(By: L’Chaim B’Yeshua Simon)
Life in Jesus
I used to pray, fast, give charity - but these religious acts did not give me the peace I was searching for in my life. I constantly recited the Qur’an, and read some Suras that an uncle of mine had given me to read on a regular basis to strengthen my soul and be in close companionship with God … but it was all in vain. It left me emotionally empty and spiritually dry...
Here is how I found out Islam isn’t “truth.” I was born in Pakistan into a Muslim family. Most members of my family are devout Muslims. I was brought up in the traditional way of studying the Qur’an, praying, and doing “good deeds.” I would have happily stuck with being a Muslim had I known it was the true way to heaven.
What then brought about the change in my life?
Firstly, like most Muslims, I was taught to recite the Qur’an in Arabic like a parrot with little understanding of what is written in it. This always left me dissatisfied.
Most Muslim clerics will tell you that it is good to do this purely on the basis of reading it in the pure language of Arabic to please God, which I find illogical and has no basis whatsoever. When you study the Qur'an you will find that it has Hebrew and Syriac words and the Qur'an is not in pure Arabic at all, but then again would God not understand English anymore then Punjabi or Arabic?
The fact of the matter is that their thinking is seriously flawed in that you should be able to read the Qur'an in your language of upbringing, and with understanding what you are reading, to gain a better knowledge of your faith. Obviously, if you did this, then you would find the things they don’t want you to know. Things such as what the prophet Muhammad was up to in his lifetime -- namely, marrying his adopted son’s wife after Zaid divorced her for the prophet’s pleasure; marrying a nine year old, Aisha; wife beating, killing infidels, fighting Jihad against the Christians and Jews, just to name a few.
Sura 33.37": And when you said to him to whom Allah had shown favour and to whom you had shown a favour: Keep your wife to yourself and be careful of (your duty to) Allah; and you concealed in your soul what Allah would bring to light, and you feared men, and Allah had a greater right that you should fear Him. But when Zaid had accomplished his want of her, we gave her to you as a wife, so that there should be no difficulty for the believers in respect of the wives of their adopted sons, when they have accomplished their want of them; and Allah's command shall be performed.
What God allows a woman to be divorced to be married to a prophet? To me this implies God does not value marriage and is asking a person to divorce his wife and this is exactly what the above Sura says - that Allah knew that he wanted Muhammad to marry Zainab and that could only have happened after the divorce, thus destroying the sanctity of marriage.
Bukhari vol. 7, #64: "Narrated Aisha that the prophet wrote the marriage contract with her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)." Muhammad was 49 yrs old when he married Aisha and consummated when he was 52yrs old.
Obviously these things would raise serious questions about a claimed prophet of God!
These things were deeply disturbing to me and as I continued reading I discovered more on how Muhammad lived his life, which is not what Muslims are led to believe. I realized that we have two Muhammad's: the historical Muhammad and the “imagined” Muhammad. The “imagined” Muhammad would try to portray himself as good, righteous, highly esteemed, some great kind of guy, a prophet ordained by God, etc., -- the one Muslims seek to worship, praise and adore. But in actual fact, there is the real historical Muhammad who was nothing like the one the Muslims are taught about. The real Muhammad was nothing short of barbaric, superstitious and evil in his ways. Yes, he may have started off with honesty but ended up with depravity when he acquired more power.
For me, it was the inner self-consciousness looking and searching for something missing in my life; like I was meant for something important to God … but what?
I had everything: education, success, car, house, anything a person could ask for -- but there was an inner emptiness that longed to be filled. There was sense of divine purpose missing.
I knew that my life was not meant to be like it was, and I knew I was meant to be useful to God in some way. The two years prior to becoming born again, this urge, or sense of knowing, became even stronger, but what or who was I suppose to lead? I certainly didn’t envision politics - although opportunities arose, but I refused to follow politics.
I used to pray, fast, give charity - but these religious acts did not give me the peace I was searching for in my life. I constantly recited the Qur’an, and read some Suras that an uncle of mine had given me to read on a regular basis to strengthen my soul and be in close companionship with God … but it was all in vain. It left me emotionally empty and spiritually dry.
I did not know God nor did I have any relationship with Him, and the proof of it was that He never spoke to me!
Before I became born again, I never looked at Christianity as a religion to follow. I had never in my life read the Bible, although our elders said they believed in all the Old Testament scriptures, but we did not have an actual Old Testament (Torah) and New Testament (Injil) to read that I was aware of. To us, Christianity was akin to the Western lifestyle -- one of extravagant selfishness and self-abuse -- a religion I believed was nothing short of ignorance.
It is perceived in much of Islamic society that if you pray five times a day and stick to the pillars of Islam then you are a good Muslim and anything you do or say is true. We have a lot of hypocrites who have been following this path yet their real lives reflect a total disregard for the good of humanity. However, I never judged Islam based on how Muslims live their lives, but looked at Muhammad and his claims directly: finding them empty and baseless and finding him not to be a true, Godly prophet at all, but actually one the Bible would call a false prophet – leading people astray from truth and the Creator.
Look at many of Pakistan's elite -- look at their background. They are so- called “good” Muslims, but they commit the worst offences known. Does anybody question them? Of course not! If you did, then you might disappear mysteriously. People's rights are suppressed; freedom is just a word without meaning in Islamic countries. There is no real freedom because you can't speak your mind. It is a myth to say we have democracy because there is no such thing as true democracy in any Muslim state according to the Qur'an; this is a meaningless word. I often wondered why is it that Muslims - though rich in many Islamic states - are still unable to compete with the West. They have oil, money, power … and one day I finally realized the reason why they cannot compete with the West when I read Genesis, the first book of the Bible.
