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    Helping A Muslim Understand The Bible

    This an article from a friend that i want to share with everyone.
    By Bob Schneider


    Although some say the Bible has been changed, this has never
    been proved. To the contrary, those who examine the evidence find
    that it clearly establishes the complete reliability of the Holy
    Bible. Yes, certainly we can trust God's Word to be true. Has not
    God said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Word shall not
    pass away?" The Bible is very important and God pronounces judgment
    upon any who would ever try to change it or destroy it.

    The Holy Bible is not given to us simply to fill our minds with
    knowledge. God has a great purpose in giving us His Word. He has
    revealed Himself in His Word in order that He might become real to
    us, transform our lives and prepare us for eternity. For this
    reason we must diligently study the Bible, not letting some things
    we might not at first understand in it keep us from accepting and
    believing it.


    We invite you to study the Bible yourself and see that it
    emphatically teaches there is only one God. Many verses can be
    cited from the Bible to prove this. Here are a few:

    "I am the Lord and there is no other. Besides Me there is no God."
    (Isa. 45:5)

    "Thou shalt have no other Gods before Me." (Exodus 20:3)

    "The first of all commandments is, Hear O Israel, the Lord our God
    is one Lord." (Mark 12:29)

    "Thou believest that there is one God, thou doest well, the devils
    also believe and tremble." (James 2:19).

    These are only a few of the verses to be found in the Holy
    Bible declaring that God is one. There are no Gods beside Him.


    We must be careful lest we misunderstand this teaching. If the
    Bible so clearly proclaims one God, but also calls Jesus Christ "The
    Son of God" (118 times in the New Testament), then there must be a
    way of understanding this without there being a contradiction and
    without our denying it.

    When the Holy Bible speaks of Christ being the "Son of God," it
    does not infer that God took Mary to wife and had a son by her.
    This is blasphemy and God forbid that we should ever think such a
    thing. The Bible plainly teaches that Mary was a virgin and Christ
    was virgin-born.

    The works and miracles Christ performed witness to who He is.
    On one occasion the Jews were about to stone Christ and He gave
    witness to Himself and to the works and miracles he performed,
    saying: "Say ye of Him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent
    into the world, Thou blasphemest, because I said, I am the Son of
    God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I
    do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know,
    and believe, that the Father is in Me, and I in Him" (John 10:36-38)

    What works did He do? As you study the New Testament you will
    see how He healed the sick, raised the dead, made the blind to see,
    the deaf to hear, the lame to walk and the demons to flee. Even the
    wind and the waves obeyed His command.

    Christ's resurrection from the dead proves who He is. In a
    book of the New Testament called the Epistle to the Romans, we have
    a verse that helps us understand the meaning of this name: "And
    declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of
    holiness, by the resurrection from the dead." (Romans 1:4) Another
    verse from the New Testament might further help us to understand why
    Christ is so named. "And He is the head of the body, the church; who
    is the beginning, the first-born from the dead: that in all things
    He might have the preeminence." (Col. 1:18)

    So, we see this is a name with special meaning and it has
    particular reference to Christ's resurrection from the dead. The
    Bible says Christ's resurrection confirms Him to be the "Son of God"
    with power.

    Christ the Eternal Son. Jesus Christ did not become the "Son
    of God" when He was born in the lowly manger in Bethlehem nor when
    He arose from the dead. The Holy Bible teaches us that He is the
    eternal Son of God. On another occasion the Jews wanted to stone
    Christ because He said, "Before Abraham was I am." Then, too, John
    the Baptist witnessed to Christ's pre-existence. "John bare witness
    of Him, and cried, saying, This was He of whom I spake, He that
    cometh after me is preferred before me: for He was before me."
    (John 1:15) Christ, Himself, also said, "What and if ye shall see
    the Son of man ascend up where He was before." (John 6:32)


    This is an equally important question and the answer is also
    equally important, yet very clear. The Bible teaches us much
    concerning Christ's death. The Holy Bible has more than 250
    references to the fact that Christ died. Here are a few of them:

    "Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather,
    that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also
    maketh intercession for us." (Romans 8:34)

    "I am He that liveth, and was dead, and, behold, I am alive for
    evermore, Amen, and have the keys of hell and of death."
    (Revelation 1:18)

    "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,
    how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures."
    (1 Cor. 15:3)

    Christ's resurrection from the dead is clear proof of His
    death. As you study the Bible you will find that the keystone of
    Christianity is found in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the
    dead. His resurrection from the dead is mentioned some 85 times in
    the New Testament. (Obviously He could not have risen from the dead
    if He had not died). The Apostle Paul said in the New Testament,
    "If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and
    your faith is in vain. " (1 Corinthians 15:14)

    The forgiveness of sins is based on Christ's death. Another
    basic teaching you will find as you study the Bible concerns
    forgiveness of sin. Christ is called, "The Lamb of God that beareth
    away the sin of the world." In telling of His death that Christians
    have always observed, Jesus said, "This is my blood of the covenant
    which is poured our for many unto remission of sin." Forgiveness
    and cleansing from sin are always based on the fact of the shedding
    of Christ's blood as the "Lamb of God."

    Who is a Christian? As you study the Bible you will find many
    more things that are based on either Christ's death or His
    resurrection. This is the very center of Christianity, that is, God
    did for us what we could not do for ourselves when He washed away
    our sins by the blood of Christ and conquered death for us by His
    resurrection. We praise God for this victory that is ours through
    Christ. Listen to Christ's own words, "I am the resurrection and
    the life, He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he
    live.' (John 10:25).

    The Bible defines a Christian as one who confesses with his
    mouth that Jesus is Lord and believes in his heart that God raised
    Him from the dead,

    "These things are written that ye might believe that Jesus is
    the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life
    through His name." (John 20:31)

    It is all important to know who Christ really is. For this
    reason we encourage you to study the whole Bible with an open mind
    and a prayer to God for His help and enlightenment.

    The Bible is a very important book and everyone should know
    what it teaches. For this reason we are glad to send Bible
    correspondence courses to any who want to study and find out for
    themselves just what the real message of the Bible is. Christ said,
    "Search the Scriptures (that is, the books of the Bible);...they are
    they which testify of Me." (John 5:39)

    God Bless you all :love:

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    Well said Fouad!

    This is a good thread for anyone to read, not just Muslims. We all could do with a clear message of Christs death and resurrection.

    Thank you
    :rose: Theosebes :rose:
    Colossians 2:6
    " As you received Christ Jesus The Lord, so continue to live in him. Keep your roots deep in him and have your lives built on him. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught and always be thankful."

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    man this is old. But it realy is a good post. Just had to say something. How marvolous is Gods grace that reaches down to where us sinners are snaired and in bondage and lifts us up to his face. And, oh! In that face we are made to see the depths of his love. So wonderful, we turn from our sins to serve the true and living God washed in his blood. Great post!...DGB

    Oh, I just realised I posted this on the other post by fouad...My bad...see: "My testamony" by fouad. But this is a good one too.
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