What about … #49

This is a little book of an author called Ahmed Didat which died some 20 years ago. I found it funny and interesting, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. You may read what follows in the next post “who moved the stone”

Since  I  am  commanded  by  my  Prophet,  peace  be  upon  him,  to  seek  knowledge  I  wanted  to learn.  I  said:  “I  agree  with  all  that  you  have  read  to  me,  but  I  have  a  problem  with  your Bible.”  “What  problem  have  you  got?”  he  asked.  I  said:  “Please  open  the  Gospel  of  St.  Luke, chapter 3 verse 23.” This he did. I said: “Please read.” He read:”And  Jesus  himself  began  to  be  about  thirty  years  of  age,  being  (as  was  supposed)  the  son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,” (Luke 3:23) I  drew  the  Reverend’s  attention  to  the  words  –  “(As  was  supposed).”  I  said:  “Do  you  see that  the  words  ‘As  was  supposed’  are  written  within  brackets?”  He  said  that  he  saw  that.  I asked  him:  “Why  are  the  brackets  there?”  He  acknowledged,  “I  don’t  know,  but  I  could  find out  for  you  from  some  Bible  scholars.”  I  admired  his  humility.  Though  I  knew  that  all Supervisors  of  Bible  Houses  in  South  Africa  are  retired  reverends,  it  was  possible  that  this aspect  of  Bible  knowledge  was  beyond  their  sphere.  I  said:  “If  you  do  not  know,  then  let  me tell  you  what  the  brackets  are  doing  there  in  this  verse.  You  do  not  have  to  take  the  trouble of looking for a Bible scholar.” I  explained  that  in  the  “most  ancient”  manuscripts  of  Luke,  the  words  “As  was  supposed” are  not  there.  Your  translators  felt  that  without  this  interpolation  the,  ordinary  Christians, not  well  grounded  in  faith,  might  slip  and  fall  into  the  error  of  believing  that  Joseph  the Carpenter  was  the  actual  physical  father  of  Jesus.  So  they  took  the  precaution  of  adding their  own  comment  in  brackets  to  avoid  any  misunderstanding.  I  said:  “I  am  not  trying  to find  fault  with  your  system  of  adding  words  in  brackets  to  assist  the  reader,  but  what intrigues  me  is  that  in  all  translations  of  the  Bible  in  the  African  and  Eastern  languages  you have  retained  the  words  “as  was  supposed”  but  have  removed  the  brackets!  Couldn’t  the nations  of  the  Earth  besides  the  English  understand  the  meaning  and  purpose  of  the brackets? What  is  wrong  with  the  Afrikaner?  Why  have  you  eliminated  the  brackets  from  the  Afrikaans Bible?  The  Supervisor  protested:  “I  didn’t  do  it.”  I  said:  “I  know  that  you  personally  did  not do  it  but  why  have  the  Bible  Society  that  you  represent  and  your  Bible  scholars  been  playing with  the  ‘Word  of  God?’  If  God  Almighty  did  not  see  fit  to  preserve  Luke  from  error  what right  has  anybody  to  add  to  or  delete  from  words  in  the  ‘Book  of  God?’  What  right  have  you to manufacture ‘God’s Words?’ Interpolations The  translator’s  own  addition  of  words  in  brackets  can  easily  be  put  into  the  mouth  of  St. Luke  by  merely  removing  the  brackets,  and  by  implication,  if  Luke  was  inspired  by  God  to write  what  he  did,  then  the  interpolations  automatically  become  the  Word  of  God,  which really  is  not  the  case.  (More  will  be  said  on  this  subject  in  the  forthcoming  publication  Is  the Bible  God’s  Word?)  I  concluded  my  explanation  with  the  words  –  ‘Your  theologians  of  the day  have  succeeded  where  the  alchemists  of  yore  failed  –  of  turning  baser  metal  into  shining gold.'” The English Language At  this  stage  the  Reverend  introduced  irrelevancies  into  the  discussion  and  the  subject changed.  He  made  some  claims  which  made  me  say:  “You  see,  sir,  you  English  people  do not  know  your  own  language.”  (With  apologies  to  my  readers  whose  mother  tongue  is English).  He  quickly  retorted:  “You  mean  to  say  that  you  know  my  language  better  than  I do?”  I  said:  “It  would  be  presumptuous  on  my  part  to  tell  –  an  Englishman  –  that  I understand  your  language  better  than  you  do.”  “Then  what  do  you  mean  that  we  English people  do  not  know  our  own  language?”  he  demanded.  I  said  again:  “You  see,  sir,  you  read your  Holy  Scripture  in  your  mother  tongue,  like  every  Christian  belonging  to  a  thousand different  language  groups,  and  yet  each  and  every  Christian  language  group  understands the facts,  opposite  to what he is reading.” “What are you referring to?” he asked. A Ghost I  continued:  “Do  you  remember  the  occasion  when  Jesus  returned  to  that  upper  room  after his  alleged  crucifixion:  ‘And  saith  unto  them,  (his  disciples),  ‘Peace  be  unto  you”  (Luke 24:36),  and  his  disciples  were  terrified  on  recognizing  him?”  