Thursday, August 29, 2019

Australian Debates

I have these events coming up soon in Perth. If you are in the area you are welcome to come. I value your prayers too.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Has the Text of the Qur'an Ever Been Changed? The Manuscripts of the Qur'an Say Yes




For many years since I can remember, I would hear many Muslim apologists say that unlike the Bible, the Qur'an has been perfectly transmitted and preserved. They would repeatedly affirm that the Qur'an that we have in our hands today is the very same Qur'an that existed in the time of Muhammad and that not a letter, not a word, not even a sentence has gone missing or has been changed. Many academics and Christian scholars / apologists have always recognized and argued that this claim was false and merely Islamic propaganda. The very fact that the third Caliph Uthman had to standardize the text of the Qur'an demonstrated that about 20 years after Muhammad's death in 632 A.D. there were competing readings in the various copies of the Qur'an throughout centers of the Islamic Empire. Our Muslim friends like to say that this has to do with the 7 different recitations or ways of reading the Qur'an in various dialects, but if this was the case this would not explain Uthman's order of the wholesale destruction of the actual manuscripts of the Qur'an. Many Muslims are upset when the Qur'an is disrespected by being torn or burned, yet Uthman had copies of the Qur'an burned, and therefore destroyed! In this sense, the first to burn the Qur'an was the Caliph Uthman! Uthman ordered that all surviving copies of the Qur'an in the Empire be collected and burned and that a standardized version of the Qur'an authorized by him become the "authorized version" for the whole Islamic world.


One of the major problems is that we have none of these Qur'anic manuscripts that come from the Caliph Uthman. One would think that with the Islamic view of preservation and guarding sacred texts that at least some of these manuscripts from Uthman's time would survive to this day, but alas, there are none. Where is the actual standardized Qur'an of Uthman's day? Why has not  even one survived? The only manuscript copies of the Qur'an that have survived are post-Uthmanic, i.e., they come after Uthman and they are filled with different readings called textual variants. In Dr. Daniel Brubaker's new book Corrections in Early Qur'an Manuscripts: Twenty Examples, he demonstrates that the surviving copies of the manuscripts of the Qur'an are riddled with textual variants. In some cases, new words like "Allah" are added in 9 different manuscripts in places where Allah's name does not appear in the original text.. This is strange indeed for how can a Muslim scribe forget to add what is considered the holiest name of all in Islam, namely, Allah? In other cases Dr. Brubaker shows how entire sentences are taped over and written over with a new script. In other cases we see manuscripts of the Qur'an that have been erased called palimpsests and a new script is written on top of the erased script. With ultraviolet lighting scholars are now able to read the underlying text and Brubaker has found that the reading that was erased differs from the reading that was written over it. In some cases, pronouns are changed from "he" to "they". This work by Brubaker includes photographs of the various manuscripts. The subtitle of the book suggests there are 20 examples, but there are 2 extra examples which brings the number up to 22. This book is only a starter as Brubaker will be writings a more extensive book on this subject. According to Dr. Jay Smith, Brubaker has found more than 4000 variants in the manuscripts of the Qur'an.


Manuscripts don't lie. The transmission of the Qur'an has suffered the same textual corruption as all handwritten texts including the manuscripts of the Bible. Christians have always been open and honest about the textual variants in the biblical manuscripts unlike our Muslim friends who continue to repeat the same mantra over and over "the Qur'an has never been changed!" and "we have the exact same Qur'an today that was given to Muhammad".  They have been forced to say this because the Qur'an makes some lofty claims about itself such as this verse, "We have, without doubt sent down the Message [the Qur'an]; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption)" (Qur'an 15:9; Yusuf Ali). These claims have been shown to be false by scholarship and the witness of the manuscripts of the Qur'an demonstrate this, that there has indeed been textual corruption. It's time our Muslim friends put this mythological claim of an unchanged Qur'an to bed. I would highly recommend Dr. Brubaker's book to all interested in outreach to our Muslim friends. I would also invite our Muslim friends to read this book and to be consistent by following the truth wherever it leads them.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Muslim Husband and Wife Leave Islam to Follow Christ!

Joseph Colden converted to Islam shortly after leaving college. After marrying a Muslim wife, he began studying Islam's most trusted sources. Joseph and his wife eventually left Islam and are now Christians.