Genesis 12:3 (KJV): And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
What this portion of scripture means is, the problem lies with them rejecting Israel as a nation and even hating and persecuting the Jews. The Bible says they shall not prosper but be under a curse because they curse the Jews. As God promises, the curse is reversed and actually falls upon them instead of the Jews (as it has and will every nation or group of people who desire to persecute them). Jews are God's chosen people to bring the truth to the world, even though many deny the deity of Jesus Christ and secretly hate Christians, and are instruments of the devil in their ignorance -- until they hunger to know if Jesus was the true Messiah or not.
Anyone who truly hungers to know who Jesus really was and is will come to the full revelation (understanding) of the matter, and will not have to fear. The Holy Spirit will make certain of it, if they desire in their heart to truly be pleasing to God their Creator. This is in accordance to God's written word:
Deut 4:29 (KJV)reads: But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
Remember, Jesus Christ was also a Jew. Jews wrote the Bible (under inspiration of the Holy Spirit). Jesus Christ will establish rule and reign from Israel over all the earth when the Father says it is time for His return. The city that God has chosen for his eternal name is Jerusalem that is where the third temple will be build for the one true God and the whole world will come to know him from this one place.
When I looked at my Muslim background, and myself, I realized that most of the Muslims preached to do good, but did they practice it themselves? Absolutely not! When it came to money matters, money was more a priority to them than the welfare of humanity or godly reasoning. On the one hand, they would tell you to pray five times a day; on the other hand there is hypocrisy everywhere in the Muslim community.
Is it really opposite to religious teaching or was I wrong in what I had been told by my elders?
When we look at Islam, Jihad is part of Islam in Muslim dominated countries; persecution of Christians and Jews, Muslims believe in visiting shrines of Pirs, giving money and food, it's like giving bribes to God. They even persecute and kill their own (For example: the Shi'ites who they claim are not Muslim, they kill them and they also kill the Ahmadis), so why should a Christian expect any better treatment by the Muslims who have been indoctrinated to hate rather then to love, and their uttermost hate is for the Jews.
Muslims are driven by fear, where as we who choose to follow Jesus Christ are driven by love and the acceptance of different spiritual beliefs. However the God of the Bible is a God of Love and he wants to reach you so you can have a personal relationship with him to be in his holy presence. The Lord Jesus is a God of love compassion and mercy whilst Allah is a God of war, hate and torture. Who do you think Allah is? Perhaps Satan maybe! What a contrast! I remember one of my brother-in-laws who solely started to practice Islam and leave his immoral life because he read a book about the punishment that comes at the grave. He was so frightened that he started to pray five times a day to avoid this. There is no love for God or mankind but just selfish desire to get to heaven to drink the wine from rivers and have the seventy two hoors (Virgins with big busoms); the carnal lust that is waiting in the Muslim paradise - things that God would never allow us to do on earth but have the lust orgies in heaven near his holy presence: what confusing and abominable thinking!
I asked myself: how could a holy God become so unholy, allowing the things he forbids on earth?
They believe corruption in Pakistan was taught by the British Raj in India but the reality is that people are greedy by nature. This has been going on since centuries even before the British set foot on Indian soil.
I only needed to look at the founder of this cult to realize how misled the Muslims are. You only have to look at Muhammad’s actions to know what fruits he has produced. If we are following a true religion and a pure religion then it should put love into our hearts, humility and care for fellow persons - not hate and contempt, and this is exactly what Muhammad taught, the very founder of Islam, so we do not even need to look at the followers but look at the founder himself.
Now look at the founder of Christianity, Jesus Christ, and what he taught and you get a 440-volt shock when you look at Jesus’ life -- how pure and holy and what love for fellow humans. If we are not striving to be like Him then something is not quite right here.
The Muslims give the argument: “Can a billion Muslim people be wrong?” If they want to use numbers in an attempt to claim legitimacy, my answer is this: “Can four billion people be right who do not follow God of the Bible?” These four billion primarily being Hindus, Buddhist, Atheists, Animists, and Agnostics, which actually make up the largest population on earth. So can they be right? If the answer is: “Masses are always right!” … then should we not follow them as they are in the majority and not the Muslim faith that is in the minority?
The answer naturally leads to only one conclusion: that if four billion people are not right then why should the one billion Muslims be right because neither one billion or four billion follow what God the Creator taught from the beginning of the world: The way to heaven was always through obedience and faith, not rituals or good works. Read the story of Abraham in the Bible.
1 Sam 15:22 (KJV) reads: Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
People in Islam who have gone and done the Hajj think about themselves as being very pious. They think their sins are forgiven. They think they are better than any other person who hasn't been to Hajj and that they are like a newborn child, but when I look at these people’s morals (they are so bad), they cannot speak for justice. They show a completely different person from the inside. This is not true for every Hajji, but a majority are like this, and again -- this speaks to me about the fallen human nature. We are all sinners who are in need of something (Some ONE) to save us from our sins, because our sin nature stays with us until we die.
What does this tell us? It tell us that man by his very nature is a sinner and needs a Saviour and cannot work out his own salvation because God requires 100% perfection -- not 50%; not 60%, but 100%, and no one can attain 100% sinless perfection in this life. God knows that, and unless we have a Saviour, we are all under the wrath of God, whether we believe God exists or not, or whether we don’t believe God’s Word, God’s Word makes this perfectly clear about our sin nature:
John 3:36 (NAS): He who believes in the Son (Jesus Christ), has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.
Romans 5:8-9 (NAS): But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
Now most Muslims will make the excuse that the Islamic religion is good, but it is individual Muslims who are bad (and not Islam), and that they don’t practice their religion properly.
Of course this can be said of every faith, including Christianity.