He  answered  that  he remembered  that  incident.  I  inquired:  “Why  should  they  be  terrified?”  When  one  recognizes one’s  long-lost  friend  or  one’s  beloved,  the  natural  reaction  is  to  feel  overjoyed,  elated  and one  wants  to  embrace  and  kiss  the  hands  and  feet  of  the  beloved.  Why  did  they  get terrified?”  The  Reverend  replied  that  they  (the  disciples)  thought  that  they  were  seeing  a ghost.”  I  asked:  “Did  Jesus  look  like  a  ghost?”  He  said:  “No.”  “Then  why  did  they  think  that they  were  seeing  a  ghost  when  he  did  not  look  like  a  ghost?”  I  queried.  The  Reverend  was clearly puzzled. I said: “Please allow me to explain.” Disciples Not Eye Witnesses “You  see,  sir,  the  disciples  of  Jesus  were  not  eye-witnesses  or  ear-witnesses  to  the  actual happenings  of  the  previous  three  days,  as  vouched  for  by  St.  Mark  who  says  that  at  the most  critical  juncture  in  the  life  of  Jesus:  “they  all  forsook  him  and  fled.”  (Mark  14:50).  All the  knowledge  of  the  disciples  regarding  their  Master  was  from  hearsay.  They  had  heard that  their  master  was  hanged  on  the  Cross;  they  had  heard  that  he  had  given  up  the  Ghost; they  had  heard  that  he  was  dead  and  buried  for  three  days.  If  one  is  confronted  by  a  person with  such  a  reputation  then  the  conclusion  is  inescapable;  they  must  be  seeing  a  ghost. Little wonder these ten brave men were petrified.” “To  disabuse  their  minds  from  the  fear  that  gripped  them,  Jesus  reasoned  with  them.  He said:  ‘Behold  my  hands  and  my  feet,  that  it  is  I  myself’  To  put  it  in  colloquial  English,  this  is how  he  told  them:  ‘What  is  wrong  with  you  fellows,  can’t  you  see  that  I  am  the  same person  –  who  walked  and  talked  with  you,  broke  bread  with  you  –  flesh  and  blood  in  all respects.’ Why  do  doubts  enter  your  minds?  ‘Handle  me  and  see,  for  a  spirit  has  no  flesh  and  bones  as you  see  me  have.’  (Luke  24:39).  In  other  words  he  is  telling  them:  ‘If  I  have  flesh  and bones,  then  I  am  not  a  ghost,  not  a  spook  and  not  a  spirit!'”  “Is  that  right?”  I  asked.  “Yes,” he  replied.  I  continued  that,  Jesus  is  telling  them,  as  recorded  in  this  verse,  in  basic  English, that  what  the  disciples  were  asked  to  “handle  and  see”  was  not  a  translated  body,  not  a metamorphosed  body  and  not  a  resurrected  body,  because  a  resurrected  body  is  a spiritualised  body.  He  is  telling  them  in  the  clearest  language  humanly  possible  that  he  is not  what  they  were  thinking.  They  were  thinking  that  he  was  a  spirit,  a  resurrected  body, one having been brought back from the dead. He is most emphatic that  he is not!” Spiritualization “But  how  can  you  be  so  sure  that  the  resurrected  body  cannot  materialize  physically  as Jesus  had  obviously  done?”  murmured  the  Reverend.  I  replied:  “Because  Jesus  had  himself pronounced  that  the  resurrected  bodies  get  spiritualised.”  When  did  he  say  any  such  thing?”inquired  the  Reverend.  I  answered:  “Do  you  remember  the  incident  as  recorded  in  the Gospel  of  St.  Luke,  chapter  20,  where  the  learned  men  of  the  Jews-  “the  chief  priests  and the  scribes  with  the  elders”-  had  come  to  him  with  a  number  of  posers,  and  among  them was  one  about  a  Jewess  who  had  seven  husbands  in  turn,  one  after  another  according  to  a Jewish  custom,  and  in  time  all  seven  husbands  and  the  woman  too  died?”  The  Reverend said  that  he  did  remember  the  occasion.  I  continued:  “The  trap  that  the  religious  hierarchy was  trying  to  spring  on  him  was;  which  one  of  the  seven  husbands  was  going  to  possess  the woman  on  the  ‘Other  side’-  at  the  resurrection?-  since  they  reasoned  with  Jesus  that  the seven brothers  had her. There  was  no  problem  while  they  fulfilled  their  obligation  of  trying  to  give  her  a  child, because  they  had  possessed  her  one  by  one  in  turn,  and  it  was  after  the  death  of  one  that the  other  had  taken  her  to  wife.  But  since  at  the  resurrection  all  seven  will  be  brought  to  life simultaneously,  there  will  be  strife  in  heaven  because  all  seven  would  want  to  get  at  her  at the same time, specially if they had pleasure with her.” “Jesus  debunked  their  false  notion  of  the  resurrection,  by  saying  that  at  the  resurrection: ‘neither  shall  they  die  any  more’  (Luke  20:36)  meaning  that  the  resurrected  persons  will  be Immortalised.  They  will  not  be  subject  to  death  any  more,  no  more  hanger  or  thirst,  no more  fatigue.  