The Qur’an never says the text of the Bible was corrupted

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An excellent presentation by a former Muslim.

In the first videos, notice the difference between “lafz” لفظ (word) and “Ma’ani” معنی (meaning).  We have the Arabic word “lafz” لفظ in Farsi also, which indicates the “word” or text (متن = matn) has not been changed. And we have the word “ma’ani” معنی also in Farsi which means “meaning”. Some Christians and Jews changed the “meanings” of the text/word, by their wrong oral interpretations (“with their tongues” – Qur’an 3:78) but the text has not been changed or corrupted or lost.

He uses the exact same main verses that I would use to show that the Qur’an does not say that the text of the Bible was corrupted. (Surah Al Ma’ida 5:47; – “let the people of the gospel judge by what God has revealed therein . . . ”

Surah 5:68 –

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3 good articles on the upcoming “Equality Act”

Joe Biden said “Transgender rights are THE civil rights issue of our time” and that it is good to give hormone blockers to an 8 year old. The Leftist wins (Presidential and Ga. Senators) are going to bring more and more evil on society; and ram their evil agenda down the throats of the rest of us.

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The terrible and graphic reality and truth of eternal hell

R. C. Sproul on Mark 9:42-50

The Reality and truth of eternal hell (conscious ongoing torment; when a person is justly left in their sin and rebellion that keeps intensifying in hatred toward God), –

” . . . hell, “where the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:47-48 – quoting Isaiah 66:24)

R. C. Sproul on Mark 9:42-50.

see also other verses he does not cover –

Revelation 14:10; -unbelievers are punished forever in hell in the presence of the Lamb – hell is where the wrath of God is poured out in full strength forever and people there do not repent but deeper and deeper into hatred and blasphemies against God.

Revelation 20:10-15 (final judgement day); Matthew 5:27-30;

God has authority to send people to hell. Fear Him!

Matthew 10:28; Luke 12:5

Obviously, Jesus does not mean literally to cut off your hand or gouge out your eye or cut off your foot – (see Matthew 5:21-30 and Mark 7:14-23) because the mind and heart can still sin in lust, covetousness, anger, bitterness, pride, arrogance, jealousy, etc. – but whatever thoughts and actions that take you into sin – cut out those thoughts and thinking patterns and practices. may mean turning off the TV and getting a good filter and accountability for internet and cutting off time with old friends that tempt you to sin, “eye” – points to lust and covetousness, “hand” – points to sins done with the hand, “foot” – don’t go to certain places. Colossians 3:5-8 – put those sins to death. “let them be killed by lack of nutriment and lack of exercise” – (John Eadie, commentary on Colossians)

The Root of sinful behavior is a sinful heart – Mark 7:14-23, Matthew 5:21-30; Genesis 6:5; Jeremiah 17:9

There is only one way to be saved from sin:

John 14:6; Romans 10:9-15; Acts 4:12; John 3:18; John 3:36

We need a new heart: Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 3:1-21; Ephesians 2:1-10

“he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

Revelation 14:9-11

verse 10 – hell is “in the presence of the lamb” – Satan does not rule in hell, God does – hell is God’s judgment and justice and wrath – a holy and righteous judgment/justice. Repent before it is too late!

Luke 13:1-5

Mark 1:15

Sproul made no comment on verses 49 or 50. Verse 49 seems to say that “for everyone will be salted with fire” = everyone (believers and unbelievers) will have fiery trials of suffering in this life, but make sure you repent and trust Christ before you die, because the previous verses (42-48) speak of eternal hell in the after life.

v. 50 – Jesus suddenly takes the subject away from eternal hell and fire, and the idea of being salted with fire, reminded Him of the need to exhort believers to live holy and attractive (flavorful – make people thirsty for the truth) – “have salt in yourselves” = (see Matthew 5:13-16) =make sure you live a holy life and witness with your mouth – speak up and evangelize, but also make sure you live holy and have love, so that you don’t bring shame on the name and cause of Christ.

