Regarding Israel

Below is proven by Archaeology all over Israel:
1. Israel became a nation in 1312 BCE, two thousand years before the rise of Islam.
2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel.
3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 BCE, the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.
4. The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 CE lasted no more than 22 years.
5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.
6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran.
7. King David founded the city of Jerusalem. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.
8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.
9. In 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier.
10. The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution, and slaughter.
11. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is estimated to be the same.
12. Arab refugees were intentionally not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own people’s lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New Jersey.
13. The Arabs are represented by eight separate nations, not including the Palestinians. There is only one Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost. Israel defended itself each time and won.

14. The PLO’s Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them.
15. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths.
16. The UN Record on Israel and the Arabs: of the 175 Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel.
17. Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.
18. The UN was silent while 58 Jerusalem Synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians.
19. The UN was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.
20. The UN was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like a policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. – David Nolan”

Now is the time for all Christians everywhere to wake up

One of the sad realities within the local church today centers on the fact that numerous born-again Christians have little or no knowledge of the spiritual warfare that takes place all around us. The Bible is crystal clear in proclaiming that there is a battle raging in the heavenlies as the forces of evil continue to wage war against not only the Creator, but also against all who trust in Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord. Islam is just one of the examples of that warfare.

Now, just one, (of many) reasons you can trust the claims of the Bible over other world religions.

The Bible is accurate geographically, historically, and scientifically. For example:
-In one of the oldest books in the Bible, Job said more than 4000 years ago that the earth hangs on nothing (Job 26:7). Scientists didn’t discover that fact until 1650! Hindus believed that the earth rested on the back of an elephant that stood on the back of a turtle that was swimming in a great endless sea.
-The Qur’an, written in the seventh century AD, says that the sun sets in a muddy spring (Surah 18:86). But 1700 years before Muhammad, David said the sun is actually on a circuit “from one end of heaven…to the other end” (Psalm 19:6).

The Bible has been proven accurate in all its claims. In fact, it has been ahead of the scientific world on a lot of discoveries. It isn’t up until recently that the scientific community has begun to understand the scientific principles listed in the Bible. Nothing archaeologically or scientifically has ever proven the Bible wrong. Whenever archaeology or science disagrees with the Bible, further research shows the Bible was accurate.
The same can’t be said about other religious books. Why would you believe something that has been proven false over and over again?
There are a lot of reasons for doubting that any of the versions of the Qur’an are inspired by the Creator of the universe.

-It contradicts known facts of science. For example, it teaches that the sun actually descends down into a muddy spring on the earth (Surah 18:86). You could get away with a statement like that in certain parts of the world in the seventh century. Obviously, today, we know that the sun is actually on a circuit through space and Mecca with its black stone is not the center of the universe.

-The Qur’an contradicts known facts of history. For example, it denies that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on a cross (Surah 4:157), something that has been substantiated not only by the Bible but also by extra biblical sources, such as the Jewish Talmud and Flavius Josephus. Archaeology is not kind to Islam, which is one reason why Muslims try to destroy ancient artifacts.

There aren’t any good reasons to accept the Qur’an as inspired by God. The most popular evidence that Muslims try to give for the divine inspiration of the Qur’an is its literary beauty, but this is a very questionable means of testing a document for divine inspiration. What would stop us from believing that Shakespeare’s or Dr. Seuss’ writings were also divinely inspired? After examining these things, it would be safe to conclude that the Qur’an is not a divinely inspired book.

– Pastor Ward Clinton

The God of Father Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Loves

An excerpt from “The Holy One Called Isa,” by Pastor Ward Clinton:

2:7  Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies?  Who can forgive sins but God only?

In Jewish theology even the Messiah could not forgive sins and they were sure that Jesus was committing shirk.  However if He really is who He claimed to be then disbelieving is the worst type of shirk of all.  Al-Masihu-Isa (Jesus) is kalimat Allah and wadjih (worthy of esteem in this world and the next) according to the Quran.

2:8  And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?

2:9  Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?

Since they believed that a person’s sins needed to be forgiven before they could be healed He has chosen to force them to engage their brains.  One purpose of the miracles was to testify to the people precisely who Jesus truly is.

2:10  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)

2:11  I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.

2:12  And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

Jesus saw their faith, He may have smiled as he looked at a faith strong enough to overcome the obstacles and then He looked at the Scribes – the ones who should have had faith.  Now, in part, these fellows were doing their job; they were scrutinizing this itinerant Rabbi to make sure his teaching was okay.  But these were sitting there watching for what they considered to be the slightest mistake so they could blow it all out of proportion rather than allowing themselves to be moved by the working of God which was happening right before their very eyes.

The religious leadership made a connection between sin and disease, not entirely unfounded, but they were a bit misguided.  To them a sick man was a man who had sinned.  They had already heard Jesus preach; they had already seen Jesus heal.  Still they seemed quite unmoved.  Now Jesus won’t allow anyone to remain neutral towards Him.  He has decided to up the ante, therefore he said, “Child your sins are forgiven.”  He has just challenged them head on with that phrase.  They were of the belief that the sin had to be forgiven before one could be healed.  But anyone is capable of saying “your sins are forgiven” and how can it be proved whether the statement was effective or not?  Now on the other hand, to tell the man to get up and walk would demonstrate then and there the authority, effectiveness, and reliability of His word.  Therefore in the tenth verse Jesus lets them know they have to make a choice to either believe in Him or disbelieve.  He has hoisted these experts in the law on their own petard.  It is on their own traditions and stated beliefs this man could not be cured unless he was forgiven.  In effect Jesus has said, “you say I have no right to forgive sins?  You believe that if this man is sick, he is a sinner and cannot be cured until he is forgiven?  Okay, watch this!”  Jesus spoke the word and the man was cured, therefore he must be forgiven and Jesus’ claim to be able to forgive sin must be true.

