Jump to content
Guests can now reply in ALL forum topics (No registration required!) ×
Guests can now reply in ALL forum topics (No registration required!)
In the Name of God بسم الله

MartyS

Advanced Members
  • Content Count

    107
  • Joined

  • Last visited


Reputation Activity

  1. Thanks
    MartyS got a reaction from ireallywannaknow in Relations between muslims and evangelicals   
    I deeply respect and admire Muslims for their love of God and family and community and faith. They are as passionate about Islam as I am about the gospel of Jesus. We think we agree that God's holiness demands that all sin be punished. Our differences lie in God's love and plan of redemption and salvation for sinful man. I believe these words of Billy Graham, "God's love provided the cross of Jesus Christ by which man can have forgiveness and cleansing...No matter what sin you (or I) have committed, no matter how black, dirty, shameful, or terrible it may be, God loves you." I cannot explain the love I have for Muslims. But I believe they are a special people in God's sight. And I look forward to worshipping Him with them for eternity.
    "After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands," - Revelation 7:9
  2. My Prayers
    MartyS reacted to Ashvazdanghe in Heavy flash floods in Iran   
    In recent flood, people’s enthusiasm to help, spirit to mobilize were astounding
    Apr 2, 2019   The leader of the Islamic Revolution— Ayatollah Khamenei— held a special meeting to examine measures and relief operations carried out for the flood-stricken provinces.


    In this meeting, the Supreme Leader stressed that: Paying services to the people, collaboration and harmony among different sectors, and enthusiasm to offer relief and the spirit of mobilization among people were really significant in the recent flood that has stricken some provinces.
    http://english.Khamenei.ir/news/6586/In-recent-flood-people-s-enthusiasm-to-help-spirit-to-mobilize
    Ayatollah Sobhani sold his house and donated the money to flood victims
    Rasa – The head of the Centre for Services of the Islamic Seminary and a group of officials ‎from this organization met with Ayatollah Sobhani in Qom. ‎ RNA – Hujjat al-Islam Sayyed Hasan Rabbani, the head of the Centre for Services of the ‎Islamic Seminary, and a group of officials from this organization ‎met with Grand Ayatollah ‎Ja’far Sobhani for a discussion. ‎
    Ayatollah Sobhani said, “If I was able, I would go to the flood-stricken areas to assist the ‎people.”‎
    But the most interesting part of the visit was that Ayatollah Sobhani donated the money he ‎received from the sale of his own personal house to the flood victims, giving the funds to ‎Hujjat al-Islam Rabbani to distribute. ‎
    http://en.rasanews.ir/en/news/444388/ayatollah-sobhani-sold-his-house-and-donated-the-money-to-flood-victims

    http://en.rasanews.ir/en/news/444385/members-of-Iraqi-popular-mobilization-forces-from-harakat-hezbollah-al-nujaba-movement-entered-in-flood-hit-province-of-khuzistan-Iran-to-help-people#images-27
     
    http://en.rasanews.ir/en/news/444385/members-of-Iraqi-popular-mobilization-forces-from-harakat-hezbollah-al-nujaba-movement-entered-in-flood-hit-province-of-khuzistan-Iran-to-help-people
  3. Like
    MartyS got a reaction from 3wliya_maryam in Being Muslim and Gay   
    I haven't accepted it! I know it is sin, but I believe the Bible teaches it isn't greater than another sin. Nevertheless, it degrades one's body and one's mind. And it is defiant towards God, because He speaks so harshly against it. Does anyone remember Sodom and Gomorrah? As an American, I don't think the majority of our country has accepted it. They are just intimidated by the loud, angry, rebellious, mean-spirited, power-hungry individuals who don't want anyone, including God, telling them how they should live their lives. I know God would forgive them and set them free if they repent. I believe Jesus died for their sin at the same time He died for mine. So, I should not judge one of God's servants. I might end up spending eternity with them!
    Blessings!
  4. Like
    MartyS got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Being Muslim and Gay   
    I haven't accepted it! I know it is sin, but I believe the Bible teaches it isn't greater than another sin. Nevertheless, it degrades one's body and one's mind. And it is defiant towards God, because He speaks so harshly against it. Does anyone remember Sodom and Gomorrah? As an American, I don't think the majority of our country has accepted it. They are just intimidated by the loud, angry, rebellious, mean-spirited, power-hungry individuals who don't want anyone, including God, telling them how they should live their lives. I know God would forgive them and set them free if they repent. I believe Jesus died for their sin at the same time He died for mine. So, I should not judge one of God's servants. I might end up spending eternity with them!
    Blessings!
  5. Respectfully Disagree
    MartyS got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Salvation comes from Taqwa   
    Thank you, Abu Nur,
    I love the way you quote the Qur'an and the Injeel. We both feel the burden of warning those who have chosen the wide road. We know we must choose righteousness instead of evil. And we agree only God can help us do that. We agree that Ezekiel, Solomon and Jesus went to people who believed in God. But we believe the message of the Injeel had a more advanced spiritual level. It moved beyond monotheism to salvation, grace, faith, sanctification, and holiness. As Christians, we believe Jesus Christ is the ultimate revelation of God. His life and teachings are the measure.
    1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the Prophets,
    2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. - Hebrews 1:1-2
    Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. - Mark 13:31
    We believe that Jesus Christ, the Word of God, became flesh and redeemed us from sin. He is our true Adha. We believe Jesus Christ proved that he is the true messenger of God by resurrecting from the dead, which we celebrate on Easter!
    Respectfully,
    Marty
     