Alisa Childers also has a good video on 3 misconceptions of hell: (don’t let the “torture chamber?” question throw you off – that is not exactly what she actually explains. seems to be there to get your attention. Listen to the whole thing please. She explains things well. Satan is not ruling in hell, Satan is not torturing people – it is actually God in His wrath who is actively judging people and people in hell are not repentant – they are going deeper and deeper into their hatred of God, anger at God and bitterness and cursing at God – “gnashing of teeth” in many NT passages (Matthew 8:12; Matthew 13:42; 13:50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30; Luke 13:28) is about a hard heart that is angry and bitter and is full of hatred of God – refusing to repent – this attitude that people will have in hell is illustrated in a graphic way, in popular culture like the way Anakin Skywalker was more angry and bitter against Obi Wan Kenobi in “Revenge of the Sith” Star Wars, episode # 3. After Obi Wan cut off his legs in the famous light saber battle on the volcanic planet with lava, Mustafar. Instead of repenting, Anakin went deeper into his hatred and screamed at Obi Wan and said, “I hate you”. That is exactly what the “gnashing of teeth” and the attitude of people in hell will be.

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Dr. James White asks Mitchell Pacwa some pointed questions about the Roman Catholic priesthood

Updated on Dec. 31, 2020

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The issues:

1.  Is the office of priesthood a legitimate church office?  It is not even in the New Testament.

2.  1 Peter 2:4-10; Revelation 1:5-6; 5:9-10 teaches and shows us that all Christians are considered priests.

3.  The book of Hebrews does not mention a NT office of priests, but does mention Jesus Christ as our only high priest.

4.  Mitchell Pacwa admitted that Roman Catholic Priests cannot be married.  (except for the eastern catholic rites, and a few Roman Catholic priests who were married before they converted to Roman Catholicism.)  This obligatory rule is a “discipline” (but not a dogma), but it is still contradictory to 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, where the elders/ministers were expected and assumed to be married.  Some people have the spiritual gift of singleness (1 Corinthians 7:7), but for the Roman Church to make that a rule is very contradictory to Scripture…

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Debate: Is the New Testament Reliable?

There is lot I want to say about this debate – it is very good and instructive on what happens when you don’t properly expose someone to the textual variants and history of the NT transmission of the text, and how that historical relates to the doctrine of Inspiration and Inerrancy of the Bible. One can see and hear Lee Baker’s hurt and frustration over not being told about these things. This is also why King James Onlyism is so dangerous – when people grow up and find out about the textual variants on the internet, they get angry and many times leave the faith altogether or develop an unhealthy dogmatic opinion against the reality of the textual variants.

Dr. White did an excellent job of defending the inspiration and inerrancy of the Scriptures, and at the time dealing with the reality of the history of the textual transmission of the New Testament – that these 2 things are not contradictory to one another. The doctrine of Inerrancy is about the original writings. Manuscripts that we have today are copies. By comparing all the some odd 5,800 manuscript copies, we can have all the information on textual variants and have confidence that we have the infallible, inerrant Word of God.

I will be updating this post as it is very interesting.

At one point, Lee Baker claims that the NT writers / apostles never mentioned the prophesy of Daniel 9:24-27. Yes they did – Matthew 24:15 – “the abomination of desolation, spoken of by the prophet Daniel – let the reader understand. This is a clear pointing back to Daniel 9:24-27 and shows that the destruction of the temple in 70 AD is being talked about (Matthew 24:1-3) and Jesus’ death (“Messiah will be cut off and have nothing” verse 26 – happens before this event, which Jesus predicts

24 “Seventy ‘sevens’ [ seventy periods of seven years = 490 years ] are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.

25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah / Anointed one, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One (Messiah) will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.

Daniel 9:24-27

Regarding the Hebrew Word, Almah, in Isaiah 7:14. Genesis 24 uses both Almah (Young maiden of marriageable age) (v. 43) and Betula (virgin) (v. 16) to describe Rebecca, when Eleazar is seeking a godly wife for Isaac. The entire context shows that Almah is intended to communicate that the maiden who is unmarried is assumed to be a virgin, and in verse 16, the inspired writer makes it explicit.

15 Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. 16 The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.

