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  1. Muslims/atheists seeing Jesus?

    Salam Ya Mahdi, I think it's so cool and awesome when Jesus Christ reveals himself to people!!! One of my friends had a vision of Jesus before I ever met her, which caused her to accept Jesus as the Savior (not just as a prophet). She is a very brave lady from Pakistan who immigrated to the USA. She is highly intelligent, very sweet and caring, and loves her family very much. However, she has sadly experienced hatred and hostility from her family due to her personal decision to follow Christ. Personally, I believe that Jesus reveals Himself to many people who are going to face persecution for following him. That's why I believe he reveals himself more to Muslims than to other groups, because Islam has harsh penalties for apostasy, including being disowned by family members (which is heartbreaking), discrimination in Muslim workplaces and schools, and in some cases even death. In some ways, former Muslims who forsake Islam and follow Christ are like the Jewish people around 2,000 years ago who were discriminated against by other Jewish people for deciding to follow Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ). Peace and God bless you
  2. Salam SunniBrother, Some Arabs are disunited again today, and some Arabs still kill each other, sadly. Was King Cyrus the Great of Persia a Zoroastrian? He was one of the greatest kings of all time, and gave the Cyrus Charter of Human Rights, which was unprecedented in his time. Interestingly, he obviously didn't need to be either Jewish or Christian or Muslim to do this. "Cyrus the Great proclaimed more than 2500 years ago: "Today, I announce that everyone is free to choose a religion. People are free to live in all regions and take up a job provided that they never violate other's rights." Cyrus the Great declared himself not a conqueror, but a liberator and the rightful successor to the crown. The ancient world held universal admiration for the beliefs and practices of the Persians as enshrined in the Cyrus Charter of Human Rights. Even the Greeks, the traditional adversaries of the Persians, called Cyrus "The Lawgiver". History has recorded that Cyrus did accomplish the task for which he was foreordained." http://www.farsinet.com/cyrus/ There are many people in the world who disagree with that statement. My Coptic friends who have taken refuge in the USA left their beloved home in Egypt because of Muslims. Has Islam protected them? They don't believe so. Ah, thanks for explaining. Peace and God bless you
  3. Salam Hasanhh, Interestingly, it wasn't until after Islam that this began to change, starting with when Muhammad expelled some Jewish people from their homes. Peace and God bless you
  4. Salam SunniBrother, Yes. I have many friends who are Jewish. Yes really Jewish lol, of many different beliefs: Orthodox Judaism, Reform Judaism, Messianic Judaism, Agnostic, and Atheist Jews. Just like Arabs have different beliefs (Christian, Muslim, Agnostic, Atheist, etc), so do Jewish people. Peace and God bless you
  5. Salam SunniBrother, I disagree with this. The Arabs were a strong people group even before Muhammad's birth. While Muhammad united the Arab tribes, they were definitely not weaklings. They definitely grew stronger militarily under a united front. That's one positive on a military level that Muhammad gave the Arabs: a sense of unity and purpose that they didn't have before in order to conquer other countries, including the Byzantian Empire, and the Persian Empire. I don't think Arabic would be extinct, no. It would not be as well known however, without Islam. The Persian and Byzantine empires were fighting each other before Muhammad united the Arab tribes. One reason why the Arabs eventually conquered both empires is because the Persian Empire weakened the Byzantine Empire and vise versa. That would be interesting. Did the Zorastrians spread their belief by dawah/evangelism or the sword? Disagreed. while it's a miracle from God actually that Judaism still exists, both Judaism and Christianity thrive on martyrdom. Why? Peace and God bless you
  6. Salam Mishael, To be objective, we could also ask what would have happened to Arabia if Judaism and Christianity never existed in Arabia? I guess paganism would still be the dominant religion in Arabia, if Judaism and Christianity and Islam never existed in Arabia. Digging deeper into the question of if Islam never existed in Arabia, we would first have to define Islam. For most Muslims, it seems they consider Islam to be from Adam's time. However, for most Non-Muslims including me, Islam = the belief Muhammad taught, which differs in some areas from both Judaism and Christianity. Now, if Islam had not happened in Arabia, it would be interesting to consider the Jewish people (descendants of Judah, as well as the other sons of Jacob (Israel) son of Isaac, son of Abraham) who lived in Arabia. Would many of their descendants still be living there today if Islam never existed? (Many Jewish people fled from Israel/Judea during the Babylonian conquest, as well as centuries later during the Roman destruction of the Jewish Jerusalem. Many made their home in both Persia and Arabia.) Personally, I believe that one of the reasons God has blessed the USA is because many Jewish people have made the USA their home. While God definitely punishes disobedient Jewish people for their sins, He also richly blesses them in ways that makes other groups of people jealous (hence one of the sad excuses for antisemitism). I personally believe Arabia would be a more fertile land today if more Jewish people were welcome there. Whether the hostility against Jewish people is due to Islam itself, or political reasons, the fact of the matter is that Arabia is not considered a welcome place for many Jewish people. Peace and God bless you
  7. HELP about SURAH 74:31 about Number 19!