In  short,  all  the  instruments  of  death  will  be  powerless  against  the resurrected  body.  Jesus  continues  to  explain:  ‘for  they  (the  resurrected  bodies)  are  equal unto  the  angles,’  that  is,  that  they  will  be  Angelised  –  spiritualised,  that  they  will  become spirit-creatures,  i.e.  Spirits;’and  the  children  of  God,  for  such  are  the  children  of  the resurrection.” (Luke 20:36). Jesus Not Spiritualised I  was  taken  off  from  the  theme  I  was  expounding  two  paragraphs  above  by  the  Reverend with  the  challenge:  “But  how  can  you  be  so  sure..?”  To  continue  from  where  I  had  deviated above  –  He  is  Not  what  they  were  thinking,  that  he  was  not  a  Spirit,  not  a  Ghost,  not  a Spook.  To  assure  them  further  after  having  offered  his  hands  and  feet  for  inspection  and verification  that  his  was  a  material,  physical  body,  and  that  all  their  bewilderment  and disbelief  was  unjustified,  he  asked  his  disciples:  “Have  you  here  any  meat?”  (Meaning something  to  eat).  “And  they  gave  him  a  piece  of  broiled  fish  and  of  a  honeycomb,  and  he took it, and did eat before them.” (Luke 24:41-43) A Drama? What  was  Jesus  trying  to  prove  by  all  his  demonstrations  of  wanting  his  hands  and  feet  to be  handled  and  chewing  and  masticating  broiled  fish  and  honeycomb?  Was  all  this  a pretense,  make-belief,  an  act  or  drama?  “No!”  Said  Schleliermacher  in  1819,  a  hundred years  before  I  was  born.  Albert  Schweizer  records  him  saying:  “If  Christ  had  only  eaten  to show  that  he  could  eat,  while  he  really  had  no  need  of  nourishment,  if  would  have  been  a pretense, something docetic.”(  In Quest of the Historical Jesus,  page 64). I  had  not  know  of  Schleliermacher  and  other  Christian  scholars  who  over  a  hundred  years ago  doubted  the  death  of  Jesus  on  the  cross  as  recorded  by  Albert  Schweizer,  when  I  was discussing this subject with the head of the Bible Society. No Resurrection “What  is  wrong  with  you  (Christian)  folk?”  Jesus  is  telling  you  in  the  most  unambiguous language  that  he  is  not  a  spirit  –  not  spiritualised,  not  a  resurrected  person,  and  yet  the whole  Christian  world  believes  that  he  was  resurrected,  i.e.  spiritualised.  Who  is  lying,  you or  him?  How  is  it  possible  that  you,  each  and  every  Christian,  are  reading  your  Bible  in  your own  mother  tongue  and  yet  each  and  every  groups  is  made  to  understand  the  exact opposite  of  what  they  are  reading?  If  you  read  the  Bible,  say,  in  Hebrew,  and  pleaded  that you  did  not  understand  what  you  were  reading,  I  can  appreciate  this  fact.  If  you  read  it  in Greek  and  pleaded  that  you  did  not  really  understand  the  implications  of  what  was  written; I  can  appreciate  this  fact  also.  But  the  anomaly  is  that  you  are  reading  the  Book,  each  and every  one,  in  his  own  mother  tongue,  and  are  trained  to  understand  the  opposite  of  what  is written.  How  have  you  been  brainwashed,  or  rather,  how  have  you  been  “Programmed,”  as the Americans would put it? “Please  tell  me  as  to  who  is  lying?  Is  it  Jesus  or  a  thousand  million  Christians  of  the  world? Jesus  says:  “No!”  to  his  being  resurrected,  and  all  of  you  say:  “Yes!”  Whom  are  we  Muslims to  believe,  Jesus  or  his  so  called  disciples?  We  Muslims  would  rather  believe  the  Master.  Did he not say: “The disciple is not greater than the Master.”? (Matthew 10:24) This  was  more  than  the  Reverend  had  bargained  for.  He  politely  excused  himself  by  saying that  as  he  had  to  get  ready  to  close  his  office,  he  would  look  forward  to  meeting  me  again. This was sheer evasive politeness! With  the  Bible  Society,  I  won  the  debate  but  lost  the  discount!  No  more  discount  for  me from  the  Bible  Society.  But  let  my  loss  be  your  gain.  If  you  dear  reader,  can  remove  a  few cobwebs from your thinking on the subject of the  Crucifixion, I will be amply rewarded. Now here are the verses discussed put together : “..Jesus  himself  stood  in  their  midst,  and  said  unto  them,  Peace  be  unto  you…But  they  were terrified,  and  supposing  that  they  were  seeing  a  spirit…  And  he  said  unto  them,..  ‘Behold my  hands  and  my  feet,  that  it  is  I  myself:  handle  me  and  see;  for  a  spirit  has  no  flesh  and bones,  as  you  see  me  have’…  And  showed  them  his  hands  and  feet…  And  while  they  yet believed  not  for  joy  and  wondered,  he  said  unto  them,  ‘Have  ye  here  any  meat?’..  And  they gave  him  a  piece  of  broiled  fish,  and  of  a  honeycomb…  And  he  took  it,  and  did  eat  before them.” (Luke 24:36-43)