However, when you look at Islamic history, you find out the real truth and that it is really Arab imperialism. It comes from the heart of the religious teachings from where else but Saudi Arabia, the spiritual heart of Islam, I believe, (as many others do as well). Actions speak louder than words indeed and when we examine the Qur'an we see that in fact these Muslims are good Muslims only trying to follow the Qur'an, which does indeed say to make war against the Christians and Jews who refuse to become Muslims.
Read for yourself: Sura 9: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth, from among the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
They are instructed to fight the Christians and Jews and to subjugate them; humiliate them until they submit. How noble of Muslims. Jesus Christ said, as is recorded in Matthew 7:15:
“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.”
Look at what they are doing around the world -- what happened in Afghanistan -- banning all women from going outside; killing the women for even showing their arms or feet; even wearing heels was banned in Afghanistan; human abuse calling for Islamic values and all that; Saddam Hussein killing his own people in Iraq for the last 30 years. When the USA went in with the UK to free these people in 2003, what do we get from the Muslims? Cries of “Infidels oppressing the Muslims!” I cannot understand what is the matter with these people. Why are they so blind that they cannot see how their own Muslim brothers abuse and kill them and when non-Muslims want to help, they cry like babies instead of being thankful?
Their “fruits” are obvious: Killing and persecuting Christians by Muslims, killing and persecuting Christians in Egypt, Pakistan, India and Indonesia … to name a few places. It is common today. Even now we see in Iraq the freed Muslims taunting and abusing the Christian community and forcing the women to wear hijab.
The only true peace can come from Jesus Christ and nobody else: not the false prophet Muhammad, not Buddha, not Ram and that is the conclusion God was showing me. Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. Look at his life from scriptures and look at Muhammad’s life and do a comparison so you can see the stark contrast of why Jesus is the only truth, and the Qur'an is nothing more than a compilation of religious sounding words that contradict the most important truths found in God’s Word, the Holy Bible. Search it out for yourself. Don’t take my word for it. Search it out for yourselves. If you truly want to know what God has to really say about Himself, your sin condition, and the answer God has given you about your sin nature and why it is going to lead you to hell at the grave if you don’t accept the answer God provided through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ – read God’s Word for yourself. You can try to convince yourselves it’s all a lie, but can you prove it is a lie? Once you die, what you believe had better be right, because if it isn’t, it will be too late.
We have two different worlds – two completely different teachings about truth. In one world we have God himself in the flesh (See the book of: John Chapter one, the entire Chapter), showing how we should lead our life and respond to God and humanity. From the other world (which is nothing more than Satan’s dominion), there is false prophet Muhammad manipulating people for his benefit, telling his followers that if you fight and die then you will go to heaven; that if you loot and pillage then you are forgiven and appeasing Allah the most merciful one.
In my quest for truth, I also learned that God's name is not Allah, but Yahweh. Contrary to popular Muslim belief that Allah existed before Muhammad, the pagans used it, and now it is in the Arabic bible. Yet the fact remains that God's name that was plainly given to Moses was Yahweh, which many of the Jews even today do not utter, due to saying it incorrectly and being punished for blasphemy by God himself, so they write it as the four letters: YHVH.
How the world hates these Jewish people who have given us so much is very sad indeed. They have given us the Hebrew Scriptures, which they preserved meticulously, and the finding of the Dead Sea scrolls in Israel was one of the greatest finds of this century, which authenticates our Bible today as a reliable text.
Jesus Christ said to love your fellow humans, not kill them. He never asked his followers to lift the sword or fight.
Of course, it is assumed followers of Jesus realized that people within a nation have a right to protect its citizens from serious harm, whether from within or without, as do individuals when in life-threatening situations, but never because of religious beliefs.
On the other hand Muhammad, “prophet” of the Muslims, asked his followers to kill anyone who doesn’t convert to Islam, or else take Jizzya tax from them, (as an example), to humiliate the Christians and Jews by imposing Jizzya, and to subjugate them.
Yes - many Muslims will tell you, “Look at Christians! Aren’t they hypocrites?” Of course there are Christian hypocrites, but do all “Christians” obey Jesus Christ and his teachings? No! Then are many of them not serious, devout followers of Jesus Christ at all, but “Christians” in name only? Just because someone is born into a “Christian family” does not make him or her true disciples of Jesus Christ. That becomes a choice each individual must make on their own.
Being raised in a “Christian home” does not make one a Christian, nor does reading the Bible or attending a Christian church or praying one hundred times a day. One must be spiritually born again as Jesus spoke of in John 3:3 and that can only happen when he or she consciously makes a choice to admit they are a sinner as Scripture says they are, repent of one’s past sinful deeds (Repent means to confess their sins to God and ask Him to forgive them of their sins, which He always does, and then ask for His help to not commit more sins in the future, and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and the entire New Testament. Even once a person does all that, it doesn’t mean he or she suddenly never sins anymore. They must work hard with the Holy Spirit to keep from sinning. Some need much more help than others to stop sinning.
What people need to realize is that there are basically two kinds of Christians:
1) Those that realize God forgives them of their sins when they ask and trust Him to … yet keep on committing the same sin over and over when temptation rises, and go back to God and keep asking for forgiveness yet keep committing the same sin over and over, repeating the process;
2) Those who admit they sinned, ask God for forgiveness, which He grants, but then becomes so sorrowful that they have offended God by their sin that they begin to do everything they know of to not give in to that sin in the future. It doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t if the right circumstances arise, but it does show God they are serious about sin in their life, and God’s grants greater grace to those who are sorrowful about their sin.