Genesis 24:15-16

43 behold, I am standing by the spring, and may it be that the young unmarried woman who comes out to draw water, and to whom I say, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar”; 44 and she says to me, “You drink, and I will draw for your camels also”—let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’

Genesis 24:43-44

So the Lxx translation of Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23 is correct – parthenos (virgin).

Another thing that Lee Baker said which was rather surprising is that he said the apostles and NT writers and the early church fathers did not mention Isaiah 53 as about Jesus. What?! – Almost every line of Isaiah 52:13-15 to 53:1-12 is either quoted outright or alluded to in the New Testament. For details on that, see here:

https://apologeticsandagape.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/rabbi-admits-that-the-day-of-atonement-is-parallel-to-jesus-christ/

I will be adding more details to this post and editing it.

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“It is not necessary that you understand”

Some profound truths in a children’s Christmas film of stop action clay- mation. (1968)

This is a show I watched a lot as a kid during the Christmas season when it would come on once year, before reruns and before cable TV; before being on You Tube and being able to watch it over and over again. What a blessing that is, when used for good videos. In recent years, I have noticed some profound things in it, even though the end speech by the lady narrator is cheesy and like a “Hallmark card” (“that one crystalline moment of laughter” – what does that even mean? I guess she meant the joy of experiencing the grace of understanding who this baby really is. She quotes “blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8) and the drummer boys’ song implies that one can give his best for God and be accepted. This is wrong, and false doctrine, and seemed to teach a kind of “goodness in your heart” will make you acceptable to God” – for we must realize we cannot “bring our best to Him” – we have to realize that we cannot and all of our sin and human righteousness is filthy rags and guilt before a holy God. Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:9-23; Mark 7:20-23; Genesis 6:5; Matthew 5:21-30; Jeremiah 17:9)

But what one of the Magi (called Kings in this film) said to him was profound toward the end of the show – “I am a mortal king only; I cannot help your friend; but there is a King, among kings, He can save your friend” and after Aaron says, “the babe? But I don’t understand”; the Magi-King says, “It is not necessary that you understand. Go to Him; . . . look upon the babe, look upon the King of kings”

Even before Aaron started playing his drummer song – he looked upon the baby Christ and was changed. Later, after he plays the song, the narrator says that he realized his hatred of people was wrong. In the beginning of the story, thieves/ bandits and murders came and killed his parents and burned down his home, and he escaped and spent years in loneliness and hatred and bitterness toward people – and even says that he hated all people. I distinctly remember the anger and hatred welling up in my own heart against those murderers and bandits and the injustice of it all. I wanted revenge in my heart against them. He had a right understanding of injustice – it was unjust for those bandits to come and steal their sheep and murder his parents and burn down his house – a real evil and unjust. But there is a deep lesson here to fight bitterness in our hearts – sinful anger, hatred and un-forgiveness grows as we nurture the feelings of injustice. Only Christ can set us free from un-forgiveness and bitterness.

So, by looking upon the baby Jesus, Aaron (the little drummer boy) was changed deep in his heart; and then he could play the song (with heretical doctrine in the words, nevertheless).

“Go to Him; . . . look upon the babe, look upon the King of kings” (The Magi-King) – when he says this, it has reminded me of several verses in the Bible:

Luke 2:26-27 – Simeon was promised that He would see the Messiah before he died.

Luke 2:30 – “For my eyes have seen Your salvation”

John 14:9 – “if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father”

Isaiah 6:5 – I am undone (realized my sinfulness and dirtiness in the presence of a holy God) – “for my eyes have seen THE KING.”

So, when we really “see” Him in all His holiness and purity, then we can be born again (John 3:1-21; Ezekiel 36:26-27) Seeing Him, we are rebuked and shamed and condemned by our sin and filthiness, and then with confession and repentance and faith, turn to Christ to save us.

“Blessed are the pure in heart” can only come by God’s conversion by changing us when we realize that we are not pure and condemned and on our way to hell.

For Christians, in our growth after we have come to know God through Christ, there are trials and mysteries and sufferings that we cannot understand. “it is not necessary that you understand” is a message I am continually learning.

