Some stories

Reading the Bible, I’ve found stories that are obviously found in the Quran too. Some were narrated differently and some were repeated multiple times.

In the Old Testament there are too many details that the stories sound like human writing rather than a divine message. And these details that are way too many could have been added to enhance God’s word or to give more excitement/entertainment to the reader. Here I’ll give you the first of a few that I’ll be posting.

This is one of the stories, unfortunately you won’t read the final part of the Bible’s version as I’m disgusted and ashamed to post it on my blog. But you may search for it if you are willing to do so.
Feel free to comment below or ask any question.


Genesis 19:1-31 (KJV)

And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:
And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.
But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.
And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:
For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.
And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:
Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.
And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.
Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:
And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.
And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.
And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:

Genesis 19:32-38 (censored)


The Rock 15:62-75

And when the envoys came to the family of Lot.
He said, “You are a people unknown to me”
They said, “We bring you what they have doubts about.”
“We bring you the truth, and we are truthful.”
“Travel with your family at the dead of the night, and follow up behind them, and let none of you look back, and proceed as commanded.”
And We informed him of Our decree: the last remnant of these will be uprooted by early morning.
And the people of the town came joyfully.
He said, “These are my guests, so do not embarrass me.”
“And fear God, and do not disgrace
me.”
They said, “Did we not forbid you from strangers?”
He said, “These are my daughters, if you must.”
By your life, they were blundering in their drunkenness.
So the Blast struck them at sunrise.
And We turned it upside down, and rained down upon them stones of baked clay
Surely in that is a lesson for those who read signs.

The Elevation 7 :80-84

And Lot, when he said to his people, “Do you commit lewdness no people anywhere have ever committed before you?”
“You lust after men rather than women. You are an excessive people.”
And his people’s only answer was to say, “Expel them from your town. They are purist people.”
But We saved him and his family, except for his wife; she was of those who lagged behind.
And We rained down on them a rain;
note the consequences for the sinners

Hud 11:77-82

And when Our envoys came to Lot, he was anxious for them, and concerned for them. He said, “This is a dreadful day.”
him—they were in the habit of committing sins. He said, “O my people, these are my daughters; they are purer for you. So

fear God, and do not embarrass me before my guests. Is there not one reasonable man among you?”
They said, “You know well that we have no right to your daughters, and you know well what we want.”

He said, “If only I had the strength to stop you, or could rely on some strong support.”
They said, “O Lot, we are the envoys of your Lord; they will not reach you. So set out with your family during the cover of the night, and let none of you look back, except for your wife. She will be struck by what will strike them. Their appointed time is the morning. Is not the morning near?”

And when Our command came about, We turned it upside down, and We rained down on it stones of baked clay.

What about… #29 

Today’s post isn’t really about books, but I have to start by speaking about one that I’ve just finished. The latest novel by Dan Brown; Origin.

I have to say that I was a little disappointed. The book’s topic (about which I’ll speak further) isn’t the problem but having read all of his novels, I find this one a remake of Inferno or The Da Vinci Code or even The Lost Symbol. Robert Langdon; which is the main Charater of most of Brown’s stories, fleeing a danger with a women to try to resolve an enigma.

Usually there is something innovative which makes every book a new story, such as in “Inferno” Robert Langdon, lost his memory and was shot. In “The Da Vinci Code” everything was unexpected. In “The Lost Symbol” Robert Langdon was unexpectedly called to a meeting place to find just a severed hand waiting for him. But this one looks like a bit of every past books, Robert Langdon is in the same kind of trouble he was in every other book! Nothing unexpected.

What I DID like about this book is that it speaks a lot about art, history and science.

Now the main topic of this book is the Origin of men and its future. An atheist scientist called Kirsch made a phenomenal dicovery which cost him his life before he can share it with the world. Robert Langdon and a woman called Vidal must do the impossible to broadcast the discovery even though they are threatened to be killed by someone who wishes to stop them spreading the news, that the creation can exist without a God.

Kirsch as a believer in the Darwinian theory (but not entirely satisfied as Darwin didn’t explain how life arrived on earth in the first place) made his own reasearch.

The idea is that Life can create itself with the right ingredients and conditions; it’s a paradox when we’re aware that the univese is a world of Entropy or should we say Chaos. Let me give you some details:

We build a castle of sand by the sea, when a wave hits the castle it disorganize the sand castle into scattered grains: no more castle.

Things are irreversible, when you put a hot mug of coffee on the table, it gets cold. The coffee never magically reheat itself.

Entropy is just a fancy way of saying that things fall apart. An organized system, inevitably deteriorates. Sand castles never spontaneously appear in the universe, they only disappear.