Click here for Joseph's original video.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

"American Taliban" Terrorist John Walker Lindh Released from Prison, Living in Virginia

John Walker Lindh, an American convert to Islam who fought for the Taliban, joined al-Qaeda, met with Osama bin Laden, and has praised ISIS, has been released from prison after completing 17 years of his 20-year sentence. Lindh (also known as Yahya, Sulayman al-Faris, and Abu Sulayman al-Irlandi) will be living in Virginia.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

How the Dead Sea Scrolls Vindicate the Reliability of the Bible


The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 was a revolutionary discovery in the area of biblical studies. When they were first discovered there was a lot of questions and suspicion about the content of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Now, 72 years later research has helped us discover the community behind these Scrolls and what they believed. The Dead Sea Scrolls made a huge contribution towards the area of Old Testament studies as it has vindicated and verified the textual transmission of the Old Testament text. It has also shed light on the New Testament as well including the view of the Messiah. This is important in light of outreach to our Muslim friends who argue that the Bible has been corrupted. The Dead Sea Scrolls refute these notions.

If you know any pastors in the area of Carlisle, Pennsylvania or its surrounding areas please let them know about this event and you are most welcome if you are in the area. Please note this is a pastors' luncheon and geared specifically for men.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Does Truth Matter to You? 15 Most Provoking Questions - Coming to Toronto May 11, 2019



"What is truth?" Pontius Pilate asked Jesus (John 18:38). Is there such a thing as objective truth or is truth relative? Why is there is so much talk in our media about postmodernism, political correctness, white privilege and sexual identity and gender? Why do we hear of Islamophobia, homophobia, but never about Christophobia? I will be addressing these questions and many more in Toronto, Canada on Saturday May 11, 2019 at a free all day conference. To register please click here.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Cyber Jihad Group Gets Christians Banned from Facebook

Recently, Sam Shamoun, and Al Fadi, and I were all temporarily banned by Facebook. Is this a coincidence? Not at all. A Muslim group called "Cyber Jihad" has been reporting random posts by critics of Islam, flagging the posts as hate speech, nudity, harassment, etc. And it's working. Following the New Zealand mosque attacks, the social media purge has dramatically accelerated. How can Christian apologists and critics of Islam survive on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or Patreon, when groups of cyber jihadis are flagging their content? Let's take a look.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

New Zealand Mosque Leader Blames Jews for Christchurch Shootings

Following the New Zealand mosque attacks in Christchurch, mosque leader Ahmed Bhamji claimed at the "Love Aotearoa, Hate Racism" rally that Mossad (Israel's national intelligence agency) was behind the NZ shootings, and that local Jewish businesses were funding terrorist Brenton Tarrant.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Discussing the Virgin Birth of Jesus on Alhorreya TV


I had the pleasure of joining my good friend and brother in Christ, Pastor Thabet Megaly to discuss the topic of the virgin birth of Christ on an Arabic Christian program called Alhorreya TV. While I addressed the topic in English, Pastor Thabet translated into Arabic. If you know any Arabic speaking Christians or Arabic speaking Muslims please pass this on to them. While the virgin birth of Jesus is accepted by both Christians and Muslims, the Christian view differs radically from the Islamic one. In fact, the story of the birth of Jesus in the Qur'an, is taken from a late apocryphal gospel called the gospel of Pseudo-Matthew which is more fictional than historical. This text is not regarded as historically sound by any serious scholar when it comes to the historical Jesus. In other words, the story of the birth of Jesus in the Qur'an is copied from an earlier source which has no historical basis.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

A New Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus

Image result for resurrectionI recently developed a new argument for the resurrection of Jesus. I ran it past a few qualified experts, all of whom thought that the argument sounded robust. The purpose of this blog article is to set out the argument as a contribution to the scholarly discussion of the historicity of Jesus' resurrection, and to hopefully provoke some discussion. My argument hinges on the Premise that there are three alternative explanations for why the apostles claimed that Jesus had risen from the dead and had appeared to them:
  1. They were honestly mistaken that Jesus had appeared to them (e.g. they experienced an hallucination).
  2. They were deliberately setting out to deceive people.
  3. Jesus really did rise from the dead.
What follows will argue against the first of those alternatives, leaving the latter two for us to adjudicate between.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Twitter Declares War on Ex-Muslims

Jack Dorsey's Twitter recently banned the Apostate Prophet for a tweet that stated indisputable facts about Muhammad, the Quran, and Islam. Should social media platforms be banning ex-Muslims and critics of Islam, who are under Sharia death penalties for apostasy and blasphemy?

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Angels and Demons Course Coming Soon




ANGELS AND DEMONS

Who are the angels, archangels, cherubim, and seraphim? Who are the “watchers” mentioned in the Bible? What are their names? Do we all have "guardian" angels who watch over us? Do angels still appear today? Was Satan an angelic being? Is Satan known by other names or is he a mere metaphor for evil in the world? Who are the demons, where did they come from? Are they fallen angels? Is demon possession real and do exorcisms still happen today? We will explore many of these questions and provide responses from a solid and healthy biblical perspective.

