things IN YOUR HEARTS? Which is easier to say to the paralytic: “Your sins are forgiven you,” or to say, “Rise, take up your bed and walk”? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,’ He said to the paralytic, ‘I say to you, rise, and take up your bed, and go your way to your house.’ Immediately he rose, picked up the bed, and went out in front of them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this!’” Mark 2:5-11 – cf. Matthew 9:1-8; Luke 5:17-26


“From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. He entered a house and would have no one know it. Yet He could not be hidden. For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of Him, and came and fell at His feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race. And she begged Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. Jesus said to her, ‘Let the children first be filled. For it is not fitting to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.’ She answered, ‘Yes, Lord. Yet the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’ Then He said to her, ‘For this answer, go your way. The demon has gone out of your daughter.’ When she had come to her house, she found the demon had gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.” Mark 7:24-30


“He came to Capernaum. And being in the house, He asked them, ‘What was it that you disputed among yourselves on the way?’ But they kept silent, for on the way they had disputed among themselves who was the greatest. He sat down and called the twelve. And He said to them, ‘If anyone desires to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.’” Mark 9:33-35


“When they drew near Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, ‘Go into the village opposite you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you, “Why are you doing this?” say “The Lord has need of it,” and immediately he will send it here.’ They went their way and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street. And they untied it. Some of those who stood there said to them, ‘What are you doing untying the colt?’ They answered just as Jesus had commanded. And they let them go.” Mark 11:1-6


“While He was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at supper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of ointment, a very costly spikenard. She broke the jar and poured the ointment on His head. There were some with indignation within themselves, saying, ‘Why was this ointment wasted? It might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.’ And they grumbled against her. Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. You always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish, you may do good to them. But you will not always have Me. She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel will be preached throughout the whole world, what she has done will also be spoken of as a memorial to her.’” Mark 14:3-9


“On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, ‘Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?’ So He sent two of His disciples and said to them, ‘Go into the city, and a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you there. Follow him. Wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, “The Teacher says, Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.’ His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found it as He had told them. And they prepared the Passover.” Mark 14:12-16


“Jesus said to them, ‘All of you will fall away on account of Me this night, for it is written: “I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.” But after I have risen, I will go before you to Galilee.’ Peter said to Him, ‘Even if all fall away, I will not.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Truly, I say to you that this day, during the night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.’ But he said more vehemently, ‘If I must die with You, I will not deny You.’ They all said the same thing… They laid hands on Him and seized Him. Then one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. Jesus said to them, ‘Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as you would a thief? Every day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.’ Then they all deserted Him and fled… While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came. When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, ‘You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.’ But he denied it, saying, ‘I neither know nor understand what you are saying.’ Then he went out to the porch, and a rooster crowed. The servant girl saw him again and began to say to those who stood by, ‘This man is one of them.’ But again, he denied it. A little while later, those who stood by said again to Peter, ‘Surely, you are one of them. For you are a Galilean, and your speech confirms it.’ Peter began to invoke a curse on himself, and to swear, ‘I do not know this Man of whom you speak.’ And the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought on this, he wept.” Mark 14:27-31, 46-50, 66-72


“As the people pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret and saw two boats beside the lake. But the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He entered one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to thrust it out a little from the land. Then He sat down and taught the people from the boat. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered Him, ‘Master, we have worked all night and have caught nothing. But at Your word I will let down the net.’ When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was tearing. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying,‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.’ For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not fear. From now on you will catch men.’” Luke 5:1-10


But He knew their thoughts, and He said to the man who had the withered hand, ‘Rise and stand in front.’ So he rose and stood in front.” Luke 6:8


“A dispute arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child and put him by Him,” Luke 9:46-47


“All things have been handed over to Me by My Father. And no one knows who the Son is but the Father, and who the Father is but the Son and he to whom the Son desires to reveal Him.” Luke 10:22 – cf. Matthew 11:27


“Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, as well as the prophets, wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, “Come and see.’ Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him and said concerning him, ‘Here is an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile.’ Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I SAW YOU.’ Nathanael answered Him, ‘Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered him, ‘Because I said to you, “I saw you under the fig tree,” do you believe? You will see greater things than these.’ And He said to him, ‘Truly, truly I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” John 1:45-51


“Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not entrust Himself to them, because He knew all men, and did not need anyone to bear witness of man, for He knew what was in man.” John 2:23-25


“Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come here.’ The woman answered, “I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, “I have no husband,” for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband. So you have spoken truthfully.’… The woman then left her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, ‘Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?’… Many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, ‘He told me all that I ever did.’” John 4:16-18, 28-29, 39


“After the two days He departed from there and went to Galilee. For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. Then, when He came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed Him, having seen all the things He did at Jerusalem at the feast. For they had also gone to the feast. So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him, pleading that He would come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you see signs and wonders, you will not believe.’ The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way. Your son lives.’ And the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. While he was going down, his servants met him and told him, ‘Your son lives!’ When he inquired of them the hour when he began to heal, they answered, ‘Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.’ Then the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, ‘Your son lives.’ So he and his whole household believed. This was the second sign that Jesus did when He had come from Judea to Galilee.” John 4:43-54


“I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you.” John 5:41-42


“‘But there are some of you who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray Him” John 6:64


“After He said this, He said to them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. But I am going that I may awaken him from sleep.’ Then His disciples said, ‘Lord, if he is sleeping, he will be well.’ Jesus had spoken of his death. But they thought that He was speaking of getting rest through sleep. So then Jesus plainly told them, ‘Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.’” John 11:11-15


“Jesus said to him, ‘He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean. You are clean, but not all of you.’ For He knew who would betray Him. Therefore He said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’… I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen, but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’ Now I tell you before it happens, that when it does happen, you may believe that I am He.” John 13:10-11, 18-19


“I have told you these things in proverbs. But the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in proverbs, for I will speak to you plainly about the Father. On that day you will ask in My name. I am not saying to you that I shall ask the Father on your behalf. For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world. As I said, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father.’ His disciples said to Him, ‘Yes! Now You are speaking plainly and with no figure of speech. Now we know that You know everything and do not need anyone to question You. By this we believe that You came from God.’ Jesus answered them, ‘Do you now believe?’” John 16:25-31


“Now Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with His disciples. So Judas, having taken a detachment of soldiers and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing everything that would happen to Him, went forward and said to them, ‘Whom do you seek?’ They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.’ Jesus said to them, ‘I am He.’ And Judas, who betrayed Him, was standing with them. When He said, ‘I am He,’ they drew back and fell to the ground.” John 18:2-6


“After this, Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed Himself this way: Simon Peter; Thomas, called The Twin; Nathanael of Cana in Galilee; the sons of Zebedee; and two more of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ Then they said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and immediately entered the boat. But that night they caught nothing. When the morning came, Jesus stood on the shore. But the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, ‘Children, do you have any fish?’ They answered Him, ‘No.’ He said to them, ‘Throw the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they threw it, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the abundance of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he had taken it off, and jumped into the sea. The other disciples came in the little boat, dragging the net full of fish. For they were not far from land, but about three hundred feet away. When they came to land,they saw a charcoal fire there with fish lying on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.’ Simon Peter went up and dragged the net, full of one hundred and fifty-three large fish, to land. Although there were so many, the net was not torn… He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me?’ Peter was grieved because He asked him the third time, ‘Do you love Me?’ He said to Him, ‘Lord, You know everything. You know that I love You.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed My sheep.’” John 21:1-11, 17


“The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, concerning all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up, after He had given commandments through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom He had chosen… So when they had come together, they asked Him, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know the times or the dates, which the Father has fixed by His own authority.’… ‘Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us while the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,’… Then they prayed, ‘You, Lord, who knows the hearts of all men, show which of these two You have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, to go to his own place.’ ” Acts 1:1-2, 6-7, 21, 24-25


“in the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Jesus Christ.” Romans 2:16


“For I know nothing against myself. Yet I am not justified by this. But He who judges me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time until the Lord comes. He will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and will reveal the purposes of the hearts. Then everyone will have commendation from God.” 1 Corinthians 4:4-5 – cf. 1:7-8; 16:22


“To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the incomprehensible riches of Christ,” Ephesians 3:8


“that their hearts may be comforted, being knit together in love, and receive all the riches and assurance of full understanding, and knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge… For in Him lives all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” Colossians 2:2-3, 9


“To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like fine brass, says these things: I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience, and that your last works are more than the first… and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the hearts and minds. I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.’” Revelation 2:18-19, 23b


“I saw a Lamb in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, standing as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.” Revelation 5:6




Unless noted otherwise, all biblical citations taken from the Modern English Version (MEV) of the Holy Bible.


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