Of these two type of Christians, only God knows who truly means serious business with Him, and those who don’t. God says that you will know His true disciples by their fruit. How you and I might “measure fruit” and how God measures fruit in someone’s life may be vastly different, remember. Though we are to discern certain things in people’s lives, which involves judging, we must always remember, we are not the Judge, but God the Creator is the Judge.
It is important to note regarding these matters just spoken of that God gives ample warning in Scripture about “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” God also wants us to realize from 1 Timothy 4:1-2 that one can start out on the right path of Truth, yet slowly depart from it, and oftentimes straying so far from the pure Truth God wants conveyed from His Word that they will literally depart from the “faith” they once had, (probably to different degrees we might rightly assume). For those of you who are trying to make “sense” out of “Christianity,” and all you seem to see is hypocrisy and confusion and disunity among “Christians,” please realize the New Testament makes it readily clear that it is Satan and his demonic hordes in the spirit realm who are doing everything in their power to influence “Christians” to fall prey to hypocrisy, deception, and if possible in their deception, deceive others who are vulnerable to deception. Let me state for you what 1 Timothy 4:1-2 says, in the NAS translation:
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.”
I believe Christianity is becoming more apostate than less apostate. I back up my belief by what I see going on in Christianity, as well as from 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 (I encourage you to read different translations of that passage). You have bishops telling you that it is okay for men to lie with men and that we do not believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ, or the resurrection of Jesus Christ literally didn’t happen. Just this week (2004) serious conflict broke out in the Church of England about a gay bishop being appointed.
God says very clearly that He does not allow any place for homosexuality to be recognized as an “acceptable lifestyle,” especially in Church leadership, of all places! For readers of the Hebrew bible, God ultimately brought severe judgment upon Sodom and Gomorrah because of rampart homosexuality and flagrant sexual promiscuity outside of marriage. Who in their right mind thinks that God will tolerate the same things now indefinitely. Numbers are growing inside and outside of Christianity that homosexuality behaviour is to not only be “tolerated” but also accepted, and classified as “normal.” If five billion people say it’s “Okay, that does not mean God will change His mind and say it’s “Okay, I’ll change my mind too.” God let Sodom and Gomorrah know what He thought about it, and it would have made no difference to Him if there had been 100 billion people living in Sodom and Gomorrah trying to justify their sinful sexual appetites and disobedience to God’s Word. God still would have rendered the same judgment: annihilation.
God laid down commandments to obey, not constantly disobey and constantly ask His forgiveness for and follow the world’s way of bending truth to try to match our deceived and disobedient natures. We should follow our Lord Jesus Christ and his teachings as he lay them down.
He said, “If you love me, then obey my commandments.” [Not disobeying them constantly and repetitiously asking forgiveness all the time]. And what were the central commandments; he summed them up in two:
Matthew 22:37-40 (KJV): Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
God isn’t speaking of having sexual relations with one’s neighbor either. That’s not the kind of “love” He is referring to! Do you think that we can go on sinning if we follow Jesus? The answer is “No!” If we follow God we have to strive to live according to his commandments, but as humans we do make mistakes and that is something the Lord changes in us slowly. This process is known as sanctification. It is accomplished by the Holy Spirit, who guides us day by day in how to walk in victory over sin.
Read thoroughly the Qur’an, Hadith and the Islamic history and see what crimes Muhammad committed against humanity, and how he forced his brutal customs on people -- subjected them to death if they did not follow his man-made religion. How he had the people against him murdered one by one like a gangster; read the story of Asma bint Marwan. For instance, In Yathrib (Medina), Muhammad had a number of people killed. One of them was `Asma' bint Marwan. Her “crime” was that she spoke out against Muhammad for having another man murdered named Abu Afak who was 120yrs old.
This clearly shows you the outright disregard his followers had for humanity. They killed a mother who had five children. The “prophet” Muhammad could care less for instigating the crime. Read the full story here. http://www.debate.org.uk/topics/coolcalm/asma_bint_marwan.html
In my quest for truth, I decided to learn more about Islam and the way to heaven, and it was when I was browsing a Muslim newsgroup that I came across this testimony.
At this point I only wanted to learn about Islam and still no thought had ever occurred to me about becoming a Christian. However, I was interested in Judaism to know how the Jews were able to go to heaven, as Islam claimed that it was from Judaism. I was enlightened by what I read and it confirmed my fears regarding Islam, of what I used to think. What will happen to me if what I follow is not the truth? Would I go to hell? I didn't consider myself to be a saint anyway, but surely we have to ask for forgiveness of our mistakes and pray to God to be able to enter heaven. The reality dawned on me that God's requirement was 100% and it could not be met, and Jesus’ claims had to be taken seriously or else it is futile to follow rituals and end up in hell for eternity … and eternity is a long time to be wrong! This is because as the Bible says: heaven is for eternity and also hell is for eternity -- not like Islam makes out that you will be taken out of hell after punishment, (there is no place in the Bible that even hints that people in hell will one day be released from hell!). This is a deception that many people are following.
The prophet Muhammad preached to do good and avoid bad, but how much good is enough? God is so holy, righteous and just that He has declared in His Word that no flesh will be glorified in His presence. (See 1 Corinthians 1:29). If God based His forgiveness on good deeds alone (earning our way into heaven and the presence of a 100% holy God) then the Hindus also preach: “do good” and so do the Buddhists. That would mean they are eligible for heaven as much as Muslims or Jews, but clearly this was not in line with what God requires.
From the beginning of the Hebrew Bible to the end of the New Covenant writings, God consistent regarding sin and atonement. Innocent blood had to be sacrificed from a healthy animal continuously in the Old covenant for God’s anger to be appeased against those who sinned. Yet all these sacrifices pointed to the one true saviour to come, as all the previous sacrifices were a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament, or New Covenant, God provided a more excellent way for His anger to be appeased against sinners; for their sins to be completely forgiven; for sinners to be qualified to spend eternity in heaven; for sinners to be qualified to stand in the presence of a holy, righteous and just God.