  6. My Prayers
    MartyS got a reaction from shia farm girl in Specific illnesses tied to specific sins?   
    As a Christian, who has cancer, I know some would say, "God is punishing her for her sins." But in my heart, I don't believe this. When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior--God's gift for the forgiveness of my sins--He saved me and He healed me. He delivered me from my drug addictions and He healed me of Hepatitis from sharing dirty needles with Vietnam vets. Now, 42 years later, I am dying with stage 4 breast cancer. But I'm not unhappy about it, because it means I will soon get to be with my Lord and will have a glorified body, like His after He raised from the dead. I do believe sin can cause illnesses. When Jesus healed the blind, crippled, even the dead, sometimes He said, "Pick up your mat and walk." Other times, He said, "Your sins are forgiven." Once...
    1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.
    2 And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
    3 Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. - John 9:1-3
    Blessings!
  7. My Prayers
    MartyS got a reaction from Ali883 in Specific illnesses tied to specific sins?   
    As a Christian, who has cancer, I know some would say, "God is punishing her for her sins." But in my heart, I don't believe this. When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior--God's gift for the forgiveness of my sins--He saved me and He healed me. He delivered me from my drug addictions and He healed me of Hepatitis from sharing dirty needles with Vietnam vets. Now, 42 years later, I am dying with stage 4 breast cancer. But I'm not unhappy about it, because it means I will soon get to be with my Lord and will have a glorified body, like His after He raised from the dead. I do believe sin can cause illnesses. When Jesus healed the blind, crippled, even the dead, sometimes He said, "Pick up your mat and walk." Other times, He said, "Your sins are forgiven." Once...
    1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.
    2 And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
    3 Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. - John 9:1-3
    Blessings!
  8. My Prayers
    MartyS got a reaction from Abu Nur in Specific illnesses tied to specific sins?   
    As a Christian, who has cancer, I know some would say, "God is punishing her for her sins." But in my heart, I don't believe this. When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior--God's gift for the forgiveness of my sins--He saved me and He healed me. He delivered me from my drug addictions and He healed me of Hepatitis from sharing dirty needles with Vietnam vets. Now, 42 years later, I am dying with stage 4 breast cancer. But I'm not unhappy about it, because it means I will soon get to be with my Lord and will have a glorified body, like His after He raised from the dead. I do believe sin can cause illnesses. When Jesus healed the blind, crippled, even the dead, sometimes He said, "Pick up your mat and walk." Other times, He said, "Your sins are forgiven." Once...
    1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.
    2 And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
    3 Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. - John 9:1-3
    Blessings!
  9. Completely Agree
    MartyS got a reaction from Amal. in Specific illnesses tied to specific sins?   
    As a Christian, who has cancer, I know some would say, "God is punishing her for her sins." But in my heart, I don't believe this. When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior--God's gift for the forgiveness of my sins--He saved me and He healed me. He delivered me from my drug addictions and He healed me of Hepatitis from sharing dirty needles with Vietnam vets. Now, 42 years later, I am dying with stage 4 breast cancer. But I'm not unhappy about it, because it means I will soon get to be with my Lord and will have a glorified body, like His after He raised from the dead. I do believe sin can cause illnesses. When Jesus healed the blind, crippled, even the dead, sometimes He said, "Pick up your mat and walk." Other times, He said, "Your sins are forgiven." Once...
    1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.
    2 And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
    3 Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. - John 9:1-3
    Blessings!
  10. Thanks
    MartyS got a reaction from shia farm girl in Noah's ark confusion   
    This thread is so interesting to me! I am a Christian, and I have friends who don't believe the flood actually happened, that it is an allegory, a picture story to give a moral principle. But, according to the Bible, Peter (the leader among Jesus' disciples) said that after Jesus died in the flesh, His Spirit went to the prison of those who perished in the flood and preached to them the good news of His salvation!
    18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,
    19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison,
    20 because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. - 1 Peter 3:18-20
  11. Confused
    MartyS got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in What do these words of Jesus mean?   
    Hi. In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus was speaking about Himself, quoting the prophecy of the Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 61:1-2. Jesus proclaimed this before His sacrificial death. He was declaring He was the Messiah who Isaiah had prophesied would come by the Spirit of God.
    "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." - Isaiah 61:1-2a
    Yes, you are both correct. The verses in Hebrews 2:16-17 do not mention the sacrifice Jesus (God in human flesh) would Himself become, to die in place of sinful men and destroy Satan; nor do they specifically mention Jesus by name. Let me go back to earlier verses in Hebrews 2:9,14-15...
    9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. -Hebrews 2:9
    14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
    15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.
    16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. - Hebrews 2:14-16
  12. Like
    MartyS got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in What do these words of Jesus mean?   
    Yes. I agree. And I believe that does not negate God's faithfulness to the Jews at the end of human history. These verses are prophecies that may not have yet been completely realized; however, Jesus did say He fulfilled this prophecy of Isaiah...
    17 And the scroll of the Prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
    18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 
    19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." 
    20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
    21 And he began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." - Luke 4:17-21
    The Jews did not recognize Jesus that day as their Messiah. In fact, they tried to kill him for speaking those and these words...
    24 And he said, "Truly, I say to you, no Prophet is acceptable in his hometown.
    25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land,
    26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
    27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the Prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian."
    28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath.
    29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff.
    30 But passing through their midst, he went away. - Luke 4:24-30
    Nevertheless, these next verses make it clear that God will yet accept the sacrifice of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins on behalf of the offspring of Abraham, who are literally Isaac and Ishmael...
    16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham.
    17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. - Hebrews 2:16-17
  13. Like
    MartyS got a reaction from Son of Placid in What do these words of Jesus mean?   
    Respectfully, I submit that what sets Jesus apart from all other Prophets is that Jesus was sinless, and therefore able to take onto Himself the sins of the world and pay the price for them, on behalf of all (Christians, Jews, Muslims, all) who believe in Him. He is able to give those who put their trust in Him, His own righteousness, which gives us right-standing with God, forgiveness from sin, eternal salvation.
    "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." - 2 Corinthians 5:21
  14. Like
    MartyS got a reaction from Son of Placid in What do these words of Jesus mean?   
    Thank you for inquiring about my health, Laayla. This was my entry in my journal today...
    God is my healer. The awful tumor that was growing outside my body has been removed. The incision healed after two months. My body is intact. I have full motion of my arm. I was broken, but now I am whole. God is faithful. God is good.
    Even more importantly, God has healed my family. We were broken. Now we are whole. It is well. It is well with my soul.
  15. Like
    MartyS reacted to Son of Placid in Belief in God   
    It sounds to me like you are going around looking for an explanation of God you can accept.
    Doesn't really work that way. Psalm 46:10 starts out "Be still and know that I am God" 
    It's good to explore the knowledge of the ages but God happens in your heart. If you haven't taken the time to open that part of yourself, even if you believe, you're just going through the motions. Don't be thinking you have to be some special thing first. Many live their lives in churches going through the motions. Of course you don't want to waste your time going through the motions for something that might not exist, nor face the ultimate fear... God may not be that interested in you.