So Kirsch enhanced a technique used in 1953 by two scientists Muller & Urey who tried to recreate the Primordial Soup, trying to create life within a flask of non living chemicals.

Chemists after them tried repeatedly using different combination of ingredients, different heath patterns but nothing worked.

But what is a Premordial Soup? After duplicating the chemicals that existed in the early oceans and atmosphere – water, methane, ammonia, and hydrogen – Muller and Urey heated all of this to simulate the boiling seas. Then they shocked it with electric charges to mimic lightning and they finally let the mixture cool just as the planet’s oceans had cooled. Of course that didn’t work. So in addition to this, Kirsch added electromagnetism to a 64 year old flask belonging to Muller and Urey and that’s it; he created Primitive organism.

According to him the Premordial Soup needed electromagnetism to put chaos in order, to create life. Therefore, if life simply happened as an inevitable by product of the laws of nature we have to conclude that because life spontaneously appeared here on earth, it almost certainly did the same thing elsewhere in the cosmos. Meaning man is not unique and man is not alone in the universe.

My first reaction was the same as Robert’s in the book: if the laws of nature can actually create life, then who created the laws?

We don’t need life to happen by product of the laws to believe that other lives exists in the cosmos. Who didn’t wonder what’s up there, gazing at the night’s sky?

Those billions of stars and what’s in between, hold such mysteries that we’re unable to provide all the answers needed to cease to be amazed at what we look at. The sky (universe) is an unfriendly place for any earthly living creature, and the “luck” as some atheists would say, has put us in the perfect planet that sustains life in all sense. But of course among the multitude of different stars, it is unthinkable that we’re the only living beings in such a vast creation. What’s out there is so far that we’re not (yet) able to reach out for them. After all…. after seeing all those Alien movies saying that they are monsters wanting to destroy us in any possible way….. I’m not sure that they are so far from us for no reason. In reality, I believe that we have our own issues here, for land, for beliefs, for ethnicity… can you imagine if we had Aliens as well to negotiate with? We’re not mature enough to handle something smarter, stronger and maybe taller than us. We’re still savages fighting among ourselves, what’s out there are other creations either more peaceful or more rebellious and either of these, we’re no match for it.

Some people don’t believe in extraterrestrial life, why not?

The universe is big enough for all of us, and surely what is beyond our knowledge is far more real and powerful than what we’re aware of. We don’t need to go into other galaxies to search for life, our own has 200 to 400 billion of stars. Can you put a percentage on how many of these are such as ours? Let’s say 1%, that gives us 2-4 billion of possibilities where a developed form of life exists.

Next time you look at the skies, be sure that somewhere out there, another form of life is gazing at the same stars you’re looking at. We’re not alone, we share the same universe, the same questions, the same Creator.

If I were interested in the origin of men, among all the books available I would read this one, which is very interesting and surprising.

People of the Book – Final part

People of the Book, we may have different politic opinions, different tastes, different ways of seeing things… But we have something in common; One God that unites us.

The teachings that all those messengers brought to us, were pushed away, distorted, forgotten, ignored. They suffered for nothing. They were attacked, killed, imprisoned, beaten, for nothing.

They advised us, they warned us about the Day where no one will be able to help no one; The Day of judgment. Who among the Christians still believe in the Day of the reckoning? Just a few. No one believes in hell anymore . Yet the Bible warned us. And the Quran warned us even more!


You would never have read this if you weren’t meant to read it. So think deeply on what you’ve spent days reading. Don’t let it get in from one ear and out from the other. If you have any question that is floating in your mind, just ask. I’ll be glad to belp you understand.

Quran 4:171-175
O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion, and do not say about God except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, is the Messenger of God, and His Word that He conveyed to Mary, and a Spirit from Him. So believe in God and His messengers, and do not say, “Three.” Refrain—it is better for you.
God is only one God. Glory be to Him—that He should have a son. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and the earth, and God is a sufficient Protector.
The Messiah does not disdain to be a servant of God, nor do the favored angels. Whoever disdains His worship, and is too arrogant—He will round them up to Himself altogether.
But as for those who believe and do good works, He will pay them their wages in full, and will increase His grace for them. But as for those who disdain and are too proud, He will punish them with an agonizing punishment. And they will find for themselves, apart from God, no lord and no savior.
O people! a proof has come to you from your Lord, and We sent down to you a clear light.
As for those who believe in God, and hold fast to Him, He will admit them into mercy from Him, and grace, and He will guide them to Himself in a straight path.

