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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Tuesday
    Mar202012

    Questions About Islam

    “But also in the holy scripture is a reference to "lower jihad," a more earthly and physical—and controversial—struggle. "To those against whom war is made, permission is given [to fight] because they are wronged; and verily, God is most powerful for their aid," quotes Nyang.

    This verse speaks of combat or war to be waged against one's oppressors—a struggle sanctioned by God.

    But the Koran also states in Chapter 2, Verse 190: "Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loves not transgressors."

    The essence of the verse, Nyang says, is to fight back "if you are attacked by your persecutors, but don't fight back indiscriminately. Follow the rules of engagement." According to mainstream Muslim clerics, those "rules of engagement"' are explicit: women, children, and innocent civilians are off limits.”

    (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/09/0925_TVkoran.html)

     

    This is opposite of the Bible which says to love your enemies,

    You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 

    If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48)

     

    According to http://www.beautifulislam.net/intro/discover_islam.htm, the Koran came about when Muhammad received angelic visitations and revelations from Gabriel. The Bible was written by the hands of men not visited by angels.

     

    The stories about those who were visited, were not written by those same people (Mary and Joseph did not write a gospel, Shadrach and Co. did not write Daniel, etc). There is no Biblical precedent for an angel transmitting God’s word for scripture. Angels visited people and gave messages, but personal ones and not extensive words for Holy Scripture.

     

    However, the Book of Mormon came about through alleged angelic visitation of one man (Joseph Smith) of questionable character. His angel was named Moroni. Consequently, the Jehovah’s Witness/Watchtower, Seventh Day Adventist, William Branham, and New Agers all had/have revelations from angels which all tend to contradict each other. 

     

    “All these and other religions have had communion with angels for their extra-biblical books or are given new revelation for a new interpretation on the Bible. Can the same angel say two different things on the same subject and they both be true?

    Obviously not, yet this is exactly what Islam claims has transpired in the Koran. They believe the Koran was verbally dictated by the angel Gabriel based on eternal tablets that are in heaven. Naturally, if there is a conflict it must be in the Bible and not their own book. However there something else operating here that proves it is not the angel Gabriel as they claim.

    In their own suras (chapter's) it states that God's word cannot change so if an angel several hundreds of years later comes with a different story, which one are we suppose to believe? Take for example in the Bible the angel Gabriel's announcement of the Christ to Mary, she is told he would be called the Son of God (which means having the same nature as God) Lk.1:35 also in Mt.1:23 he would be called “Emmanuel”, God with us.

    This is the same angel that told Mohammed that God has no son, and that God is unable to incarnate as a man. Suras 16 and 26 of the Koran tell us Mohammeds call was from the Holy Spirit who is supposed to be the angel Gabriel according to Islam. This to presents a problem, as the Holy Spirit according to the Bible participated in the creation of the earth and is God.”

    (http://www.letusreason.org/current5.htm)

     

    “The Qur'an is a complete record of the exact words revealed by God through Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad.” (Beautiful Islam site) Does God change? Does the Koran contradict the Bible?

    “Apart from the Qur'an, Muslims also refer to the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a secondary source of guidance. Belief in the sunnah, the practice and example of the Prophet, is an integral part of the Islamic faith.”


    Was Mohammed that great? Is he infallible? Can any action of his be questioned, or was he perfect? If not, how does one determine which actions to imitate?

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