January 14, 2017

Islam and Christianity-Pottstown Bible Church-January 11, 2017

Islam and Christianity
January 11, 2017
Hello All. Because of my work schedule and all the other things I've needed to deal with on the home front I temporarily retired from blogging. I am resurfacing to post the study I am currently doing at Pottstown Bible Church on Islam and Christianity. I pray this blesses people and helps educate them on the religion that is Islam.

Lesson 1: Islamic Ethics and General Mindset
Lesson 2: Islam is Submission
Lesson 3: The Importance of Muhammad in Islam
Lesson 4: Muhammad in Mecca and Then Medina
Lesson 5: Muhammad Was A Bad Neighbor

September 28, 2016

Understanding Islam XXXVII: Islamic Naskh Is Contradiction, Part 1

Yes, the next three posts are extremely long but as you will find, they are predominately a list you can cut-n-paste. We must understand the idea of Islamic Naskh/Tasfir or abrogation. Once a reader understands the truth of Naskh/Tasfir abrogation they will better understand why Muslims call it abrogation. In actuality it is a form of dissimulation or dishonesty (perpetual al-Taqiyya). This is better than naming it for what it really is…illogical or contradictory.

Understanding the necessity for Naskh is crucial in understanding Islam and its theology. Quite simply it is a principle instituted by Islam to cover the contradictions in the Qur’an. How? This principle basically says that when two verse/ayah in the Qur’an clearly contradict one another, the later verse supersedes the former (as if a supposed omniscient being like Allah revealing himself in a book would allow a contradiction). Yeah, you heard that right, even though all of the Qur’an is the perfect word of Allah revealed to Muhammad, when a contradiction arises, the latter ayah trumps the previous (facepalm).

In an attempt to be as intellectually honest and unbiased as possible I have attempted to exegete these passages in their proper context as possible to assure that what you read are actually contradictions. I present to you 50 of the most prominent examples of textual contradiction, err, abrogation in the Qur’an in the next two posts:

1) If the words of Allah cannot be changed (Sura 6:34,115; 10:6), then how does Allah “substitute one revelation for another” (Sura 2:106, 16:101)?

2) Law of abrogation (Sura 2:106, 16:101) contradicts sweeping changes: in the Qibla (Sura 2:115,177,124-151), pilgrimage rites (Sura 2:158), dietary laws (Sura 2:168-174) law of talio (Sura 2:178-179), in bequests (Sura 2:180-182), the fast (Sura 2:182-187), and the pilgrimage again (Sura 2:196-203).

3) Does Allah's day equal to 1,000 human years (22:47, 32:5) or 50,000 human years (70:4)?

4) Where is Allah and his throne? Is he nearer than the jugular vein (50:16), or is he also on the throne (57:4) which is upon the water (11:7), while at the same time so far away, that it takes between 1,000 and 50,000 years to reach him (32:5, 70:4)?

5) Could Allah have a son? Sura 39:4 says he could if he wished it, yet (Sura 6:101) denies it.

6) Was the earth created in 6 days (7:54; 25:59) or 8 days (41:9-12)?

7) Muhammad will not forget the revelations which Allah gives him (Sura 87:6-7), is then changed to withdrawing that which Allah’s wills to withdraw (i.e. revelations) (17:86).

8) Does the angel Gabriel bring the revelation from Allah to Muhammad (2:97), or is it the Holy Spirit (16:102)?

9) If the Qur'an is in pure Arabic (12:2; 13:37; 16:103; 41:41,44) then why are there numerous foreign words in it (Egyptian, Acadian, Assyrian, Aramaic, Persian, Syriac, Hebrew, Greek, & Ethiopian)?

10) If the Qur'an is in "clear Arabic speech." (16:103) and "men of understanding do grasp it" (3:7), then why can "none knows its interpretation, save only Allah” (3:7)?