When: Sundays 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm February 24, 2019 – April 14, 2019

Where: Oakwood Wesleyan Church
33 Brandon Avenue
Toronto, ON M6H 2C8
Phone: 416-536-3357

For more information contact Pastor Sule Prince Email: prince_sule@hotmail.com 

Cost: $200.00 (includes hand outs and notes). Online students: $100.00*

*Funds are in Canadian dollars.



I will be teaching a course on angels and demons beginning Sunday February 24. It will run for 8 weeks. This course can also be taken online. One of the 5 Articles of Faith in Islam is the belief in angels. The concept of angels in Islam has for the most part been borrowed and copied from Jews and Christians. However, Islam ignores a special angel called the Angel of Yahweh who is a central figure in the Bible. While Islam believes in Satan, it also believes in the jinn, malevolent creatures that are part of Arabic religion but are never mentioned in the Bible.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

How to Spot Muhammad in a Crowd

If Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, were standing in a large crowd, how would you spot him? Fortunately, numerous hadiths describe Muhammad's most noticeable physical characteristic: he was very, very white.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

How ISIS Is Converting Muslims to Christianity

NBC News reports that Muslims in the Middle East are so utterly horrified by the violence of ISIS jihadis that they are converting to Christianity. In Syria, there is a new church made up of mostly former Muslims who are now Christians. We can all look forward to the impact these apostates will have now that ISIS no longer controls their area.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

World Hijab Day!

To celebrate World Hijab Day, let's see whether the Islamists who promote it really care about women.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Trinity in the Old Testament (Part 4): The Divine Logos

In three previous articles (part 1part 2, part 3), I laid out the beginnings of a case for the Triune nature of God in the Old Testament Scriptures. I also showed how the intricate harmonies found in the Hebrew Bible point cumulatively to its divine inspiration. In this fourth installment, I want to talk about Jesus as the divine Word, or Logos, a concept that will be familiar to readers who have read the gospel of John, where John in his prologue (John 1:1-4,14) states that,
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it...14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John begins his gospel by asserting Jesus' identity as being the very essence of God incarnate. The transliteration of the Greek of verse 1 reads, "En arche en ho logos kai ho Logos en pros ton Theon kai Theos en ho Logos." You will notice that the noun "Theos" for God at the end of verse 1 lacks a definite article "ho" ("the") but precedes the verb "en" ("was"). In Greek grammar, this renders it a qualitative. Thus, John 1:1 is most accurately translated, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and all that God was the Word also was." Moreover, this divine Word has existed from eternity past. "In the beginning was the word" indicates that in the beginning (as far back as you want to push it) the Word already was in existence. And yet even although the Word is the very essence of deity, "He was in the beginning with God" (verse 2). In other words, in some other sense the divine Logos was distinct from God. This is what Trinitarians believe with respect to the Son's relationship to the Father -- the Son is in very essence deity (possessing all of that which makes God God) and yet in some other sense He is distinct from God.

Just to drive the point home, John then continues in verse 3 by telling us that "All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made." Nothing exists that has not been created and fashioned by the divine Logos. Thus, the divine Logos is the very essence of God. He cannot Himself be a creature.

What is the origin of John's concept of Jesus as the divine Word? I maintain that he got this idea directly from the Old Testament. It is to this subject that I turn in this article.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Women's March and Islam

While the Women's March is supposed to be about women, the so-called "feminist" speakers openly promote Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran, which are history's greatest forces for misogyny and oppression. Here are my thoughts.

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Trinity in the Old Testament (Part 3): The Divine Messenger of Yahweh

In previous blog posts (part 1, part 2), I began a series exploring the expression of God's Triune nature in the Old Testament, an oft-neglected subject among Christians today. In this article, I will discuss the divine messenger of Yahweh, who shows up numerous times in the Old Testament.

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

The Trinity in the Old Testament (Part 2): The Deity of Israel's Messiah

In a previous article, I began a series exploring the nature of God in the Old Testament, and the continuity of the Jewish Scriptures with God's revelation in the New Testament. We looked at several texts that communicate a plurality of divine persons within the being of God. In this article, I want to consider the deity of Israel's Messiah. Numerous texts could be brought to bear on establishing the deity of the Messiah from the Hebrew Bible, and justice cannot possibly be done to all of them here. However, I will consider a few examples.