God provided the sacrifice of His very own blood through the death, burial and resurrection of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, to qualify sinners to get right, be right, and stay right with God. Because Jesus Christ never once sinned, that made Him the supreme sacrifice to atone for every sinner born on planet Earth, which every person born on planet Earth is (providing they make Jesus Christ Saviour and Lord of their life) … having inherited the sin nature passed down since the fall of Adam and Eve.
Yet the Qur'an denies we have a sin nature from birth; denying that we are born sinners -- in other words, as scripture makes very plain that we are: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” -- Romans 3:23.
Which is the right source of truth? The Qur’an, or the Holy Bible: the Old and the New Testament? The accepted teachings of Hinduism? Teachings of the Buddhists? The list goes on an on. It’s obvious with all the “choices” to choose from (and of course the list keeps growing), not all of these religious groups can be the correct.
Here again I feel to clarify something. The main theme of the demonically inspired New Age movement is that everyone’s way to God and heaven is right for them. No one has the right to say that what someone else believes is wrong for them, because, for instance … if killing thousands of innocent people is what one believes pleases God and grants them eternity in heaven, then that belief is right for you … and you should have the right to believe it and practice your faith (of course if you don’t kill me in the practice of your belief!). By taking this position, everyone is “right” in what they believe, which then assumes no one is really wrong. This is one of Satan’s age-old tactics: he strives to prevent and pervert. Either prevent truth from being actually heard, or pervert it if he can’t stop it from being heard. He has many ways to pervert it. Both ways work perfectly well for his cause(s).
Here’s what made sense to me as I sought understanding about the sin nature of mankind. I found my answer in the Bible:
Isaiah 64:6 (KJV): But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
What the prophet Isaiah was saying is that doing “good deeds” is not good enough for God, and it is actually like filthy rags to God. Why? Because God the Creator is so holy, so righteous, so just … there are no "good deeds" that will appease Him. None! Saying it another way to help people understand: If you did good deeds every minute of your life, all of those “good deeds” compared to God’s demands to be holy as He is holy would be absolutely nothing more than filthy rags fit only to burn in hell for eternity. Let’s take it even further, to help this truth sink in: if you did “good deeds” through all eternity, that still would not be good enough to be in the presence of God, or qualify you for heaven and spending eternity with Him and his holy angels and with saved, forgiven, born again Christian believers.
Yet God never had intentions for humans to be eternally lost -- sent only to spend hell for eternity because of the inability to be accepted and forgiven by God. God had the perfect sacrifice to make it possible for mankind to be with Him in heaven for eternity.
In the Hebrew Bible, the prophets spoke of a coming Messiah from heaven that would qualify or enable them to go to heaven and spend eternity with God. The New Testament introduced that very Messiah to those waiting for Him. Some believed this Jesus was the long awaited Messiah, yet many didn’t. Those in spiritual leadership who didn’t were vessels of Satan to use to torture and crucify this Jesus, along with many disciples of this Messiah as time went on, right down to this very day.
Thus for anyone willing to seek God the Father in all sincerity about the full revelation He has for them; about being right with Him and spending eternity in heaven with Him; about realizing doing “good deeds” is absolutely futile (impossible) in trying to get right with God and have assurance upon death that you will get to spend eternity in heaven with Him … we are shown in Chapter one of the Book of John in the New Testament Bible that God came from heaven (albeit it in a disguised form to most at first) to earth in the form of Jesus Christ, was tempted to sin like everyone else yet never sinned once, shedding His innocent blood to take God’s wrath upon Himself for the sins of every person ever born or will be born … so that His shed innocent blood would atone (or cover) our sins once and for all times, and would allow us in to heaven guaranteed if we believe in Him and what He accomplished for us, and follow His commands diligently. If you are confused about how can God send God then please understand the Biblical God is a triune God i.e. Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, that is God has three distinct personalities, Jesus in the Godhead is the Son of God yet fully God for all sense and purpose but Jesus has two natures, a human nature and a divine nature so he took on flesh to reveal himself in a way we can know him personally as in his full glory we cannot see him and live.
Something important for people to realize. Good works, or good deeds are impossible to save us from our sins and qualify us for heaven. But once we become saved, born again followers of Jesus Christ, He fully expects us to do good works – good deeds. Good deeds do not get us saved or keep us saved – (trusting and obeying Him does). Good deeds simply are the evidence that we love God so much, and appreciate God so much for providing a way for us to spend eternity with Him in heaven, that it is only the right thing to do to please God by striving to do good works. Doing “good deeds” and/or “good works” also qualifies saved, born again Christians to store up future treasures in heaven. (See Matthew 6:19-21).
Notice in the following scriptures the absoluteness of the claims of Jesus Christ:
John 14:6 (KJV): Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 11:25 (KJV): Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.
Notice Jesus doesn’t hint in the slightest that He is just one of many ways to the truth. He cut through everyone’s objection to what He was saying by stating: “I AM truth. When I speak, nothing but truth comes from my lips. It’s impossible for it to be otherwise.”
I was shocked at first like many are when they first are confronted with the claims Jesus made about Himself and truth. Because I was truly sincere in wanting to have the pure truth to believe, I was forced to question if I had been following a religion that is false, and if the Bible is really the truth, then what do I do about it?