People of the Book – part 23

Sometimes Muslims are pointed because they don’t eat the same thing the people consume. Actually we aren’t the first prevented to eat whatever we want, the Old testament prevented its followers to eat whatever they wanted. That means dear reader, if you’re a Christian, it is forbidden for you too to eat certain things. Here is what we find in Deuteronomy 14:3-21 :

You must not eat any forbidden thing.
These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat,
the ibex, the gazelle, the deer, the wild goat, the antelope, the wild oryx, and the mountain sheep.
You may eat any animal that has hooves divided into two parts and that chews the cud.
However, you may not eat the following animals among those that chew the cud or those that have divided hooves: the camel, the hare, and the rock badger. (Although they chew the cud, they do not have divided hooves and are therefore ritually impure to you).
Also the pig is ritually impure to you; though it has divided hooves, it does not chew the cud. You may not eat their meat or even touch their remains.
These you may eat from among water creatures: anything with fins and scales you may eat,
but whatever does not have fins and scales you may not eat; it is ritually impure to you.
All ritually clean birds you may eat.
These are the ones you may not eat: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, the kite, the black kite, the dayyah after its species,
every raven after its species,
the ostrich, the owl, the seagull, the falcon after its species,
the little owl, the long-eared owl, the white owl,
the jackdaw, the carrion vulture, the cormorant,
the stork, the heron after its species, the hoopoe, the bat,
and any winged thing on the ground are impure to you – they may not be eaten.
You may eat any clean bird.
You may not eat any corpse, though you may give it to the resident foreigner who is living in your villages and he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner. You are a people holy to the Lord your God. Do not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.


We are not different, we just didn’t forget.

What about … #27

Isaac Newton was an English scientist of the 17th century, thanks to him we know that the white light is actually a mixture of different colors of light, as well as the general laws he had formulated to describe motion and how it relates to its causative forces, among other theories which made of him a Legend. In his book Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy we find his biography at the beginning, this four pages are extracts of it. Lots of philosophers and scientists at that time (even nowadays) were almost non-believers (called philosophical theism). Such as Descartes, Kant, Huygens, Da Vinci or Spinoza.

Very few were religious, as if philosophy was a religion of its own. The philosophy is a way of seeing things or a way to live. We can be philosophers while being a religious person.
I find quite astonishing that a renowned scientist such as Newton was a religious man fond of the Bible. It is a pity that the western philosophy turned out to be quite an anti-religious system linked to secularism. You may find out more in two previous posts called faith, religion and secularism I & II.

People of the Book – part 22

Islam doesn’t teach something weird out of the normal. And the Quran doesn’t pretend to be an innovation. It is a confirmation of what came before. A reminder and a warning to the People of the Book.

Read what the Old Testament says about the oneness of God:

Deuteronomy 4:15-19, 23, 27-29, 35-36

Be very careful, then, because you saw no form at the time the Lord spoke to you at Horeb from the middle of the fire.
I say this so you will not corrupt yourselves by making an image in the form of any kind of figure. This includes the likeness of a human male or female,
any kind of land animal, any bird that flies in the sky,
anything that crawls on the ground, or any fish in the deep waters of the earth.
When you look up to the sky and see the sun, moon, and stars – the whole heavenly creation – you must not be seduced to worship and serve them, for the Lord your God has assigned them to all the people of the world.
Be on guard so that you do not forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he has made with you, and that you do not make an image of any kind, just as he has forbidden you.
Then the Lord will scatter you among the peoples and there will be very few of you among the nations where the Lord will drive you.
There you will worship gods made by human hands – wood and stone that can neither see, hear, eat, nor smell.
But if you seek the Lord your God from there, you will find him, if, indeed, you seek him with all your heart and soul.
You have been taught that the Lord alone is God – there is no other besides him.
From heaven he spoke to you in order to teach you, and on earth he showed you his great fire from which you also heard his words.

Deuteronomy 6:1-2, 4-19

Now these are the commandments, statutes, and ordinances that the Lord your God instructed me to teach you so that you may carry them out in the land where you are headed
and that you may so revere the Lord your God that you will keep all his statutes and commandments that I am giving you – you, your children, and your grandchildren – all your lives, to prolong your days.

Listen, Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!
You must love the Lord your God with your whole mind, your whole being, and all your strength.
These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind,
and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up.
You should tie them as a reminder on your forearm and fasten them as symbols on your forehead.
Inscribe them on the doorframes of your houses and gates.
Then when the Lord your God brings you to the land he promised your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to give you – a land with large, fine cities you did not build,
houses filled with choice things you did not accumulate, hewn out cisterns you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant – and you eat your fill,
be careful not to forget the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, that place of slavery.
You must revere the Lord your God, serve him, and take oaths using only his name.
You must not go after other gods, those of the surrounding peoples,
for the Lord your God, who is present among you, is a jealous God and his anger will erupt against you and remove you from the land.
You must not put the Lord your God to the test as you did at Massah.
Keep his commandments very carefully, as well as the stipulations and statutes he commanded you to observe.
Do whatever is proper and good before the Lord so that it may go well with you and that you may enter and occupy the good land that he promised your ancestors,
and that you may drive out all your enemies just as the Lord said

What about … #25

Every serious believer (from any religion) longs to know the voice of God and His plan for every area of his life.