What about … #47

Mary 19:

16. And mention in the Scripture Mary, when she withdrew from her people to an eastern location.

17. She screened herself away from them, and We sent to her Our spirit, and He appeared to her as an immaculate human.

18. She said, “I take refuge from you in the Most Merciful, should you be righteous.”

19. He said, “I am only the messenger of your Lord, to give you the gift of a pure son.”

20. She said, “How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, and I was never unchaste?”

21. He said, “Thus said your Lord, `It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign for humanity, and a mercy from Us. It is a matter already decided.’“

22. So she carried him, and secluded herself with him in a remote place.

23. The labor-pains came upon her, by the trunk of a palm-tree. She said, “I wish I had died before this, and been completely forgotten.”

24. Whereupon he called her from beneath her: “Do not worry; your Lord has placed a stream beneath you.

25. And shake the trunk of the palm-tree towards you, and it will drop ripe dates by you.”

26. “So eat, and drink, and be consoled. And if you see any human, say, ‘I have vowed a fast to the Most Gracious, so I will not speak to any human today.’“

27. Then she came to her people, carrying him. They said, “O Mary, you have done something terrible.

28. O sister of Aaron, your father was not an evil man, and your mother was not a whore.”

29. So she pointed to him. They said, “How can we speak to an infant in the crib?”

30. He said, “I am the servant of God. He has given me the Scripture, and made me a prophet.

31. And has made me blessed wherever I may be; and has enjoined on me prayer and charity, so long as I live.

32. And kind to my mother, and He did not make me a disobedient rebel.

33. So Peace is upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the Day I get resurrected alive.”

34. That is Jesus son of Mary—the Word of truth about which they doubt.

35. It is not for God to have a child—glory be to Him. To have anything done, He says to it, “Be,” and it becomes.

36. “God is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path.”

