Monday, September 17, 2012

I have read the Qur'an. Have you read the Injeel (انجیل ) ?

This was my answer (now with some addition) to a Muslim who left a comment yesterday, encouraging us Christians to read Surah 19 - Maryam, in the Qur'an.  

He said both Mary and Jesus are respected there.  The problem is that denying that Jesus is Lord, the Second person of the Trinity and the eternal Son of God and God in the flesh (John 1:1-5, 14, 18; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:3, 6, 8, John 5:17-18, 8:56-58; 10:27-33; 18:1-6; 19:1-7, 20:28; etc.) and that He died on the cross for sins and that He rose from the dead - all of that denial is not respectful at all; for it denies who Jesus really is. 

Salaam Daawa,  (which means "Invitation" -  for others information.  Probably not his real name.)
"Salaam" = "Peace" (to you) 

Peace to you - true peace is only found in Jesus the Messiah - John 14:27; Romans 5:1, Matthew 11:28-30; Ephesians 2:13-15

I have read Surah 19 - Maryam. 

Daawa, Have you read the Injeel ? انجیل ؟ - Have you read the New Testament? (all the way through - in your heart language ? )  "Injeel" means "gospel" in Arabic and is understood as the revelation or book that was given to Jesus.   It came into Arabic from the Greek word, where we get "evangel" from -  ευαγγελιον. (generally pronounced, "euwangellion") 

I have read all of the Qur'an all the way through at least once, and I still read some of it in order to understand you and your religion better. 

Surah 19:19 indicates Jesus was "pure, faultless, sinless" - on that we agree. 

Jesus the Messiah was without sin.
(2 Cor. 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; John 8:46; Hebrews 7:26)

Luke 1:34-35 - the holy Injeel - also explains the virgin birth of Al Masih and why we call Him "the Son of God"

the angel explains that Mary will have a son, so she asks - 

34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 

35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God."

Jesus had no human father - His mother was a virgin. 

God's power and Holy Spirit conceived Jesus spiritually in the womb of Mary - so Jesus' nature was divine. He was 100% God and 100% man - He had 2 natures. 

For more details on how to explain to Muslims what we mean by "the Son of God", see here.  
He is eternal and existed with God the Father from eternity past - John 1:1-5; 1:14; John 17:5

He is and was the "Kalimat'allah" کلمه الله (Word of God) 

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1

We agree that God did not get married or have sex - that is impossible for God who is Spirit - invisible, unseen, non-physical. 

If Muslims think that Surah 6:101 is teaching what Christians believed, that is wrong. 

Estaqhfr'allah ! استغفرالله 
(May God forgive! perish the thought!) 

that is what the Mormons believe - they are not Christians and are a theological cult, even though they are very nice and moral people and don't drink alcohol (or coffee or tea either !!).

God loved humans out of all nations, languages and cultures (Revelation 5:9) - so He was willing to become a man (Hebrews 2:17; Philippians 2:5-11) and live for around 33 years and let sinful people kill Him voluntarily - 

John 10:18
"No one takes My life from me; I lay it down voluntarily, and I have authority to take it up again."

"God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

But since we are sinners - we must realize we are wicked sinners, helpless, rebellious, prideful, selfish, full of jealousy and anger and malice and lusts, and God condemns our sin and has holy wrath/anger/justice against our sin. we must realize, and repent of our sins and turn to Christ Al Masih as the only savior from sin and only way to God the Father and the only way to heaven; the only truth that leads us to God and heaven. John 14:6

Mark 1:15 - Repent and believe the gospel. 

God's holy anger and wrath against our sin will bring judgement one day on all who don't repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord. 

Hell is real - Mark 9:48; Matthew 5:21-30; Revelation 20:10-15; Luke 16. 

God's wrath is real - 
John 3:36
Ephesians 2:1-3

Our sin is deep in the heart of our thoughts, motives, imaginations, and desires. 
Genesis 6:5
Mark 7:20-23
Jeremiah 17:9

Only Al Masih, Jesus the Messiah, only He can save you from your sins - 
John 14:6
Acts 4:12

Mark 10:45
Jesus said - 
"The son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

the word "ransom" is the same root word of the concept in the Qur'an in 37:107 - about the substitutionary sacrifice of the innocent ram (or lamb or sheep) for the human - for Abraham's son.

Something to think about - "Why did Allah substitute an innocent ram for Abraham's son?"


Anonymous said...

Surah 19:19 holy/pure son. Reason is the son will be strengthened by Holy Spirit. Also in Surah 19:21 , the creation of such pure son without a father is easy for God, for it shall be a sign from God for mankind.

Jesus was fruit into flesh by Holy Spirit inside the womb of a woman. Also, if Jesus was not strengthened or supported by Holy Spirit then he could not perform miracles on earth. The same case as when Jesus need to be supported when returning to heaven, to have long life before fulfilling the command of 2nd coming, he need to be supported by God. as if Jesus stays on earth, he gets old and will die, or may be killed in the process.

Ken said...

Surah 19:19 - is even sometimes translated "faultless son" - without sin. Christians agree with that.

"For this reason, the holy offspring will be called "the Son of God" - Luke 1:34-35 - because His nature was God's nature. (Holy Spirit - the very Spirit of God; and the power of the Most High = the Father) Mary was a virgin. Jesus was God in the flesh. (Philippians 2:5-8; John 1:1-5, 1:14; 17:5)

Jesus was the word from all eternity. John 1:1
Kalimat'allah کلمه الله

Jesus Al Masih was killed on the cross. Mark 14-15; Luke 22-23; John 18-19; Matthew 26

He rose from the dead on the 3rd day - 1 Cor. 15; Mark 16; Luke 24; Matthew 28; John 20-21; Acts 1-2