Believers will flock to conferences and queue up so a prophet can reveal or confirm God’s direction to them. So some people want to appear spiritually mature to their audience saying that they hear God.

How do they know it was God? How do they know it’s not just their ego?

For example, I read some time ago the story of a young man who was convinced that the Lord had told him to quit his full-time job and help the homeless with which he was involved in a center. He ended up losing his apartment, there was no open jobs at the time, and he had to take a lesser job to avoid homelessness himself!

There is more to the story that I can say, but I believe that the demonic realm was the author of this plan, not the Lord.  Their purpose was to drive this young man away from the Lord through disillusionment and disappointment. Fortunately, they were not successful, and he did learn some valuable lessons.

If someone really believes that God is talking to him, then he esteem himself a prophet. With this mindset one could commit all sorts of evils, and think nothing of it because God is with him, he is a “prophet,” a mouthpiece for God.

Looking on the internet, I found that much of violence and murders are made by people who think that God told them to, here are a few examples I found:

In 2004, a woman in Texas named Deanna Laney murdered her two very young children by crushing their heads with a rock because “God told her to.”

In Texas a charismatic Christian named David Conley, who is definitely possessed by demons, broke into a home, took hostage an entire family of eight, handcuffed them all, and executed all of them.

A man in California named Shelton Eugene Bradley murdered his mother because “‘God’ told him she was a witch and he had ‘divine’ instruction to kill all witches.”

and so on…..

Each person can read the Bible and perceive his own “truth,” it doesn’t mean it’s right.

As the holy Scriptures say:

If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him. But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has taught rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of slavery, to make you leave the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. (Deuteronomy 13:1-5)
So I looked for the beginning of this idea and here is what I found:

More often it means that the Christian hasn’t heard from God but wants to elevate his decision into something inviolable, wherein the Christian’s decision can’t be held to account. After all, it was from God.

Other times, the Christian has received a supposed revelation and encapsulates that revelation by saying “God told me.” Many times they have received a dream, or a ‘nudge’ or have heard that ‘still, small voice’ and are basing their decision on this personal revelation from God on those things instead of the word and then trusting to providence.

The ‘still, small voice’ is permeating Christianity, with the result that now most conversations among Christians are peppered with “God told me” as a result. This is partly thanks to Henry Blackaby, who opened the door to personal revelation in his “Experiencing God” workbook and series of lessons published in the 1990s. Baptists especially who had not been prone to mysticism prior to this, fell hard for the method the Baptist Blackaby was promoting. One reviewer of Experiencing God said here,

“many readers will nevertheless find great encouragement in hearing a still, small voice among a vast number of everyday experiences.”

Blackaby taught: God Often Speaks in a “Still, Small Voice” (I Kings 19:11–13). Sometimes God will speak through “the wind or an earthquake or a fire,” but most often He speaks in a still, small voice. Be attentive!”

‘Most often’? Where is that in the bible?

Relying on small voices, impressions, and God told me revelation diminishes the sufficiency of the bible by the fact that someone is adding to God’s revelation. The bible isn’t enough for them, when you hear people say “God told me, it really means:

I really think I should do ______ but I’m forgetting that the canon of scripture is closed and there is no need for further revelation. I want confirmation for my precarious decision, and I’m mistaking intuition for God’s voice. I’m forgetting to follow Proverbs 3:5-6.

Did they forget the Third Commandment, taking the Lord’s name in vain?

One way to take it in vain is to trivialize it, to be swift or short. We have to be careful never to ascribe to Him thoughts He doesn’t have, or things He never said. “God told me” very often does just that though, trivializes His name by ascribing things to Him He never said. It is a serious thing to say “God told me”!

God doesn’t speak with the human being anymore. He said all He had to say in the Holy Scriptures. He sent his messages through an angel; as He did with most of his prophets, through an inspiration; as He did with Jesus or behind a “veil”; as He did with Moses. We’re not as valuable or important as they were. If He wants to tell us something, He does it through a sign or intuition, it isn’t always easy to notice it. Usually it’s a feeling which doesn’t stay long, it’s more like “take it or leave it”. Some people mistake their own thoughts with this light feeling. But the more someone gets  used to it, the more he can tell the difference. But it’s absolutely NOT God talking to someone, I believe the spirit in us, is the connexion to God with which we get some tips when we need it or when we ask for it.

I also think that when we get to meet Him, we’re going to find out that the Lord didn’t initiate lots of journeys we took in His name.