Quran, Allah, and God

Allah Vs. the God of the Bible

An honest and objective reading of both the Quran and the Bible reveals a significant clash between the two both in terms of how to conceptualize God, as well as in their respective depictions of the behavior of deity. Allah says and does things that the God of the Bible did not and would not say or do. The Quran’s representation of the sovereignty of God (like Calvinism) contradicts the character of God by attributing actions to Him that are unlike deity.

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The Kuran version of God certainly conflicts with the God of the Bible.

For example, the Quran repeatedly represents God, on the occasion of the creation of Adam, requiring the angels/djinn to bow down and worship this first human. All do so with the exception of Iblis (i.e., Satan), who refuses to do so on the grounds that Adam was a mere mortal:

Verily We created man of potter’s clay of black mud altered, and the Jinn did We create aforetime of essential fire. And (remember) when thy Lord said unto the angels: Lo! I am creating a mortal out of potter’s clay of black mud altered, so, when I have made him and have breathed into him of My spirit, do ye fall down, prostrating yourselves unto him. So the angels fell prostrate, all of them together save Iblis. He refused to be among the prostrate. He said: O Iblis! What aileth thee that thou art not among the prostrate? He said: Why should I prostrate myself unto a mortal whom Thou hast created out of potter’s clay of black mud altered? He said: Then go thou forth from hence, for verily thou art outcast. And lo! the curse shall be upon thee till the Day of Judgement (Surah 15:26-35, emp. added; cf. 2:34; 7:11-12; 17:61; 18:51; 20:116; 38:72-78).

This characterization of deity is completely unacceptable. This one incident alone illustrates that Allah is not the God of the Bible. The God of the Bible simply would not do what the Quran says He did. Numerous Bible verses convey the complete impropriety—even blasphemy—that the worship of a mere human constitutes. Humans are forbidden to worship other humans (Acts 10:25-26; 14:14-15). Humans are forbidden to worship angels (Colossians 2:18; Revelation 19:10; 22:8-9). And, most certainly, angels are not to worship mere humans. The Law of Moses declared that worship is to be directed to God (Deuteronomy 6:13; 10:20). When Satan tempted Jesus, and Satan urged Jesus to worship him, Jesus quoted the deuteronomic declaration from the Law of Moses, and then added His own divine commentary: “and Him only you shall serve” (Matthew 4:10, emp. added). No one, and no thing, is the rightful object of worship—except deity!

Interestingly enough, Satan’s reasoning as reported in the Quran was actually biblical and right. Satan recognized that not only should angels not worship humans, but in view of his own angelic condition, Adam occupied a status that was beneath his own accelerated, celestial existence—a fact affirmed by the Bible: “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:4-5; cf. Hebrews 2:9). The Quranic depiction of God ordering Iblis/Satan to worship Adam is a serious breach of divine propriety and a further indication of the Quran’s conflict with the Bible. [Once again, the Quran appears to have been influenced by Jewish sources, since the Talmudists also represent the angels as bestowing special attention and honor on Adam (Sanhedrin 29; Midrash Rabbah on Genesis, paragraph 8)].

Dave Miller – Apologetics Press – http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=8&article=1174

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Waning Strength

Waning Strength

Did you ever experience the days as a child where you thought you could run so fast you would leave the ground?  Perhaps there was a time on the playground where you felt you could hopscotch or jump rope forever?  For some, there may have been a time where on a basketball court they simply felt no one on earth could beat them.  It is a great and wonderous gift of experiences from youth with which our Lord has blessed us.

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Your Strength Need Not Wane in Christ.

As we pull out of our 20’s, moving into our mid-late 30’s and 40’s, there comes a point where that incredible energy and strength of our youth hits a wall.  Different aspects slow sooner than others.  Your speed may fade sooner than your endurance and strength or vice versa.  Initially, it may not even be very noticeable.  However, as time goes on these things become more noticeable.  You simple cannot perform the way you did when you were younger.  You cannot grow in strength and endurance over the time frame of your life.  By the end of your life your mobility may, in fact, be very limited.