    Salam Andres, I wonder if Muhammad ever read anything from the Tanakh or the Bible? Some Muslims say he could read; other Muslims say he couldn't. It's hard to know which side is true. Definitely, both the Tanakh and New Testament were both around centuries before Muhammad was born, the OT of course long before the NT. However, sadly they were not easily accessible to the vast majority of people. It's very probable that many people in Arabia during the time of Muhammad were not even literate, much less had access to either the Tanakh or the Christian New Testament. Similarly, many people in other areas were not literate or had access to the Scriptures either. It's hard to understand nowadays how people can go all their lives without learning how to read or have the honor of reading the Scriptures that were revealed centuries before... it just shows how much God has blessed people in recent modern history, that we have so much access to information nowadays, and how much people have grown in not simply just believing, but actually researching and studying, having more effective and accessible resources to do so. Peace and God bless you
  8. How do you refute Trinity?

    Salam Zavon, Belief in the doctrine of God being Triune requires faith, same as the belief of God existing requires faith. Because of this, most Christians will not consider the doctrine of the Trinity adequately "refuted" by either Muslims or Atheists or any other group of people seeking to "persuade someone following trinity that their religion is not right." The reason I believe God is Triune is mostly due to faith, and hence far no Atheist or Muslim has convinced me otherwise, though I understand their reasons for not believing this doctrine. There are however people who doubt this doctrine for understandable reasons. Many former Christians have apostated due to doubting the doctrine of the Trinity, as well as other issues they have with Christianity. Personally, I believe Jesus Christ did not say "Thou must believe God is triune" because what is important to God is obedience. Jesus Christ did focus on obeying our Father in Heaven, and that in my opinion is much more important than focusing on the doctrine of the Trinity. Peace and God bless you
  9. Bible changes-Mandela Effect?

    Salam Baqar, You are of course entitled to your opinion, same as everyone else is entitled to their opinion. Regardless, it is helpful to be objective when studying history. Peace and God bless you
  10. Bible changes-Mandela Effect?

    Salam Baqar, Is Michael Naima Mīḫāˀīl Nuˁayma? If so, he is from Lebanon as well. Lebanese Christians understandably strive to not offend their Muslim neighbors, and I would not be surprised if Michael Naima was also rewarded in some way by Muslims. Many of Muhammad's enemies were killed by Muhammad's followers. It's is important to be objective when studying history. Facts are facts. How do you know they are lies? It makes sense that this is your worldview, how you were taught, but I don't believe the rosy version that many Muslims paint of Islamic history. Rather, I believe the cold hard facts of history, including the fact that Muslims conquered many people via war. Sadly, Christians did too, although in disobedience to Jesus Christ's commands to love enemies. Thanks. All the best to you as well! Peace and God bless you
  11. Salam Sidnaq, Christians in general tend to like to share their experiences. Western technological achievements, such as the Internet, makes sharing easier. Since Christians are diverse people, their opinions are diverse. Some believe them; others don't. I think they have genuine dreams, but I'm not convinced those dreams are reality. The human brain is fascinating and picture dreams vividly, some of which are influenced by what a person thinks and believes. Personally, I believe that when a person dies, the person's spirit/soul departs from the shell (the body) and is in a form of sleep, and thus not conscience to where it is. I base this belief on Jesus calling death "sleep" (Luke 8:49-55; John 11:1-44). So, I believe Christian near death experiences are simply dreams, influenced by their beliefs. However, I could be wrong. Many Christians, by the way, disagree with me about what happens when a person dies. My family for example believes that once a Christian dies, the Christian goes directly to Heaven to be with Jesus and their loved ones. I don't believe this, though I do believe it will seem immediate. Paul describes what I literally believe concerning death and resurrection of those who truly follow Jesus Christ: (I boldened some.) 13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 (NIV) I believe Paul's words here because of Jesus Christ, who called death "sleep" and who returned several peopls' spirits back to their bodies. This is my favorite example: 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.” 53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. - Luke 8:52-55 (NIV) Peace and God bless you
  12. Bible changes-Mandela Effect?