Psalm 131- David said, “I don’t try to figure every out; things too high and wonderful for me”

Ecclesiastes 3:11-14 – God has worked so that man cannot figure everything out.

Ecclesiastes 7:14 –

On the day of prosperity be happy,
But on the day of adversity consider:
God has made the one as well as the other
So that a person will not discover anything that will come after him.

Romans 11:33-36 – how unsearchable are God’s ways and judgements !

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Why the Virgin Birth of Christ Matters – Part 2

In Part 1, I reblogged an article which quoted from Dr. John Frame. (The article is by Andreas Köstenberger and Alexander Stewart, who began with a quote from Dr. John Frame). See the quote below. I would add to those 5 crucial doctrines, that the virgin birth of Christ is also doctrinally important to the atonement of Christ. Hebrews 2:14-17 demonstrates this, “it was necessary” for the eternal Son to become human, in order to be the atonement and make the offering of the atonement as a faithful and merciful high priest.

“It was necessary for Him to made like His brethren in all things [human, taking on a full humanity; the virgin Birth of Christ, the incarnation, becoming flesh and blood], in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest [both the sacrifice and the sacrificer] in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation [the satisfaction for God’s justice and wrath against sin] for the sins of the people.”  Hebrews 2:17  (with my emphasis and comments)

Meditating on the Incarnation of Christ and the Virgin Birth of Christ is such a great blessing and part of “cultivating faithfulness” (Psalm 37:3) – John 1:1-5; 1:14-18; Matthew chapters 1-2; Luke chapters 1-2; Hebrews 2:14-18; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews chapter 1.  Together, the purpose of the Incarnation points to the Atonement (Propitiation for sin) and the Resurrection of the Messiah from the dead, proves and empowers these 2 truths. This is also the argument that Athanasius made sometime after he became bishop of Alexandria, around 328 AD when he wrote his famous book, “The Incarnation of the Word”, in defending the doctrine of the Deity of Christ and the Council of Nicea in 325 AD.

So why is the virgin birth theologically important? John Frame helpfully summarizes the main reasons:

The virgin birth is doctrinally important because of: (1) The doctrine of Scripture. If Scripture errs here, then why should we trust its claims about other supernatural events, such as the resurrection? (2) The deity of Christ. While we cannot say dogmatically that God could enter the world only through a virgin birth, surely the incarnation is a supernatural event if it is anything. To eliminate the supernatural from this event is inevitably to compromise the divine dimension of it. (3) The humanity of Christ. This was the important thing to Ignatius and the second century fathers. Jesus was really born; he really became one of us. (4) The sinlessness of Christ. If he were born of two human parents, it is very difficult to conceive how he could have been exempted from the guilt of Adam’s sin and become a new head to the human race. And it would seem only an arbitrary act of God that Jesus could be born without a sinful nature. Yet Jesus’ sinlessness as the new head of the human race and as the atoning lamb of God is absolutely vital to our salvation (Rom. 5:18–19; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15; 7:26; 1 Pet. 2:22–24). (5) The nature of grace. The birth of Christ, in which the initiative and power are all of God, is an apt picture of God’s saving grace in general of which it is a part. It teaches us that salvation is by God’s act, not our human effort. [1]

We have to remember to keep focusing on the Lord (meditate on Who He is – on the glorious splendor of Your Majesty, I will meditate – Psalm 145:5), even though life in this world is difficult and civilization is being destroyed by secularists / atheists / intersectionality, LGBTQ political agenda, abortionists (murderers of babies), Socialists, Marxists, and violence in the cities.  Psalm 37:1-11 Our Pastor, Ty Blackburn, recently preached on this passage and gave really good insight – verse 3 – “Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness” = feed on God’s faithfulness; mediate in the Word on who God is and His attributes.  (Google for his sermon: “The Christian’s Warfare:  A Biblical Perspective on Victory, Pastor Ty Blackburn, Providence Church, Duluth, Ga.)