11) The infinite loop problem : Suras (26:192,195,196; 41:43-44) say the Arabic Qur’an is found in the earlier revelations (Torah and Injil), but they are written in Hebrew and Greek, and we know they don’t contain all that is found in the Qur’an (41:43). Hence these earlier writings have to be contained in yet other earlier writings and we are in an infinite loop, which is absurd.

12) Does the newer revelation confirm the old (2:97) or substitute it [16:101]?

13) If the Bible is considered authoritative (4:136; 5:47-52,68; 10:95; 21:7; 29:46), then why is so much of it contradicted by the Qur’an (5:73-75,116; 19:7; 28:9, etc...)?

14) Allah commits himself as law to act mercifully, which implies cause and effect (6:12), yet later in the same Sura it is he who decides everything (6:35 & 39).

15) In (30:2; 16:49-50) everything is devoutly obedient to Allah, yet what about the proud disobedience of Satan (7:11, 15:28-31, 17:61, 20:116, 38:71-74, 18:50)?

September 19, 2016

Understanding Islam XXXVI: Nazil Revelation & Bizarre Behavior, Part 2

The last few posts have leds us into the question of inspiration and makes us focus on Muhammad himself. We’ve already said that Allah requires agents in the form of prophets to communicate his truth to his creation. Yet how does Allah communicate his thoughts and will to these prophets? How is revelation carried out?

The Arabic term which best explains the process of revelation is the word Wahy, which can mean `divine inspiration.' According to the Qur'an the primary aim of Wahy is two fold: 1) to prove Muhammad's call to prophet-hood (Suras 13:30 and 34:50), and 2) to give him authority to warn people (Sura 6:19). In other words, to give himself and his message authority. Concerning the inspiration of the previous prophets, we are told very little.

According to the above Sura there are three methods by which Allah communicates to his creation: 1) by direct inspiration, 2) from behind a veil, and 3) through a messenger (the implication is that of an angelic being). This begs a question: Could these angelic beings have been demonic. Demons are angelic beings. Since the Qur'an tells us little concerning how Muhammad received his revelations, we refer to those who compiled the Sira of the prophet, men like Ibn Ishaq, Ibn Hisham, Ibn Athir, and the Turkish writer Ali Halabi to get a clearer insight. These are insights that are quite revealing about Muhammad.

While the Wahy (inspiration) lasted, according to Muhammad’s wife Aisha, there were the sounds of bells ringing as he sweated profusely. He would become greatly perturbed and his face would change (Mishkat IV, p.359). Muslim Tradition tells us that sometimes he would shiver and swoon, his mouth would foam, and he would roar like a camel (Pfander 1910:345). At other times when the inspiration descended there was the sound near his face like the buzzing of bees (from Umar ibnu’l Khattab and the Mir’at I Kainat,vol.1,p.411), while at other times he felt a tremendous headache (from Abu Hurairah).

Many times it seemed to his friends that he swooned and looked like someone intoxicated (from Ali Halabi’s Insanu’l Uyun). It is interesting to note from a biblical perspective that all of these are signs of demonic possession. All of them. Also revealing is the report by Al Waqidi that Muhammad had such an aversion to the form of the cross that he would break everything brought into the house with a shape of the cross on it.

September 11, 2016

Understanding Islam XXXV: Nazil Revelation & Bizarre Behavior, Part 1

The interesting thing to note about Allah’s supposed revelation to Muhammad about the Qur’an is the complete lack of corroborating evidence that the Christian Scriptures supply. What do I mean? I am speaking of the Muhammad’s Nazil Revelation of the Qur'an, or the fact that it comes from one source alone, the man to which it was supposedly revealed, Muhammad. Nazil tranlateed means “come down”. In Islamic Nazil revelation there were no outside witnesses before or at the time who can corroborate Muhammad's testimony; nor are miracles provided to substantiate his claims. In fact, the evidences for the authority of God's revelation, which the Bible emphatically produces are completely absent in the Qur'an. They are:

1) That the revelation of God usually speaks in the name of God, Yahweh (Exodus 3:1-15; the New Testament equivalent is also “I am,” John 8:58)

2) That the message must conform to revelation which has gone before. In other words, revelation must conform to the pattern of Scripture (Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Isaiah
8:20; Matthew 5:17-18; 24:35; and Revelation 22:18-20)

3) That it must make predictions which are verifiable (Deuteronomy 18:21-22; Isaiah 43:9; and John 13:18-21). A prophet speaking on behalf of God is 100% correct or it is not God speaking to the prophet. God is infallible and non-contradictory.