I then decided to do some extensive research on both the Bible and the Qur'an. My findings really shocked me and confirmed what I thought was the truth. I checked both Christian and Muslims sources combined with Non-Muslim and Non-Christian sources. It proved that the Bible had plenty of non-Christian historical evidence, and internal evidence -- such as the fulfilled prophecies in the past and present so accurately fulfilled that only God's fingerprints could do this, not to mention the prophesies that will also come true in the future. How the God of Israel and the Bible had preserved the Jews as a group of people in spite of the holocaust, and just as he predicted by the prophets of old, He re-established the land of Israel to bring back the Jewish people after scattering them for their sins. Furthermore, He preserved the Jewish nation from wars with Muslims and Arabs time and time again who considered Israel a tiny State unable to withstand the onslaught of mighty nations around it.
The wars of 1948, 1967 and 1971 are clear examples in Israel's history of these things and God's dealing with the Jewish people to keep them safe.
Obviously the gathering of Jews will happen as a result of after their first being scattering:
Ezekiel 36:24 (KJV):
For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries,
and will bring you into your own land.
Even prophet Jeremiah prophesied of this:
Jeremiah 16:14-15 (KJV): He writes, " 'The days are coming,' declares the Lord, when people will no longer say, "As surely as the Lord lives, Who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt...", but they will say, "As surely as the Lord lives, Who brought the Israelites up out of the Land of the North, and out of all the other countries where He had banished them." For I will restore them to the Land I gave their forefathers.'"
Then came the rebirth of Israel in 1948 prophesied by prophet Isaiah:
Isaiah 66:7-10 (KJV): Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? Saith thy God. Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:
We can see how God works through what he told his prophets in the Old Testament.
We have to acknowledge our sins and call upon Jesus Christ as our saviour and redeemer, who would atone for our sins to let us enter the gate of heaven.
This is why the prophet Isaiah prophesied this fact 700 years before Jesus’ birth:
Isaiah 9:6-7 (KJV): For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Prophet Isaiah clearly tells us who Jesus Christ is, that he is God and prince of peace and that his government never ends.
Isaiah 53:3 (KJV) also prophesied: He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
In the above verses the prophet Isaiah tells that Jesus will be despised and rejected initially by the Jews he came to atone for, then ultimately by the Gentiles (non-Jews), and how Jesus Christ would be afflicted for our sins and crucified to save mankind from their sins.
Satan thought that he was going to humiliate Jesus on the Cross, but little did he realize that Jesus would defeat Satan forever by freeing us from Satan’s control and give us eternal life and the free gift of the Holy Spirit to help us in this life.
Muslims are ignorant of these facts and ask, “How can Jesus be God?” I have shown you some of the many verses in the Bible, which tell us why Jesus is God, and how He was crucified and then resurrected to go back to heaven. People can come up with every excuse they want to not believe the Bible’s claims, but I can promise you one thing: They cannot prove they are right in what they believe.
Not one person can prove that Jesus Christ was not God before He came to earth as a young boy and then grew into adulthood. Not one person can prove that Jesus Christ was not conceived in the womb of Mary by the Holy Spirit and not by the sperm of a mere man, as the Bible states.
Not one person can prove that Jesus Christ ever sinned. He was the only person who ever has, or ever will walk this planet who never sinned, though He could have. Not one person can prove that Jesus Christ didn’t resurrect after being dead three days in the tomb, and go back to heaven where He came from.
Not one person can prove that Jesus Christ isn’t the only way to have one’s sins forgiven, and to be in heaven with God for all eternity. Not one. For those who believe all these claims, the Bible says they will not be disappointed in eternity. For those who disbelieve these claims … for whatever reason they choose to believe – the Bible clearly states that the wrath of God remains on them for all eternity, and the Judgment of that wrath will be hell for eternity.
Sceptics demand proof that the claims of the Bible are true and truth. Though God has given all the proof He felt was necessary … God basically says, “You believe, and I’ll prove Myself and My Truth to you in a way that you will have peace with.” “Disbelieve, and remain sceptical and separated from My Spirit, it ultimately opens you up to perpetual deception and on-going spiritual darkness. Until you are willing to change what you believe about God’s claims in the New Testament, you will never have true peace with the Creator.
It will always remain a false peace at best. Furthermore, none of us know when we are going to die. Though we may be healthy, our heart can stop beating at any time. Are we prepared to stand before God and attempt to convince Him the New Testament is a total lie and deception, and not truth at all? As far as I am concerned one would have to be a fool if that is the chance someone is willing to take.
Muslims make false accusations that the Bible is corrupt, but when you look at the evidence for the Bible, this claim is found to be baseless. In fact, you find that the Qur'an as a document has very little historical basis, and that it is not even from it's claimed period. It has many contradictions, historical errors and scientific errors, which proves it is not of God.
Again I say there is no historical evidence to point to the Qur’an as the truth, as the earliest manuscript of the Qur’an are from the 8th Century, although it was collected and brought together in the 7th century (or about 640 AD) by Caliph Usmaan.
The Qur’an contains material which existed some 500 yrs before it arrived on the scene, which was heretical and legendary. For instance, the story of Abraham and the idols is a legend mentioned in Sura 21:51.
It will no doubt come as a shock for some to discover
that the Qur'an which claims to be "divine revelation" contains one such Jewish
legend and presents it as being a historical fact concerning the life of
Abraham. However this story is a well known illustration invented
by Rabbi Hiyya in the 2nd century CE; it is recorded in the Midrash Rabbah Genesis and all authorities agree that it was never meant to be considered historical.
So therefore it cannot be and the quote is not divine.
I found that Islam is not the truth and I was very disturbed by my findings.
The God of the Bible is a plural God -- a triune being. He manifests Himself in three distinct personalities: The Father, The Son (or The Word as John Chapter 1 records.), and Holy Spirit, but not the Unitarian God Allah makes himself out to be.
