Monday, January 21, 2019
Before we dive into the relevant Biblical texts, however, let me say a word about the translation of the Hebrew phrase malak Yahweh, often translated as the "angel of the Lord" in our English Bibles. The truth is that the word malak does not necessarily refer to angelic creatures such as Gabriel or Michael, but can refer to anyone who is a messenger. Even human messengers are identified by the word malak. Indeed, the name of the last prophet prior to Jesus, Malachi, literally means "my messenger". Below is a table, excerpted from a doctoral dissertation by Gunther H. Juncker entitled "Jesus and the Angel of the Lord: An Old Testament Paradigm for New Testament Christology," in which he lists cases where the word malak is used of human, angelic, or divine messengers (as well as instances where the identification is uncertain).
As can be seen, the phrase malak Yahweh can be correctly translated as "messenger of the Lord", and does not by itself tell us whether the messenger is human, angelic or divine. This must be discerned from the surrounding context. However, since the word "angel" is how the term is translated in our English Bibles, I will from henceforth be using the expression "the angel of the Lord" or "the angel of Yahweh" throughout this article. It is my contention that when this expression is used with the definite article in the Hebrew Bible, it always refers to a divine person who, as I will show, turns out to be the awaited Messiah Himself.
Friday, January 18, 2019
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Saturday, December 22, 2018
As we are in the Christmas season, many people will object to the observance of Christmas as a 'pagan' holiday even among Christians. Many Muslims accuse Christians of observing paganism if they celebrate Christmas. Is this true? The observance of Christmas is a grey area for Christians, it is neutral. The celebration of the birth of Jesus is neither commanded, or prohibited in the Bible. It is up to each Christian to observe it or not (see Romans 14:5-6). In Islam however, 4 of the 5 Pillars of Islam (salat / praying 5 times a day; observing Ramadan; zakat / almsgiving; and the hajj / pilgrimage) are all pagan in origin, practiced and observed by the pagan Arabs long before Muhammad, including circumambulating around the Kaba and kissing and caressing the black stone at the corner of the Kaba. Worshiping stones was a standard pagan practice. These Pillars are commanded in the Qur'an as coming from Allah and therefore divine, although scholars have long acknowledged that these 4 Pillars in Islam are pagan, so that Islam is essentially paganized monotheism.
Check out Season 4 on the Third Degree videos where I and my good friend Pastor Sule deal with the most common asked questions about Christmas. A Merry Christmas to all our visitors and readers on the Answering Muslims blog.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
On Saturday November 17 I engaged in a dialogue / debate with Imam Farhan Iqbal at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque in Maple, Ontario, Canada. The subject was "Is the God the Bible the same as the god of the Qur'an?' This is the Q & A portion which also includes the final concluding remarks from myself and Imam Farhan Iqbal. I am hoping to post the opening statements which includes the power points soon. The recording was a bit of a disappointment as parts of it was a bit garbled and there was an echo in the background. To regular visitors to this blog, the Ahmaddiya Muslims are the group that Nabeel Qureshi was part of before he came to faith in Christ.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Adnan Rashid and Samuel Green. Kingston University London. Organized by the Topical Talk Society. October 24, 2018.
In this debate I used a new diagram to explain salvation in Islam. I think it worked well because it brings together all the different components we have know about and as a result allows us to actually compare what Islam and Christianity believe about salvation.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Last month, I participated in a public moderated debate with Muslim apologist Yusuf Ismail, a criminal defence attorney from South Africa. The debate took place in Durban, South Africa, and was hosted by the Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI). I have now uploaded the full recording (see embedded video above). Enjoy!
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
In this video series, my friend Pastor Sule Prince and I deal with the Nation of Islam and the Black Hebrews. The Nation of Islam makes the claim that they are the true Muslims, but with one interesting caveat, God is black, as are all the prophets, including Jesus Christ. The white race on the other hand are "white devils" created in a freak accident by a black scientist named 'Yakub'. Watch and learn.
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Many Muslims assume that the Christian belief in the Trinity rests solely on 1 John 5:7 as it reads in the King James Version, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." Christians have long understood and accepted that this verse was spurious and not part of the original text of 1 John. This is openly admitted by all New Testament scholars. In my debates I am often asked by Muslims about why I believe in the Trinity if 1 John 5:7 is spurious or not original. My answer has always been, that first and foremost, the Trinity does not rest on 1 John 5:7 nor does it rest on any one verse in the Bible. It is based on the totality of the witness of Scripture. Christian do not just believe in sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), they also believe in tota Scriptura (all of Scripture), the testimony of all the Scriptures.
In this video interview a Muslim expects Dr. Bart Ehrman to deny the Trinity mainly because of the questionable text of 1 John 5:7. You will notice Dr. Ehrman gives the same response I have always given. What is surprising, is Dr. Ehrman goes on to defend the doctrine of the Trinity! Please pray that Dr. Ehramn will find salvation in Christ alone.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
The Virgin Birth of Jesus has been believed by Christians for 2000 years. Muslims also believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus as it is taught in the Qur'an (chapters 3 and 19), and have used this area of agreement to argue that the Islamic Jesus is the same Jesus Christians believe in. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is no doubt that Muhammad learned and knew of the Virgin Birth from Christians he came into contact with. One major problem is that many of the sources he had access to were all historically worthless as they were apocryphal documents written in the second century A.D. and later. This doctrine of the Christian faith is a fundamental one which has been attacked by liberal critics and others. So important was this doctrine that it appeared in the Christian creeds like the Apostles' Creed and the Nicean Creed. As Christmas is around the corner, this timing of this course is ideal.
I will be teaching a 4 week course (4 Sundays) on this doctrine and how as Christian believers we can be equipped and respond to the critics. The course begins November 18 and runs until December 16. Those living outside of Toronto, Canada can take the class on-line via Zoom. The course fee for those joining online is $50 (Canadian dollars). Registration information is available above. On-line registration will we available soon and I will post the link on this site.
Monday, October 8, 2018
Sunday, September 23, 2018
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