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Know Islam, Know Paradise

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session     Isaiah 40:8 claims that “the word of our God stands forever.” This assertion doesn’t excuse copying errors, or any other error, regardless how slight. In fact, according to Isaiah 40:8, any “word” which has not “stood forever” is disqualified as having been from God.  Which should make us question the authorship. If “the word of our God stands forever,” and the “word” of Ahaziah’s age doesn’t stand the test of time, whose word is it? God’s or Satan’s? Don’t look now, but even the Old Testament seems uncertain on this point. 2 Samuel 24:1 reads, “Again the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel, and He moved David against them to say, ‘Go, number Israel and Judah.’” However, 1 Chronicles 21:1 states, “Now Satan…
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January 22, 2018 0

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session     The Old Testament [The Bible] has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood­ drenched history; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies. —Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth, Vol. II Let’s begin by putting “two of every sort (of animal) into the ark,” and then … Oh, wait. Was that “two of every sort,” as per Genesis 6:19, or seven of clean and two of unclean animals, as per Genesis 7:2­3? Hmm. Well, we’ve got up to 120 years to think about it, because that’s the limit of the human lifespan, as per God’s promise in Genesis 6:3. So, just like Shem … Oops. Bad example. Genesis 11:11 states, “Shem lived…
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January 19, 2018 0

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session     BOOKS OF SCRIPTURE   There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it. —George Bernard Shaw, Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant, Vol. 2, Preface The common theme that runs through all religions is that if we believe in God and submit to His decree—obeying the commanded and avoiding the forbidden, and repenting our transgressions to Him—we will achieve salvation. The difference is in defining God’s decree. Jews consider the Old Testament the endpoint of revelation at present, whereas Christians and Muslims alike contend that if the Jews followed their scripture, they would accept Jesus as a prophet and embrace his teachings.  Muslims carry the thought a step further by asserting that anybody (Jewish, Christian, or otherwise) who does embrace Jesus’ teachings has to acknowledge that he taught…
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January 17, 2018 0

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session       Return of Jesus   If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it. —D.A. Wilson, Carlyle at his Zenith There is one thing upon which Christians and Muslims agree, and that is the return of Jesus Christ. Interestingly enough, both religions expect Jesus to return in a victory of faith to defeat the Antichrist, correct the deviancies in religion, and establish the truth of God throughout the world. Christians expect this truth to echo their evolved doctrines, whereas Muslims expect Jesus to remain consistent with his earlier teachings and refute the…
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January 15, 2018 0

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session       Paul’s amendment to the teaching of Moses and Jesus reads, “And by him [Jesus Christ] everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:39). A more permissive blanket statement would be hard to conceive. We can easily imagine the voice of the collective public screaming, “Please, let’s have more of that!” And here it is: “But now we have been delivered from the law, having died [i.e., suffered] to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter” (Romans 7:6). Or, if I may freely paraphrase: “But…
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January 14, 2018 0

At-Tauhid reading continued

Click here for previous session     (“They made not a just estimate of Allah…”) Allah the Almighty said:”They made not a just estimate of Allah such as is due to Him. And on the Day of Resurrection, the whole of the earth will be grasped by His Hand and the heavens will be rolled…
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January 14, 2018 1

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session       Atonement   Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those that have no imagination? —George Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan, Epilogue The atonement—what a concept. Who wouldn’t like someone else to pick up the tab for their every indulgence and transgression? However, no matter how good the atonement sounds, no matter how much people want it to be true, the critical question is whether it has a basis in revealed truth. Will the atonement be there on the Day of Judgment for those who rely upon it for their salvation? Or will the untold billions of anxious human souls be struck with downcast faces when God announces He never promised any such thing? Some…
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January 12, 2018 0

At-Tauhid reading continued

Click here for previous session       The Prophet’s safeguarding of Tauhid and his closing of the paths to Shirk   Narrated from Abdullah bin Ash-Shikhkhir (May Allah be pleased with him) who said: I went with a delegation of Banu ‘Aamir to Allah’s Messenger (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him)…
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January 12, 2018 0

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session       Original Sin   He that falls into sin is a man; that grieves at it, is a saint; that boasteth of it, is a devil. —Thomas Fuller, The Holy State and the Profane State The concept of original sin is completely foreign to Judaism and Eastern Christianity, having achieved acceptance in only the Western Church. Furthermore, Christian and Islamic concepts of sin are virtual opposites with respect to certain nuances. For example, there is no concept of “sinning in the mind” in Islam; to a Muslim, an evil thought becomes a good deed when a person refuses to act upon it. Overcoming and dismissing the evil thoughts which forever assail our minds is considered deserving of reward rather than punishment. Islamically speaking, an evil thought only becomes sinful when fulfilled.…
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January 11, 2018 0

At-Tauhid reading continued

Click here for previous session       None asks Intercession of Allah before His creation It is narrated from Jubair bin Mut’im (May Allah be pleased with him) that He said: An A’rabi (a nomadic Arab) came to the (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) and said, “O Messenger of…
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