4) That the revelation is generally accompanied by signs and wonders in order to give it authority as having come from God (Exodus 10:1-2; Deuteronomy 18:21-22; Isaiah 41:21-24; and John 7:20-23). Because these are missing in the case of the prophet Muhammad and of the Qur'an, for those of us who are Christians, it seems indeed that it is the Qur'an and not the Bible which turns out to be the most human of documents.

In the next post I will focus on how Muhammad received these supposed Nazil Revelations. When you are don reading you will probably be as uncomfortable as I was because of the nature of the revelation and what it did to Muhammad. It certainly sounded familiar but not for good reasons.

August 25, 2016

That Charlie Brown Moment in Church...

As of last night I am somewhat dismayed at the fact that, no matter how many times I proclaim the same truths to people, there will always be those who are vastly more concerned with my delivery style than they are that I am actually speaking the truth. No matter how much I try to temper the truth with solemnity, humor or compassion, the authoritative nature of the Truth itself is indigestible to these people. They hear it and either don't fully understand it or they just refuse to accept it.

Sorry folks, I refuse to dilute the truth at the cost of losing pieces of it in a quagmire of political-correctness and namby-pambyism. You know what you get from me because I refuse to mince words. Part of the clarity of the Scriptures is its authority and directness. Where I see direct contradiction to Scripture you can be assured that I will call that error out in a manner compelled by the Spirit and correct it.

If it be a rebuke in love, so be it. We’re are called to discern the truth through adherence to Scripture, not through our emotions or what we think we’re hearing. Our emotions and thinking have been twisted by The Fall and cannot be trusted detached from Scripture, not even for a moment without risk of going completely rogue almost instantly. We are always being held accountable either by direct measure to God’s word, by God himself or by our immediate brethren present when we speak.  I believe this is at the core of many problems in our churches.

(1) Too many people are too easily offended. We must often divest ourselves of the entitlement mentality that allows us to be offended. If we offend easily it assumes (a) we believe we are right separate from Scripture and (b) It assumes we are ‘above’ the fray. In other words we must give up our right to say that we shouldn’t be allowed to be offended. If we are clearly wrong, we need correction and if that correction offends, than that person is not wise. Sin is clouding their vision. The Bible clearly states these facts in Proverbs.

(2) Too many churches water-down their Scriptural teachings (or change or abandon them completely) so not to offend. Please understand the reason people are offended by the authoritative truth of Scripture is their sin. Sin in both thinking and action. Their minds and bodies are both at enmity with God. This cannot happen without the risk of losing the Gospel message completely.

Bottom-line: We must never forget that the Devil and the powers and principalities walk into (infiltrate) our churches each and every day. If we do not figure out when, how and where, we allow them to set up shop and squat without our permission and without identifying them. In this manner these dirtbag gain a foothold. Once they establish that presence in either our lives, families or churches…they are virtually impossible to dislodge because their putrefying claws dig in deep.

**Sigh** Feeling exceptionally disappointed today.

August 18, 2016

Understanding Islam XXXIV: A Strange, Redacted, Illogical Qur’an, Part 2

The Qur’an, Allah’s supposed final revelation, according to Islam, is transcendent, and consequently, beyond the capacity for conjecture, or criticism. What this means is that the Qur'an which we possess today is and has always been final and pure, which prohibits any possibility for verification or falsification of the text…even though I can prove it is in error which I just did.

