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  1. Yes - That is so important. Because of God's purity and holiness he cannot look on sin nor can sin abide in his presence. For us to become part of God's family we need an intercessor who can approach God and plead on our behalf. I'm sorry I don't understand this. Either a person is sinless and doesn't need to ask for forgiveness, or sinful and needs to ask for forgiveness. To be sinless and ask for forgiveness is just as hypocritical as being sinful and not asking for forgiveness. Why do people's consciouses make them believe they are sinners? Because we are! Conscience is the God given inner voice to remind us of his holiness and our shame before him. Jesus the Messiah never asked for forgiveness, though he taught his followers to ask for forgiveness. And even his closest friends who lived with him during his ministry were able to say he didn't sin. See Peter's statement (1Peter Chapter 2) 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
  2. The prophet Yahya - John the Baptist - said an interesting thing about trees too )Matthew chapter 3) 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees (religious leaders) coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. It is not our religion or our forfathers that is important before God. It is who we are and how we live. I ask myself every day - What kind of tree am I? Am I producing the fruit of a repentant heart? What do you think that fruit looks like today, in your situation?
  3. Here is another account which Matthew, Jesus' companion, recalls (Chapter 9) Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” 4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7 Then the man got up and went home. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man. It is interesting to see the different reactions to Jesus the Messiah's words and actions. I wonder how we react to what he did and said?
  4. Thank you for these accounts. It is interesting to read about miracles that are atributed to leaders of the communities. The video was helpful in commenting that there was a purpose behind the story. It shows us who we are before God. What is the purpose of a miracle? We can see God's authority over nature, over sickness, over evil spirits, over death. So we recognise our utter dependence on God in the face of the challenges of life. Today as I face life's challenges I call out to God for his help. I too can see God act in my life and in answer to my prayers. It is not because of who I am but because I pray in the name and with the authority of Jesus the Messiah. He did wonderful things when he was living on earth. Becaue he rose from death and is still alive, his authority is still affective today.
  5. This is a really interesting illustration. Thank you! It says to me a number of things - please correct me if I'm wrong. The table is not intrinsicly affected by the dust. So are you saying that sin does not really affect us? It is just something we can brush of as 'mear' dust. Or are you saying that your prophet was different in essence from all other people who ever lived? We are all deeply affected by sin it is more like ink soaking into cloth than dust on a table. My experience of sin is the latter ink soaking into a cloth rarher trhan dust on a table. What is your experience of sin? If your prophet was so fundamentally differnt from us, how can he be a true guide and example? How can someone who brushes off sin like dust help me who carries the stain of sin in my heart. Thank you for pointing this out. However, I think there is a close link between the two. Can a sinner interceed for another sinner? Can someone who is dirty say about other dirty people that their dirt doesn't matter? It seems hypocritical to me. On the other hand can someone who has no understanding of what sin is like because they can just brush it off like dust offer real intercession for those for whom it is like a stain of ink? The intercessor needs to understand the struggle to truly understand the seriousness of sin and so interceed with genuine honisty. As a follower of Jesus the Messiah, I see an answer to both of these challenges in Jesus the Messiah. The Trustworthy Injil teaches us clearly that Jesus the Messiah was in every way like us humans. He was tempted in every way like we are. Temptation wasn't something that didn't affect him, like dust on the table. See these verses Hebrews 2:18 Because he himself (Jesus) suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Here we see a clear declaration that Jesus the Messiah, although for him temptaion was real - he struggled like us - yet he was able to overcome. These verse include the term "High Priest". This is a picture from the Hebrew Bible. God used the regulations of worship as a picture for what he was gpoing to do through Jesus the Messiah. The High Priest was the only person who could, once a year ,ask for forgivness of the people in God's presence. However before he asked for forgivness of his own sins he had to ask for his own forgivness. But with Jesus the Messiah we read this: Henrews 2:17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Atonement is real intercession. it is not just asking that God overlooks someone's sin. It is actually paying the price of that sin, it is providing a way for the stain of sin to be washed out of our hearts to be irradicated. This makes us worthy to come into God's family, not because God just overlooks our dirty sinfulness, but because we have been purified by the attonement of Jesus the Messiah.
  6. Where is that explained? Can you help me with some verses on this topic? I would suggest that the Bible is realistic in its portrail of the prophets. We are able to relate top the challenges they faced and gain hope in seeing God use them and transform their lives. We can learn from their mistakes and gain guidence from their successes. The Injil contains an important comment. (2Timothy chapter 3) This is a comment about the Hebrew Bible afirming its authority and reliability. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. This means that you can not trust anyone. Even your religious leaders and present day Imams. We have all sinned. Yet, God through his Spirit can transform us and give us insights into his truth which we can share with others.