37. But the various factions differed among themselves. So woe to those who disbelieve from the scene of a tremendous Day.

38. Listen to them and watch for them the Day they come to Us. But the wrongdoers today are completely lost.

39. And warn them of the Day of Regret, when the matter will be concluded. Yet they are heedless, and they do not believe.

40. It is We who will inherit the earth and everyone on it, and to Us they will be returned.

People of the book – part 20

One thing that I feel that I have to mention. Among all the prophecies in the Bible that speak about the coming of Muhammed, I’ve kept the most obvious to me. As I don’t think that you would believe if I’ve written the others here too. So I’ve kept two. Which is rejected by the Christians who obviously wouldn’t want it to be referring to the last Prophet.

1/ Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you”.

John 16.7

“Ahmed” or “Muhammad” meaning “the one who praises” or “the praised one” is almost the translation of the Greek word Periclytos. In the Gospel of John 14:16, 15:26, and 16:7. The word ‘Comforter’ is used in the English translation for the Greek word Paracletos which means advocate or a kind friend rather than a comforter.
Paracletos is the warped reading for Periclytos. The Greek word Paraclete clearly refers to the last Prophet who is a mercy for all creatures. Here is why:

Some Christians say that the Comforter mentioned in these prophecies refers to the Holy Sprit. They fail to realise
that the prophecy clearly says that only IF Jesus departs will the Comforter come.
The Bible states that the Holy Spirit was already present on earth before and during the time of Jesus , for instance when Jesus was being baptised. Hence this prophecy refers to none other than someone who wasn’t already present, i.e Prophet Muhammad.

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.

This is another proof, doesn’t Islam testify that Jesus was sent from God and that he was a miracle of Him? Of course it does! That’s exactly what this verse says.

Peolle of the Book – part 12

History tells us that the Archangel Gabriel commanded Muhummed in his mother tongue: “READ!” or “RECITE!” Muhummed was terrified and replied “I’m not learned!” The angel commands him a second time with the same result. For the third time the angel continues.
“Read: In the Name of your Lord who created. Created man from a clot.
Read: And your Lord is the Most Generous. He who taught by the pen.
Taught man what he never knew.”

Now Muhummed, grasps, that what was required of him was to repeat! to rehearse! And he repeats the words as they were put into his mouth.

The words (revelation) were actually put into his mouth, exactly as foretold in the prophecy under discussion: ‘and I will put my words in bis mouth.’ (Deut. 18:18).

That first Revelation is the exact fulfillment of another Biblical Prophecy. In the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 29, verse 12, we read: “and the book is delivered to him that is not learned” (Isaiah 29:12). “I am not learned.” is the exact translation of the words which Muhummed uttered twice to the Holy Ghost – the Archangel Gabriel, when he was commanded : “READ!”
Let me quote the verse in full without a break as found in the “King James Version,” or the “Authorised version” as it is more popularly known “And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned”
(Isaiah 29:12).

It may be noted that there were no Arabic Bibles in existence in the 6th Century of the Christian Era when Muhummed lived and preached! Besides, he was absolutely unlettered and unlearned. No human had ever taught him a word. His teacher was his Creator:

Without any human learning, ‘he put to shame the wisdom of the learned’.”
See, how the prophecies fit Muhummed like a glove. We do not have to stretch prophecies to justify their fulfillment in Muhummed.

You may say that all your expositions sound very well, but they are of no real consequence, because we Christians have Jesus Christ the “incarnate” God, who has redeemed us from the Bondage of Sin.

Is that so? God didn’t think so! He went to a great deal of trouble to have His warnings recorded. God knew that there would be people like you who will flippantly, light-heartedly discount his words, so he followed up Deuteronomy 18:18 with a dire warning: “AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT WHOSOEVER WILL NOT HEARKEN UNTO MY WORDS WHICH HE SHALL SPEAK IN MY NAME, I WILL REQUIRE IT OF HIM” . (in the Catholic Bible the ending words are – “I will be the revenger”, I will take revenge!)
Does not this terrify you? God Almighty is threatening revenge! We shake in our pants if some hoodlum threatens us, yet you have no fear of God’s warning?”