    The biggest misconception is that God should have human attributes, He should feel the pain of every child and act on it. He should hate every war and stop it. How can He allow such pain? How could a loving God...on and on, y'know. But mostly He should do it on our time and at our say so. God feels, God hates, God loves, but he's not a genie, not a butler, and He can't be told how to feel, act, or otherwise...be.             Start from there.
  16. My Prayers
    MartyS reacted to Ashvazdanghe in 50+ Killed and Over 20 seriously injured after 2 mosques were attacked in Christchurch   
    http://en.abna24.com/news//new-zealand-mosque-attacker-to-face-50-murder-charges_935591.html
    http://en.abna24.com/news//Australia’s-senate-censures-mp-over-anti-Muslim-remarks_935509.html
    http://en.abna24.com/news//statement-of-Ahlul Bayt-world-assembly-in-condemnation-of-terrorist-attacks-in-new-zealand_933654.html
  17. My Prayers
    MartyS got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in 50+ Killed and Over 20 seriously injured after 2 mosques were attacked in Christchurch   
    Hi. Thank you. That is very interesting to me. I knew that Ishmael and Isaac were brothers, each of them the father of a great nation. I don't exclude any of their descendants--or even Gentiles by faith and fear of God--from God's promise of salvation. Therefore, I believe we are meant to be brothers. I get my understanding from these verses in the Old Testament and the New Testament:
    The sons of Abraham: Isaac and Ishmael. - 1 Chronicles 1:28
    You are the sons of the Prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, 'And in your offspring shall all the families of the Earth be blessed.' - Acts 3:25
    "Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation." - Acts 13:26
    Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying "In you shall all the nations be blessed." So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. - Galatians 3:7-9
  18. My Prayers
    MartyS got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in 50+ Killed and Over 20 seriously injured after 2 mosques were attacked in Christchurch   
    Hi. Thank you. That is very interesting. But perhaps we should not be surprised. We are all children of Abraham. Of course, I am the least entitled to that claim, for I am of gentile descent, grafted into God's Kingdom by grace. And I believe the era of the gentiles is ended. And the end times are come.
    Blessings and peace!
  19. Like
    MartyS got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in 50+ Killed and Over 20 seriously injured after 2 mosques were attacked in Christchurch   
    I believe he did it because there is evil in the world. This is why there are unwinnable wars. Satan is the enemy of mankind and he knows his time as ruler of this world is very short. Jesus said...
    As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" And Jesus answered them, "See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false Prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. - Matthew 24:3-14
  20. Like
    MartyS got a reaction from shia farm girl in Seeking refuge   
    Thank you. Perhaps this is what Jesus was referring to when He said...
    "Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me." - John 16:2-3
  21. Like
    MartyS got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Seeking refuge   
    Thank you. Perhaps this is what Jesus was referring to when He said...
    "Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me." - John 16:2-3
  22. Like
    MartyS reacted to Abu Nur in The necessity of sin   
    O Allah, do with me that which 
    You are worthy to do 
    but do not do to me that which I 
    deserve,  
    for You are worthy to be feared 
    and worthy to forgive, 
    while I am the one of sins and 
    faults.  - dua asharat
  23. Like
    MartyS got a reaction from Hameedeh in 50+ Killed and Over 20 seriously injured after 2 mosques were attacked in Christchurch   
    My condolences and prayers for the families and the world-wide Muslim community of these innocent victims. I honor them.