  7. We are not called to follow the prophets. Only God is worthy of following. The prophets teach and share about God and we learn from them. God in his grace and mercy and through his mighty wisdom is able to use the prophets as his spokes people. Using their talents, experiences and failings to transmit the message he wants us to hear and learn from. What do you mean by follow the prophets?
  8. Another account reported by Matthew Jesus the Messiah's friend (Chapter 8) 23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” The prophet David wrote a song of praise to God Almighty (Zebur Psalm 107) 28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. 29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
  9. Does the Qur'an teach that prophets are infalliable or is this found only in the Hadith? The Torah, Zebur and Injil all make it clear that prophets were human like us and fallliable, and yet they were used by God for his purposes. This gives us great confidence that although we fall short of God's perfect standard in so many ways, yet he is graceious and will use those who are repentant and seek to walk the straight path.
  10. What does the first part of this verse mean? It would seem that it is reflected in 4:105&106 105 Indeed, We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth so you may judge between the people by that which Allah has shown you. And do not be for the deceitful an advocate. 106 And seek forgiveness of Allah. Indeed, Allah is ever Forgiving and Merciful. and 40:55 So be patient, [O Muhammad]. Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth. And ask forgiveness for your sin and exalt [Allah] with praise of your Lord in the evening and the morning. Can someone who needs to ask for their own forgiveness interceed for others?
  11. I discovered an abandoned slate quary near where I was staying and thought it would be interesting painting on the slate. This is an attempt. Praise God for his beautiful creation. The sun set painting the skies.
  12. Hi there In the Qur’an sura al-Baqarah we read twice that Jesus the Messiah was supported by the Holy Spirit. 2:87 We gave unto Moses the Scripture and We caused a train of messengers to follow after him, and We gave unto Jesus, son of Mary, clear proofs (of Allah's sovereignty), and We supported him with the Holy spirit. 2:253 We gave Jesus, son of Mary, clear proofs (of Allah's Sovereignty) and We supported him with the holy Spirit. Jesus the Messiah talked with his friends about the Holy Spirit (John 14:16&17) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. These words The Spirit will live with you and be in you has the idea of support in life. Jesus the Messiah also said to his followers (Acts 1:8) "you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Again the idea of the Powerful Holy Spirit supporting and equipping the followers of Jesus. I wonder how you have experience of the support of the Holy Spirit – The Spirit of God helping you in your daily life to live pure and upright lives? I thank God daily for his Spirit living in me helping me overcome sin and evil.
  13. I read these verses faithfully recounting the acts of Jesus the Messiah as recorded by his friend Metthew (chapter 8) 14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. 16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all who were ill. 17 This was to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.’ (Isaiah 53:4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,) What does this account tell us about Jesus the Messiah? What kind of person was he? What authority did he have in the spiritual world?
  14. Thank you @Ashvazdanghe for drawing my attention to these verses. they reflect the thoughts in the previous books Qur'an Ibrahim (14) Have you not considered how Allah presents an example, [making] a good word like a good tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches [high] in the sky? (24) It produces its fruit all the time, by permission of its Lord. And Allah presents examples for the people that perhaps they will be reminded. (25) And the example of a bad word is like a bad tree, uprooted from the surface of the earth, not having any stability. (26) Allah keeps firm those who believe, with the firm word, in worldly life and in the Hereafter. And Allah sends astray the wrongdoers. And Allah does what He wills. (27) The Zebur (1) 1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers. 4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. The prophets Jeremiah 17 7 ‘But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. 8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.’ O God may we be those who trust you. Keep our words and our roots strong and pure. As we think about you may our lives reflect your righteousness and Lord God keep us firmly rooted in you.
  15. In fact followers of Jesus see themselves as spiritual decendants of Abraham. Because the blessings that God passes on to the world through Abraham were a result of his faith in God. So the Holy Scriptures teach that those withn a similar faith in God are spiritual decendants of Abraham. Abraham believed that God could work an imposible miracle by bringing a son to Sarah who was old and barren. In the same way those who believe that God can bring life to our barren spirits and trust in God's creative power to make a new spiritual creation of us, will be considered spiritual decendants of Abraham. There is no geographical boundary. All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. There are so many misinterpriations, unsubstatiated statements and blatant inaccuracies in the quote from shia studies that I'm not going to start answering them here. After all the OP was about learning from each other because of our common story rather than seeking to find fault.
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