Month: July 2013
IS “ALLAH” OF ISLAM THE GOD OF THE BIBLE?
With the events of 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the religion of Islam has gotten a lot of attention in the media the last few years. The mainstream media and many politicians proclaim the idea that we are a Judeo-Christian-Islamic nation and they promote the claim of Muslims that “Allah” of Islam is the God of the Bible.
Muslims claim to worship the God of Abraham, whom they call “Allah” and that he revealed his will to Muhammad, as is recorded in the Qur’an (the holy book of Islam), in the middle of the seventh century A. D. Muslims claim that Allah is the same divine being who is revealed as the one true God in the Bible. But is “Allah” really the God of the Bible?
Let’s consider some passages from the Qur’an to see what it says about “Allah”.
Surah 6:101, Creator of heaven and earth. How should He have a son when He had no consort?
Surah 9:30, …the Christians say the Messiah is the son of God…How perverse they are.
Surah 19:88-89, Those who say; “The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son, preach a monstrous falsehood…
Surah 23:91, Never has God (Allah) begotten a son, nor is there any other god besides Him.
According to these, and other passages in the Qur’an, “Allah” has never begotten a Son. Yet the God of the Bible, in his own words, proclaimed Jesus to be his Son both at the baptism of Jesus in Matthew 3:17 and at the transfiguration on the mountain in Matthew 17:5. Jesus acknowledges that he is the Son of God when on trial before the Sanhedrin, Matthew 26:63-64. The foundation of Christianity is the fact that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son… John 3:16.
Another distinct difference in “Allah” and the God of the Bible is the attitude each has toward sinners. The Qur’an says of Allah in Surah 42:40, Let evil be rewarded with evil. But he that forgives and seeks reconcilement shall be recompensed by Allah. He does not love the wrong doer. While the Bible says of God in Romans 5:8, that God loved us while we were yet sinners…
Again, the Qur’an says of Allah in Surah 25:77, Say (to the rejecters), ‘Little cares my Lord (Allah) if you do not invoke Him. Now that you have denied His revelations, His punishment is bound to overtake you.’ While the Bible says of God in II Peter 3:9, that he doesn’t want anyone to perish, but wants all to come to repentance. The Qur’an claims that Allah does not love evildoers and does not care if men do not acknowledge him. Yet, the Bible says that God loved us while we were still sinners and that he doesn’t want anyone to perish but everyone to repent.
Another distinct difference in “Allah” and the God of the Bible is the means by which salvation is attained. Consider the following passages from the Qur’an: Surah 7:8-9, On that day all shall be weighed with justice. Those whose good deeds weigh heavy in the scales shall triumph, but those whose deeds are light shall lose their souls, because they have denied Our revelations. Surah 7:43, And a voice will cry out to them saying: ‘This is the Paradise which you have earned with your labors.
According to the Qur’an, Allah offers salvation to those who have earned it by their deeds. But the God of the Bible offers salvation by grace, through faith in Jesus, not by works. Consider Romans 6:23 and Ephesians 2:8-9.
According to the Qur’an, “Allah” has not begotten a son, does not love sinners, does not care if sinners reject him, and offers salvation only to those whose deeds weigh heavy enough to earn their salvation. According to the Bible, God acknowledged Jesus as his only begotten Son, He loves sinners so much He gave his Son to die for them, He wants all men to repent and He offers to all men the gift of salvation which is by grace, not by works.
In light of these differences it is obvious; “Allah” of Islam is not the God of the Bible.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
REDEMPTION: This is one word that is used to describe the precious gift that we have received through Christ Jesus. Other words that are used to describe this gift are: salvation, reconciliation, sanctification, eternal life, justification. These words are used in the Scripture to help us understand what God has done for us through His Son Jesus.
Other words are used to describe the horrible state from which one in Christ has been delivered: condemnation, damnation, lost, destruction, alienated, perishing, etc. As we come to understand the meaning of these words that describe our condition outside of Christ and as we come to understand the meaning of the words which describe the gift that we have in Christ, it is then that we really begin to understand just how precious this gift really is.
Redemption is so precious that God was willing to give his only begotten Son to provide it (John 3:16). Redemption is so precious that Jesus was willing to leave His place in heaven and take on the very nature of man to accomplish it (Hebrews 2:17). Redemption is so precious that Jesus was willing to shed His blood upon the cross to pay for it (Ephesians 1:7). Redemption is so precious that the apostles were willing to suffer beatings, persecutions, imprisonment and even execution to proclaim it (Acts 7:58-60). Redemption is so precious that the first believers in Jerusalem, when driven from their homes by persecution, preached the word wherever they went (Acts 8:1-4).