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Why the Virgin Birth Matters – Part 1

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As it is December, believers turn their thoughts to the Christmas season and the Biblical and theological meaning of the Incarnation and the virgin birth.  The secularists, atheists, and skeptics, and even Muslims will be busy attacking the Christian faith, even though Islam agrees that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary (Qur’an, Surah 3:45-48; 19:19-21), Islam denies the Incarnation, that Jesus pre-existed, is eternal, that He is the eternal Son and eternal Word of God, and that the Word became flesh (John 1:1-5; John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8).  Although the Qur’an calls Jesus “the Word of God” (Kalimat’Allah, کلمه الله ; based on the phrase, “a word from him”, (Surah 4:171) – even though the Qur’an calls Jesus “the Word”, it denies that the Word is God by nature/substance.  Muslim theology interprets that phrase as pointing to the command that Allah gave, “Be! and it happened”.

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Who has history on it’s side? Christianity or Islam?

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Updated on December 16, 2020

The Historicity of the Life Jesus in the Gospels – John Dominic Crossan believes Jesus was crucified and died in history; Islam denies this – Surah 4:157

“Jesus’ death by crucifixion under Pontius Pilate is as sure as anything historical can ever be. For if no follower of Jesus had written anything for one hundred years after his crucifixion, we would still know about him from two authors not among his supporters. Their names are Flavius Josephus and Cornelius Tacitus.”

– John Dominic Crossan
Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, p. 145

John Dominic Crossan on Jesus’ Death

https://ischristianitytrue.wordpress.com/2019/10/14/10-days-of-archaeology-day-four/

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/18145535/ad104d4108

The Pilate inscription, archeological evidence for the historical Jesus of the Gospels.  All four Gospels tell us about the true historical Jesus Christ.  The Jesus of history is the same person as the Christ of faith.

Dr. White noticed this at Paul Williams blog and commented:

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Thanksgiving

What a wonderful survey by James R. White of all the times that both the verb and noun for “thanksgiving” is used in the New Testament. For years, I have appreciated Dr. White’s emphasizing God as Creator and we are creatures. We must remember that. The emphasis on the NT of giving thanks to God for our food is a wonderful reminder and really grabbed me afresh by this presentation.The secular world / atheists / evolutionists / skeptics do not give thanks to God for creation, existence, breath, food, the blessings of family, marriage, children, etc. – They have no reason for this great American holiday, which is Thanksgiving to God. (see the Prager U video below on Thanksgiving by Michael Medved) Unfortunately, God gets replaced by football and calling it “Turkey Day” and getting ready for “Black Friday” – emphasis on materialism and buying and consumerism. The first step in society toward paganism / idolatry / and the result of the corruption of society in sexual sins – the downgrade to adultery and then the current LGBTQ and Transgender political agenda – the first step a long ago was “not giving thanks to God and not honoring God / not giving glory to God. (Romans 1:18-26) The secularists and atheists and one political party is busy constantly pushing down / suppressing the knowledge of the one true creator God by their busy-ness in unrighteousness and philosophy of promoting wickedness. (Atheism, Evolution, paganism, LGBTQ agenda, abortion/ murder of babies, etc.) Romans 1:18-26 – “suppressing the truth in unrighteousness” – God’s wrath is being poured out on us for demanding our sinful and selfish and prideful ways. Like Israel when they demanded a human king that was like the nations, God gave them what they wanted. 1 Samuel 8:7 Romans 1:18-26 – “God gave them over to their lusts” – 3 times repeated.

Take the time to walk through all the instances of thanksgiving and giving thanks in the New Testament. Here are just a few of them. There are many more.

Romans 14:6-9

The one who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and the one who eats, does so with regard to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and the one who does not eat, it is for the Lord that he does not eat, and he gives thanks to God. 7 For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; 8 for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Colossians 2:6-7

Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

Colossians 3:16-17

16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

https://www.prageru.com/video/whats-the-truth-about-the-first-thanksgiving/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAwf39BRCCARIsALXWETyKyvP2cmuJMTB_bROvp8gewHZM3hNVsMBZLz20Kbwe2i-NaAG1y2oaAtYOEALw_wcB

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