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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...

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Click here for previous session       Paul’s amendment to the teaching of Moses and Jesus reads, “And by him  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  to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Click here for previous session     Reviewing unprejudiced historical accounts, a large population of the religious throughout the known world voiced their opposition to Trinitarian Christianity, and those who denied Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and death were not necessarily a minority. Many would argue that from a gut level it makes more sense for God to have punished Judas for his treachery than to have tortured Jesus for his innocence. The argument would be more convincing if the doctrines of atonement and original sin could be shown to be invalid, for these two doctrines hinge off the doorframe of the alleged death of Jesus. The first hurdle...

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Click here for previous session       To swear and to take Oath (binding) upon Allah It is narrated from Jundub bin Abdullah (May Allah be pleased with him) that Allah's Messenger (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said:...

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Click here for previous session       It was no empty vow of their elect ones, “to be baptized with the baptism of Christ, to take on themselves scourgings, imprisonments, tortures, reproaches, crosses, blows, tribulation, and all temptations of the world.” Theirs the tears, theirs the blood shed during more than ten centuries of fierce persecution in the East; and if we reckon of their number, as well we may, the early puritans of Europe, then the tale of wicked deeds wrought by the persecuting churches reaches dimensions which appall the mind. And as it was all done, nominally out of reverence for, but really in mockery of, the Prince of Peace, it is hard...

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