When one is born into Christ, they often feel as if they had a surge of energy and life.  Having one’s sins washed away has that effect.  As the newborn christian grows into the understanding that sins are continually forgiven by our Advocate to the Father, Jesus Christ, that energy can be held onto eternally.  In Christ, one can grow in the knowledge and grace forever.  Peter shared these words of eternal growth in I and II Peter.  Paul spoke of growth in Christ in Eph 4.  Jesus spoke of enduring until the end in Matt. and Mark.  Endurance was spoken of by the apostles throughout the New testament.  A christian has the ability to endure and grow in a walk of righteousness for their entire life.  At 90 one can leap spriritual buildings with a single bound.

John in the book of revelation writes of the message to the Faithful church of Philadelphia.  That message shared was: “Hold Fast”.  Endurance for the christian need not wane.  The spiritual joy in the lord can ever grow as we immerse ourselves into obedience of an all caring savior.  “Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice.”  Phil. 4:4

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us in time of need.

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Chivalry

Heart of the Matter: Chivalry

Try this experiment: Stand in a parking lot near the entrance to a building and watch how young men treat those around them. Car doors are rarely opened for ladies. Entrance doors are often opened just long enough for the young men to get through, slamming shut in the face of others. Rarely will you see someone exhibit a code of conduct that is purposefully thinking of others.

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Chivalry is not dead.

Our society is so self-absorbed that rarely do we see small acts of kindness. A mixture of radical feminism and an unhealthy dose of selfishness slammed the door shut on the most basic of chivalrous deeds. Even within the church our behavior has been influenced. Far too often, individuals think only of themselves focusing on their needs instead of the needs of others.

Here is what I intend to teach my children about chivalry.

In the wee hours of the night on April 19, 1912 the R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg and began to quickly sink. As lifeboats were lowered into the water the call rang out, “Women and children first!” The men onboard lived by a code, and that code of life declared that the women should be protected and cared for. A recent high school survey asked teenage boys if they would do the same if they were in that position, and many of the young men laughed at the very thought. Our attitudes have changed a lot in the last 100 years.

This notion of taking care of ladies, weaker individuals, widows, or orphans was once the virtue of knights in what became known as chivalry. Wikipedia indicates the term chivalry was derived “from the French term chevalerie, meaning horse soldiery — and it involves honor, gallantry, and individual training and service to others. Over time its meaning has been refined to emphasize more ideals such as knightly virtues, honor, courtly love, courtesy, and less martial aspects of the tradition. The Knight’s Code of Chivalry was a moral system that stated all knights should protect others who can not protect themselves, such as widows, children, and elders.”

If that last part sounds familiar, it is because James used it to describe pure religion. “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

Some would argue that chivalry is dead. I would contend that as long as there are Christian’s around to carry out James’ definition of pure religion then chivalry will be alive and well. Being kind will never go out of style in the sight of God. Let me encourage you to get into the habit of opening doors, helping someone with their coat, lending an arm to someone who is unsteady, offering an umbrella when it rains, protecting those who are weak, etc.

This will become good practice for when you are married. In 1 Peter 3:7 we read “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered” (emp. added). Notice it says weaker vessel but not unequal! Males and females are equal in the sight of God.

I’m pretty sure I still have sore places where I was unexpectedly struck by a sword when you were little pretending to be a knight. I cherish those memories—on occasion you would fiercely protect your sister, and on others she would receive the brunt of your sword as you captured her and took her to your secret hiding place. What you did not know back then was most true knights lived by an ancient code of chivalry. Look over this list from Wikipedia:

The code can be summarized in 11 “commandments:”

• Believe the Church’s teachings and observe all the Church’s directions.

• Defend the Church.

• Respect and defend all weaknesses.

• Love your country.

• Do not recoil before an enemy.

• A single coward could discourage an entire army. Even if the knights knew death was near, they would rather die fighting than show weakness.

• Show no mercy to the Infidel. Do not hesitate to make war with them.

• Perform all duties that agree with the laws of God.

• Never lie or go back on one’s word.

• Be generous to everyone.

• Always and everywhere be right and good against evil and injustice.

While we don’t follow every single one of those today, you can see that these men truly did care for the weak and tried to do right. Don’t give up your sword—the world needs more knights! Consider what the world would be like if we all treated each other with kindness thinking of others.

I want to encourage you to keep chivalry alive in your heart. Never forget the words of Jesus when He said, “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise” (Luke 6:31).

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