  24. Respectfully Disagree
    MartyS got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in The necessity of sin   
    I see that is very generous of Allah. If salvation is a matter of doing more good deeds than bad, one can hope to be found on the positive side of the scales. That would be very comforting except that the Bible says if someone sins, they need to die. It makes no distinction between the pettiest of sins and the most heinous crime. An example in Nabeel's book...
    "Imagine you were sent to court for jaywalking (crossing the street illegally). The guy before you is found guilty of rape and murder and sentenced to execution. Then you are found guilty of jaywalking and also sentenced to execution." (p 201)
    But since our sins are against God, He has the right to forgive us. And since Jesus is God, He can die in our place.
    For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6:23
  25. Like
    MartyS got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in The necessity of sin   
    Ashvazdanghe,
    This is so interesting to me. Thank you for explaining your beliefs about God's judgment. I respect your beliefs. However, I believe that when Jesus died on the cross, because He was God in (sinless) human form, He was able to pay my judgment and give me His righteousness.
    To better explain our Christian beliefs about judgment from God and righteousness through Jesus, please let me quote from Nabeel Qureshi's book "Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus," (p. 200)
    "God is not forcing 'some random person' to suffer for our sins. He is paying for our sins Himself.
    A better analogy would be a son who has stolen from his father's business. If after wasting the goods, the son returns to the father and sincerely seeks forgiveness, it is within the father's right to forgive him. But not all would be settled yet; the accounts haven't been balanced. Someone has to take the hit for the stolen goods. If the father wants, he has every right to pay for his son's debt from his own account. That's fair.
    We are the son and God is the father. We have incurred a debt against God, and we can't pay Him back. So in His mercy, He pays our sins for us. The wages of our sin is death, and He died on our behalf, balancing the accounts." (p. 200)
    "Christianity teaches that sin is so destructive it shatters souls and destroys worlds. It's like a cancer that slowly consumes everything. That's why this world went from perfection in the garden of Eden to being the sick and depressing place it is today. Do you think God would allow any of that stuff in heaven? Of course He wouldn't. If heaven is going to be a perfect place, by definition there can be no sinners in it. None at all." (p. 201)
    I hope this is helpful. I look forward to further dialog. Peace and blessings!
×
×
  • Create New...