    Salam Andres, Understood, though I do believe that the original writings did not have historical contradictions. However, the originals of both what is compiled in the Bible and what is compiled in the Qur'an are long gone, due to decay, being burned, and/or other factors. Thank God!!! Personally, I believe blasphemy laws breed hypocrisy. Nope, and you can tell how some Muslims have this intense fear of critical research of the Quran, the book they've been taught to believe. That, I assume, stems from the blasphemy laws that have ruled and oppressed the Muslim world for centuries. Peace and God bless you
  13. Bible changes-Mandela Effect?

    I looked up George Jordach and would be very surprised if he was not rewarded in some way by Muslims for his praise of a Muslim figure. Personally, I take sweet talk with a grain of salt lol when I suspect somebody has been rewarded in some way for praising somebody. Even the wording of his praise shows a very high desire to earn something in return: "The entire wealth of the world and all its treasures could not equal the lace of his shoe." Peace and God bless you
  14. Bible changes-Mandela Effect?

    Salam Andres, Aye. Personally, I believe God has preserved His Written Word, like He promised. While there are definitely scribal human errors, God protected and protects the meaning and important content of His Word. The Qur'an actually has been subject to critical research, especially from Atheist/Agnostic scholars, as well as from Christian scholars. However, most Christian scholars apply the same methods of critical research to the Bible as they do to the Qur'an. That's only fair, after all. Interestingly, Muslims who condemn the Bible use the same methods Atheists who condemn the Bible do, though they rarely apply the same critical standard to the Qur'an. Those who do, if they are honest, would not claim the Qur'an is "perfect" same as Christian scholars who do cannot claim the Bible is "perfect" either. Objectivity is a must in critical research. Many Christians claim the Bible to be "perfect", though most who are not scholars just repeat what they have been taught. It is the same with Muslims who claim the Qur'an to be "perfect"... Basically, there is no such thing as a perfect holy book in this day and age. It's basically faith, not scientific proof, that motivates people to claim theirs is "perfect." Personally, I believe God intentionally revealed His Written Word centuries before the Enlightenment, in order to cultivate faith. However, it is vital to put faith in the right source. Personally, I believe the Bible, while not perfect, is truly from God, whereas I don't believe the same about the Qur'an, since Muhammad and the Qur'an contradict the Bible. That is an interesting point that could offend many Muslims if they don't learn to analyze factors objectively. Definitely, we can study how the "Christian" world transformed when people began to seriously research - hence the advanced technology, medical advancements, and modern conveniences we enjoy today. If the Christian world had retained its strict don't question policy (mainly dominated by the Catholic Church), it's possible that we would not be enjoying what we are now. Thank God, the Catholic Church, as well as other Christian groups, no longer persecute those who critique the Bible, but rather in general embrace the scientific method. Peace and God bless you
  15. Grace of Christ or Burden of the Law

    Peace and greetings to you Brother Shiaman14 A covenant is an agreement/pact, that can includes laws. In this case, the Old Covenant includes the Mosaic laws and the New Covenant includes Jesus Christ's laws/commands. True, but the grace of Christ is why we no longer have to follow the older and much more strict laws, including animal sacrifice. There are people who decide to follow Jesus Christ's laws, yet don't believe that he is the only way to the Father. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. - John 14:6 (NIV) Some Christians would argue that this would be an exercise in futility too. However, God knows. Again, the grace of Christ is why we do not need to be under the law of Moses. Without the grace of Christ and the New Covenant, those interested in obeying God would have to offer animal sacrifices according to God's commands to Moses and the Children of Israel, etc. Children are close to God by simply believing, even without much practice: "At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. - Matthew 18:1-5 (NIV) “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish." - Matthew 18:10-14 (NIV) While practicing belief does help adults grow closer to God, God sees as us His children, and wants us to always trust in Him, as Jesus illustrates in the Prodigal Son parable (Luke chapter 15). One of the awesome things about the New Covenant and the Grace of Christ is that disobedient people can repent and return to God, whereas under the Old Covenant, many were punished via death, and did not have the opportunity/grace to repent. Peace and God bless you