Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ramadan, Day 28: The Qur’an’s Perspective on Forgiveness

Is there a prescription for the way to Heaven or is it a big mystery…?

  • 23 June 2017
  • Author: Guest Blogger
  • Number of views: 2061

by Anas (Eddie) Yousif—

Part 1

In these last days of Ramadan let's talk about forgiveness. Hardly anyone denies that forgiveness is necessary in life, from other people and even more from Almighty God. But, have you ever stopped to ponder why it's so necessary and what the world would be like if there were no such thing as forgiveness? Why does everyone need to be forgiven in the first place?  Can't we just not do wrong? Further, does  everybody get forgiveness? Should they? We have all heard about people who refuse to forgive, and those who refuse to repent for their wrongdoing. What about a Holy God? Does he forgive everybody for any reason, automatically, or does He have conditions? Certainly He must have or forgiveness would mean nothing. So then, what are those conditions? These are the questions religion seeks to answer.

Part 2

In part 1 we demonstrated that the only way one may enter the kingdom of God (Heaven) would be through the blood sacrifice of a substitute. This can be seen in the story behind Eid al Adha found in the Tawrat and the Qur'an both. Al Adha, or sacrifice, was the ram that Almighty God required as a substitute for Abraham's son whom God initially commanded as a sacrifice to test Abraham's obedience. But was that the whole lesson? It would seem not. Even though Abraham passed the test of obedience, apparently the LORD had another lesson for him because he still required a blood sacrifice. But why? we should pause to ask. *That story can be found here: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+22/

Ramadan: Day 27—Al Qur'an on Humility

Is God meek? A brief investigation comparing one characteristic of Yahweh and Allah

The major difference between Islam and Christianity is the nature of God that is revealed. One aspect of God that is evident in Christianity is his meekness.  This should not be confused with weakness. 

The Qur'an speaks of humility. In 3:159, Muhammad is praised for his humility by dealing gently with those whom could have been in rebellion to him.


فَبِمَا رَحْمَةٍ مِّنَ اللَّهِ لِنتَ لَهُمْ ۖ وَلَوْ كُنتَ فَظًّا غَلِيظَ الْقَلْبِ لَانفَضُّوا مِنْ حَوْلِكَ ۖ فَاعْفُ عَنْهُمْ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ وَشَاوِرْهُمْ فِي الْأَمْرِ ۖ فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ - 3:159

“And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:159]

Ramadan, Day 26—"Night of Power"

«.لَو كانَتْ مَملَكتِي تَنتَمِي إلَى هَذا العالَمِ، لَكانَ أتباعِي يُحارِبُونَ لِيَمنَعُوا تَسلِيْمِي إلَى اليَهُودِ. لَكِنَّ مَملَكَتِي لَيْسَتْ مِنْ هُنا »

  • 20 June 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 1494

by Scott Cherry—

Unthinkable Humility 

On the night of his last Passover meal Jesus performed one of the strangest and most uncommon acts for a figure of such epic prominence and power as the Messiah: He washed his disciples' feet. Yet it was entirely consistent with his M.O. which makes it believable. He lived it out thoroughly. It was yet one more demonstration that he came "not to be served but to serve...and to GIVE his life [not take]...as a ransom for many." That is mind-blowing to me. 


June 19, Day 25

« مَملَكَتِي لا تَنتَمِي إلَى هَذا العالَمِ.»  "My kingdom is not of this world."  It would seem that only an alien like Thor or Kal El "Superman" would say something like this. But it wasn't them. Besides, they are fictional. But the man who said this was real and had very strange ideas about himself. "What kind of a outrageous claim is that?" his audience wondered in disbelief. But there's more: «.لَو كانَتْ مَملَكتِي تَنتَمِي إلَى هَذا العالَمِ، لَكانَ أتباعِي يُحارِبُونَ لِيَمنَعُ »

Father's Day Mubarak (Day 22)

Fathers are indispensable to families and society. Happy Father's Day to all fathers.

  • 18 June 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 860

Ramadan, Day 21—A Muslim Transformed by the Bible

A former Muslim describes his encounter with the beauty and truth of the Holy Scriptures

  • 16 June 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 1385

by Wissam—

Ramadan Mubarek. This month of fasting is an especially good time to think about the reasons for true and genuine faith. True faith is not something you're just born into. It's something you have to choose. That's my belief. When I discovered the Bible I found all the things for which my soul was yearning and the strong reasons to redirect my faith. This is my story.  

In the pages of the Bible I found beauty, goodness, truth, and the supernatural. I realized that this book was the source of all the beauty I had been longing for. But the Bible is not only beautiful it is good, the source of the highest virtues of humanity. And the Bible is true, packed full of historical and geographical facts. Moreover, the Bible is supernatural.  In it the holy men of God gave prophecies well in advance and performed miracles in public, with confident language that is too broad in scope, far-reaching, and personal for anyone not to feel directly addressed by its message. Have you read the Bible, or even the New Testament? 

*Click here or anywhere on the first paragraph to go to the original article from September, 2016.