People of the book – part 10

As regards Jesus, when the Jews felt suspicious of him that he might be an impostor with designs to pervert their teachings, Jesus took pains to assure them that he had not come with a new religion – no new laws and no new regulations. I quote his own words: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled…'(Mathew 5:17-18). In other words he had not come with any new laws or regulation he came only to fulfil the old law. This what he gave the Jews to understand- unless he was speaking with the tongue in his cheek trying to bluff the Jews into accepting him as a man of God and by subterfuge trying to ram a new religion down their throats. No! This Messenger of God would never resort to such fool means to subvert the Religion of God. He himself fulfilled the laws. He observed the commandments of Moses, and he respected the Sabbath. At no time did a single Jew point a finger at him to say, ‘why don’t you fast’ or ‘why don’t you wash your hands before you break bread’,which charges they always levied against his disciples, but never against Jesus. This is because as a good Jew he honoured the laws of the prophets who preceded him. In short, he had created no new religion and had brought no new law like Moses and Muhummed.
Therefore, Jesus is not like Moses but Muhummed is like Moses.

Both Moses and Muhummed died natural deaths, but according to Christianity, Jesus was violently killed on the cross.
Therefore Jesus is not like Moses but Muhummed is like Moses.

Moses and Muhummed both lie buried in earth, but according to you, Jesus in heaven.
Therefore Jesus is not like Moses but Muhummed is like Moses.

People of the book – part 9

There are instances in the Bible of persons who were given gift of prophecy only, but they were not in a position to implement their directives. Some of these holy men of God who were helpless in the face of stubborn rejection of their message, were the prophets lot, Jonah, Daniel, Ezra, and John the Baptist. They could only deliver the message, but could not enforce the Law. The Prophet Jesus also belonged to this category. The Christian Gospel clearly confirms this: when Jesus was dragged before the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, Charged for sedition, Jesus made a convincing point in his defence to refute the false charge: He answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the jews, but now is my kingdom not from hence” (John 18:36) This convinced Pilate (A Pagan) that though Jesus might not be in full possession of his mental faculty, he did not strike him as being a danger to his rule. Jesus claimed a spiritual Kingdom only; in other words he only claimed to be a Prophet. Is this true?
Therefore Jesus is not like Moses but Muhummed is like Moses.

Moses and Muhummed brought new laws and new regulations for their people. Moses not only gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites, but a very comprehensive ceremonial law for the guidance of his people. Muhummed came to a people steeped in barbarism and ignorance. They married their step-mothers; they buried their daughters alive; drunkenness, adultery, idolatry, and gambling were the order of the day. the Arabs before Islam brutes. There was hardly anything to distinguish between the “man” and the “animal” of the time; they were animals in human form.
The fact is that Muhummed gave his people a Law and a way to live with each other with compassion and respect.

People of the book – part 8

So who is like Moses you might ask?

Moses had a father and a mother. Muhummed also had a father and a mother. But Jesus had only a mother, and no human father.
Therefore Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhummed is like Moses!

Moses and Muhummed were born in the normal, natural course, i.e. the physical association of man and woman; but Jesus was created by a special miracle. You will recall that we are told in the Gospel of St. Matthew 1:18 “…..before they came together (Joseph the Carpenter and Mary) she was found with child by the Holy Ghost.” And St. Luke tells us that when the good news of the birth of a holy son was announced to her, Mary reasoned: “…How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the highest shall overshadow thee …” (Luke 1:35).
The Qur’ân confirms the miraculous birth of Jesus too. In answer to her logical question:
” She said, “My Lord, how can I have a child, when no man has touched me?” He said (the angel) , “It will be so. God creates whatever He wills. To have anything done, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.” (Quran, 3:47).

Isn’t it true that Jesus was born miraculously as against the natural birth of Moses and Muhummed?” I’m sure you’ll say “Yes”
Therefore Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhummed is like Moses. And God says to Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy 18:18 “LIKE UNTO THEE” (Like You, Like Moses) and up to now Muhummed is like Moses.

Moses and Muhummed married and begat children, but Jesus remained a bachelor all his life.
Therefore Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhummed is like Moses.