There are known variations of the Qur’an that are theologically contradicting to other Qur'an even though Uthman ibn Affan attempted to have nearly all the extant copies destroyed. The official stance of Islam is that the extant copies are either invalid or forgeries even though most Muslim scholars will acknowledge their existence and validity and claim to true Islamic truth. What the hadith show is that because of infighting in the first century after Muhammad's death, there was no written copies of the Qur'an immediately following Muhammad's passing but once they were written, two major versions existed within 100 years and they were radically different. Although there was a concerted effort to destroy the radically different extant copies were….That is why the printing of the Qur'an is now controlled governmentally. The last official printing that I am aware of is Egyptian from 1924.

We also know from Islamic documented accounts in the Hadith that some pieces of the Qur'an were lost because some of the sole people that remembered them were killed in skirmishes and battles following Muhammad's death. That is why extant copies were collected and made into the Qur'an by later leaders. When those that collected them tried to corroborate the texts and unify them there were a few that refused and they were summarily beaten to get them to try and give them up.

Furthermore there are Islamic palimpsest that exist that have distinct variations between earlier writings that have left indentations but were erased right on the vellum and the text on the face of the palimpsest. There is hard empirical and obvious editing under black light or ultraviolet light. Not corrections...but rather intentional editing or redaction. It was either done to cover and inconsistency or correct a previous error. Considering the Qur’an is supposed to be the eternal inerrant word of Allah, there is an inherent problem here for Muslims.

The irony is this. Most knowledgeable Islamic scholars and Imam are very aware of these issues. The Islamic commoner is not. Yet the official line is that the Qur’an as the perfect revelation of Allah is maintained…even when it is known there are redactions. What then are we to do with the problems which do exist in the Qur'an? If it is such a transcendent book, as Muslims claim, then it should stand up to any criticism. Yet, what are we to do with the many contradictions, the factual errors and bizarre claims it makes?

August 4, 2016

Understanding Islam XXXIII: A Strange, Redacted, Illogical Qur’an, Part 1

One of my largest proofs that the Qur’an and therefore Islam is in error and contradictory is not in any particular verse but encompasses the entire Qur’an as a holistic whole. It is the claims that Islam makes about the Qur’an as a whole that are illogical. In the end my apologetic against the Qur’an (ironically and literally) comes down to an issue of semantics. Although semantics in most situations is petty stuff, when it comes to the revealed word or supposed revelation of a god, it becomes critical. It is critical because it is solely through words that the Islamic god chose to reveal himself to the Muslim. [[This in contrast to Christianity and the true God who chose to reveal himself through His Word and His Son in what is called Special Revelation (which Islam denies)]]. I digress….on with the post.

The Arabic word Qur'an is derived from the root qara'a, which means “to read” or “to recite.” This was the command which the angel Gabriel supposedly asked Muhammad three times to do when he confronted him in July or August 610 A.D. in the Hira cave, situated three miles north-east of Mecca (Mishkat IV p.354). According to Muslims the Qur'an is the final revelation from Allah. In Arabic the Qur'an is also referred to as Al-Kitab (the book), Al-furqan (the distinction), Al-mas'haf (the scroll), and Al-dhikr (the warning), as well as other names. Islam will claim the Qur'an is an exact word-for-word copy of God's final revelation, which is on the original tablets that have always existed in heaven. The original language of the Qur’an in Heaven is therefore Arabic. This of course begs the question: How can an eternal document that has always existed exist in a derivative form of other Semitic languages? Tablets which I might add have never been created but in actuality are divine and transcendent.

Therefore that which is divine in Islam is therefore limited to a finite language which clearly draws on preexisting Semitic norms of language. People always ask me to prove the contradictions of the Islamic belief system. Well, here’s another one to chew on. It is logically and chronologically untenable to support this Islamic claim about the Qur’an and the Arabic language needing to be the only language used to write the Qur’an (due to its supposed divine nature). Muslims continue to believe that the exact Arabic words which we find in the Qur'an are those which exist eternally on the original stone tablets, in heaven since eternity past. This, according to them, makes the Qur'an of ultimate importance as it derives from the “Mother of books” (Dura 43:3-4). This claim is clearly untenable and easily proven false as I do below.