How precious is this redemption to you? Have you accepted this precious gift by obedience to the gospel? (Acts 16:15-16) Is it precious enough to you to share this gift with others? -Wendell Ingram
Have you ever eaten an icicle when you were a child? We did. We broke them off the house and enjoyed eating them when they are clear as crystal. Sometimes though, they had been made with muddy water, like forming off the running boards of cars, and muddy ones are not very good to eat.
Kenny Ray had a great devo tonight about icicles and he built his devotional around how icicles AND our influence on others is built drop by drop…a little at a time.
I also want to consider influence and how it affects our little ones day by day and drop by drop…as they are growing up. I’d never thought of an icicle in comparison. Thank you Bro Kenny for a great devo and encouragement. It takes approximately 18 years to form a child into an adult person…and each day we are either a good influence on them or a bad influence.
Day by day and drop by drop, we are either influencing them to be good moral people and faithful followers of God or we are just letting any kind of environment form them. We certainly don’t want that icicle of life to be formed with muddy water.
We need to train them to be compassionate. When they have to be punished for some infraction and then want and need to be held we should not withhold that from them. That is showing their ‘repentance’ and when we reject that, we are not like our God. When they reach their little arms up to us, we should immediately accept them. That is how God treats us also when we repent. When they offer an apology and say they are sorry…we should accept it and not say, “Well you should be sorry!” How sad when that happens.
Training them happens gradually…whether we are doing a good job or a bad one for them…so gradually that we may not see the evidence until it is too late, but also so gradually that we can change and start doing things right and influencing them better. And we know they are going to grow into adults whether we do our job or fail at it. We need to be thoughtful and caring parents in order to form them into what God wants.
Vacationing with Wendell and Kathy is so much fun! I hate to tell this on me and Kathy but it is too funny to keep to ourselves:
We spent 3 nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in Springfield, to spend time with Angela and then left for St Louis early Monday morning. Getting there, we looked for a motel first thing and Wendell went in to one to get the price and info on it and in the meantime, Kathy is looking on the internet at a site where you can get it cheaper. She found that same motel and it was $40 something per night. Wendell came back out and of course it was $60 coming in right off the street. Kathy had planned on going in and renting and leaving Wendell outside, cause they would recognize him.
We discussed it a bit and then decided to just go look at another one. Kathy and I went in this time. She went with the guy to look at a room while I waited…cause it was downhill and I don’t walk too well going down hill. 🙂 Well they came back and she said the room was fine, so we told him we’d take them for 2 nights. We paid with our credit cards and went back to the car to tell the guys. The first thing they asked when we told them we rented them, was: “How much are they?”
Kathy and I just looked at each other. We had forgotten to ask. lol lol So….we looked at our receipt…and they were about 67.00 each. It was soooo hard to believe that we hadn’t thought to ask the price…especially Kathy, since that was the big deal on the other one.
Here is Wendell’s made up conversation that we had with the motel manager: “How much for a room? No, we won’t take it for that. Charge a little more and we’ll take it.”
Anyway we all had a good laugh…not to be our last one on that trip either.
I had an article in mind to put on here with this same picture, but this picture is so dim that you can barely see “Jesus” in the middle circle, and it reminded me of something else.
Can others see Christ in me? Or have I made Him so dim in my life that He is hardly noticeable? It’s easy sitting in the church building when we are participating in worship of Him and listening attentively to the teaching of God’s Word. But out in the world on Monday morning and the rest of the week, what do people see? Am I quick to lose my temper and/or to hurt people with my words and actions. Am I trying to be LIKE Him? Is it plain to others that Christ is first in my life? Or do I forget about Him during the week…and then make my usual trek to the church building on Sunday morning, thinking all the time that I’m ok.
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PUTTING OUR PIECES TOGETHER, By Tony Lalli
I like putting jigsaw puzzles together. It’s fun to see the picture develop as you work on it. But, have you ever been working on one and wind up discovering that one or two pieces are missing? Of course you can see what the picture is supposed to be but when you look at it there are those empty holes just glaring at you.
The church family is that way. We can see what the church is supposed to look like and, for the most part, it functions okay. But you just can’t help but notice when there are some pieces missing. Where do they go? How do pieces become lost or missing?
Some pieces get lost by neglect. We aren’t careful with the puzzle and maybe a piece gets knocked off the table. That can happen with people too. We can’t afford to neglect any of the pieces if we want a complete picture and we cannot neglect one another if we want to see the church complete.
Some pieces might be withheld by someone trying to keep you from completing your puzzle…as a joke or maybe in a spiteful way. Either way, it prevents completion of the picture as it is intended. And people see the holes,. Those holes are evident in the church too, when pieces are held back. Don’t hold your piece back.
What is your piece? Where is your piece? God has placed each of us in the church as a piece of the whole so we can grow together. (1 Corinthians 12:18) Each of us is a piece of the church. As we each put our pieces together, we present the picture of the church as God intends.
By Tony Lalli, Dewey, OK church of Christ bulletin