Moses and Muhummed were accepted as prophets by their people in their very lifetime. No doubt the Jews gave endless trouble to Moses and they murmured in the wilderness, but as a nation, they acknowledged that Moses was a Messenger of God sent to them. The Arabs too made Muhummed’s life impossible. He suffered very badly at their hands. After 13 years of preaching in Mecca, he had to emigrate from the city of his birth. But before his demise, the Arab nation as a whole accepted him as the Messenger of God. But according to the Bible: ‘He (Jesus) came unto his own, but his own recieved him not.’ (John 1:11). And even today, after two thousand years, his people- the Jews, as a whole, have rejected him. Am I right?”
Still Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhummed is like Moses.

Moses and Muhummed were prophets as well as kings. A prophet means a man who receives Divine Revelation for the Guidance of Man and this Guidance he conveys to God’s creatures as received without any addition or deletion. A king is a person who has the power of life and death over his people. It is immaterial whether the person wears a crown or not, or whether he was ever addressed as king or monarch: if the man has the prerogative of inflicting capital punishment – HE IS A KING. Moses possessed such a power. Do you remember the Israelite who was found picking up firewood on Sabbath Day, and Moses had him stoned to death? (Numbers- 15:35). There are other crimes also mentioned in the Bible for which capital punishment was inflicted on the Jews at the behest of Moses. Muhummed too, had the power of life and death over his people.

People of the book – part 7

If these are the only two criteria for discovering a candidate for this prophecy of Deuteronomy 18:18, then in that case the criteria could fit any one of the following Biblical personages after Moses: Solomon, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Malachi, John the Baptist etc., because they were also ALL “Jews” as well as “Prophets”.
Why should we not apply this prophecy to any one of these prophets, and why only to Jesus? Why should we make fish of one and fowl of another?”

You see, my conclusions are that Jesus is most unlike Moses, and if I am wrong I would like you to correct me.
Let’s analyse them:

In the FIRST place Jesus is not like Moses, because, according to You – ‘JESUS IS A GOD’, but Moses is not God. Right? Therefore, Jesus is not like Moses!

SECONDLY, ‘Jesus died for the sins of the world’, but Moses did not have to die for the sins of the world. Did he? Therefore Jesus is not like Moses

THIRDLY, according to You – ‘Jesus went to hell for three days’, but Moses did not have to go there. Did he ? Therefore Jesus is not like Moses either.

But these are not hard facts, solid facts, they are mere matters of belief over which the little ones can stumble and fall. Let us discuss something very simple, very easy that if your little ones are called in to hear the discussion, would have no difficulty in following it, shall we?

People of the book – part 6

There are hundreds if not thousands of prophecies regarding the supposed coming of Jesus in the Old Testament. Out of the ‘thousands’ of prophecies referred to, there isn’t a single prophecy where Jesus is mentioned by name. The term ‘Messiah’, translated as ‘Christ’, is not a name but a title. The word “Messiah” comes from the Arabic and Hebrew word masaha, which means to rub, to massage, to anoint. The religious significance is “the one who is anointed” – priests and kings were anointed in consecration to their offices. Messiah translated Christ does not mean God. Even the heathen Cyrus is called “Christ” in the Bible, (Isaiah 45:)
Is there a single Prophecy where it says that the name of the Messiah will be Jesus, and that his mother’s name will be Mary, that his supposed father will be Joseph the Carpenter; that he will be born in the reign of Herod the King? No! There are no such details! Then how can we conclude that those ‘thousand’ Prophecies refer to Jesus?”
To find the solution let’s see what Deuteronomy, chapter 18, verse 18 (Old Testament) says:

“I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and I will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” Remeber this verse, it is a very important one which we’ll be studying.

To whom does this prophecy refer? Without the slightest hesitation you will answer: “Jesus!”

Why Jesus? his name is not mentioned here.
You might say “no but it is said like unto thee – like you- i.e like Moses, and Jesus is like Moses”

So let me ask you who says that Jesus is like Moses? In which way is Jesus like Moses?

You might reply: In the first place Moses was a jew and Jesus was also a jew; secondly, Moses was a prophet and Jesus was also a prophet – therefore Jesus is like Moses and that is exactly what God had foretold Moses – “like unto thee”.

Poetry #67

A miracle among miracles
You had a mother
But not a father
as your fate was sealed
you were followed by some
and for others you were witted
You knew what you’d become
away from the shore
But you didn’t stop your mission
Even when you were sore
You fought till the end
You cured the sick
You helped the weak
You’ve made miracles
by the will of God
You were betrayed by one
But saved by the One
you’re still worshipped by some
But you’re loved by even more
As a servant of God