Islam makes a claim to the “pure” nature of the Arabic that the Qur’an is written in hence the need to only translate it in Arabic. Arthur Jeffery, in his book Foreign Vocabulary of the Qur’an gathered some 300 pages documenting over one-hundred (non-Arabic) words, many of which had to have been used in pre-Qur'anic Arabic (Jeffery 1938, p79). One must wonder why these words were borrowed, as it puts doubt on whether “Allah's language” was sufficient enough to explain and reveal all that Allah had intended.

Some of these words in the Qur’an? Egyptian words: Pharaoh, in the Qur'an 84 times. Acadian words: Adam and Eden which are repeated 24 times. Assyrian words: Abraham. The correct Arabic equivalent would be Abu Raheem. Persian words: Haroot and Maroot are Persian names for angels. Sirat meaning “the path” has the Arabic equivalent, Altareeq. Hoor meaning “disciple” has the Arabic equivalent, Tilmeeth. Jinn meaning “good or evil demons” has the Arabic equivalent, Ruh. Firdaus meaning “the highest or seventh heaven" has the Arabic equivalent, Jannah. Hebrew words: Heber, Sakinah, Maoon, Taurat, Jehannim, Tufan (deluge) are all Hebrew. Greek words: Injil, which means “gospel” was borrowed, yet it has the Arabic equivalent Bisharah. Iblis is not Arabic, but a corruption of the Greek word Diabolos …and the list goes on.

July 29, 2016

Understanding Islam XXXII: How to Read An Islamic Source Texts for Sharia

Because I want people to validate what I am saying I want them to view the Islam source texts for themselves. As such I will now provide a quick tutorial on how to do so. This to avoid being called a liar or manipulator by Islamic sympathetics or Islamic apologists. A classic Sharia law text is the “Reliance of the Traveler” which I’ve cited and mentioned in past posts. It is so authoritative it has actually been certified as accurate by five of the greatest Islamic scholars of today. It is a 1,200 page book, written in the fourteenth century, devoted to such subjects as political control of non-Muslims, prayer, jihad, wills and estates, punishment, court rules, and land use. It covers legalities AND theology.
A typical paragraph:


8.1 When a person who has reached puberty and is sane, voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed.

[Bukhari 9,83,17] Muhammad: “A Muslim who has admitted that there is no god but Allah and that I am His prophet may not be killed except for three reasons: as punishment for murder, for adultery, or for apostasy.”

The “08.1” is an index number in the Sharia law text, The Reliance of the Traveler. The text is divided into divisions— a, b, c, etc. This particular law is found in division 0; section 8; subsection 1. With the index number, 08.1, you can refer directly to the source which is The Reliance of the Traveler. In the example above we not only have the law, apostates (people who leave Islam) should be killed, but we have the supporting doctrine found in a hadith, a sacred text used along with the Qur’an. A hadith is what Muhammad did or said. This particular hadith is from Sahih al-Bukhari, one of the six canonical hadith collections of Sunni Islam.

These prophetic traditions, or hadith, were collected by the Muslim scholar Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari about 200 years after Muhammad died and compiled during his lifetime. It is the most authoritative of all the collections. Notice the index number— 9,83,17. This reference number is like a chapter and verse index so that you can go and read the original. All of the hadith, including Bukhari, can be found on many Internet sites. Go look at them yourself.

Here is a Sharia law supported by the Qur’an


Jihad means war against Kafirs to establish Islam.

Qur’an 2: 216 You are commanded to fight although you dislike it. You may hate something that is good for you, and love something that is bad for you. Allah knows and you do not.

Above, we have the Sharia text defining what jihad is and then the foundational reference for the authority is provided. Again, you can verify the accuracy of my statements about the Qur’an verses and the original reference, 09.0, in the Reliance of the Traveller by using it as a cross-reference. There is one last type of reference to a supporting document.
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