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Muslims don't understand Salvation the way born again Christians do, partly because fear and lies and/or inaccessibility to the Holy Bible. They think as long as they do “good deeds,” they will go to heaven. They don't understand what it means to be born in sin; that we all inherit the sinful nature from Adam and Eve at our birth. (Adam and Eve were the first two people on Earth who sinned against God, and every person is the offspring of them. It makes no difference whether we inherit their sin nature spiritually, emotionally or genetically, or a combination thereof; God simply says we inherit it – period.)
Some Muslims even believe that Muhammad (prophet) has had his Sunni sect forgiven from God and that after some punishment, we will all go to heaven. They have decided this for themselves even though the Qur’an does not advocate this. Some commonly believe that if you have one of your children recite the Qur’an and know all of it by memory to become a Hafiz then their seven generations are forgiven and they will go to heaven. This is not true as the Qur’an nowhere states this to be the case. Palestinians are indoctrinated that if they send their children for suicide bombing missions to kill innocent Jews then their whole family will go to be in heaven, the martyr himself will get 72 hoors (virgins) times 70 for sexual pleasures and rivers of wine and milk. In fact the Qur'an tells us that every Muslim must enter hell first and it gives no criteria for being removed from hell what so ever. The martyrs (Shahid) the Qur'an insists, he goes to heaven without judgement. No wonder they are queuing up to be slaughtered. This is Satanic deception not Godly in anyway.
Sura 19:66-69. Man says: "What! When I am dead, shall I then be raised up alive?" But does not man call to mind that We created him before out of nothing?
So, by thy Lord, without doubt, We shall gather them together, and (also) the Satans (with them); then shall We bring them forth on their knees round about Hell; Then shall We certainly drag out from every sect all those who were worst in obstinate rebellion against (Allah) Most Gracious.
Sura 19:71 mentioned not one will pass over it. All Muslims must enter hell;
71. Not one of you, but will pass over it: this is, with thy Lord, a Decree which must be accomplished.
In fact this is what Muhammad prophet of Muslims had to say on this issue when his disciples asked him about going to heaven in the Qur’an:
Sura 46:9 - I don't know what will happen with me or you so how can I tell you if you will go to heaven or not.
I completed my research with an open mind. I checked if Muhammad was a prophet prophesied by God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and also if Qur'an is the last revelation given to us by God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I found neither to be the case and so rejected Islam and embraced Jesus Christ with all my heart as I found him to be the Truth. He found me a sinner amongst sinners and I could not reject my calling and I thank and praise the Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha Mashiach - Jesus the Messiah) for his grace and mercy.
Even Muhammad did not know the true name of God is Yahweh and never spoke to God, as God had spoken personally to and through the prophets in the past. Muhammad had to have Gabriel to supposedly intervene to receive spiritual revelation, something God’s true prophets of the Bible never had to do.
The struggle had begun inside of me; what was I to do? My belief that I had held all this time had turned out to be a lie and false altogether, and the evidence was so strong in convicting me that I couldn’t help denying it. I thought to myself that maybe I should remain as I am and not convert to Christianity, but not practice Islam either, as it is false.
Like many others who receive true revelation from God, at first I didn’t want to follow Jesus Christ, because I reasoned that if I change, then what will my family think, and what about the Muslim community I live in?
I struggled with these thoughts and fears for a couple of weeks. There was an inner battle inside me that said, “Embrace the truth,” and another one which said “Stick to the family values and what you were taught.” I must confess I was more concerned at first with what my family would think then whether I was following truth or not.
Eventually the answer came. Embrace the truth whatever the cost, and this is when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour and Lord. It was a hard decision but one which has led me to the right path to the truth and grace of Jesus Christ, the One who died for my sins and yours.
After the conversion, how have I changed?
My search for truth has come to an end, though I like others seek to understand all I can about God and His Word. I feel an inner peace I never experienced before and no more inner conflict. I no longer pray hollow prayers of repetition, hoping it is impressing God. Now I pray prayers I know He is hearing, and desires to answer them, as long as they are prayed according to His will, and His Word is not violated or the whole counsel of His Word is not dismissed. I feel better as a person towards others, and the filling of the Holy Spirit guides me in my daily life, and keeps me in very close contact with my Creator. I know the Holy Spirit resides inside me as scripture says they do for all followers of Jesus Christ.
I was baptized in my fellowship on Dec 13,th 1998. Obviously I want others to know the truth, but not all are interested in it. They think what they and their forefathers have been following is the truth. I hate to think what will happen to them but many of them won’t listen. According to the Bible these people walk in darkness and will not be allowed to go to heaven, unless they follow the New Testament scriptures and seek to obey them. They are walking in spiritual darkness and really serve their father the devil and don’t know it – the same father I served until I turned my life over to Jesus Christ and the true heavenly Father.
These people will be separated for eternity from the presence of God, so it is not a case of the Muslim doctrine that you get punished first and then go to heaven. You simply do not go to heaven period, but will be punished forever and ever.
The cost will be very high for their mistake. Life after the grave spent outside heaven for eternity is not just for a short while. It is time without end.
Tragically and sadly …their rituals and customs and false beliefs will not take them to heaven!
Jesus gives us this insightful yet frightening statement of truth:
John 8:23-24: He said to them, "You are from beneath. I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world. I said therefore to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."
My Consequences of following Christ:
All my family turned against me, which included my wife, but that was expected to happen as she did not know any different. I have explained my faith to them. In the end it is up to them to receive or deny the truth I have offered them. I am sticking to my chosen and truthful path, regardless of what anyone else does, and no matter how much it hurts at the time. It is God I must please, not mankind. Mankind cannot destroy my soul or determine my eternal destiny. Only God the Creator and Judge has the right to do that. Though the cost has been great to convert to Christianity, I fully expect God to wipe away all my pain and hardship once I get to heaven, as the Bible promises He will. Maybe He even has some wonderful surprises in store before I get to heaven. I’ll never quit praying for my family to receive truth, nor will I stop loving them.