Jesus probably left them in a baffled rage.  Here was something that had to be dealt with; if this were allowed to continue all their rules and regulations would be turned on their head; maybe even worse, proven to be completely out of step with their Holy Scripture.  So, with this incident, Jesus has signed His own death warrant and He is fully aware of it.  However He is also trying to correct their understanding of God.

They had the Torah (the uncorrupted holy word from the one true God), they knew that God will not let sinners remain unpunished, but they had forgotten that the Torah also showed them a God who desired to exercise mercy and forgiveness.  Remember the pouting prophet in the Old Testament who whined, “I didn’t want to warn those people because I knew You are a merciful God”?

Today, most seem to know that God forgives but they forget there are conditions that must be met… God is holy and just, as well as merciful and forgiving.  He calls us into a holy, loving relationship with Himself which requires that sin be shunned, not embraced with a “Oh well, I’m only human” shrug of the shoulders.

Does the Qur’an have the same evidence that the Bible does?

Does the Qur’an have the same evidence that the Bible does?.

There are a lot of reasons for doubting that the Qur’an is inspired.

-It contradicts known facts of science. For example, it teaches that the sun actually descends down into a muddy spring on the earth (Surah 18:86). You could get away with a statement like that in certain parts of the world in the seventh century. Obviously, today, we know that the sun is actually on a circuit through space.

-The Qur’an contradicts known facts of history. For example, it denies that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on a cross (Surah 4:157), something that has been substantiated not only by the Bible but also by extrabiblical sources, such as the Jewish Talmud and Flavius Josephus.

-The Qur’an has multiple internal inconsistencies.

There are no good reasons to accept the Qur’an as inspired Scripture. The most popular evidence that Muslims try to give for the divine inspiration of the Qur’an is its literary beauty, but this is a highly questionable means of testing a document for divine inspiration. What would stop us from believing that Shakespeare’s writings were also divinely inspired? After examining these things, it would be safe to conclude that the Qur’an is not an inspired book.

Palestinian?

From another chat group –

I asked one of my Arab friends who claimed to be a Palestinian, to tell me the meaning of the word Palestine. He said that he doesn’t know. I asked him if there has ever been a Nation called Palestine in history; if there was, what was the date of inception, details of currency, leaders, national anthem, flag, capital? He couldn’t answer the question.
I asked him again whether he knows where the name Palestine came from. He said no, and I asked him to take few minutes to Google it. He did and found out that the word ”Palestine” originated from the Hebrew word ”Philistine” meaning ”a person who is hostile”. I asked him what did he find. He said that everything he found is Zionist propaganda against the Palestinians.
I asked him, what language do the Palestinians speak? He said Arabic. I asked him does the Arabic language have the letter “P” in its alphabet, he kept silent and refused to answer.
I asked him again, how can you claim that you’re a Palestinian, yet you don’t know the meaning of Palestine. I gave him an example, In Hebrew the meaning of the name ISRAEL is: ”May God prevail”.
Every nation has names and names have meaning. Whether it’s people’s names or Nation’s, they all have meanings.
I asked him if he’s aware that Israel existed before Christianity and Islam? He said no that Israel was invented by the Zionists. I asked him, who are the Zionists, where did they come from and what is the meaning of Zionist? He couldn’t answer.
I said to him that if he believes that the Zionists invented Israel, it also means that the Zionists invented the Quran, Islam’s holiest scripture because the Quran mentioned Israel as a Nation and the Jews as People.
And the Quran actually made it clear that the land belongs to the Israelites.
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“We [Allah] settled the Israelites in a blessed land and provided them with good things”. Qur’an 10:93

“Enter, My People, the Holy Land which Allah has assigned for you. Do not turn back, or you shall be ruined”. [Qur’an 5: 21]

“Pharoah sought to scare them [the Jews] out of the land [of Israel]: but We [Allah] drowned him, together with all who were with him. Then We said to the Israelites: ‘Dwell in this land. When the promise of the hereafter comes to be fulfilled, We shall assemble you all together [in the Land of Israel in the End of Days]”. [Qur’an 17:103]

“It was Our [Allah’s] will to favour those who were oppressed [the Jews] and to make them leaders of mankind, to bestow on them a noble heritage and to give them power in the land [of Israel]: and to inflict on Pharoah, Haman, and their army, the very scourge dreaded by their victims”. [Qur’an 28: 5-6]

“We [Allah] gave the persecuted people [the Jews] dominion over the eastern and western lands which We had blessed [the east and west banks of the Jordan River]. Thus your Lord’s gracious word was fulfilled for the Israelites, because they had endured with fortitude; and We destroyed the edifices and towers of Pharoah and his people”. [Qur’an 7:137]

I showed him the 5 verses above and asked him, if he believes that the Quran is eternal word of Allah and should be trusted and obeyed? He said yes but Quran also call them to make war with the Jews. I said to him, yes I know that but the Quran never told you Muslims to claim that Jewish lands belongs to the Muslims:
He said that he doesn’t want to talk about this issue again. I said to him that he should dig a little bit deeper because at the end of the day he will find out that he originated from Egypt, Syria or some other Arab country but there is no such thing as Palestinians.

Anas Suleiman

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