For those who can relate to my situation, as I know many will be able to, I want to share some hope. My marriage tragically ended after four years of my conversion, my ex-wife was forced by her father to leave me and I was asked by her father to go to a local mosque and denounce Christ in front of two witnesses but I refuse to bow to men and their vain wishes. My ex-wife did not fully understand me and still tried to psychologically blackmail me that if I love my children I should denounce Christ but I refused to play this game. God brought a beautiful born again Christian lady into my life a few years ago (as of this writing). Through much seeking the Lord that He would provide me a companion for His mission, He provided a companion that is now helping me fulfil His mission here on earth. I thank Him so much for this special lady He has given me to help fulfil the call of God on my life.
I tell the gospel to all the Muslims I meet so they can know of the truth, which is the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Scriptures: THE BIBLE. I have two websites, which you can read with some of my more extensive research.
I pray for all the Muslims, that they come to know the one true God that loves them all - so they don't perish in their deception. Muslims are some of the most dedicated and devout people there are. Yet being dedicated and devout to a false religion will no more keep one out of hell for eternity than will a billion dollars buy one eternity in heaven. In fact, all the money in the world will not buy eternity in heaven, nor will any other “religious beliefs” or “good religious deeds.” Once people come to the full revelation of the truth, which is that God died on the Cross to pay the penalty for all their sin, they too will realize the supreme sacrifice God made of Himself to secure this eternal salvation for them was the greatest act of love God could demonstrate to all His Creation.
And no, it was not Mohammad who died for their sins. It was the Word of God -- the Lord Jesus Christ, one of the three persons of the triune, eternal Godhead, who died for them. And He’s not in the grave. He is seated on the right hand of God the Father in heaven, where He was seated from always before. Because God always was, Jesus always was. He just wasn’t named Jesus until He came to earth, as far as Bible scholars know. And some of the best news is that this same Jesus who resurrected from the grave three days after His burial is coming back to earth to establish His full control of it one day. What a glorious time that will be! To make a note Jesus is coming back to Jerusalem to the beautiful City to establish his kingdom on earth, this will be an intense time of trouble when the whole Islamic world will be trying to destroy Israel. When this happens the Jews will cry out Baruch Haba Beshem Adonai (Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord) and will be praying Hosanna (Lord come save us) that Jesus will descend with the shout of the trumpet to come save them and we will meet with our glorious Lord and he will defeat the whole Muslim world annihilating them in Jerusalem (Zec 14:1-4-Zec 12:1-4). This is the Muslim reality that they do not realise.
The greatest pain we can put in the heart of God is refuse to accept this supreme act of love that He gave to humanity … for giving Himself on the Cross when He didn’t even have to. Muslims must be told the real truth about Christ. They have been told so many lies about the Bible, and God is asking people like myself to do everything we can do to help them realize they have been lied to by the father of all lies – Satan - so they will be without excuse on the Judgment Day why they refused to accept the truth from God’s Word, the Holy Bible.
Everyday the Holy Spirit gives me more and more knowledge (revelation of truth) from the Bible and what God means by the words written in it. I have had many debates on/off the Internet with fellow Muslims. They cannot answer my questions, and they try to constantly attack the Bible, but I can prove time and time again the authenticity of the Bible through historical evidence and Biblical evidence. I take no personal credit for this and give thanks to God that His Spirit helps me in this manner, as I strive to be the best Ambassador for Jesus Christ that I can be, while I’m still able.
Read about some of Muhammad’s brutalities here for those that think he was so very good!http://www.debate.org.uk/topics/coolcalm/brutality.html
You are welcome to e-mail me: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. I will try to answer any questions people have as I find time to do so. I won’t waste time arguing, but I will try to help anyone who is sincere about wanting to know pure truth – not deception that they have been forced to believe and choose to believe … many afraid to believe simply out of fear if they were to believe anything different.
My prayer is that you settle for nothing less than discovering the pure truth, which starts with this: God took on human flesh and died on the cross to satisfy His own justice for blood atonement for sins that you and I have committed. He paid the supreme sacrifice for your sins, so you could spend eternity with Him in heaven. Don’t you think you owe it to yourself and Him to do something about it, instead of trying to defend your deception? By faith … I believe you will go on your own sincere quest for the truth. It may cost you everything in this life, but ask yourself this important question: Is it man you want to please, or is it really God? God is the one who appoints your eternal destiny, not man. The Judge of all creation is the One you want to fear, not man. God not only is the one who determines how long you will live in this life … but what will be the outcome for eternity of your soul and spirit.
What you choose to believe before you die will determine what God does with your soul and spirit after you die. God promises you in the New Testament what will happen to your soul and spirit after you die … if you really care to know. He’s not really keeping it a secret. It’s there for you to hear or read.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read what I have written. If it helps one person find real truth … it will have been worth the time. If no one finds truth through it, even that doesn’t matter. After all … once you discover the truth I’ve discovered, you just can’t keep quiet about it! You have to tell every living being about it!
I have changed my name from Mohammed to Simon as most Muslims I dialogue with were complaining that I should not use Mohammed as a name since I have rejected Mohammed who is their prophet.
Simon is now doing ministry work with a broadband radio http://www.yesumasih.com teaching people how to take on Islamic objections and what answers Christians should be giving to Muslims who make objections against Christians, he is not afraid to use his name and speak against Islam openly and is one of the few people in the world to be doing this dangerous task that many people in mainstream Christianity shy away from.
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